Bajaj Auto has dropped a significant update on its 180cc Pulsar with the launch of the 180F. With no spy images or hints, the Bajaj Pulsar 180F is indeed a big surprise for all of us. The 180F comes with a semi-fairing design that is identical to the one on the Pulsar 220F, however, several elements differentiate the model from its higher displacement sibling.
The graphics, for example, are very different from those on the Pulsar 220F. In fact, the colour and graphics are similar to the neon paint scheme that we saw on the Pulsar 150. The motorcycle also gets an engine cowl that is identical to the unit on the Pulsar 220F. However, the cowl on the Pulsar 180F gets no graphics at all.
The fascia features a twin-pod, vertically-stacked headlight with DRLs on the sides and fairing mounted rear view mirrors. The new light setup should offer better illumination than the unit on the naked version of the motorcycle should. Everything following the updated fascia is identical to the Pulsar 180. The cockpit continues to feature an analogue tachometer along with a digital display. You would find the same 15-litre tank capacity and design for the fuel tank. The new tank pad adds a refreshing touch.
The badge on the fuel tank and the rear panel come in the same colour as the graphics on the motorcycle. The pillion grab rail, too, features the same shade as the graphics. The bike we see in the video is a black and red colour option while we previously saw the motorcycle in a matte silver and neon orange finish. The saddle continues to use the split design from the 180 and so does the pillion grab rails at the back.
Mechanical specifications have not been changed. Thus, you would find a 178.6cc 2-valve, air-cooled DTS-i motor that produces 17 bhp of max power at 8,500 and a peak torque of 14.22 Nm at 6,500 and a five-speed gearbox.
Stopping power comes from a 260 mm disc at the front and a 230 mm disc at the back. The Pulsar 180F benefits from steel braided lines that should enhance the stopping prowess of the motorcycle. Surprisingly, the bike seen in the YouTube video does not seem to feature ABS.
The motorcycle has started to arrive at the dealerships and is priced at INR 86,500 (ex-showroom) - a premium of INR 1,500 over the naked variant.