Yes, the Pulsar N160 is a completely different bike from the NS160. It is also the first bike in its segment to get dual-channel ABS!
After being spotted on test multiple times, the Bajaj Pulsar N160 has been finally launched, with prices starting from Rs 1.23 lakh for the single-channel ABS variant. At Rs 1.28 lakh, buyers can go for the dual-channel ABS variant – it is the first bike in its class to offer this feature. The N160 gets the same starting price as the NS160, which is still on sale and is available only in a single variant. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
The single-channel variant of the N160 is available in three colour options – Caribbean Blue, Racing Red, and Techno Grey – while the dual-channel ABS variant is available exclusively in Brooklyn Black.
What separates it from the NS160? In simple words, the NS160 is a downsized version of the NS200, and the new N160 is a downsized version of the N250. And as readers will know, the N250 and F250 (launched in October 2021) are all-new bikes – the first-ever quarter-litre Pulsar models.
Much like the N250, the N160 gets a bi-functional LED projector headlamp, flanked by the brand's signature 'naked wolf' LED DRLs. The taillight is also an LED unit, but the indicators are regular bulbs. It also borrows its split-seat, 14-litre fuel tank, tank extensions, and 17-inch alloy wheels from the N250.
Since the N160 is built on the same chassis as the 250cc Pulsars, the bike gets the same frame and nitrox monoshock. However, the single-channel ABS variant makes do with a 31mm telescopic fork and a 280mm disc at the front, while the dual-channel variant gets a bigger 37mm fork and a 300mm disc. The 230mm rear disc is the same on both variants. There's one big difference between the N siblings – the N160 gets a new underbelly exhaust, while the N250 gets a conventional side-slung unit.
Powering the Pulsar N160 is an all-new 164.82cc oil-cooled twin spark DTS-i engine, which develops 15.7bhp and 14.65Nm of torque. The power figure is slightly lower than that of the NS160 (17bhp), but the torque output is the same.
In terms of competition, the Pulsar N160 will lock horns with the Yamaha FZ-S, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, Hero Xtreme 160R, Suzuki Gixxer, and Honda X-Blade.