Bajaj Auto launched its much awaited upgraded version of Bajaj Pulsar 220cc on June 23, 2009. The Company has claimed that the New Pulsar 220 DTSi is the fastest bike in India. The bike can reach top speed around 144-150 kmph, which is really good in comparison with other bikes of the segment. The changes made in this bike are the all-black engine, black alloy wheels and most importantly new carburetor instead of fuel injection, which makes the bike more different from the older version. The Pulsar 220cc retains the same old type digital speedometer with front faring slightly changed. The tyres of New Pulsar 220 cc are wider. The bike has an all-black treatment with black forks, swing arm, alloys and engine paint. Other visual tit-bits are chiseled 3D graphics, a redesigned console background and revised clip-on handlebars. Power output has been pegged at 21.04PS @ 8500rpm, and the torque remains the same at 19.12Nm.
The new engine shares the same dimensions as the 220 DTS-Fi, but now breathes through a 32-mm venturi carburetor with an auto-choke feature. In addition, the intake port in the cylinder head has been modified, along with higher lift and duration cam. A larger resonator and catalytic converter are also used to increase performance. The higher engine performance has been matched to a modified 5th gear ratio, to make the New 220 Pulsar, 'The Fastest Indian Bike'. Apart from featuring new engine parts, the 220 cc bike also has better gearbox with reworked gear ratios, stickier rubber, better suspension, more powerful brakes and larger oil cooler.
Design And Comfort
The 2009 Edition Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi may not have any drastic design changes, but it surely looks quite different from its predecessor. Wheels and engine are in a rich shade of black. Raised 3D graphics on the tank are also a big plus. The bike comes with many new age features like auto choke, clip-on handle bar, split seats, engine oil cooler, fuel and battery charge indicators, etc. It also uses temperature based ignition mapping system through which the ignition timing is optimized to achieve good start, quick warm-up and outstanding torque. It is definitely an ideal machine for those who love to zoom with the raw power and thrill.
Ride And Handling
The New Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi is equipped with black top free loading suspension, both front and rear, which keeps the machine under neutral feel. The overall suspension mechanism remains the same except for the slight tweak in the front. The modified stronger and larger front fork delivers a feel, which gives more strength and power at high speeds. Another great asset of Pulsar 220 DTSi is softer compound tyres to increase the grip on the road and without sacrificing the stiffness of the tyre. It speeds from 0 to 60 kmph in just 3.8 seconds and from 0 to 100 kmph in 11.1 seconds. The bike gives 42.1 kmpl in city and 52.9 kmpl on highways. Quick shifts on transmission and the new clutch assist long-distance journey easily.
Variants, Price And Color
The 220 Pulsar is priced at Rs.70,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi). It also gives a standard two year warranty up to first 10,000 km. The color variants come in Black, Blue, Grey and Red.