Bajaj Auto, it seems is laying it thick and fast when it comes to launching new models in its flagship motorcycle range, the Pulsar series. Mr Rajiv Bajaj, the Managing Director of Bajaj Auto has just announced that the Indian motorcycle maker will launch an all new Pulsar in 2013, just like it launched the Pulsar 200 NS earlier this year, one which was a big leap for the company. This all-new motorcycle is expected to debut sometime in the middle of 2013, after Bajaj launches the KTM Duke 390 in India. And, there’s a fat chance that it is the Pulsar 375 Mr Rajiv Bajaj is talking about.
Given that Bajaj Auto has already announced that a higher capacity Pulsar based on a KTM Duke is in the works for 2013, it seems quite logical that the Pulsar 375 will follow the Duke 390. The Duke 390 is expected to be unveiled at EICMA 2012 in November and an Indian launch could happen as early as March 2013. A few months later, the Pulsar 375, sharing plenty of parts with the Duke 390, albeit at a much cheaper price tag, is expected to debut in India. The KTM Duke 390 is expected to be priced just below INR 2 lakh and the Pulsar 375 is expected to be at least 25% cheaper.
So, expect a price tag of about INR 1.5 lakhs for the 2013 Bajaj Pulsar 375, which promises to be the most powerful Pulsar ever built. The speculations surrounding the KTM Duke 390 suggest that the motorcycle will be an overbored version of the 200cc model, with a single cylinder engine layout that displaces about 375cc. This engine is expected to produce about 45 Bhp of peak power. Given that the KTM Duke 200 and the Pulsar 200 NS have nearly similar power and torque outputs, the same might hold true of the Duke 390 and the Pulsar 375 as well.
However, the Pulsar 375’s engine and overall riding feel is expected to be have a more relaxed character than the hooligan-istic performance of the Duke 390. The mileage is another aspect which is expected to be higher on the Pulsar 375. Also, the cycle parts on the Pulsar 375 could be more conventional stuff to keep costs low to make for a very attractive price tag. This is the same approach Bajaj Auto has taken with the Duke 200 and the Pulsar 200 NS. Expect a fully faired version of the Pulsar 375 to be launched as Bajaj’s newest flagship offering.