Bajaj recently brought back the Pulsar 180 naked street bike, which will be sold alongside the semi-faired Pulsar 180F. The former faces direct competition from the TVS Apache RTR 180. Both the Pulsar and Apache are quite old in terms of design, hardware and technology. However, they continue to enjoy a fair amount of popularity and demand in India and that’s the reason they have survived till date. Now, for the prospective buyers who are confused between the two, let’s see how they compare on paper.
Design and Features
The styling of the Pulsar 180 and the Apache RTR 180 have remained the same for years, barring the minor updates in their decals. Nevertheless, both of them sport an imposing and aggressive stance with a few common elements like a clip-on handlebar, muscular fuel tank with extensions, underbelly cowl and split grab rails.
While both bikes get a semi-digital instrument cluster and an LED tail lamp, the Apache has an upper hand as it gets a full-LED headlamp and GTT (glide through technology) which aids in easier riding in traffic. Meanwhile, the Pulsar gets a halogen headlamp with LED DRLs.
Powering the TVS Apache is a 177.4cc, single-cylinder, two-valve engine which churns out 16.56bhp and 15.5Nm. On the other hand, the Bajaj Pulsar runs on a 178.6cc, two-valve motor which makes 16.78bhp and 14.52Nm. Although there isn’t much difference in the engine specs and performance, the kerb weight of the Apache is 10kgs lighter than the Pulsar, which should make the former slightly quicker. Meanwhile, the gearbox is a common five-speed unit.
The Pulsar and Apache are nearly on the same page in terms of hardware with similar components. These include a common dual cradle chassis, telescopic forks up front, twin gas-charged shock absorbers at the back and disc brakes at both ends assisted by a single channel ABS setup. While the 17-inch alloy wheels are also the same, the Pulsar gets a wider 120mm rear tyre while the Apache makes do with a 110mm unit.
TVS has priced the Apache RTR 180 at Rs 1,08,270 while the Bajaj Pulsar 180 costs Rs 1,07,904. As you can see, the difference is clearly negligible. However, considering the fact that the Apache has more features and lighter kerb weight, it should turn out to be a better package in the real world.
(Both prices are ex-showroom, Delhi)