TVS Apache RTR 180 Race Edition vs Bajaj Pulsar 180 Black Pack Edition - 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 TVS Apache RTR 180 Race Edition is a fresh take on the ageing RTR 180. It competes with the Bajaj Pulsar 180 Black Pack Edition.

TVS Apache RTR 180 Race Edition press front angle
The engine cowl with TVS Racing logo, and the colour scheme make the Race Edition sportier than the normal variant.

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The TVS Apache RTR 180 Race Edition comes with a few visual changes to demarcate it from the normal variant. The bodywork gets Pearl White paint job with Race Inspired graphics. The fuel tank comes with a new, elegant TVS RTR logo, and there are TVS Racing rim stickers as well. The Bajaj Pulsar 180 Black Pack Edition comes with a premium Black paint job and decal finish, with matte grey and red highlights; Satin Chrome exhaust cover, and contrasting white alloy wheels. Bajaj launched the Pulsar Black Pack range to commemorate achievement of 1 crore global sales. Let’s see how the two special edition motorcycles perform spec-wise.

SpecificationTVS Apache RTR 180 Race EditionBajaj Pulsar 180 Black Pack Edition
Engine177.4 cc single cylinder mill with air cooling178.6 cc Twin Spark DTS-i engine with air cooling
Peak Power16.62 PS at 8,500 rpm17.02 @ 8500
Maximum Torque15.5 Nm at 6,500 rpm14.22 @ 6500
Transmission5-speed5-speed
Front SuspensionGold-finished telescopic forkTelescopic fork with anti-friction bush
Rear SuspensionTwin Monotube Inverted Gas-filled (MIG) shock absorbersTwin Nitrox shock absorbers
Front Brake270 mm petal disc260 mm Disc
Rear Brake200 mm petal disc230 mm Disc
Fuel Tank Capacity12 litres15 litres
Kerb Weight137 kg145 kg
Front Tyre90/90-17” Tubeless90/90 - 17" - Tubeless
Rear Tyre110/80-17" Tubeless120/80 - 17" - Tubeless
Wheelbase1,326 mm1,345 mm
PriceINR 83,233, ex-showroom, DelhiINR 83,347, ex-showroom, Delhi

Bajaj Pulsar 180 Black Pack Edition
The Pulsar 180's design has remained more or less the same over the years. The Black Pack Edition spices up the bike's looks a bit.

Also Read: TVS Apache RR 310 – Detailed Review

The Apache has a slightly more power-biased engine, where as the Pulsar is marginally torque-biased. While the Pulsar gets a smaller front disc, its rear brake is 30 mm bigger than the Apache’s. Coming to touring capability, the Pulsar has a three-litre bigger fuel tank. Moreover, the 19 mm longer wheelbase and 8 extra kilos will add to the stability of the motorcycle on the highway. The Apache is ideal for making quick work of the twisties, thanks to its lighter construction and shorter wheelbase.

TVS Apache RTR 180 Race Edition - Image Gallery

Bajaj Pulsar 180 Black Pack Edition - Image Gallery

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