Bajaj Auto will be phasing out the Avenger Street 180 and introducing the Avenger 160 in its place, sources aware of the development have revealed. This move will allow Bajaj to use the Pulsar NS160’s 4-valve engine in the cruiser. A 4-valve configuration runs cleaner than the 2-valve counterpart and will thus help in complying with the BSVI emission norms that are set to be enforced from 2020 onwards.
The Pulsar NS160’s 160.3cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine with oil cooler makes 15.5PS at 8500rpm and 14.6Nm at 6500rpm. Interestingly, this motor makes the same amount of power as the Avenger Street 180’s air-cooled powerplant while the torque figure is in fact almost 1Nm more in the 160cc engine. All in all, it doesn’t really feel like a downgrade (at least on paper) despite the reduction in displacement. In line with both the Pulsar and Avenger (air-cooled) lineup, the Avenger 160 too will employ a 5-speed transmission. On the design front, expect new graphics and colours to distinguish from the outgoing cruiser. Bajaj will have to equip the motorcycle with ABS. and expect the bike to pack a single-channel unit as seen on the Avenger 220 range. The bike is expected to launch in April.
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