Bajaj Auto to leave Indian bike enthusiasts breathless with the new Pulsar 375 sports bike; a rival to Honda CBR 250R?

author image CarTrade Editorial Team
Tuesday 09 October 2012, 11:27 AM

Bajaj Auto Limited, the country's second largest two-wheeler manufacturer, is believed to be working towards a new project, the Bajaj Pulsar 375 sports bike. Rumours started floating regarding the new bike (Bajaj Pulsar 375), when the company launched the Pulsar 200 NS (Naked Sports) model in January 2012. Post the 200 NS, most of the Indian bike enthusiasts were wondering as what will be the Bajaj Auto's next offering and thus, the company has planned to answer all the queries right away, with the segment defining Pulsar 375. The upcoming sports bike is expected to be launched somewhere around the first half of 2014.

Recently, the Austrian sports bike manufacturer KTM announced to launch a 375 cc bike in about six months in the Indian market. Bajaj Auto owns a 47 per cent stake in KTM and sought the help of the Austrian sports bike maker in developing its own Pulsar 200 NS. So, it is going to make an interesting contest between the KTM 375 cc and Bajaj's upcoming Pulsar 375.

Currently, the Indian market has no direct competitors to the upcoming Bajaj sports bike but considering the glorious history of the Pulsar brand, the Pulsar 375 will definitely set the pulse racing of its domestic admirers. As the name suggests, the yet-to-be launched Bajaj 375 will feature a power-mill of 375 cc, which will be more than capable of churning out more than 30 bhp of adrenaline pumping power.

Considering the huge engines, the Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 350 can be deemed a viable rival against the Bajaj Pulsar 375, but otherwise both the motorcycles are vastly different in every other aspect. For instance, the Pulsar 375 is going to be cutting-edge and futuristic sports bike as against the Bullet Classic 350 that is purely a cruiser bike. The upcoming Pulsar 375 is expected to feature similar designs and cues of the Pulsar 200 NS, besides the drive train is believed to be nothing like the country has yet seen.

As potential rival, the Honda CBR 250R can be pitched against the upcoming Bajaj Pulsar 375. Currently, the Indian sports bike aficionados have to shell out an amount close to Rs. 1.78 lacs for the Honda sports bike. Evidently, the history of Bajaj Auto of producing aggressively priced products in the country's bike market dictates that a gruesome territorial dispute between the Pulsar 375 and Honda CBR 250R is definitely in the offing. Bajaj has so far found no segment in the domestic two-wheeler market, where it failed to anchor its guard and with the yet-to-be launched Pulsar 375 industry boffins have placed tremendous hopes of the sports bike writing a new chapter in company's history.

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