Bajaj Auto introduces New ‘Racing Red’ colour in Pulsar RS200

Bajaj Auto Ltd, has introduced a new colour option – ‘Racing Red’ in the PULSAR RS200.  After the introduction of ‘Racing Blue’ and ‘Graphite Black’ colour variants last year, PULSAR RS200’s Racing Red edition will provide yet another alternative for RS200.

Commenting on the launch of the new colour, Mr. Sumeet Narang, Vice President, Marketing, Motorcycle Business, Bajaj Auto said “The Pulsar RS200 offers unparalleled design, fit and finish of the dream super sports bike and is a best seller among Indian youth. The ever growing 4500+ strong Pulsar Maniacs community and India’s biggest biking festival – The Pulsar Festival of Speed both of which are centered on Pulsar RS200 are a testament to its popularity and success. ”

The Pulsar RS200 will come with:

  • A 4-valve Triple Spark DTS-i Engine with Fuel Injection and Liquid Cooling to deliver 200 cc performance
  • 300mm front disc brakes with ABS
  • Perimeter Frame for high stiffness-low flex
  • Twin Projector headlamps 

The Pulsar RS 200 has 24.5 PS power and achieves a top speed of 141 km/hr. It is equipped with a 4-valve Triple Spark DTS-i Engine with Fuel Injection and Liquid Cooling to deliver the 200 cc performance. It also possesses the HD focus twin projector headlights and the high intensity crystal LED tail lamp.

The Pulsar RS 200 is available ₹ 123,891/- (Double Disc) & ₹ 135,795/- (ABS) ex showroom Delhi and all the color options will be available at the same price range.

Year 2017 Analysis – What Price? What Fuel?

With over 3.1 million dispatches from the factory, 2017 has been the best year for Indian passenger car Industry. To be precise September 2017 has been the best month ever in the history, followed by July and August.

Maruti and Hyundai too had their best monthly numbers in same period, others didn’t, and that’s what makes them worthy #1 and #2.

Price Range

Close to 80% of cars sold in India falls under ₹ 10 Lakh price level, ₹ (5-7.5) Lakhs range being most popular. Certainly base (₹ 0-5 Lakhs range) of price pyramid is getting narrower, it is visible sign of improving purchasing power. Still 90% of petrol powered car had a price tag of less than ₹ 7.5 Lakhs.

Thanks to compact SUV and Sedan, sub 10 lakhs priced product has brought lot of excitement for the buyers. A pointer to automakers to shift focus from low margin sub 5 lakh products to 5-10 Lakh range, as buyers are migrating to higher price range.

Engine : Petrol vs Diesel

Maruti is most preferred brand across petrol and diesel variants. Also, petrol is preferred choice of fuel for hatchback and diesel for SUV, rest, fall in between.

90% of petrol engines sold are 1200cc or smaller in size. And that’s good news for public in general and environmentalist in particular. Smaller engine means lesser fuel consumption and lesser pollutants too.

People usually tend to buy diesel SUV, however, compact SUVs like Ecosport and Creta has made owning petrol SUV more affordable.

Hyundai has widest range of petrol engines to offer in Indian Market followed by Maruti.

Despite appalling YoY sales figures posted by Fiat India, almost 40% of diesel cars sold in India are powered by Fiat’s Engine. For Fiat India, it’s not the public, but, Maruti is the biggest customer.  96% of Fiat’s 1248 cc diesel engine is sold through Maruti, rechristened as DDiS and rest by Tata.

1500 cc engine block is quite popular too; Honda and Nissan deploy it across their entire product range. Economies of scale certainly bring the cost down by using common engine block. However, there is tradeoff to be made, as smaller cars with larger engine may become tad more expensive or larger cars with smaller engine may feel underpowered.

Tata has widest range of diesel engines to offer in Indian Market followed by Mahindra and Hyundai.

(The article is written by Rohan Rishi. You can connect with him at emailrohanrishi@gmail.com)

F1 2018 – Sporting regulations

The world awaits yet another season of the biggest motorsport event – F1 2018, the drama unfolds, like every year, with a slew of regulations. After all what would F1 be without these rules and regulations. I personally see these as challenges thrown at every manufacturer on that starting grid to push the envelope of their already advanced machines. These regulations are introduced or so called changed in many instances to catch up with the changing tactics in terms of technological prowess, or sometimes to introduce new technology (usually safety related tech) or simply to ward off a potential problem that might occur down the line. So lets get our hands on the changes that the FIA has introduced this year and how it changes the fortunes of some of the teams and manufacturers.

For starters I would like to split the regulations rule book into 2 parts like the FIA does –

  • Technical Regulations – Like the name suggests this basically covers the machine (the car) and its systems. Basically this is the book that the design engineers and staff refer to before and during the race. This deals with technicalities like dry weight, aerodynamic downforce, the KERS systems, braking systems, etc.

  • Sporting regulations – In lay man’s terms this rule book deals with how the race is supposed to be run. This is basically the written law on how the drivers and teams should act during a race. Primarily this is the domain of the race engineer who constantly makes strategies within the boundaries of these regulations and instructs the drivers under different circumstances of the race

There is not many changes in the sporting regulations. The only small change is in the safety car restarts where the driver gets to choose between a standing start or a rolling start offering more flexibility to the teams. The biggest changes for next year which is of interest and will impact the sport are as follows –

Three Engines per season

This is the biggest change F-1 will see this year. I will term this as the most stringent engine quota that the sport will see. Each car will be allowed to use only 3 power units over the course of 2018 season. That means teams will get to use just 3 engines for a span of 21 races. This puts immense pressure of the reliability of the engines that engine manufacturers will have to build. To give you some background, back in 2004, FIA allowed the use of one engine per weekend which was reduced to 5 engines for the whole season in 2014 and four in 2015. The advantage of this move is reduced costs as manufacturers will push to make the engines more reliable, which maybe a concern for a few manufacturers. The downside which even I agree to is that drivers will now be asked to nurse their engines rather than drive flat out like they used to. Driver’s aren’t particularly happy with this move but I feel they aren’t happy since May 13th 1950 when the FIA came into picture!

Grid penalties changes

This is an obvious step for the FIA. With the 3 engines per season rule, God forbid if the drivers have to change their engine they will have to face grid penalties. I personally found the last year’s penalty system confusing, however this year FIA has gone ahead and tweaked it to some extent. This is, needless to say, an alteration in the sporting regulations. The detailed penalty system can be downloaded from this link – https://www.fia.com/regulation/. To summarize if a driver collects a 5 or a 10 place penalty based on the component changed. If they replace a second component he gets a 15 place penalty and he will automatically be sent to the back of the grid. In case there are multiple drivers who are attracting this penalty then the line-up will be decided by the FIA based on when the FIA was informed of the offense. This year the race stewards also get the power to issue penalities even if it’s not detected on auto detection system (learning from Vettel’s race in Chinese GP)

Tyre compounds

This year fans will be able to see more colours of tires around the pits. Pirelli will be expanding the array of dry weather compounds to 7 from earlier 5. They have basically added 1 compound each on either end of the spectrum – superhard and hypersoft. I personally feel the super-hard tyre will just be a catalog addition and will be used by teams as a last resort. This is primarily because in reality teams are pushing for softer compounds across the board. This point will be evident from the fact that Pirelli has announced that in 2018 every compound will be one level softer from 2017. So for example the medium compound tyre in 2018 will be comparable to soft compound in 2017. In such scenarios, it’s a wait and watch for the superhard tyre and will be interesting to see how teams will come up with that extra downforce as Pirelli is anticipating. This hence will be restricted to high energy circuits like Germany.  It will really be interesting to listen to the commentary this year (pun intended).

The colour palette for 2018 is –

Super-hard – Orange, Hard – Ice blue, Medium – White, Soft – Yellow, Supersoft – Red,  Ultrasoft – Purple, Hypersoft – Pink

Like every year 2018 is going to be an interesting season. Alas FIA gave a miss to India this year as well. I am eagerly waiting for those 5 lights to go off on 25th March in Melbourne and see how teams fare this year. 10 teams, 20 talented drivers one sport!

(Author’s Profile:  Manu Sasidharan. Am a hardcore petrol head, an auto enthusiast and an amateur designer. I have been in close touch with the industry for a long time and am abreast with the action in the automotive sphere. Driving is my passion and combined with a love for travelling makes me a nomad by nature. On the education front, I have done my Engg in Electrical and Electronics from Cochin university and my Management studies from Symbiosis Pune.)

Bajaj Auto launches the Dominar 2018!

  • 2018 Dominar 400 collection available in 3 new colors: Rock Matte Black, Canyon Red, Glacier Blue. All come with Gold Dust alloy wheels.
  • Good News : No change in price!
Canyon Red

Bajaj Auto Ltd has introduced the Dominar 2018 collection with the launch of new 3 colours, Rock Matte Black, Canyon Red and Glacier Blue. The new collection comes with Gold Dust alloy wheels.

Commenting on the Dominar 2018 collection, Mr. Eric Vas, President – Motorcycles, Bajaj Auto Ltd said, “We are commemorating the first anniversary celebration of Dominar400 with the launch of a new 2018 collection. Within one year, the bike has created a strong following for itself. It has become the preferred choice for city riders and long distance tourers, alike. Customers have pushed the bike into extreme long distance and challenging geographies with aplomb, which inspired us to dedicate the new collection to these terrains it has dominated.”

The latest in Dominar’s accomplishments has been the Trans-Siberean Odyssey, where 3 riders covered 15000 kms in 53 days on their Dominars with no break down or part change on what is believed to be the world’s toughest journey. Bajaj has helped its customers form a very active community of riders.

The specifications of Dominar have been retained. 373cc DTS-i engine, hyper-agility from twin spar perimeter frame, hyper-control with twin channel ABS and hyper-technology of liquid cooling FI engine and LED headlamps are retained since its launch.

The new Dominar 2018 collection is now available across Bajaj Auto dealerships in disc variant at Rs. 1,42,109 & in dual channel ABS variant at Rs. 1,56,270 ex showroom Delhi.

Rock Matte Black

 

Glacier Blue