TVS Apache RTR 200 4V vs Bajaj Pulsar NS200: Real-World Performance Comparison

Modified On Jun 6, 2019 By Gaurav Sadanand for TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0

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Confused between the two 200cc offerings? Here’s what the numbers say

The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the Bajaj Pulsar NS200 have been arch rivals for a little over a couple of years now. They changed the face of the entry-level performance motorcycling segment by offering accessible power, thrilling riding dynamics and a bunch of features, all wrapped into an affordable package. That said, each bike has something working for it and against it, so we pit them against each other in the real world to see which one comes out on top.

 

Acceleration:

 

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V ABS

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

0-60

4.53 seconds

4.86 seconds

0-100

13.29 seconds

12.58 seconds

Off the line, the Apache has the edge. While both bikes produce similar torque figures, the Apache has a distinct weight advantage. However, the NS200 leaps ahead and scores a better time to a hundred. A 3PS power advantage and an extra gear do the trick.

 

Roll-on acceleration:

 

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V ABS

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

30-70kmph

5.8 seconds

4.95 seconds

40-80kmph

7.6 seconds

6.57 seconds

The aforementioned facts also affect the roll-ons speeds of both the bikes. While the Apache has a strong low- and mid-range, it tends to lose steam as it climbs past 7,000rpm. On the other hand, the NS200’s quick-revving motor has enough punch to pull away cleanly from as low as 30kmph in fifth gear.

 

Braking:

 

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V ABS

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 non-ABS

80-0kmph

37.61m

38.03m

30.11m

60-0kmph

21.09m

21.20m

16.47m

In our road tests, the Pulsar NS200 offered much better bite under hard braking, so-much-so that it’s comparable to the 250cc segment. In contrast, the Apache’s brakes feel powerful, but less progressive. The dual-channel ABS setup does not do it any favours either. 

 

Fuel Efficiency:

 

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V ABS

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 non-ABS

City

46.9kmpl

36.1kmpl

Highway

41.58kmpl

39.7kmpl

While both bikes offer decent fuel efficiency figures for a 200cc bike, it’s the RTR 200 that takes the cake. Within city limits, the bike returned 10.8kmpl more than the Pulsar NS200! Out on the highway though, the NS200’s 6-speed transmission helps it deliver a fuel efficiency figure that’s quite close to the RTR 200 4V. Nevertheless, it still isn’t enough to keep up with the RTR 200’s frugal engine. This is still the ideal situation. At triple-digit speeds on the highway, the Pulsar’s sixth gear should prove to be quite beneficial for your riding experience as well as your pocket.

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