Bajaj Pulsar N160 vs TVS Apache RTR 160 4V - Which one to Buy?

By:Tanmoy Ghosh
Updated On: June 27, 2022 22:05 IST
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Bajaj Pulsar N160 vs TVS Apache RTR 160 4V - Which one to Buy?

In this article we will be comparing the Pulsar N160 vs Apache RTR 160 - two of the most iconic sporty commuters to help you with your next purchase.

So how do the two compare on the engine front?

ModelPulsar N160 Apache RTR 160
Displacement164.82 cc, single-cylinder oil-cooled159.7 cc single-cylinder oil-cooled
Power 16 PS @ 8750 rpm17.55 PS @ 9250 rpm
Torque 14.65 Nm @ 6750 rpm 14.73 PS @ 7250 rpm
Gearbox5-speed 5-speed

The Apache leads the Pulsar in terms of power and torque despite having a smaller engine. Also, the presence of ride modes can alter the power and torque figures a bit depending on the mode.

Pulsar N160 vs Apache

Here are the dimensions of the Pulsar N160 vs Apache RTR 160

Model Pulsar N160Apache RTR 160
Wheelbase1358 mm 1357 mm
Seat height795 mm 800 mm
Ground clearance 165 mm 180 mm
Fuel tank capacity14 liters12 liters

Not a lot of difference between the two bikes in terms of dimensions, but the additional ground clearance on the RTR 160 means that it gets a slight edge over the Pulsar for tackling bad roads.

Also read: Bajaj Pulsar N160 Launched!! - Starts from Rs 1.23 lakhs (ex-showroom)
Suspensions and brakes
Model Pulsar N160 Apache RTR 160
Front suspensionTelescopic Telescopic
Rear suspension Monoshocks Monoshocks
Front disc size300 mm 270 mm
Rear disc size 280 mm 200 mm

The Pulsar with its bigger discs in the front and rear along with the presence of an optional dual-channel ABS does give it the edge over the Apache in terms of braking.

Pulsar N160 vs Apache
Other features, price, and conclusion

Both bikes have the standard fare of LED headlamps and tail lamps but the Apache has additional features such as BlueTooth connectivity and Glide through technology which allows the rider to feather the clutch at low speeds and prevents stalling which are absent in the Pulsar. The only feature that the Pulsar has and the Apache doesn't have is a USB charging port.

While the lack of a dual-channel ABS option in the Apache RTR vis a vis the Pulsar N160 may be a bit of a downer, it doesn't change the fact that at a starting price of Rs 1.25 lakhs for the connectivity edition makes it a fairly value for money.

Also read: 2021 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Pros and Cons; 4 Positives and 4 Negatives - Should You Buy It?

However, for those who are looking for something of a fresher riding experience backed up by a widespread after-sales network along with those who are looking for a bike with dual-channel ABS - the Pulsar N160 will appeal to them.

That was our comparo of the Pulsar N160 vs Apache RTR 160. Let us know in the comments below as to which sports commuter will be your pick.

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