Faired Pulsar 180F price is just Rs 2000 more than the standard version and you also get the projectors of the 220! But alas! no ABS as of now!
For the year 2019, Bajaj has launched new Pulsars under the ‘Neon Edition’. Apart from the Pulsar 150 Classic which costs ₹ 65,382, we also have a surprisingly new addition to the lineup – the faired Pulsar 180F.
Yes, out of nowhere, Bajaj has decided to give the ‘almost two decade old‘ Pulsar 180 a new lease of life by plonking Pulsar 220’s half fairing to the lesser sibling. It also gets the neon theme which is nothing but regular base colours accentuated by some neon coloured dashes here and there. We have, so far, at least seen two shades of the motorcycle – the matte grey (with orange ascents) and metallic black (with red ascents).
Bajaj is aggressively promoting the motorcycle in newspaper ads because of a weird reason – there is no ABS version announcement so far! Which means that whatever they have produced of the new version, they will have to consume it before 1st April 2019 because from this date no new 125+cc motorcycle could be retailed without the safety of ABS.
2019 Pulsar 180F Price
|Pulsar 180||₹ 85,523|
|Pulsar 180F||₹ 87,450|
*both prices ex-showroom Delhi
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As you can see, the premium for the fairing is ₹ 1927 and it appears that both the versions will continue to be on sale (with ABS of-course).
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Talking of changes, with the fairing the new 180F also gets vertically stacked projector headlamps and underbelly cowl. However, it misses out on the oil-cooler of the Pulsar 220.
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The strategy is to present a similar option for Pulsar 220 buyers at a lower price who may be off-put by the increase in the prices of the new Pulsar 220. It may cannibalise sales but eventually the end buyer will remain in the brand. Will it work..? Only time will tell…