Bajaj Auto had announced a launch of new bike every month for the first six months of 2009. After the January debut of the XCD135, no motorcycle was launched in February. However, Bajaj did unveil three variants of the Pulsar 200 at a Probiking showroom in Pune. The bikes were displayed for the enthusiasts to choose the best option among the three. This was done as the company planned to finalize the facelifted version of the Pulsar 200 based on this survey.
All three variants sported the engine from the current Pulsar 200 DTS-i with the motor tuned to produce a maximum power of 19PS as against 18PS in the current model. Apart from the slight increase of power, the bikes had a lot of visual variation. The first bike was fitted with clip-on handlebars, a rear disc brake and bigger front forks – all borrowed from the Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi. This upgrade definitely looked promising with the street fighter character of the bike being upped with some really useful bits. The second variant was a ditto copy of the P220 except that this one sported an all-black engine and alloys. The bike sported the P220’s fairing as an addition apart from the front forks, rear disc and clip-on handlebars. The quarter fairing provided on the bike seemed to kill the urban fighter image of the P200. The third variant was similar to the second without the rear disc brake.
Apart from the Pulsar 200, the showroom guys also said that a facelifted version of the P180 will hit the market which will sport the looks of the current P200. The Pulsar 220 is expected to be launched with a better tuned engine and a slight increase in power plus an all-black treatment to the engine and the alloys. Survey officials said that Bajaj was planning a price tag of Rs 77,000 (approx. OTR, Pune) for the first P200 variant. The variant which was an exact copy of the P220 may debut at a price of Rs 79,000 (approx. OTR, Pune).
Source – BikeIndia
Update – 20/04/2009
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