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Battle Of BS6 Bikes: TVS Apache RTR 160 4V vs Yamaha FZ-S FI V3.0


Here’s how India’s first set of BS6-compliant 160cc nakeds fare on paper

BS6 Apache vs FZ

With the launch of the FZ Version 3.0 range, Yamaha became the first brand to introduce a BS6-compliant motorcycle in the 160cc segment. This was followed by TVS launching BS6-compliant versions of the Apache RTR 160 4V and Apache RTR 200 4V. Interestingly, both bikes have witnessed a drop in output figures in pursuit of cleaner emissions. So a comparison between the two BS6 160cc nakeds is a given to find out which one’s a better deal on paper:

Powertrain:

BS6 apache engine

Specifications

BS6 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

BS6 Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 3.0

Engine

159.7cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine with oil cooler, fuel injected

149cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine with fuel injection

Peak power

16.02PS at 8250rpm

12.4PS at 7250rpm

Maximum torque

14.12Nm at 7250rpm

13.6Nm at 5500rpm

Transmission

5-speed

5-speed

Kerb weight

149kg

137kg 

The FZ loses out on outright power because of its smaller engine. It also lags behind on torque, but the silver lining is that it makes its peak torque much earlier in the rev range than the Apache. This coupled with a 12kg weight difference could help it offer slightly peppier performance in the city. On the other hand, the Apache enjoys the benefit of an oil cooler which can maintain the oil’s lubricating properties when the engine is running for a longer duration.

Underpinnings:

radial tyre

Specification

BS6 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

BS6 Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 3.0

Front suspension

Telescopic fork tuned by KYB

Telescopic fork

Rear suspension

Monoshock tuned by Showa

Monocross shock absorber

Front brake

270mm petal disc with single-channel ABS

282mm disc with single-channel ABS

Rear brake

200mm petal disc

220mm disc

Front tyre

90/90-17 49P TVS Remora (or) 90/90-17 M/C 49S Pirelli Angel CT

100/80-17 52P MRF Nylogrip Zapper

Rear tyre

130/70-17 M/C 62P TVS Remora (or) 130/70-17 M/C 62S Pirelli Angel CT

140/60 R17 63P MRF Nylogrip Zapper

In the suspension department, the Apache gets precision-tuned units from KYB and Showa whereas the FZ-S FI makes do with a conventional setup. The Japanese naked also gets bigger discs on both ends. On the other hand, the Apache gets petal discs which offer better heat dissipation compared to a conventional disc of the same size.

Also Read: What’s New About The New TVS Apaches?

TVS also offers the option of grippier Pirelli tyres which should let the riders carry faster speeds on corners. While the FZ gets meatier tyres on both ends, it gets a radial rubber at the rear which offers stronger sidewalls compared to conventional tyres. This should help enhance the rider’s confidence while tackling corners.

Dimensions:

Specifications

BS6 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

BS6 Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 3.0

Wheelbase

1357mm

1330mm

Ground clearance

180mm

165mm

Fuel tank capacity

12 litres

13 litres

Seat height

800mm

790mm

The Apache’s longer wheelbase and heavier weight should result in better stability on the highways. Its higher ground clearance will also help the rider go over bad roads unscathed. If you’re a shorter rider, the FZ’s 10mm lower seat height and lighter kerb weight should make manoeuvring the bike easier. It also gets a slightly larger fuel tank which, coupled with the smaller, more frugal engine, should result in better range.

Price and verdict:

The BS6 Yamaha FZ-S Fi Version 3.0 is priced at Rs 1,01,200 whereas the BS6-compliant TVS Apache RTR 160 4V costs Rs 1,03,000. At this price point, the FZ feels a bit too underpowered considering the fact that spending just Rs 1,800 more will get you the more powerful Apache. Additionally, TVS also offers Glide Through Traffic technology. This feature helps in crawling the bike at low speeds using only the clutch - something the FZ doesn’t have (or any other bike in its segment, for that matter).

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BS6 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

BS6 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

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