Bajaj has given a new look to its 180cc variant of the Pulsar and christened it as ‘The Phantom,’ with the support of online pulsar fans. The new Bajaj Pulsar 180cc is rolled to give a competition to the new TVS Apache RTR Menace 180. Surprising the Pulsar fans the news of the new Bajaj Pulsar 180cc comes in less than a week’s time after the TVS pronounced of the Apache Menace launch.
Pulsars has always been a hit in the market, and this time the new-look Pulsar 180cc is available in blue and limited editions of orange color with lots of similarities to its sibling Pulsar 200cc. The orange color; however is an inspiration picked from the Kawasaki models.
The changes in this upgraded version of the new Bajaj Pulsar 180cc mentioned hereunder:
In terms of looks, all parts right from forks to engine reflect black matte finish, carrying the legacy of the successful black theme. However, the fork assembly at the front measures 37mm and is stouter than the earlier version. The handle bar is clip on, a feature quite resembling that of Apache RTR. The side panels of the bike are redesigned to reflect sleeker look with more aggressive rear end. The LED tail lamps in the new Bajaj Pulsar 180 cc are the latest in the Indian Bike industry. Additionally, an orange colored digital instrument console will appeal the bikers. There is an analog tachometer dash, an easy-to-read speedometer.
What’s more? Backlit switches and self-turn cancel indicators, which are new features in the 180cc segment of bikes in India.
In terms of performance, the power is a little upped as compared to the earlier version. The new Bajaj Pulsar 180cc model generates 17.02PS at 8500 rpm. The clutch system is improved further and the acceleration is great. The gear system is unchanged, but the engine is equipped with an all-new airbox, and retuned exhaust TEC and new cam timings.
The ignition in this new Pulsar 180cc model is through battery with no kick lever. However, the model gets a new O-ring chain and sprocket. The fuel efficiency is close to 48-52kms/liter even in high traffic zones, a small improvement from the 45 to 50kms per liter mileage given by its forerunner.
The new Pulsar 180cc reflects a similar look with the 200cc variant in terms of the split grab rail and split seats. The wheelbase is 25mm longer than the existent one implying there will be greater stability on twists and turns of the road and also makes the bike more agile than its earlier model.
The box section swing arm of the new pulsar 180cc is similar to the one in Bajaj 220cc with larger forks in the front. However, the kerb weight has gone up by 4 kgs from 143 to 147. Again, the tank has not gotten any modifications and does not sync with the aggressive rear end. Maybe it should have been more edgy. The model does not have rear disc brakes and it should have come as an option. Additionally the engine must have been a DTS-Fi.
All in all, the new Bajaj Pulsar 180cc will be great if you take value for money. This is because you get all new additional features packaged together at same price.