TVS Apache RTR 160 4V vs Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 vs Suzuki Gixxer vs Honda CB Hornet 160R: Real-world Performance Compared

Modified On Jun 4, 2019 By Jehan Adil Darukhanawala for TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

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What do the numbers have to say about the hotly-contested 160cc commuter segment?

The premium commuter segment has seen a lot of activity in the past couple of years. It began with 150cc motorcycles like the Hero Honda CBZ, the Bajaj Pulsar 150 and the Honda CB Unicorn 160 and has now progressed on to 160cc bikes like the four motorcycles that we have here. Each one of them brings its own flavour to the party and it can be confusing to pick one. Here are the numbers from our real-world tests to help you make the right decision. 

Acceleration


 

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Bajaj Pulsar NS 160

Suzuki Gixxer

Honda CB Hornet 160R

0-60kmph

5.04 seconds

5.35 seconds

5.55 seconds

5.08 seconds

0-100kmph

15.36 seconds

16.54 seconds

16.95 seconds

15.99 seconds

Not only does the Apache RTR 160 4V handles twisty bits beautifully but it is also the quickest bike here. Surprisingly, the Gixxer is the slowest of the lot, despite weighing 9kg lesser than the heaviest bike on this list, the Pulsar NS 160.

 

Roll-on accelerations


 

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Bajaj Pulsar NS 160

Suzuki Gixxer

Honda CB Hornet 160R

30-70kmph in 3rd gear

6.87 seconds

5.61 seconds

6.56 seconds

6.68 seconds

40-80kmph in 4th gear

9.02 seconds

7.29 seconds

8.46 seconds

8.23 seconds

The Pulsar NS 160’s chunky mid-range helps its case in this regards. The Gixxer and the Hornet are somewhat similar in their power delivery characteristics with a slightly bottom-heavy torque band. The Apache is completely opposite with a peaky power curve. 

 

Braking


 

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Bajaj Pulsar NS 160

Suzuki Gixxer

Honda CB Hornet 160R

80-0kmph

41.51m

39.54m

36.90m

36.3m

60-0kmph

22.20m

20.18m

20.05m

20.11m

Again, the Gixxer and the Hornet are nearly identical in their braking prowess. Wide-profile tyres help braking stability on the Japanese machines. The Bajaj as well as the TVS offerings come with smaller rear-section rubber. Braking is especially the Apache’s Achilles heel as the brakes do tend to feel a bit spongy.

 

Fuel efficiency


 

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Bajaj Pulsar NS 160

Suzuki Gixxer

Honda CB Hornet 160R

City

50.94kmpl

40.6kmpl

47.2kmpl

42.85kmpl

Highway

56.1kmpl

48kmpl

50.77kmpl

52kmpl

It comes as no surprise that the Apache offers phenomenal fuel efficiency numbers in this group as it feels less strained sustaining moderate highway speeds. The Pulsar disappoints in this regard thanks to its weight of 145kg. Just to give a small perspective, the Honda CB300R weighs just 2 kg more. 

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  • TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
  • Bajaj Pulsar NS160
  • Honda CB Hornet 160R

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