Is The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V More Fuel Efficient, Quicker And A Better Stopper Than The Hero Xtreme 160R?

Modified On Jul 18, 2023 01:04 PM By Jehan Adil Darukhanawala for TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

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It isn’t as clear cut as you might think

If you are looking out for a 160cc sporty commuter motorcycle, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V has been our go to recommendation. The Hero Xtreme 160R was made to bring the segment crown back to Hero. Does it manage that? Here’s what our testing data has to say:

Fuel Efficiency


TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Hero Xtreme 160R







Fuel Tank Capacity

12 litres

12 litres

The Xtreme has a punchy mid-range, with nearly all of the torque concentrated between 2500rpm and 5500rpm. As a result, you can leave the motor in 3rd or 4th gear and commute quite easily. That, sadly, cannot be done quite as effortlessly on the Apache, as you have to keep shifting gears to keep the bike in the sweet zone.

However, on the highway, the Apache’s better top-end performance and free revving nature helps it stay steady at 80-85kmph, which can be a bit of a strain for the Hero’s simpler 2-valve motor. 



TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Hero Xtreme 160R



5.62 seconds



10.19 seconds

Being the most powerful bike in the class helps. Plus, the Apache’s 4-valve engine setup does allow for improved combustion and hence, offers a thrilling riding experience. The Xtreme isn’t necessarily slow, but with the TVS in the picture, it cannot quite keep up.

Roll-on Acceleration


TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Hero Xtreme 160R

30-70kmph in 3rd gear


6.90 seconds

40-80kmph in 4th gear


9.17 seconds

Matters are quite close in the in-gear rideability department. While the Apache does boast better numbers, the advantage is minor. In fact, the Xtreme feels more alive when you roll-on the throttle to make a quick overtake in the city.



TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Hero Xtreme 160R







In recent times, TVS has worked on the Apache’s Achilles Heel – braking. And as is evident, the RTR 160 4V is quite a better stopper than the Hero product. Both bikes only get single-channel ABS, so expect the rear to lock quite easily under panic braking. The Apache’s longer wheelbase does provide extra stability to the overall braking process.

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