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Bajaj Auto has come out with yet another surprise for the Indian two-wheeler market. Bajaj has launched the Pulsar 180F as a premium variant of the regular Pulsar 180. It is basically a Pulsar 180 that looks like a Pulsar 220F thanks to the well-known half-fairing Indian motorcyclists have known and have come to love.
The Bajaj Pulsar 220F has one of the most iconic designs in the Indian market and has basically remained the same in terms of design since its launch in 2007. The same fairing has now been transplanted onto the Pulsar 180 and Bajaj has also added the ‘F' moniker suffix to it.
The Pulsar 180F is yet another attempt by Bajaj to revive the age-old Pulsar 180 and keep sales going. The most recent major update Bajaj had made to the Pulsar 180 was the addition of a disc brake at the rear, and now, the looks have been changed.
Up front, is a fixed headlamp unit with a reflector-type halogen lamp and a projector type halogen lamp, with the latter stacked above the former. The turn signal indicators are placed a little below and the fald fairing extends till the fuel tank. Everywhere else, the Pulsar 180F remains the same as the standard model.
It will continue to be powered by the same air-cooled, single-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 17bhp and a peak torque output of 14Nm. A 5-speed gearbox drives the rear wheel.
It rides on conventional forks up front and twin gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear. Braking duties are handled by a 260mm disc up front and a 230mm disc at the rear both from Bybre. The Pulsar 180F will be launched at a reported price of Rs 86,500 (ex-showroom), Rs 1,500 more than the standard Pulsar 180. The additional equipment being offered with it is totally worth the additional cost.
Thoughts On Pulsar 180F Launch In India
Bajaj has cleverly and clearly spaced out its models. Though it is difficult to spot tell one Pulsar model from another from a distance, there is something for everyone in the Pulsar range. Now, with the launch of the Pulsar 180F, the company has allowed for a more premium design in a lower price bracket.
The Pulsar 180F will sell well, and maybe even outsell the Pulsar 220F. The Pulsar 220F though will continue to remain in a league of its own.