A few days ago, Bajaj launched the Pulsar N160 in India. The new Pulsar has been launched in two trims: single-channel and dual-channel ABS. It gets four colours and is currently the only bike in the segment to offer dual-channel ABS. Its arch rivals are the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V and the Hero Xtreme 160R. Let’s see how the trio fares against each other.
The Bajaj Pulsar N160 borrows its styling from the bigger Pulsar N250. It gets the same MT-15-like face – centrally mounted projector unit with brow-like LED DRLs. Even the bodywork is identical to its bigger sibling. Meanwhile, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V gets a full LED headlight with a horizontal unit in between. It too looks pretty youthful like the rivals. On the other hand, the Hero Xtreme 160R features a tad futuristic headlight design. Its contrasting paintwork too is quite attractive, to say the least.
The Bajaj Pulsar N160 only features a USB port, semi-digital instrument cluster, and ABS. Meanwhile, the Apache RTR 160 4V is equipped with a boatload of features. From riding modes to Bluetooth connectivity, adjustable levers, and a fully digital instrument cluster, the Apache makes for quite a package. As for the Xtreme 160R, it gets a fully digital console, side-stand engine cut-off, and LED illumination.
Firepower for the Pulsar N160 is drawn from a 164.8cc oil-cooled engine with the output figures rated at 15.7bhp and 14.65Nm. It’s mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Meanwhile, the Apache’s 159.7cc single-cylinder oil-cooled mill dishes out 17.3bhp and 14.73Nm (sport mode), and the Xtreme 160R’s 163cc motor belts out 15bhp and 14Nm. So, clearly, the TVS bike is the most powerful among the three on paper.
All three bikes get the same suspension setup: Telescopic forks and monoshock. The braking hardware comprises a front and rear disc with ABS. However, the braking performance will differ as per the setup (brake pads, tyres and more).
Bajaj has priced the Pulsar N160 at Rs 1,22,854 (ex-showroom Delhi) onwards and the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V’s asking price starts from Rs 1,20,728 (ex-showroom Delhi). Meanwhile, the Hero Xtreme 160 R costs Rs 1,14,270 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the base model.