Putting all speculations to rest, Bajaj Auto has launched the Pulsar N160 in the Indian market today. Based on the Pulsar N250 launched a few months ago, the new Bajaj Pulsar N160 seeks design inspiration from the former but gets an all-new engine and transmission. The new Pulsar N160 has been launched in two variants, the pricing of which starts at Rs 1.23 lakh.
2022 Bajaj Pulsar N160 – Variants and Pricing
There are two different variants for the Bajaj Pulsar N160 – single-channel ABS, which is priced at Rs 1.23 lakh and dual-channel ABS, which is priced at Rs 1.28 lakh (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). With this, the Bajaj Pulsar N160 has become the first motorcycle in its category to offer the option of a dual-channel ABS. In terms of colour options, while the single-channel ABS variant is offered in Caribbean Blue, Techno Grey and Racing Red, the range-topping dual-channel ABS is available only in the Brooklyn Black paint scheme.
2022 Bajaj Pulsar N160 – Design and Features
One look at the Bajaj Pulsar N160 is enough to make you feel that it is based on the bigger Pulsar N250, and that holds true, for both the motorcycles share their front fascia, 14-litre fuel tank, 17-inch black alloy wheels, USB charging socket and tail section. At the front, the Pulsar N160 gets an LED projector headlamp, flanked by daytime running LEDs above it on either side. The N160 also retains the sharp-looking fuel tank with tank extensions, large engine cowl, split seats, a slim tail section with split pillion grab rails and LED tail lamps. It even retains the part-digital instrument console with an analogue tachometer from the Pulsar N250.
However, compared to the Pulsar N250, there are a few alterations done in the Pulsar N160. The Pulsar N160 misses out on LED turn indicators, the golden theme for the engine casing, alloy footrests and footrest holders, side-mounted exhaust pipe and silver finish for the pillion grab rails. Instead, the Pulsar N160 gets a black theme for the engine, footrests, footrest holder and pillion grab rails, halogen clear lens turn indicators and underbelly exhaust.
2022 Bajaj Pulsar N160 – Engine and Transmission
Powering the Bajaj Pulsar N160 is an all-new four-stroke, two-valve, single-cylinder, oil-cooled, 164.82cc engine, which is paired to a new 5-speed gearbox. A different engine as compared to the four-valve engine of the Pulsar NS160, this new engine produces 16 bhp @ 8,750 rpm of maximum power and 14.65 Nm @ 6,750 rpm of peak torque output.
2022 Bajaj Pulsar N160 – Other Mechanicals
For the Pulsar N160, Bajaj has roped in a suspension combination of 37mm conventional telescopic forks at the front and a mono-shock at the rear. The Pulsar N160 rides on 17-inch alloy wheels, which come wrapped with 100/80-17 tyre at the front and 130/70-17 tyre at the rear. For brakes, the Pulsar N160 gets a 300mm disc at the front in the dual-channel ABS variant and a smaller 280mm disc in the single-channel ABS variant. However, in both variants, a 230mm rear disc brake is the same.
2022 Bajaj Pulsar N160 – Competition
At a starting price of Rs 1.23 lakh, the new Bajaj Pulsar N160 almost matches the already existing Bajaj Pulsar NS160 in price positioning. In addition, the Pulsar N160 also competes with premium 150cc offerings like Hero Xtreme 160R, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, Yamaha FZ-S V3.0 and Suzuki Gixxer 155.