Bajaj Pulsar 150 BS6 vs TVS Apache RTR 160 2V BS6: Spec Comparison

Modified On Apr 20, 2020 04:36 PM By Praveen M. for Bajaj Pulsar 150

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Here’s how the BS6-compliant versions of India’s two most popular sporty commuters fare against each other on paper

The Bajaj Pulsar 150 and the TVS Apache RTR 160 2V are two of the most popular 150cc commuter motorcycles in the country. Now, since both brands have launched the BS6-compliant versions of their respective offerings, a specification comparison is the next obvious step.


Here’s a table comparing the ex-showroom Delhi prices of all the variants of both the Bajaj Pulsar 150 BS6 and the TVS Apache RTR 160 2V BS6:


Bajaj Pulsar 150 BS6

TVS Apache RTR 160 2V BS6

Price difference

Standard (rear drum)

Rs 94,956

Rs 94,500

Pulsar 150 is Rs 456 dearer

Front and rear disc variant

Rs 98,835

Rs 97,500

Pulsar 150 BS6 Twin Disc is Rs 1,335 more expensive

Bajaj is generally known to offer excellent value-for-money products, but surprisingly, the BS6-compliant version of the Pulsar 150 is slightly more expensive than its arch-rival. This isn’t a good deal especially because the Apache RTR 160 2V BS6 is not only more powerful (thanks to its bigger engine) but also more affordable. More about the performance figures in the forthcoming paragraphs…



Bajaj Pulsar 150 BS6

TVS Apache RTR 160 2V BS6


149.5cc single-cylinder air-cooled fuel-injected motor

159.7cc single-cylinder fuel-injected air-cooled engine

Peak power

14PS at 8500rpm

15.53PS at 8400rpm

Maximum torque

13.25Nm at 6500rpm

13.9Nm at 7000rpm

Kerb weight



TVS has nailed the performance of the Apache RTR 160 2V BS6. This coupled with the 9kg lighter kerb weight should theoretically make the bike feel more agile and lively on the road. Apart from being more powerful than the Bajaj Pulsar 150 BS6, the Apache is also more powerful than its BS4-compliant predecessor! That’s rare considering most BS6-compliant versions of BS4 bikes witness a slight drop in the output figures. Both bikes get a 5-speed transmission.



Bajaj Pulsar 150 BS6

TVS Apache RTR 160 2V BS6

Front suspension

31mm telescopic front fork

Telescopic front fork

Rear suspension

Twin Nitrox shock absorbers

Twin MIG gas-charged shock absorbers

Front brake

260mm disc, single-channel ABS

270mm petal disc, single-channel ABS

Rear brake

Disc or 130mm drum

200mm petal disc or 130mm rear drum

Front tyre

80/100 - 17 Tubeless

90/90 - 17 Tubeless

Rear tyre

100/90 - 17 Tubeless

110/80 - 17 Tubeless

The TVS Apache RTR 160 2V BS6 is superior even in this department. It not only gets larger discs but its petal-type construction will also help in dissipating heat faster than conventional discs because of the greater surface area. It also gets meatier rubber on both ends, which should aid in the motorcycle’s handling, at least theoretically.



Bajaj Pulsar 150 BS6

TVS Apache RTR 160 2V BS6




Ground clearance



Fuel tank capacity

15 litres

12 litres


2055mm x 765mm x 1060mm

2085mm x 730mm x 1105mm

The slightly longer wheelbase and the added kerb weight should make the Bajaj Pulsar 150 BS6 more stable on the straights. But in corners, the Apache’s shorter wheelbase and lighter weight will make it easier to flick around. Also, the Apache has a massive 15mm extra ground clearance, which should help the bike go over bad roads effortlessly.


The TVS Apache RTR 160 2V clearly has the upper hand over the Bajaj Pulsar 150 BS6 on paper. It is more powerful, lighter, and at the same time slightly more affordable as well. All said and done, we’ll have to take the two motorcycles for a proper road test to see which one emerges victorious in the real world.

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