Amid rumours that Bajaj Auto is all set to launch the Pulsar 150 NS in India this year, the Pune-based manufacturer already started exports of the motorcycle. The latest reports indicate the company has been exporting the Pulsar 150 NS to at least eight countries.
Eric Vas, president of Bajaj Auto's motorcycle business, told Autocar professional that the company has been shipping the Pulsar 150NS to several markets internationally for some time. The importing countries, he said, were Columbia and other Latin American markets.
Autocar Professional confirmed that apart from these countries, the Pulsar 150 NS has been exported to Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Turkey, Finland, Thailand and the United States. The motorcycle has been exported as completely knocked down (CKD) and semi-knocked down (SKD), depending upon the assembly facility in the destination countries.
The motorcycle will be equipped with the new 149.5cc twin-spark, four-valve air-cooled engine debuted with the Pulsar 150 AS, which makes 16.7bhp power at 9500rpm and a maximum torque of 13Nm at 7500rpm. The numbers are healthy power figures in the 150cc segment. To put it in perspective, the 16.7bhp is second only to the 18.2bhp CBR150R and equal to the Yamaha R15's power figure. This engine is much more advanced than the current engine in the regular Pulsar 150 in terms of smoothness.
The Pulsar 150 NS will be the second naked bike from Bajaj Auto, the first being the Pulsar 200 NS. Bajaj Auto launched the first motorcycle bearing the Pulsar name in 2001 and it has become a runaway success, which later prompted the manufacturer to expand the range. The current Pulsar family has Pulsar 135 LS, Pulsar 150, Pulsar 180, Pulsar 220, Pulsar 200 NS, Pulsar AS 150/200 and Pulsar RS 200.