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Bajaj Pulsar N160 vs TVS Apache RTR 160 4V vs Suzuki Gixxer vs Hero Xtreme 160R: Spec Comparison


How does the newest Bajaj Pulsar stack up against its 160cc rivals?

Bajaj Pulsar N160 vs TVS Apache RTR 160 4V vs Suzuki Gixxer vs Hero Xtreme 160R Spec Comparison

The 160cc motorcycle segment clearly resonates with the Indian youth as it promises a perfect combination of performance and efficiency. Bajaj recently threw in their latest offering into this competitive space in the form of the Pulsar N160. How does the latest Pulsar fare against the top bikes in this segment, the Apache RTR 160 4V, Suzuki Gixxer and the Hero Xtreme 160R?

Engine

Specifications

Bajaj Pulsar N160

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Suzuki Gixxer

Hero Xtreme 160R

Engine

164.82cc, air-and-oil-cooled, 2-valve engine

159.7cc, air-and-oil-cooled, 4-valve engine

155cc, air-cooled, 2-valve engine

163cc, air-cooled, 2-valve engine

Power

16PS @ 8750rpm

17.55PS @ 9250rpm in Urban mode

15.64PS @ 8600rpm in Rain mode

13.6PS @ 8000rpm

15.2PS @ 8500rpm

Torque

14.65Nm @ 6750rpm

14.73Nm @ 7250rpm in Urban mode

14.14Nm @ 7250rpm in Rain mode

13.8Nm @ 6000rpm

14Nm @ 6500rpm

Gearbox

5-speed

5-speed

5-speed

5-speed

While the new Pulsar N160 stacks up pretty nicely against the other three bikes in this comparison, the Apache RTR 160 4V does have a slight edge over the others. This is mainly due to the Apache’s four-valved heart that also features different riding modes. That said, the Apache’s engine is peaky, making most of its performance much higher in the powerband when compared to the other three. Bajaj on the other hand claims that the new N160 has a torquey motor that’s versatile enough for daily commutes as well as a bit of spirited riding.

The Gixxer on the other hand has comparatively lower output figures; however, the performance is available lower in the rev-range, allowing for a more relaxed riding experience. Lastly, the Xtreme 160R is more of an all-round motor that does come close to its Bajaj and TVS counterparts.

Underpinnings

Specifications

Bajaj Pulsar N160

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Suzuki Gixxer

Hero Xtreme 160R

Front suspension

37mm, telescopic

Telescopic fork

Telescopic fork

37 mm, telescopic

Rear suspension

Monoshock with nitrox

Monoshock

Monoshock

7-step pre-load adjustable monoshock

Front brake

300mm disc

270mm petal disc

with single channel ABS

Disc with single channel ABS

276mm petal disc with single channel ABS

Rear brake

230mm disc with dual channel ABS

200mm petal disc 

Disc with single channel ABS

220mm petal disc

Front tyre

100/80-17 tubeless

90/90-17 tubeless

100/80-17 tubeless

100/80-17 tubeless

Rear tyre

130/70-17 tubeless

130/70R17 tubeless

140/60R17 tubeless

130/70R17 tubeless

Anti Lock Braking System (ABS)

Dual channel

Single channel

Single channel

Single channel

The Bajaj Pulsar N160 is available in two variants, both of which get disc brakes at both ends. However, one variant is equipped with single channel ABS, while the other has dual-channel ABS. In fact, the N160 is the only bike to offer dual channel ABS in the 160cc segment. 

The Apache RTR 160 4V and the Xtreme 160R are available in disc and drum brake variants, while the Gixxer is available with disc brakes. That said, the Apache, Xtreme and Gixxer are equipped with only single-channel ABS, giving the N160 an edge from a safety perspective.

Dimensions

Specifications

Bajaj Pulsar N160

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Suzuki Gixxer

Hero Xtreme 160R

Wheelbase

1358mm

1357mm

1335mm

1327mm

Ground clearance

165mm

180mm

160mm

167mm

Fuel tank capacity

14-litres

12-litres

12-litres

12-litres

Seat height

795mm

800mm

795mm

790mm

Kerb weight

154kg

146kg

141kg

139.5kg

All four motorcycles offer around the same seat height; however, the weights of the bikes vary significantly. The Xtreme 160R and Gixxer sit at the lower end of the spectrum. In fact, the Xtreme 160R is able to deliver good performance mainly due to its impressive power-to-weight ratio thanks to its low kerb weight.

While the Apache RTR 160 4V is only 5 kgs heavier than the Gixxer, the N160 tips the scale at 154kg, which is 14.5 kg heavier than the Xtreme 160R. This makes the new Pulsar the heaviest kid on the block.

Features

 

Bajaj Pulsar N160

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Suzuki Gixxer

Hero Xtreme 160R

Ride modes

No

Yes

No

No

Bluetooth Connectivity

No

Yes

No

No

USB Charging

Yes

No

No

Yes

Instrument Console

Digital and Analogue

Digital

Digital

Digital

As seen, the Apache RTR 160 4V is feature loaded as it offers Urban and Rain ride modes and Bluetooth connectivity. The N160 on the other hand has a tank-mounted USB charging port, but does not get a fully digital instrument console. All the other three bikes get a digital LCD console.

Price & Verdict

Bajaj Pulsar N160

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Suzuki Gixxer

Hero Xtreme 160R

Rs 1,27,853

Rs 1,25,551

Rs 1,33,100

Rs 1,17,660

(all prices ex-showroom Delhi)

The N160 has been priced competitively and slots right between its main rivals. While the Xtreme 160R is the lowest priced and packs good performance and hardware, it misses out on a lot of features. The Gixxer on the other hand is expensive; however, it also offers robust Japanese reliability.

The Apache on the other hand is slightly cheaper than the N160, while offering explosive performance and being loaded with tech. The N160, however, offers dual channel ABS, but misses out on connectivity tech. Hence, the Apache RTR 160 4V is what we would recommend based on the specifications alone–that is until we ride all four bikes in a comprehensive road test review.

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