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Pulsar NS200 vs Apache RTR 200 4V vs Hornet 2.0: Performance Numbers Explained


Which of the three bikes aces the comparo?

When it comes to the 200cc motorcycle segment, there are three bikes competing for the top spot: Bajaj NS 200, TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the Honda Hornet 2.0. Yes, the Honda Hornet 2.0 isn’t a purebred 200cc motorcycle, but it shows promise. More often than not, the spec sheet only reveals half the story, so we put all three bikes through a thorough performance test to see which one comes out on top.

Acceleration

Acceleration

Pulsar NS200

Apache RTR 200 4V

Hornet 2.0

0 to 60kmph

4.21 sec

4.37 sec

4.67 sec

0 to 100kmph 

11.68 sec

12.23 sec

14.44 sec

30 to 70kmph

5.37 sec

5.57 sec

5.74 sec

40 to 80kmph

7.07 sec

7.34 sec

7.60 sec

Bajaj hasn't really tinkered with the NS200's engine ever since its inception back in 2012. Despite this, it's still a competitive motorcycle. And the numbers speak for themselves. Thanks to the power advantage, the NS manages to beat its rivals in outright acceleration as well as rolls, despite being the heaviest bike here.

Braking

Braking

Pulsar NS200

Apache RTR 200 4V

Hornet 2.0

100 to 0kmph 

56.16 m

50.70m

50.62m

80 to 0kmph

36.12 m

29.46m

30.05m

The Pulsar NS200 gets a single-channel ABS, which affects its braking performance. Any attempt to stop the bike quicker with the use of the foot brake and the rear end of the NS200 starts locking up. In comparison, the RTR 200 4V has seen a definite improvement in its braking department over the previous model. While the Hornet 2.0 uses single-channel ABS, it too does the job quite well. The brake levers offer good feedback with a good braking bite and help you put down the anchor sooner. All in all, the Apache takes the win here.

Mileage

 

Mileage

Pulsar NS200

Apache RTR 200 4V

Hornet 2.0

City 

40.84 kmpl

47.61 kmpl

57.35 kmpl

Highway

40.36 kmpl

49.80 kmpl

55.77 kmpl

One of the most commonly asked questions in India, kitna deti hai? To answer this we rode all three bikes extensively in the city and out on the highway. And the results were quite interesting. The Honda Hornet 2.0 offers significantly higher mileage than its rivals thanks to its engine tune. Its lower performance figures do have an upside: the motor sips fuel more sparingly.

The RTR 200 4V’s power delivery is quite linear which means you don’t have to rev the bike too hard. And that allows the engine to be quite fuel-efficient. On the other hand, the NS200 has a peaky engine, which means it needs to be revved hard to stay in the powerband. And that doesn’t translate well when we talk about efficiency.

All in all, the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V scores the maximum points in this test. Which bike would you pick and why? Let us know in the comments.

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