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Bajaj Pulsar N160 vs Hero Xtreme 160R: The Real World Performance King


Here’s how the sportiest 160cc bikes fair against each other in the real world

Bajaj Pulsar N160 vs Hero Xtreme 160R

Bajaj recently launched the Pulsar N160, and as we have tested earlier, this bike is an absolute delight to ride. However, how does the latest entrant fare against the popular 160cc naked, the Hero Xtreme 160R?

Acceleration

Bajaj Pulsar N160

Hero Xtreme 160R

0-60kmph

5.24s

5.62 seconds

0-80kmph

9.44s

10.19 seconds

0-100kmph

16.55s

20.09 seconds

Bajaj Pulsar N160

What aids the Pulsar N160 in leading the charts in terms of outright acceleration is its 16PS and 14.7Nm-producing 164.82cc single-cylinder, air-/oil-cooled engine. This is despite being 15 kg heavier than the Xtreme 160R; however, the Hero produces much less at 15.2PS and 14Nm. The N160 has a wide torque band that churns out 14Nm from revs as low as 3000rpm, ensuring quicker acceleration.

Roll on

Bajaj Pulsar N160

Hero Xtreme 160R

30-70kmph

6.13s

6.90 seconds

40-80kmph

8.14s

9.17 seconds

Hero Xtreme 160R

Evidently, the N160 takes the win here as well with its incredibly tractable engine that allows the rider to ride away from speeds as low as 25kmph in fifth gear without much complaint. Despite the lower power output, the Xtreme 160R isn’t far behind, thanks to its light weight.

Braking

Bajaj Pulsar N160

Hero Xtreme 160R

80-0kmph

33.91m

38.81m

60-0kmph

18.64m

22.90m

Bajaj Pulsar N160

Once again, despite the Hero Xtreme 160R’s light weight, the Pulsar N160 stops much sooner than its rival. The incredible braking prowess on the Pulsar comes from the dual-channel ABS (a segment first), which makes it a more predictable setup and helps it shed speed more rapidly. Also note that the Xtreme 160R is equipped with a single channel ABS setup.

Fuel Efficiency

Bajaj Pulsar N160

Hero Xtreme 160R

City

59.11kmpl

55.47kmpl

Highway

44.38kmpl

47.38kmpl

All of that power and all of that performance does not come at a cost on the Bajaj Pulsar N160, well atleast in the city. However, on the highway, the Xtreme 160R manages to perform better. That said, if your adventures are going to be dominated by city rides then the N160 is the bike for you.

Summing up, in most of the performance tests, the Bajaj Pulsar N160 takes the win, making it truly deserve the crown of the 160cc segment over its rival, the Hero Xtreme 160R.

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