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Bajaj & Triumph will share new air-cooled engine in India

Written by Nizam Shaikh

It’s no more a secret that one of the largest two-wheeler manufacturers in the world Bajaj Auto has entered into an equity partnership with iconic British brand Triumph to develop low-cost Triumph motorcycles for sale in the Indian market and possibly for exports to emerging markets. The Indian manufacturer is known for its low-cost development as demonstrated by the KTM-Bajaj partnership in India. Now, it is reported that the brand is developing a new air-cooled motor which could possibly be a quarter-litre engine that will not only power future Bajaj motorcycles but also the upcoming Triumph motorcycle.


The powertrain on the spied test mule which is speculated to be a new Bajaj Pulsar 250 NS appears to come with a new air-cooled engine and not a liquid-cooled motor. While the brand could be running evaluations for the new engine using the Pulsar as a test-bench the engine will most likely be shared with a Triumph modern classic. The air-cooled engine appears to have new external casings and by not having a complex water-cooling system the engine the motorcycle is likely to be priced affordably allowing it to compete with the Yamaha FZ-25 and Suzuki Gixxer 250. The engine is likely to be a long-stroke motor which will then power the Triumph motorcycle which is expected to be a modern classic motorcycle.

Bajaj Test Mule

The Bajaj test mule which could be the future Pulsar 250 NS comes with a naked streetfighter design and though the heavily camouflaged mule does not reveal much the motorcycle is likely to come with a lot of new parts with some shared with the current-generation Pulsar 200 NS such as the alloy wheels. But that could just be temporary and Bajaj could bring new parts on the future Pulsar.

Bajaj-Triumph Timeline

The Triumph motorcycle under the Bajaj-Triumph partnership is likely to come to India by 2023 followed by the Bajaj iteration using the same underpinnings. More details on the new powertrain and platform are awaited.