2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V vs Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 - spec comparison

Praveen M

Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.

The 160 cc naked segment just got hotter with the launch of the 2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V. the motorcycle goes head-to-head with the Bajaj Pulsar NS 160.

2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V India launch Red right side
The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V features a mass-forward design with muscular fuel tank and minimalistic graphics.

The 2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V borrows design cues from its 200 cc cousin, the RTR 200 4V. Similarly, the design of the Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 is also based on the NS 200. The single-piece handlebar and the single seat offers an upright and comfortable riding stance in the Apache. The Pulsar has a slightly sporty ergonomics, thanks to its raised clip-ons and split seats. Let’s see how the two motorcycles perform against each other spec-wise.

Specifications 2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Bajaj Pulsar NS 160
Engine 159.7 cc single cylinder SOHC mill with oil cooling and fuel injection / Carburettor 160.3 cc SOHC engine with oil cooling and carburettor
Peak Power 16.8 PS at 8,000 rpm / 16.5 PS at 8,000 rpm (Carb) 15.5 PS at 8,500 rpm
Maximum Torque 14.8 Nm at 6,500 rpm 14.6 Nm at 6,500 rpm
Transmission 5-speed 5-speed
Front Suspension Telescopic fork Telescopic fork
Rear Suspension Showa monoshock Nitrox monoshock
Front Brake 270 mm petal disc 240 mm disc
Rear Brake 130 mm drum / 200 mm petal disc 130 mm drum
Ground Clearance 180 mm 176 mm
Kerb Weight 147 kg (FI) / 145 kg (Carb, disc) 142 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 12 litres 12 litres
Front Tyre 90/90-17 49P Tubeless 80/100 -17" 46 P Tubeless
Rear Tyre 130/70-17 M/C 62P Tubeless / Drum - 110/80-17 57P Tubeless / Disc - 130/70-17 M/C 62P Tubeless 110/80 -17" 57 P Tubeless
Price, ex-showroom, Delhi Carburettor with front disc and rear drum (INR 81,490); carburettor with front and rear disc (INR 84,990); and Fuel Injected (FI) variant with both front and rear disc (INR 89,990). INR 81,626 (one variant only)

The Apache RTR 160’s engine is marginally more powerful, and features a counterbalancer for optimum refinement as well. There is also a choice to opt for a more powerful fuel-injected variant, which the Pulsar lacks. The Pulsar makes do with a single variant while the Apache is available in three variants.

Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 Left Side view
The Pulsar NS 160's design language is reminiscent of the NS 200.

The Bajaj Pulsar NS 160’s engine is a heavily reworked version of the Pulsar AS 150. It offers enhanced bottom-end torque. The Apache’s engine is based on the RTR 200, but has also been modified extensively to suit the bike. In terms of pricing, the base variant of the Apache undercuts the Pulsar marginally.

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