Hero Xtreme 200R vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4v vs Bajaj Pulsar NS200: Spec Comparison

By autoX Editorial | on February 1, 2018

Hero has made it official that it'll launch the Xtreme 200R in a short while, but how does it compare with its arch-rivals on paper? We find out . . .

Hero has finally unveiled the much-awaited Xtreme 200R. Although this new roadster will be on sale in April 2018, the company has revealed its specs as well as all the details. And that means it’s time for us to do a quick spec-check, where we compare its specifications and features with its arch-rivals – the TVS Apache RTR 200 4v and the Bajaj Pulsar NS200.

Design, Dimensions & Weight

The Hero Xtreme 200R’s styling is derived from the concept shown at the 2016 Auto Expo. However, as you can see, it has a definitive hint of the smaller Xtreme 150 so much as that it’s possible that you might mistake it for its smaller sibling. Even dimensions of the 200R remain more or less the same as the 150cc Xtreme Sports. Having said that, there are a few visual elements that differentiate it from the Hero Xtreme Sports. For instance, it has a more muscular tank, new dual-tone graphics, new alloy wheel design, re-profiled LED tail-lamp and a sharper tail-section. Overall, the Xtreme 200R has a handsome and a well-proportionate design.

Hero Xtreme 200R

The trouble is that the Xtreme 200R competes with the Apache RTR 200 4v and Pulsar NS200 – both of which are far more aggressive and stylish than the Xtreme. They have a sense of street-naked aggression in the way they look. Despite the fact that the Hero is all-new, it looks stale in comparison to its other two rivals. But that’s not all; both its rivals also have a longer wheelbase but, interestingly, weigh around the same as the Xtreme 200R. We think Hero could’ve done a bit better here, given the fact that the competition has been around for a while now…

  Xtreme 200R Apache RTR200 4v Pulsar NS200
Length  2,062mm 2,050mm 2,017mm
Width 778mm 790mm 804mm
Height 1,072mm 1,105mm 1,075mm
Weight 147kg 149kg 152kg
Wheelbase 1,338mm 1,353mm 1,363mm
Seat Height 795mm 800mm NA
Ground Clearance 165mm NA 169mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 12.5 litres 12 litres 12 litres

Engine, Gearbox & Performance
The Xtreme 200R comes powered by a 199cc single-cylinder engine that develops 18.1bhp and 17.1Nm of torque. Power is transmitted via a five-speed gearbox. In comparison, both the RTR 200 4v and the NS200 better the Xtreme 200R yet again. The RTR200 is powered by a 197cc single-cylinder engine that develops 20.2bhp and 18.1Nm of torque and comes mated to a five-speed gearbox. The Pulsar NS200, on the other hand, boasts more superior specs – its 199cc engine is also a single-cylinder unit but develops a whopping 23.2bhp and 18.3Nm of torque. Plus, it comes with a six-speed gearbox.
 
TVS Apache RTR 200 4v1

All the bikes are carbureted, but the Apache is also available in a fuel-injection variant.

Another thing is that while the Hero’s motor is an air-cooled, 2-valve unit, the TVS has an oil-cooled, 4-valve setup, and the Bajaj has a 4-valve, liquid-cooled arrangement. Naturally, both the Bajaj and TVS are better in terms of outright performance.

  Xtreme 200R Apache RTR200 4v Pulsar NS200
Engine  199.6cc/ Single-cylinder/ Air-cooled/ 2 Valve 197.7cc/ Single-cylinder/Oil-cooled/ 4 Valve 199.5cc / Single-cylinder/ Liquid cooled/ 4 valve
Power 18.1bhp @ 8,000rpm 20.2bhp @ 8,500rpm 23.2bhp @ 9,500rpm
Torque 17.1Nm @ 6,500rpm 18.1Nm @ 7,000rpm 18.3Nm @ 8,000rpm
Gearbox 5-speed 5-speed 6-speed
0-60km/h 4.6s 3.95s NA
Top Speed 112km/h 128km/h NA

Chassis, Brakes & Tyres

The Hero Xtreme has a diamond-type chassis, whereas the RTR200 uses a double-cradle frame. The Pulsar NS200 gets a perimeter frame. All three bikes come with telescopic front forks and a mono-shock at the back. As for braking system, all bikes come with front and rear disc brakes. The Bajaj and the Hero have single-channel ABS (acting only on the front wheel) as optional. The TVS, meanwhile, offers dual-channel ABS with the RTR 200 4v as an optional extra.

  Xtreme 200R Apache RTR200 4v Pulsar NS200
Brakes  276mm disc (front) 270mm disc (front) 300mm disc (ABS; front)
280mm (non-ABS; front)
220mm disc (rear) 240mm disc (rear) 230mm disc (rear)
ABS Single-channel (optional) Dual-channel (optional) Single-channel (optional)
Tyres 100/80 R17 (front) 90/90 R17 (front) 100/80 R17 (front)
130/70 R17 (rear) 130/70 R17 (rear) 130/70 R17 (rear)

 
Features
 
Bajaj Pulsar NS200 ABS

In the features department, all three bikes are more or less similar in terms of what they offer. You get pilot LEDs, LED tail-lamp and halogen headlamp as standard. The Xtreme 200R and Pulsar NS200 come with part digital, part analogue instrument cluster, whereas the RTR 200 4v has a fully-digital instrument panel. The RTR200 4v also comes with a built-in lap time recorder as well as 0–60km/h timer.

Price

Hero hasn’t revealed the price of the new Xtreme 200R as yet, but it’s expected to carry a price-tag that’s just shy of Rs 90,000. In fact, if Hero wants to attract buyers of this segment, the firm has to price the Xtreme 200R aggressively and considerably lower than the rivals – the Apache RTR 200 4v retails at Rs 93,685, while the Pulsar NS200 is priced at Rs 97,715 (both prices are ex-showroom, Delhi).

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