Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi

Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi, Bajaj’s first fuel injected bike, has what it will take to be at the top of the performance bikes segment. The long list of unique and futuristic features it comes with should leave bike enthusiasts’ hearts racing.20070812507717011

The country’s top three two-wheeler manufacturers have all dabbled in developing and testing fuel-injected engines. However, up until a couple of years ago, there was no interest among these manufacturers to come up with such an engine for their bikes.

Even now, the end to carburetion does not seem to be very near, though only two bikes in the market now have the feature. Fuel injection technology, when incorporated into the same bike, pushes up the cost when compared to its carburetted sibling. That was the case even for cars when fuel injection was introduced; buyers having had to pay a higher price.

However, the difference between cars and bikes is the fact that fuel injection had to be incorporated compulsorily in petrol-driven cars for them to be able to meet new emission standards. Whereas in the case of bikes, even though the current emission norms are among the most stringent in the world, they are being met just by adopting four-stroke technology and better exhaust systems, and despite the engine still being fed through a carburettor.2007081250771704

Naturally, there is not much pressure on two-wheeler manufacturers to adopt fuel-injection technology since it is not exactly necessary to meet any statutory emission requirements. The cost conscious customer in the lower half of the bike segment is also unwilling to pay more for a technology that does not offer any tangible benefits in terms of running costs.2007081250771702

TVS Motor says that it was one of the first to develop an in-house fuel-injected engine, though it never made it into series production. Hero Honda introduced its Glamour 125 with a similar sized fuel-injected engine and quickly managed to record it as the country’s first FI bike. However, the Glamour FI has not exactly managed to light up the market with its sales numbers. And being a bike in the fuel-efficiency and cost conscious buyer segment, the Glamour-FI was not destined to be the first choice when it continues to be offered alongside the carburetted version.

Bajaj Auto has come up with a more sensible product that features fuel injection. Logically, the buyer in the performance bikes segment is less sensitive to cost of ownership and will be willing to pay more for new technology that improves refinement and performance. He is relatively less fuel-efficiency conscious and will pay more if he is offered exclusive technology and features. So, choosing to launch its own version of fuel injection technology in the big-engined Pulsar 220 was probably the better strategy to adopt.

The Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi was launched exclusively in Pune and Mumbai in the first quarter of this year. It has only now been rolled into dealerships nationwide after a six-month observation period, during which Bajaj ironed out product and production issues for the Pulsar 220. The wait was probably a good idea given the fact that the bike has what it will take to be at the top of the performance bikes segment.

The Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi is Bajaj’s first fuel injected bike. It shares quite a bit with the rest of the Pulsar pack and yet Bajaj has managed to load it up with enough unique, futuristic features to leave current bike buyers drooling.

Though from the front, the new top-end Pulsar seems like it is an all-new bike, at the rear, it gives away its lineage. The same alloy grab rail, the same twin LED strips at the rear tail lamp, a similar stepped, split seats for the rider and pillion and the same sharp body side panels as was featured in the Pulsar 200, continue to be available in the 220 DTS-Fi.


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