Bajaj Pulsar NS160 vs New Pulsar N160: Differences Explained
There are some subtle but major changes in the two 160cc bikes from Bajaj
Bajaj has launched the highly anticipated Pulsar N160 and it’s the first bike in its segment to offer a dual-channel ABS. So is it just a Pulsar N250 with a 160cc engine? Or does it share anything with the Pulsar NS160? We list all the differences between the two 160cc Pulsars below:
Beginning with the aesthetics of the bike, the Pulsar N160 closely resembles the Pulsar N250. The N160 gets a bi-functional LED projector headlamp with LED DRLs along with halogen indicators.
Coming to the juicy part of things, the N160 is powered by an all-new single-cylinder, two-valve 164.8cc engine that makes 16PS and 14.65Nm. Its engine is designed to offer a lot of mid-range grunt rather than peak power, keeping versatility and daily commuting in mind. The NS160 on the other hand has a 160.3cc single-cylinder, four-valve heart which makes 17.2PS and 14.6Nm. Its motor is peaky, making most of its power higher up in the rev range.
Built on the same chassis as the 250cc Pulsars, the N160 features the same steel-tubular frame and monoshock. It gets a 37mm telescopic fork for the dual-channel ABS variant and a 31mm one for the single-channel ABS variant. In comparison, the NS160 gets a perimeter frame with a telescopic fork and rear monoshock.
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The braking department is where the N160 stands out with a segment-first dual-channel ABS option, whereas the NS160 is only available with single-channel ABS. Both bikes ride on 17-inch wheels. That said, the N160 gets a wider 100-section tyre at the front and a 130-section tyre at the rear, compared to the 90 and 120-section front and rear tyres, respectively, on the NS160.
The Pulsar N160 gets a bigger 14-litre fuel tank, along with a USB charging port. The console is the same semi-digital one as seen on the N250, with a gear position indicator, clock, fuel economy and range indicator. Unfortunately, it is also the heaviest bike in the 160cc segment, with the single channel ABS variant tipping the scales at 152 kg and the dual-channel ABS variant at 154 kg.
The NS160, on the other hand, is equipped with a 12-litre fuel tank and features a semi-digital instrument cluster from the NS200 which houses the regular run-of-the-mill information like speed, revs, fuel level, clock, odometer and trip meter readings. There is no gear position indicator but it does get a shift light instead. It tips the scales at 151 kg.
The Pulsar N160 is priced at Rs 1,22,854 for the single-channel ABS variant and Rs 1,27,853 for the dual-channel ABS variant (ex-showroom Delhi). On the other hand, the Pulsar NS160 is priced the same as the single-channel ABS variant of the Pulsar N160, and it’s Rs 4,999 cheaper than the dual channel variant.
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