Bajaj has introduced the Pulsar NS200 with BSIV compliance at a price tag of Rs 96,453, ex-showroom Delhi. It is a direct competitor to the TVS Apache 200 4V that has a starting price tag of Rs 89,457, ex-showroom Delhi. The latter is available with a carburetor as well as fuel injection while the Pulsar NS200 is available only with fuel injection.
Powering the Bajaj Pulsar NS200 is the same 199.5 cc petrol engine that generates 21 hp of power and 18.3 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 6 speed transmission. The Apache's 197.75 cc motor has marginally lesser numbers on paper. For the carburetted version, the motorcycle produces 19.7 hp of power and for the fuel-injected variants, it is 20.7 hp of power. Torque remains same at 18.1 Nm. All trims of the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V are mated to a 5-speed transmission
Both motorcycles, the Bajaj Pulsar NS200 and the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V are offered with front telescopic forks and rear monoshocks suspension setup. While TVS borrows its monoshock from KYB for the Apache, Bajaj develops its own monoshock, commonly known as the Nitrox Monoshock.
The Bajaj Pulsar NS200 is offered with 280 mm front disc brake and a 230 mm rear disc brake. However, it is not available with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System). The TVS Apache 200 4V, on the other hand, has optional ABS along with Pirelli tyres.
Unlike the TVS Apache 200 4V which has an all digital instrument cluster, the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 has an analog tachometer while the rest of the elements are digital. The Apache's console looks modern and is legible in daylight as well.
The TVS Apache 200 4V is offered with seven colour options which includes matte colours as well. The Bajaj Pulsar NS200 is offered with three colour options. In our opinion, the TVS Apache 200 4V is a better value-for-money proposition due to the availability of the optional ABS as well as sticky Pirelli Scorpion tyres.
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