2019 Yamaha FZ-S V3.0 vs Bajaj Pulsar NS160 vs Honda CB Hornet 160R: Real-world Numbers Compared!

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Can the new Yamaha FZ keep up with its rivals from Bajaj and Yamaha? We take a look at the numbers to find out

Early this year, Yamaha unveiled the 2019 FZ and the FZ-S Version 3.0. However, this update was limited to a few design changes and not much else. So can the two bikes with their now-dated internals keep up with its rivals from Bajaj and Honda? We’ve finally got our hands on the new FZ-S V3.0 to find out just that.

Also Read - Comparison review: Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 vs Honda CB Hornet 160R


Acceleration - 


2019 Yamaha FZ-S v3.0

Bajaj Pulsar NS 160

Honda CB Hornet 160R


149cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled

160.3cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled

162.71cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled


13.2PS at 8000rpm

15.5PS at 8500rpm

15PS at 8500rpm


12.8Nm at 6000rpm

14.6Nm at 6500rpm

14.5Nm at 6500rpm







2019 Yamaha FZ-S v3.0

Bajaj Pulsar NS 160

Honda CB Hornet 160R


5.97 seconds

5.35 seconds

5.08 seconds


20.10 seconds

16.54 seconds

15.99 seconds

The 2019 Yamaha FZ-S V3.0 is at a disadvantage in terms of outright displacement and power, and it shows. Both the Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 and the Honda CB Hornet 160R are marginally quicker than the FZ in sprint from zero to 60kmph. But the performance gap becomes even more visible in the run towards 100kmph as the FZ-S is almost four seconds slower than the other two! It is, in fact, the slowest motorcycles that we’ve tested to reach 100kmph in its segment. 

Roll-ons - 


2019 Yamaha FZ-S v3.0

Bajaj Pulsar NS 160

Honda CB Hornet 160R



5.61 seconds

6.68 seconds


9.38 seconds

7.29 seconds

8.23 seconds

This is where the Pulsar NS160 comes into its element as a slick city commuter. It manages better roll-on times than both the Hornet and the FZ between 30-70kmph. Surprisingly, both the FZ and the Hornet are closely matched here. However, this might be due to the tall-gearing on the Honda. When it comes to 40-80kmph run, it is the same story again, thus proving the Pulsar’s superior engine flexibility. 


Braking - 


2019 Yamaha FZ-S v3.0

Bajaj Pulsar NS 160

Honda CB Hornet 160R









All three motorcycles get single-channel ABS as standard. However, the Hornet 160 gets a bigger front disc (276mm) and a chunkier set of tyres. This helps it come to a halt quicker than the other two. It also helps that the CB Hornet is pretty light on its feet at 140kg (kerb) when compared to the Pulsar NS 160, which weighs 145kg (kerb).

Even the FZ does well here thanks to its fat front (100/80-17M) and rear (140/60R-17M) section tyres and a low kerb weight of just 137kg.


Fuel Efficiency -


2019 Yamaha FZ-S v3.0

Bajaj Pulsar NS 160

Honda CB Hornet 160R









The Yamaha FZ is the only model of the trio to come equipped with fuel injection. So it isn’t surprising that it is also the most frugal of the lot. The more advanced fuelling system should also help the Yamaha comply with upcoming emission norms easily.

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