Team-BHP spots an under-test Bajaj Pulsar

Bajaj Auto is rumoured to replace the Pulsar 180 DTS-i with a motorcycle that features technology and styling borrowed from the flagship Pulsar 200 NS. The technological bits include liquid cooling for the engine, a four valve head featuring triple spark combustion technology, a 6 speed manual gearbox, twin spar frame and a monoshock rear suspension unit. A possible test mule of the Pulsar 180 NS was spotted testing at Akurdi, Pune.

The test mule of the motorcycle, as the solitary spyshot suggests, was camouflaged. Styling of the motorcycle seems very similar to that of the Pulsar 200 NS. Considering the camouflaging of the latest Pulsar test mule, three possibilities emerge:

  • Bajaj could be testing the Pulsar 200 NS with improvements such as fuel injection, new features, etc. This possibility is supported by the presence of camouflage at the tank and the rear cowl. 
  • Alternately, the test mule could be a Pulsar 180 NS as the rumours seem to suggest, and the camouflaging of the tank and rear cowl are the other indicators of such a possibility. 
  • Finally, the test mule could be a regular Pulsar 200 NS used to test the longevity of certain components, a regular affair among automakers. 
Of these, the third possibility doesn't seem likely as an un-camouflaged and de-badged test mule of the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS already does the testing rounds around Chakan and Akurdi. In that light, the test mule spotted by Team-BHP's spy photographer seems to be that of the Pulsar 180 NS or that of the Pulsar 200 NS with improvements. New variants of the Pulsar range are due for launch in the coming months. The mystery is likely to end shortly before that. 
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