Suzuki Gixxer BS6 v Yamaha FZ-S Fi V3 BS6 v TVS Apache RTR 160 4V BS6: Spec Comparo

Modified On Feb 11, 2020 By Jehan Adil Darukhanawala for Suzuki Gixxer

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How do the 160cc motorcycles stack up against each other now as each of them adheres to BS6 emission norms?

Indian two-wheeler manufacturers have been active in recent months, getting their existing product lineup to meet BS6 emission norms. Suzuki made a big show of it at Auto Expo 2020, revealing its entire BS6 portfolio. Hence, with the arrival of the Suzuki Gixxer BS6, how does it now fare against other BS6-compliant rivals like the Yamaha FZ-S Fi V3 BS6 and the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V BS6.

Powertrain:

 

Suzuki Gixxer BS6

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V BS6

Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 3.0 BS6

Specs

154.9cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine

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

149cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine with fuel injection

Max. Power Output

13.6PS at 8000rpm

16.02PS at 8250rpm

12.4PS at 7250rpm

Max. Torque

13.8Nm at 6000rpm

14.12Nm at 7250rpm

13.6Nm at 5500rpm

Transmission

5-speed

5-speed

5-speed

The TVS offering continues to be the most powerful unit amongst the three. While the power deficit between the Gixxer and the Apache was less in the BS4 era, the Japanese bike does lag behind by a bit now. Still the Gixxer produces more power than the FZ, which has been heavily retuned to be a lot more economical.

Underpinnings:

 

Suzuki Gixxer BS6

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V BS6

Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 3.0 BS6

Front suspension

Telescopic fork

Telescopic fork

Telescopic fork

Rear suspension

Monoshock

Monoshock tuned by Showa

Monocross shock absorber

Front brake

Disc brake with single-channel ABS

270mm petal disc with single-channel ABS

282mm disc with single-channel ABS

Rear brake

Disc brake

200mm petal disc

220mm disc

Front tyre

100/80-17 52P

90/90-17 49P TVS Remora (or) 90/90-17 M/C 49S Pirelli Angel CT

100/80-17 52P MRF Nylogrip Zapper

Rear tyre

140/60 - R17 63P

130/70-17 M/C 62P TVS Remora (or) 130/70-17 M/C 62S Pirelli Angel CT

140/60 R17 63P MRF Nylogrip Zapper

There are no changes to the suspension tune on all of the bikes. Hence, we can safely assume that the Apache will still continue to be a brilliant handler, capable of holding its own while commuting as well as when riding spiritedly. We wished for better stopping power from the Apache RTR 160 4V BS6, as that is the one area where the others are better. A lack of radial tyres is another miss on the Apache. The Gixxer continues to be stiffly sprung, which means that even though it will be great in the twisties, it will be hard to filter out sharp bumps on our roads. 

Dimensions:

 

Suzuki Gixxer BS6

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V BS6

Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 3.0 BS6

Wheelbase

1340mm

1357mm

1330mm

Ground clearance

165mm

180mm

165mm

Fuel tank capacity

12 litres

12 litres

13 litres

Seat height

795mm

800mm

790mm

Kerb weight

148kg

149kg

137kg 

The FZ’s welcoming dimensions help its cause immensely while commuting. It is the lightest and has the lowest seat height amongst these three. The extra litre of fuel that you can carry on-board should help you increase your ride time in between fuel stops. The Gixxer is equally inviting. The slightly sporty stance and sharper dimensions allow it to be nimble enough to carve through city traffic. Despite being the heaviest of the lot, the Apache is quite an easy motorcycle to handle. The supple suspension setup combined with high ground clearance helps it clear most obstacles that you find on the road. 

Price:

Suzuki Gixxer BS6

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V BS6

Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 3.0 BS6

Expected Rs 1,05,000

Rs 1,04,000

Rs 1,01,200

Currently, the BS4 Gixxer is priced at Rs 1 lakh. Given that the engine was already BS6-ready and would not need a lot of change to meet the BS6 norms, we estimate that a price hike of Rs 5,000 is in store for the bike. That makes it marginally more expensive than the Apache. If you’re on the lookout for a no-fuss, easy-going, frugal motorcycle, the FZ-S FI does make sense. However, the FZ is no longer the fun and exciting motorcycle that it once was. That mantle has been taken up by the other two bikes here. Whichever one you choose, you would not regret it.

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