Bajaj Auto, one of the biggest two-wheeler manufacturers in India, has silently pulled the plug on its Pulsar 180 motorcycle. A number of dealers in Delhi and Pune have confirmed that the bike will be sold only until stock last. While the Pune-based manufacturer hasn’t issued any official statement in this regard, industry observers believe that falling sales have prompted Bajaj to withdraw the bike. The Pulsar 220F, having an ex-showroom price of INR98,694, has been consistently clocking good sales for Bajaj. The 220F has been one of the bestsellers in the Pulsar range.
Bajaj has already introduced the semi-faired Pulsar 180F to replace its elder sibling. The new bike commands an ex-showroom price of INR87,002 in Delhi. Bajaj, with the Pulsar 180F, has attempted to replicate the styling of the 220F at a more affordable price. The antilock braking system (ABS) equipped 180F is expected to be introduced in May. The vehicle is likely to carry a premium of INR8,000 over the non-ABS model. The ex-showroom price of the 180F ABS is likely to be around INR96,000. The Pulsar 180F ABS, regardless of the premium, will be the cheapest semi-faired bike in the Indian market.
Both the Pulsar 220F and the 180F are almost identical. Both bikes have a similar suspension system, tyres, and brake setup. The Pulsar 180F is hauled by a 178.6cc engine which produces 17PS maximum power and 14.2Nm peak torque. The bigger 220F, on the other hand, is hauled by an air-cooled, two-valve, 220cc motor which outputs 20PS maximum power and 18.55Nm peak torque.
The Pulsar 180F makes more sense for buyers on a tight budget, hunting for a semi-faired bike. The Pulsar 220F ABS is expected to have an ex-showroom price of INR1.06 lakh, which is around INR10,000 more than the speculated price of the 180F ABS.