Bajaj Pulsar 180F Vs TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Vs Hero Xtreme 200R - Spec Sheet Comparo

19/03/2019 - 16:02 | ,  ,  ,  ,  ,   | Suvil Susvirkar

Bajaj Auto has introduced the Pulsar 180F, a semi-faired version of the company’s Pulsar 180. The motorcycle was launched in India at an ex-showroom Delhi price tag of INR 87,450, putting it against the likes of TVS Apache RTR 160 4V and the Hero Xtreme 200R. In this post, we amalgamate the technical specifications of all three models.

Bajaj Pulsar 180f Vs Apache 160 Vs Xtreme 200 Feat
The new Bajaj Pulsar 180F was launched at an ex-showroom Delhi price tag of INR 87,450, putting it against the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V and the Hero Xtreme 200R.

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SpecificationsBajaj Pulsar 180FTVS Apache RTR 160 4VHero Xtreme 200R
Engine
Displacement178.6 cc, SOHC 4-Valve, Air Cooled, DTS-i159.7 cc, SOHC, 4-Valve, Oil Cooled199.6 cc, SOHC 2-Valve, Air Cooled
Power17.02 PS @ 8,500 rpm16.8 PS @ 8,000 rpm (Fi)

16.5 PS @ 8,000 rpm (carb)

18.4 PS @ 8,000 rpm
Torque14.22 Nm @ 6,500 rpm14.8 Nm @ 6,500 rpm17.1 Nm @ 6,500 rpm
Transmission5-speed5-speed5-speed
Dimensions
Length2,035 mm2,050 mm2,062 mm
Width765 mm790 mm778 mm
Height1,115 mm1,050 mm1,072 mm
Wheelbase1,345 mm1,357 mm1,338 mm
Seat height790 mm800 mm795 mm
Ground clearance165 mm180 mm165 mm
Fuel tank capacity15 litres12 litres12.5 litres
Kerb weight151 kg145 kg148 kg
Brakes
Front260 mm Disc270 mm Disc276 mm Disc
Rear230 mm Disc130 mm drum / 200 mm Disc220 mm Disc
ABSNoYes, Single-ChannelYes, Single-Channel
Suspension
FrontTelescopicTelescopicTelescopic
RearTwin-sided springsMonoshockMonoshock
Tyres
Front90/90 – 1790/90-17100/80-17
Rear120/80 – 17130/70-17130/70-R17
Prices
(Ex-showroom) DelhiINR 87,450
  • INR 98,644 (Fi ABS)
  • INR 92,145 (Fi)
  • INR 86,145 (Carb)
  • INR 83,145 (Carb/Drum)
INR 89,900

In terms of styling, all three motorcycles feature muscular looks and appealing visuals, but the Bajaj Pulsar 180F gets an edge due to its semi-fairing design with a vertically stacked headlight that draws inspiration from the Pulsar 220F. The semi-fairing design also offers better aerodynamics and windblast protection at high speeds. Surprisingly, the motorcycle is yet to receive the safety net of ABS (as on March 19 – when this post was created) whereas its naked roadster variant, the Pulsar 180, is ready to comply with the new norms. Similar to the naked roadster, the Pulsar 180F would feature a single-channel ABS with rear lift-off protection as standard.

The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V draws styling cues from the RTR 200 4V, which was inspired by the Draken Concept. The naked styling with a chiselled look and race-inspired decals make the Apache a desirable package. The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V also offers a lot of variation, and the motorcycle could be purchased in four variants –

  • Carburettor with rear drum brake
  • Carburettor with rear disc brake
  • Fuel injection with rear disc brake
  • Fuel injection with rear disc brake and single-channel ABS

The carburettor version is yet to receive the safety net of ABS although that would happen very soon as the April 2019 deadline to comply with the new norms is less than two weeks (as on March 19 – when this post was created) away. The motorcycle features a single-channel ABS, and thus the rear drum version would be continued.

The Hero Xtreme 200R lived up to the styling of the Xtreme family as the motorcycle packs a sporty look. The muscular styling is enhanced by fuel tank shrouds and beefy body panels that make the Xtreme 200R quite desirable. The bike is ready to ride across the April 2019 deadline to comply with the safety norms and comes standard with a single-channel ABS.

In terms of performance, the Hero MotoCorp Xtreme 200R has the displacement advantage, and despite having a 2-valve engine, the motorcycle makes 18.4 PS of maximum power. The Bajaj Pulsar 180F makes 17.02 PS while the Apache RTR 160 4V delivers 16.5 PS with the carburettor and 16.8 PS with fuel-injection. The Apache RTR 160 4V is the only motorcycle among the three products in this comparison to feature fuel-injection technology.

All three motorcycles use conventional telescopic forks. However, the Pulsar 180F comes with dual-sided springs while the Xtreme 200R and the Apache RTR 160 4V receive a monoshock at the rear.

Bajaj Pulsar Neon 180
As on March 19, the Bajaj Pulsar 180F is yet to receive the safety net of ABS to comply with the upcoming norms. The ABS-equipped model is expected to carry a premium of approximately INR 7,000 over the standard model.

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Stopping power comes from disc brakes on both ends although the Apache RTR 160 4V is the only motorcycle that is available with the option of a rear drum brake, which is the most affordable variant (INR 83,145) in this comparison. The price tag would go higher with the addition of ABS. The Pulsar 180F carries an INR 87,450 price tag but remember that it is currently sold in non-ABS form only. With the addition of ABS, we could see a price increase of INR 6,500 to INR 7,000. The Hero Xtreme 200R is the most affordable 200 cc bike in the Indian market today, and it retails for INR 89,900.

All prices mentioned are ex-showroom Delhi

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