Launched: Bajaj Pulsar RS200
Bajaj created quite a stir when it showcased the Pulsar SS400 and CS400 at the Delhi Auto Expo last year. And now, finally, the lads in the Chakan factory have answered many an enthusiasts prayer by first, launching the smaller displacement version of the SS400 - and from what the company says, is the fastest Pulsar yet - the Bajaj Pulsar RS200.The RS200 looks to have drawn some inspiration from the Transformers Bumblebee. Just like the bike that took the stand at the Auto Expo, it has an aggressive full-fairing with dual projector headlamps and LED pilot lamps. Behind the front windscreen, the new semi-digital instrument cluster comprises a digital clock, temperature gauge, side stand indicator, service due notification, two trip meters and a rev limiter.From the front, everything about the RS200 looks quite nice - split seats and a tall two-piece handlebar give the bike a neat and comfortable, sport-tourer appeal. When you step around the dual-tone exhaust, to the back, your positive sentiments toward the motorcycle may take a nosedive after spotting the mudguard-mounted floating split LED tail lamps.The RS200 is powered by the same 199.5cc, liquid-cooled, triple spark engine; mated to the same 6-speed gearbox as on the older NS200. But power and torque here are now upped to 24bhp and 18.6Nm, respectively. Although the new RS200 is marginally smaller then the NS in its dimensions with a smaller wheelbase, all those plastic panels have resulted in a whopping 20kg increase in weight over the NS, but Bajaj claims that the top speed is now up to 141kph, which is around 5kph faster than the NS. The Bajaj RS200 also comes with a big 300mm disc up front and a 230mm disc at the back, with the option of an ABS version.The Pulsar RS200 Non-ABS is now available at ?1.18 lakh, while the one with ABS will cost you ?1.3 lakh. Both prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. So tell us, is this the new Pulsar you've been waiting for?