Much awaited Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 is launched today with a compelling price tag of Rs. 1.18 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for base non-ABS variant and Rs 1.3 lakh for ABS variant. Here is on paper tech specs comparison review of Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 with its Austrian counterpart KTM RC 200 and Japanese rival Honda CBR 250R.
Dimensions – Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 looks muscular than competition at dimensions of 1999 x 765 x 1114 mm. It has ground clearance, of 157 mm, same as KTM RC 200 while Honda CBR 250R has the least, of 145 mm. Seat / saddle height is average, while RC 200 has its cushion placed higher at 834 mm and CBR 250R at 780 mm. Pulsar also has second highest kerb weight, of 165 kg, while RC 200’s is least at 154 kg and CBR is hefty 167 kg. Fuel tank capacity of 13 litres is also moderate, as the Austrian holds 9.5 litres and Japanese 13 litres.
Engine & Performance – Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 shares 199.5 cc single-cylinder power plant with KTM RC 200, and both are fuel injected. With each one’s own tasteful tuning, there is a notable difference in power and torque output in the two. On the Pulsar, 24.5 PS @ 9,750 rpm and 18.6 Nm @ 8,000 rpm is produced, while on the RC, higher values, 25 PS @ 10,000 rpm and 19.2 Nm @ 8,000 rpm are recorded. Power to weight ratio of KTM RC 200 is 162 PS/tonne, while on the RS 200 it is 148.48 PS/tonne. Both engines are mated to 6-speed gearbox.
Honda CBR 250R, having bigger displacement engine of 249 cc, churns out much better power and torque outputs – 26.5 PS @ 8,500 rpm and 22.9 Nm @ 7,000 rpm. Although, power to weight ratio is marginally lesser at 158 PS/tonne, it has got evidently better acceleration.
Tyres – KTM RC 200 wears biggest and stickiest radial tyres from Metzeler, of dimensions 110/70 – ZR17 upfront and 150/60 – ZR17 at rear. Honda CBR 250R sports Continental Contigo Bias ply construction sets (for better bump / pothole resistance and life), of sizes 110/70 – 17 at front and 140/70 – 17 at rear. Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 rides on tyres of parameters – 110/80 – 17 at front and 130/70 – 17 at rear.
Price – Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 will be a better buy than the rest, given its fresh looks, almost-on-par power and availability of ABS (though single-channel, front only). The Pulsar would also score on easier and less expensive maintenance.