2019 Suzuki Gixxer vs Yamaha FZ-S FI V3.0 vs TVS Apache RTR 160 4V vs Honda CB Hornet 160R: Spec Comparison

Published On Jul 17, 2019 By Praveen M. for 2019 Suzuki Gixxer

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Here’s how the latest iteration of the Gixxer fares against its rivals on paper

Suzuki finally gave the ageing Gixxer a much-needed update in the form of the 2019 iteration. The new version comes with a host of changes to make it a better contender in the face of modern rivals like the Yamaha FZ-S Fi Version 3.0, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V FI and the Honda CB Hornet 160R. Here’s how it performs against the competition on paper:

Powertrain:

Specifications

2019 Suzuki Gixxer

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V FI

Yamaha FZ-S Fi Version 3.0

Honda CB Hornet 160R

Engine

155cc air-cooled SOHC single-cylinder, fuel-injected

159.7cc air-cooled engine with oil cooler, fuel-injected

149cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine, fuel-injected

162.71cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine, carburetted

Peak power

14.1PS at 8000rpm

16.79PS at 8000rpm

13.2PS at 8000rpm

15PS at 8500rpm

Maximum torque

14Nm at 6000rpm

14.8Nm at 6500rpm

12.8Nm at 6000rpm

14.5Nm at 6500rpm

Transmission

5-speed

5-speed

5-speed

5-speed

It is clear that the FZ’s smaller engine is the most underpowered of the lot. However, it does come with fuel injection like the Gixxer and the Apache, which make the bikes BS6-ready. TVS also offers the Apache in carburetted variant at a lower price. We expect Honda to equip the Hornet with fuel injection soon to comply with the upcoming emission norms that are set to be enforced from April 2020 onwards. The Apache’s engine is not only the most powerful of this bunch, it is also the most powerful motorcycle we have tested in this segment.

Underpinnings:

Specifications

2019 Suzuki Gixxer

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V FI

Yamaha FZ-S Fi Version 3.0

Honda CB Hornet 160R

Front suspension

Telescopic fork

Telescopic fork

Telescopic fork

Telescopic fork

Rear suspension

Monoshock

Monoshock

Monoshock

Monoshock

Front brake

Disc with single-channel ABS

270mm petal disc with single-channel ABS

Disc with single-channel ABS

276mm petal disc with single-channel ABS

Rear brake

Disc

200mm petal disc

Disc

220mm petal disc

Front tyre

100/80 - 17 - tubeless

90/90 - 17 - tubeless

100/80 - 17 tubeless

100/80 - 17 tubeless

Rear tyre

140/60R - 17 - radial tubeless

130/70 -17 - tubeless

140/60R - 17 radial tubeless

140/70- 17 tubeless

The suspension layout is pretty much the same for all the bikes. But when it comes to the brakes, the Honda CB Hornet 160R and the Apache RTR 160 4V's petal discs help in dissipating heat quicker than a conventional disc. All the bikes get single-channel ABS to maintain a balance of safety and cost-effectiveness. The 2019 Suzuki Gixxer and the Yamaha FZ-S Fi Version 3.0 come equipped with a radial rear tyre, which has stronger sidewalls compared to conventional ones. This helps in offering greater confidence while cornering. Interestingly, even though the Apache is more powerful compared to the rest, it rides on slimmer-section tyres.

Dimensions:

Specifications

2019 Suzuki Gixxer

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V FI

Yamaha FZ-S Fi Version 3.0

Honda CB Hornet 160R

LxWxH

2020mm X 800mm X 1035mm

2050mm X 790mm X 1050mm

1990mm X 780mm X 1080mm

2041mm X 783mm X 1091mm

Wheelbase

1335mm

1357mm

1330mm

1346mm

Seat height

795mm

800mm

790mm

790mm

Kerb weight

140kg

149kg

137kg

141kg

Fuel tank capacity

12 litres

12 litres

12.8 litres

12 litres

The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V’s heavier weight and higher seat height might make it relatively difficult to manage for shorter riders. On the other hand, the Honda CB Hornet 160R and the Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 3.0’s seats are much friendlier for shorter riders. When it comes to low-speed manoeuvrability, an important aspect that’d work on FZ’s favour is the fact that it is the lightest among the lot.

The Apache’s longer wheelbase makes the bike more stable on the highways. But when it comes to the riding range, the FZ should be superior thanks to its slightly larger fuel tank and smaller engine. Interestingly, the new Gixxer is the only motorcycle of the lot to come with split seats. While this setup makes the bike look sportier, it may not be as comfortable for the pillion as the single-piece seat on the rest of the bikes.

Pricing & verdict:

The 2019 Suzuki Gixxer is the most expensive bike in this list and doesn’t offer much in terms of performance compared to its rivals to justify its high price. On the other end, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V seems to offer the best value for money as far as performance is concerned. Sure, it may not have a modern LED headlamp like the rest of the motorcycles but it more than makes up for it with brute power.

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  • Yamaha FZ-S Fi Version 3.0

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