Bajaj Pulsar NS160 vs TVS Apache RTR 160

Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Price starts at Rs. 1.45 Lakh which is Rs. 26,372 costlier than base model of TVS Apache RTR 160 priced at Rs. 1.19 Lakh. The claimed mileage of Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is 52 kmpl whereas the mileage of TVS Apache RTR 160 is 47 kmpl. In technical specifications, Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is powered by 160.3 cc engine , while TVS Apache RTR 160 is powered by 159.7 cc engine. Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is available in 4 different colours while TVS Apache RTR 160 comes with 5 colours. The Comparison Bajaj Pulsar NS160 vs TVS Apache RTR 160 can be described on the basis of price and specifications.

Pulsar NS160 vs Apache RTR 160

Key Highlights Pulsar NS160 STD 2023Apache RTR 160 Drum
Engine Type Oil Cooled, Twin Spark, 4-valve FI DTS-i SI, 4 stroke, Air cooled, SOHC, Fuel Injection
Max Power 17.2 PS @ 9000 rpm 16.04 PS @ 8750 rpm

Pulsar NS160 vs Apache RTR 160 Key Highlights

Basic Info Pulsar NS160 STD 2023Apache RTR 160 Drum
654 reviews
2264 reviews
Brand Name Bajaj TVS
Ex-Showroom Price Rs. 1.45 Lakh View On Road Price Rs. 1.19 Lakh View On Road Price
Engine Type Oil Cooled, Twin Spark, 4-valve FI DTS-i SI, 4 stroke, Air cooled, SOHC, Fuel Injection
Max Power 17.2 PS @ 9000 rpm 16.04 PS @ 8750 rpm
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
Pulsar NS160 Colors
Apache RTR 160 Colors
Brakes Front Disc Disc
Brakes Rear Disc Drum
Wheel Size Front :-431.8 mm, Rear :-431.8 mm Front :-431.8 mm,Rear :-431.8 mm
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy) Alloy Alloy
ABS Dual Channel Single Channel
Starting Kick and Self Start Self Start Only
Speedometer Digital Digital
Insurance Rs. 11,142 Pulsar NS160 Insurance Rs. 10,698 Apache RTR 160 Insurance
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Engine Type
Oil Cooled, Twin Spark, 4-valve FI DTS-i
SI, 4 stroke, Air cooled, SOHC, Fuel Injection
Engine Displacement
160.3 cc
159.7 cc
Max Power
17.2 PS @ 9000 rpm
16.04 PS @ 8750 rpm
Max Torque
14.6 Nm @ 7250 rpm
13.85 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Emission Type
Drive Type
X-ring chain
Valve Per Cylinder
Fuel Type

Brakes Front
Brakes Rear

Mileage (Overall)
52 kmpl
47 kmpl
Top Speed
107 kmph

Tyre Size
Front :-100/80 -17 Rear :-130/70 -17
Front :-90/90-17 Rear :-110/80-17
Wheel Size
Front :-431.8 mm, Rear :-431.8 mm
Front :-431.8 mm,Rear :-431.8 mm
Tyre Type
Wheels Type (Pressed Steel/ Alloy)

Seat height
790 mm
2017*804*1060 mm3
2085*730*1105 mm3
1372 mm
1300 mm
2017 mm
2085 mm
Ground Clearance
170 mm
180 mm
1060 mm
1105 mm
804 mm
730 mm
Fuel Capacity
12 Liters
12 Liters
Kerb Weight
152 Kg
137 Kg
Tail Light
Front Brake Diameter
300 mm
270 mm
Rear Brake Diameter
230 mm
130 mm

Battery Type
Lead Acid
Additional Features
Gear position indicator
Glide Through Technology, Maximum Power - (Urabn / Rain) - 13.32 PS @ 8000 rpm, Max. Torque - (Urban / Rain) - 12.7 Nm @ 6500 rpm, Position Lamp, Roto Petal Disc Brake, Brake Fluid - DOT 3, Max speed Urban/ Rain - 97 kmph
Battery Capacity
12V / 8AH
Turn Signal Lamp

Dual Channel
Single Channel
Body Type
Sports Naked Bikes, Sports Bikes
Sports Bikes
Kick and Self Start
Self Start Only
Seat Type
Trip Meter
Distance to Empty
Low Fuel Warning Lamp
Low Oil Indicator
Passenger Footrest
Cooling System
Liquid Cooled
Air Cooled

Pros and Cons

  • Positives
  • Negatives

Bajaj Pulsar NS160

  • It packs a pretty powerful engine
  • Shares the capable perimeter frame with larger Pulsars
  • Stopping power is pretty good.

TVS Apache RTR 160

  • The TVS Glide Through Technology (GTT) makes low-speed riding an easy affair
  • Good performance
  • Top-end variant is feature-rich

Bajaj Pulsar NS160

  • Engine refinement could have been better
  • It isn’t feature-rich like its segment rivals
  • It is the heaviest 160cc motorcycle.

TVS Apache RTR 160

  • Vibrations at higher rpms may be a bit bothersome
  • The design is a bit outdated
  • Priced very close to the more powerful Apache RTR 160 4V
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Recently Asked User Questions

Q. Pulsar NS 160 kyu achha hai Apache RTR 160 se?
  • Look
  • Ride and handelling is very good. Bike does not vobble on high speed
  • Vibrations nhi hai, power zyada hai, looks bhi zyada acche hain
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Q. Which is the best bike in the 160cc segment?
  • Best bikes 160CC are Apache 160, Pulsar NS160 and Hero Xtreme 160R. All are good. Check and test ride and choose the bike. I have been using Hero Xtreme 160R, its very good, light weight and very good pickup. All LED and has auto sail technology. Its fun to ride sporty bike.
  • If you are looking for a low budget vehicle i would suggest Bajaj ns 160 ,but still if you can afford a few thousands then you can go for either yamaha MT 15 which is a very good naked sports bike or yamaha R15 V3 if you are looking for a doomed vehicle
  • I have been using for two years. My friend who is bike enthusiast had checked my bike.It's very good. Light weight. Very good pickup.Not faced any issues.Service cost is minimal.Test drive it.You can go for it. Now updated version going to release.Wait for it.You can go for it .
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Q. Which bike has a better mileage, Apache RTR 160 or Apache RTR 160 4V?
  • If you want to spend more than 1 lakh go with R15,fz,pulsar 220,dont purchase apache because spare parts also 2 much cost and every year i spent 6 to 8k for repair worst bike starting 1 to 2 yrs it will be normal after that it starts repairs
  • It would unfair to give a verdict here as the brand has not revealed the mileage of TVS Apache RTR 160. On the other hand, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V has a claimed mileage of 55.47kmpl.
  • 35.40
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Pulsar NS160 Vs Apache RTR 160 Comparison FAQs

Which bike is cheaper Pulsar NS160 vs Apache RTR 160?

The TVS Apache RTR 160 is cheaper than Bajaj Pulsar NS160 by Rs. 26,372.

Which bike offers better performance Pulsar NS160 vs Apache RTR 160?

For the STD 2023 version, 160.3 cc Petrol engine of Pulsar NS160 produces 17.2 PS @ 9000 rpm of power and 14.6 Nm @ 7250 rpm of torque. Whereas for the Drum version, 159.7 cc Petrol engine of Apache RTR 160 produces 16.04 PS @ 8750 rpm of power and 13.85 Nm @ 7000 rpm of torque

User Reviews of Comparison

  • Bajaj Pulsar NS160
  • TVS Apache RTR 160
  • Pulsar ns 160 is a bike which is value for money which give oveall performance amazingly, I enjoying ns since 6 years but i ever paid extra for it.It is all most all equal to ns200 but only it vibrates after reaching the 9000 rpm but we miss led head light ghear position indicator and bluetooth connectivity which is provided in mt-15 and we belive that bajaj will provide all these requirements as much as possible.

    Chintan NSpawar few weeks ago
  • This is the most underrated bike, in India looks like a beast and runs like a beast, very low maintenance cost gives around 42.5kmpl in city commute. Best for commuting and touring literally in love with the bike, comfort for pillion is poor but rider comfort is the best, road stability and pickup and mileage and build quality and maintenance is the best looks great......

    Aseem 53 few weeks ago
  • I have purchase many naked bike but I like the ns160 more because is it sound it's speed it's mileage the max. Speed I have drive is 127km/h I got the mileage of 42-47 km/pl if you want to buy any 160cc bike I would suggest you to buy ns160

    Yash Daryani few weeks ago
  • Performance of ns 160 is good, Sitting position is also good, mileage around 37kmpl, Low maintenance cost as new one, Pillion sit is not comfortable, It is quit hard and has to improve a more

    Sohanur Shawon few weeks ago
  • Bajaj pulsar NS is Best Raceing Bike Bajaj pulsar NS is Best Raceing BikeBajaj pulsar NS is Best Raceing BikeBajaj pulsar NS is Best Raceing BikeBajaj pulsar NS is Best Raceing Bike

    Sain Shab few weeks ago
Pulsar NS160 User Reviews
  • I am a fan boy of Apache bikes because of its looks and exhaust sound so i bought a Apache RTR 160 and i was stunned by its performance i use the bike for daily commute and some tours and my daily commute is in Bengaluru and the bike is comfortable with the traffic and i do tours i traveled 600 kms in a day without any issues and the bike was comfortable and yes there is some vibes around some places at high revs thats not a issue once you ride the bike you will get used to it and it gives a felling of raw power being delivered and Apache has the best looks and performance in its segment and the build quality is best The mileage i got is 45-52 After sales service is just prefect here in Bengaluru if here is any problem they take it seriously and fix it Every one who rides Apache will love it💖RTR💖

    T few weeks ago
  • RTR 160 is my second bike. First one was Pulsar 150 by Bajaj. Actually i was looking for the first model of Apache RTR, the yellow beauty but landed in next model RTR 160. To be true i was totally into RTR because of the advertisement, in which the two glowing eyes in the dark. Remembering those days, trying to do the same during our night rides. During the initial time, i was getting a vibration between 58 and 64 speed, but after the 3rd service the issue was all gone. Till date my best companion for roads and my solo trips. Iam not speed fan so do not know much about RTR performance over 80.

    Kuriakose Mathen few weeks ago
  • First pick for me when am looking for a bike!Am a fan of TVS as my father and brother have been using TVS bikes from long time..It got better braking and handling compared to Pulsars' or Hero bikes(My personal opinion though).Styling, Riding dynamics, performance everything makes this one a good bike among 150-160CC segments.I used it for city commute and highway rides as well, pretty satisfied with the bike in terms of mileage, performance and handling.

    Sai Theja few weeks ago
  • I have an amazing experience with apache RTR 160. I have done more than 1lacs and 36 thousand kilometers and mine is a 2009 model RTR. still I don"t face any knocking and any power loss in my bike while my daily commute includes 20-30kms of daily ride including off roads and some minor stunts as well... I"m getting a good mileage of 45-46 kmpl overall and after sales and service department of TVS deserves a salute, the parts are pocket friendly and have a very good quality, no issues in availability of parts and overall a very bike for those who want a good entry level bike which is pocket friendly and easy to maintain. great work and great machine by TVS.I am so happy with TVS that my first bike was RTR 160 in 2009, then I bought a RTR160 dual disc variant in 2013, then I bought RTR180 in 2017, and now RTR200 in 2018...

    Bharat Vashishtha few weeks ago
  • Best performimg bike ever-tvs apache rtr 160 offers impressive performance, Everyday practicality, And with prices starting at rs 1.08 lakh, Great value for money.The bike has a suspension setup that is quite adept at going around corners almost intuitively.With the 2021 model, Tvs also managed to shave off 2kg, And while it's not a difference you'll immediately notice, It does play a part.The only downside to the comfort is the ergonomics.

    Farhaan few weeks ago
Apache RTR 160 User Reviews

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