Bajaj Auto, a prominent player in the Indian automotive industry recently unveiled an intriguing addition to its lineup at the Bharat Mobility Expo 2024 – the Pulsar NS160 Flex. This new variant, designed to run on flex-fuel, made its debut alongside another notable offering from Bajaj, the Dominar 400 E27.5. However, unlike its counterpart, the Dominar 400, Bajaj has not disclosed the precise blend ratio of ethanol for the Pulsar NS160 Flex.
While the specific ethanol blending ratio remains undisclosed, some indications suggest the Pulsar NS160 may be engineered to accommodate E27.5 fuel. Originally designed to comply with E20 standards, the Pulsar NS160 now comes with a fresh look, adorned with new decals and graphics, aimed at setting it apart from its standard variant.
Despite the introduction of a flex-fuel engine and the aesthetic enhancements, the fundamental aspects of the Pulsar NS160 remain unchanged. It retains its distinctive styling cues and mechanical configuration featuring a robust 160.3cc, air/oil-cooled engine that generates 17.03bhp of power at 9,000rpm and a peak torque of 14.6Nm at 7,250rpm, coupled with a reliable five-speed transmission system.
Looking ahead the Indian government has set ambitious targets for switching to cleaner energy sources. To adopt E27.5-compliant vehicles nationwide by 2025 there is growing anticipation that manufacturers like Bajaj will continue to innovate and introduce more environmentally friendly options. It's reasonable to speculate that Bajaj will soon introduce motorcycles equipped to handle E27.5 fuel, aligning with the country's sustainable mobility objectives.