Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs Bajaj Pulsar RS200 vs Bajaj Pulsar 220F: Which is the most exciting Pulsar?

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs Bajaj Pulsar RS200 vs Bajaj Pulsar 220F: Which is the most exciting Pulsar?

Reviews by Team Drivio | 24 Apr 2024

On paper, the Pulsar 220F, with its biggest engine comes across as the most exciting

  • And even in terms of nameplates, nothing beats how iconic the Pulsar 220F is
  • That said, the NS200 and RS200’s liquid-cooled engine has an edge over the 220F’s air-cooled one
  • In fact, both the 200s are among the most powerful 200cc bikes in India

When it comes to performance-oriented and iconic Pulsar models, the Bajaj Pulsar NS200, Pulsar RS200, and Pulsar 220F stand out among the rest. With all three available for sale in the country simultaneously, choosing between them can be a daunting task. If you find yourself in a similar dilemma, fret not. We're here to guide you through the decision-making process and determine which 200-250cc Pulsar truly offers the best value for your money.

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs Bajaj Pulsar RS200 vs Bajaj Pulsar 220F: Design & Features

In terms of design, the 2023 Bajaj Pulsar NS200 retains much of its familiar aesthetic, staying true to its iconic look. Its single-pod headlight with twin DRLs, muscular tank with matching graphics, and split-style seats maintain the aggressive appeal it's known for. 

Despite minimal changes, the addition of upside-down front forks gives it a refreshed and more muscular appearance. While the build quality and 3D logo add a premium touch, the absence of Bluetooth connectivity is noticeable. However, the backlit switchgear remains attractive and functional, especially during night rides. Despite lacking some modern features, the NS200's timeless design ensures it still stands out in its segment.

While the 220F's cosmetic updates are limited to three new colour options, they fail to enhance the bike's sporty appeal. The graphics also feel uninspired, detracting from the overall styling. However, the matte black finish on the exhaust muffler and reflective tape on the rims provide subtle visual cues to distinguish the new model. The inclusion of AHO (automatic headlamp on) aligns with safety regulations, though some may miss the headlamp switch. The instrument cluster now features faux carbon fiber surrounds and blue backlighting, adding a touch of modernity to the otherwise familiar design. Despite its modest aesthetic changes, the 220F's timeless design still commands attention.

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs Pulsar RS200 vs Pulsar 220F: Engines

SpecificationsBajaj Pulsar NS200Bajaj Pulsar RS200Bajaj Pulsar 220F
Engine199.5cc liquid-cooled engine199.5cc liquid-cooled engine220cc air-cooled engine
Maximum Power24.5PS @ 9750 rpm24.5PS21PS
Maximum Torque18.74Nm @ 8000 rpm18.7Nm19Nm

Under the hood, the 2023 Pulsar NS200 continues to boast the same robust 199cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, delivering a peppy performance. With its six-speed gearbox and upgraded suspension setup, the NS200 offers a smooth and responsive ride. Meanwhile, the RS200 shares the same engine but delivers a distinctively sharper and peakier performance. Its refined yet powerful engine, combined with its distinctive design, sets it apart from its counterparts. However, vibrations are more pronounced in the RS200, particularly in the foot pegs, affecting overall comfort.

Under the hood, the 220F retains its 220cc, single-cylinder, DTS-i motor, delivering a respectable 21PS and 19Nm of torque. The exhaust note is notably throatier and more pleasing, but the engine's raw power delivery lacks the refinement of its rivals. While the motor revs freely with a strong mid-range and sufficient top-end grunt, engine vibrations become noticeable beyond 4,500rpm, accompanied by rattles from the fairing. Despite these drawbacks, the 220F offers commendable performance, albeit with room for improvement in refinement.

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs Pulsar RS200 vs Pulsar 220F: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

SpecificationsBajaj Pulsar NS200Bajaj Pulsar RS200Bajaj Pulsar 220F
Front suspensionInverted forkTelescopic ForkTelescopic Fork
Rear suspensionGas-charged monoshockMonoshockMonoshock
Front tyre100/80-17



Rear tyre130/70-17



230mm disc

Front brakeDisc BrakeDisc BrakeDisc Brake
Rear brakeDisc BrakeDisc BrakeDisc Brake

Both the NS200 and RS200 offer impressive ride quality, effortlessly handling various road conditions. The NS200's revised suspension setup ensures a comfortable yet sporty ride, while the RS200's telescopic forks and adjustable monoshock provide excellent stability and control, even at high speeds. Despite their firm tuning, neither bike feels overly stiff or harsh, making them suitable for spirited riding. The perimeter frame and suspension setup contribute to agile cornering, instilling confidence in riders.

The 220F's 5-speed gearbox operates smoothly, complemented by a light clutch action. Although official mileage figures are unavailable, real-world estimates suggest a range of 35-40kmpl. The unchanged double cradle frame ensures likeable handling dynamics, with a confidence-inspiring grip from the MRF Zapper tyres. However, the absence of ABS, even as an option, is disappointing given the bike's performance capabilities.

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs Pulsar RS200 vs Pulsar 220F: Dimensions

DimensionsBajaj Pulsar NS200Bajaj Pulsar RS200Bajaj Pulsar 220F
Ground clearance168mm157mm165mm
Kerb weight158kg166kg160kg
Fuel tank capacity12-litres 13-litres15-litres
Seat height807mm810mm795mm

In terms of dimensions, both models offer a balanced and agile ride, with no compromises on stability or handling. The NS200's suspension tuning complements its perimeter frame, enhancing agility and cornering prowess. However, the absence of a centre stand on the track model limits our assessment of cornering clearance. Nonetheless, both bikes maintain a firm yet comfortable ride, striking a fine balance between sportiness and practicality.

However, the Pulsar 220F's robust performance and modern features, such as the two-piece handlebars, rear disc brake, and thicker forks, compensate for any perceived lack of character compared to its predecessor. Despite this, it remains the premier performance streetfighter motorcycle available in the country. While pushing the new Pulsar 220 DTSi through the winding mountain roads near Pune, the bike exuded confidence and stability, effortlessly tackling bumps and road imperfections. Its precise cornering and aggressive exits surpassed the capabilities of its predecessor. However, the rear suspension felt slightly soft, prioritizing ride comfort over sporty handling, resulting in the main stand scraping on corners sooner than expected – a departure from the bike's spirited reputation.

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs Pulsar RS200 vs Pulsar 220F: Price

PriceBajaj Pulsar NS200Bajaj Pulsar RS200Bajaj Pulsar 220F
Ex-showroom, DelhiRs 1,57,427Rs 1,72,358Rs 1,38,560

The Bajaj Pulsar NS200 is competitively priced at Rs 1,57,427 (ex-showroom, Delhi), offering excellent value for its performance and features. With multiple colour options available, including Gloss Ebony Black and Metallic Pearl White, the NS200 caters to diverse preferences. Meanwhile, the RS200 comes with a slightly higher price tag of Rs 1,72,358 (ex-showroom Delhi) but offers additional features like ABS and projector headlamps. Despite its higher cost, the RS200's attractive colour schemes and sporty design make it a compelling choice for enthusiasts.

The Bajaj Pulsar 220F, meanwhile, carries a Rs 1.39 lakh price tag, ex-showroom Delhi. 


In conclusion, both the Bajaj Pulsar NS200 and RS200 offer unique strengths and appeal to different riders. The NS200 impresses with its timeless design, responsive engine, and comfortable ride, making it an ideal choice for riders transitioning from smaller displacement bikes. However, its lack of modern features may deter some buyers. 

On the other hand, the RS200 stands out with its sporty design, powerful engine, and additional features like ABS, making it a top contender in its segment. Ultimately, your choice between the two will depend on your preferences and priorities, whether it's timeless design or enhanced performance and features.

Priced at Rs 1.39 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Bajaj Pulsar 220F remains a compelling value proposition. Its legendary status in the Indian two-wheeler market is not just attributed to its aggressive pricing but also its overall package. The partly faired design, impressive performance, feature-rich offerings, and engaging handling make it an ideal choice for riders seeking a versatile all-rounder. Despite minor shortcomings, such as refinement issues in the engine, the 220F retains its charm as it ventures into a new era with unwavering confidence.