The updated BS-VI Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is said to produce more power than the outgoing BS-IV model. According to reports, the Bajaj Pulsar NS160 will produce 17bhp in its BS-VI guise, which is 1.5bhp more than the outgoing BS-IV model.
The power figures were reportedly leaked through a government document, which was probably used to certify it for roadworthiness before the motorcycle could be put on sale. The Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is one of the best-selling models in the Bajaj portfolio.
It was developed as a more affordable alternative to the Bajaj Pulsar NS200. However, it was not very well equipped and had a power output that was much lower. Bajaj has over the last few months, updated most of its models for BS-VI emissions compliance way before the 01 April deadline.
However, the Pulsar NS160 was one of the few models left to get the update. Several spyshots of the BS6 model have appeared in the past, and they gave us some insight into the design details. However, there was no information on the technical details, until now.
The BS-VI Pulsar NS160 will be powered by the same air and oil-cooled, 160.3cc single-cylinder engine as the outgoing BS-IV model. However, it will feature several changes to make it BS-VI compliant. The position of the catalytic convertor will be moved up the downpipe.
It will now come with a fuel-injection system, and it is probably this FI system that helped it gain the additional 1.5bhp. The torque figures too are likely to change, but there is no word on it at the moment.
This new development has helped the Bajaj Pulsar NS160 overtake the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V to become the most-powerful motorcycle in the segment. The Apache RTR 160 4V has already received its BS-VI update and has a maximum power output of 16bhp.
Just to draw a comparison, the Suzuki Gixxer produces 13.6bhp and the Yamaha FZ produces around 12.4bhp. This puts the Bajaj Pulsar NS160 miles ahead in terms of power output. Aesthetically, the BS-VI motorcycle is expected to remain the same as the outgoing model.