TVS Apache RTR 160 4V vs Bajaj Pulsar NS160 vs Honda X-Blade vs Suzuki Gixxer: Spec comparison

By autoX Editorial | on May 14, 2018

After more than a decade, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V has been comprehensively updated in 2018. However, the 160cc bike segment is already crowded with capable contenders from Bajaj, Honda and Suzuki. We compare the new TVS Apache RTR 160 4V with its rivals to see if it can hold its own.

Physical Overview

Much like the Bajaj Pulsar NS160, the Apache 160 4V also looks a lot similar to its 200cc twin. This gives the bike a brand new, more upmarket design which many aspiring buyers will appreciate. The X-Blade is the the most striking bike of the lot with its sharp headlamp with a unique long windscreen. Its rear also has a sharp T-shaped light, however, the overall stance of the X-Blade is quite commuter-ish. If it’s a beefy 160cc bike you’re after, then the Gixxer should definitely be on your buying list - its muscular stance and wide rear tyre make it look more like a 200cc bike.

  TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Honda X-Blade Suzuki Gixxer
Length (mm) 2,050 2,012 2,013 2,050
Width (mm) 790 804 786 785
Height (mm) 1,050 1,060 1,115 1,030
Saddle height (mm) 800 805 - 780
Kerb weight (kg) 143 142 140 135

Despite looking the beefiest, the Gixxer is also the lightest bike in this group at 135kg - the other three are more or less equally matched. The Gixxer will also has the lowest saddle height, which shorter riders will appreciate. Please keep in mind that Honda has not provided with an official figure of X-Blade’s seat height.

Engine and gearbox

The Apache RTR 160 4V is also available in a fuel-injected variant - but we’re only considering its carburetted variant here because the former elevates the bike’s cost.

  TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Honda X-Blade Suzuki Gixxer
Engine displacement (cc) 159.7 160.3 162.7 155
Power (bhp) 16.1 15.3 13.9 14
Torque (Nm) 14.8 14.6 13.9 14
Gearbox 5-speed 5-speed 5-speed 5-speed
Cooling system Oil cooled Oil cooled Air cooled Air cooled

Producing 16.1bhp and 14.8Nm from its new 159.7cc motor, the RTR 160 4V is the most powerful bike in its segment. This is followed by the Bajaj Pulsar NS160, which produces 15.3bhp and 14.6Nm. Both these bikes also sport oil cooling, which the Honda and Suzuki do not have. All bikes here come mated to a standard 5-speed gearbox.

Brakes, tyres and suspension

Disappointingly, none of these bikes are offered with ABS or CBS as standard. Also, the Gixxer is the only bike here that offers a rear disc brake in one of its variants. TVS offers rear disc in the Fi variant of the Apache, but the carburetted version only has to do with the front disc.

  TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Honda X-Blade Suzuki Gixxer
Front tyre 90/90 R17 80/100 R17 80/100 R17 100/80 R17
Rear tyre 110/80 R17 110/80 R17 130/70 R17 140/60 R17
Disc brake Front/ Rear (Fi only) Front only Front only Front/ Rear
ABS No No No No

Coming to the tyres, as previously mentioned, the Gixxer stands out here with the widest front and rear tyres which give it good street presence. The Pulsar and Apache have the narrowest rear tyres of this lot. All four motorcycles come fitted with telescopic forks up front and a monoshock setup at the back.

Price

At ₹81,502, the new Apache is the most expensive bike of this lot - but it also has the power to back it up. The Suzuki Gixxer offers the most flexibility as its offered in three variants. Both the Pulsar and X-Blade are only available in a single variant, with their prices evenly matched.  

  TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Honda X-Blade Suzuki Gixxer
Ex-showroom Delhi price (INR) 81,502 78,368 78,522 77,452 - 81,528

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