Yes, Bajaj Pulsar is definitely male and here, buoyed by robust response to new sports bike Pulsar RS200, Bajaj Auto is ramping up monthly production of the motorcycle model by over two-fold to 4,000 units in the next two months.
Bajaj Auto Ltd president seems to be the most delightful guy on stage for making one. The market response to RS200 has been really good. Currently the bike is available in 56 cities but we have not been able to expand beyond because of capacity constraints, said Eric Vas.
In order to overcome the constraints, he said the company is increasing output at the Chakan plant, where the model is manufactured. We are gradually ramping up production from 1,700 units a month now to about 4,000 units per month by August.
Launched in March, the RS200 was expected to sell 2,500 units a month according to the company’s estimate. Among the initial lot of bookings received, over 50% of the buyers like the top-variant fitted with the ABS, a first on the Pulsar nameplate.
Vas said the Pulsar RS200 along with bikes from sister concern KTM will help the company enhance its position in the ‘super sports’ motorcycle segment priced between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 2 lakh.
From selling 614 units a month on an average in FY13 to 4,034 units in the April-May period this fiscal, he said BAL has been able to increase its market share in the segment.
Based on the same platform as the Pulsar 200 NS, the Pulsar RS200 is powered by a 199.5 cc single-cylinder fuel-injected engine capable of 24.5 PS and 18.6 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. The RS200 can achieve a top-speed of 141 km/h, claims Bajaj Auto Ltd
The company’s main competitors in this segment are Honda CBR150, CBR 250 and Yamaha R15.