How Does The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Square Up Against The Hero Xtreme 160R?

More power or lightness? What’s the best way to go fast on a 160cc bike?

2021 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V vs Hero Xtreme 160R - Performance Numbers Compared Acceleration Mileage And Braking

The latest set of engine updates has made the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V quite a lot faster. Previously, the Hero Xtreme 160R ran pretty close in most regards. How vast is the gulf in performance between the two sporty commuters now?



2021 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Hero Xtreme 160R


5.34 seconds

5.97 seconds


9.34 seconds

11.1 seconds


17.15 seconds

20.09 seconds

TVS has managed to extract quite a lot of performance higher up in the rev range. As a result, you can wring the throttle and maximise the potential of the 159.7cc motor in every single one of its five cogs. Hero’s ace up its sleeve has been its lightness but when it comes to sheer outright performance, it isn’t enough to keep up with the Apache.

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Video Review

In-gear Acceleration


2021 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Hero Xtreme 160R

30-70kmph in 3rd gear

6.68 seconds

6.90 seconds

40-80kmph in 4th gear

9.38 seconds

9.17 seconds

Coming to in-gear roll-on acceleration, it’s a close affair between the two bikes. It must be said, though, the Apache needs to be kept in its optimal performance band to keep the juices flowing. From the saddle, the Hero feels like the livelier bike, packing healthy low- and mid-range grunt. No wonder then, the next aspect is so conclusive.

Fuel Efficiency


2021 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Hero Xtreme 160R







Yep, with more punch available at lower rpms, the Xtreme loves to be ridden in higher gears at sedate speeds, which, in turn, returns far better fuel efficiency in the city. Inversely, the RTR’s inherent top-end proficiency allows the rider to sustain higher speeds when touring.



2021 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Hero Xtreme 160R







Braking remains the Apache’s major weakness. We have tested both bikes in wet conditions, so the numbers might just be better on a dry day. Nevertheless, the RTR wouldn’t be able to shed speed as rapidly as the Xtreme since the former’s brakes lack ferocity and feedback.

More on TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Rs. 1.15 Lakh Onwards
Ex-showroom, Delhi
View Diwali Offers View On Road Price

See what our community has to say! NEW

India's largest automotive community

Explore Now
comminity image

5 Offers Available