Bajaj Auto has just initiated a sibling squabble, launching Bajaj Pulsar RS 200. The Racer Sports version is essentially the original naked model, with extra clothing and minor enhancements. But that goes a long way in capturing market attention and kindling rivalry within and outside the brand. At the end of the say, will there be significant cannibalism? Let’s look at tech specs comparison of Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 vs 200 NS for starters.
Though the RS200 look more muscular, you would be surprised to know that Pulsar NS 200 is wider, longer and taller. Ground clearance of RS 200 is sacrificed by 12 mm while kerb weight is added by 20 kg. The RS version receives a larger fuel tank of 13 litres, while and tyres are the same (110/80 – 17 upfront and 130/70 – 17 at the rear).
When most of such vital components are retained, engine was not expected to change its tune in Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 compared to 200 NS. But that is not the case. RS200 gets electronic fuel injection system, which also results in a slightly more power and torque; better top speed and acceleration.
The power output from the same 199.5 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine is 24.5 PS @ 9,750 rpm and peak torque is 18.6 Nm @ 8,000 rpm in Pulsar RS 200 as this version of engine is Fuel Injected, compared to 23.52 PS and 18.3 Nm in Pulsar 200 NS with carburetor. There seems to be no change in the 6-speed gearbox.
Finally, the price, which is the deciding factor for most, plays a significant role here. Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS does not equip ABS and the RS 200 does. The naked variant retails for Rs. 91,553 (ex-showroom Delhi), and the RS model is priced at Rs 1.18 lakhs for non ABS variant, and Rs 1.3 lakhs for ABS variant (single-channel, front only).
Which one would you buy?