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TVS Apache RTR 160 versus Bajaj Pulsar NS 200

  • Posted by Salman On 19-Sep-2021 06:21 AM

Apache RTR 160 vs. Pulsar NS 200 Comparison

When you have a motorcycle on your hands, you generally tend to speed it up and have a blast on the roads. The Apache RTR 160 is one such excellent bike in the budget category that can double up as a racing bike. The Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 is an ideal competitor to the Apache RTR 160 as the features match perfectly.


The Design

The beast-inspired headlamps are the Apache RTR 160’s highlights. The LED light guide in the panel and the pilot lamp produces a raw, animalistic gaze. The digital analogue display featuring a lap timer, top speed indicator, other displays provide the necessary info to improve visibility in any condition. Other features like the LED tail lamp, intelligent aerodynamics, muscled engine cowl, tank scoops, and muscled tail cowl add to the overall elegance and make this vehicle desirable.

The Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 is a muscular bike with a well-sculpted body structure accentuated by its high-quality LED headlamps that offer excellent visibility. The high stiffness and low flex perimeter frame enable the sharpest handling experience as you conquer every turn with confidence. The upright stance and an extended wheelbase of 1363mm add to the muscularity and give the bike an imposing look.


Engine – Power and Handling

The Apache RTR 160 draws its immense power from its 159.7cc SI, 4-stroke, air-cooled engine and delivers a maximum power of 15.53ps @ 8400rpm and 13.9 Nm @ 7000rpm. The electric start feature ensures that you can comfortably switch off the engine when waiting for signals. This powerful engine pairs with a 5-speed transmission to ensure a smooth riding experience. This vehicle has a first-in-segment feature that allows for an effortless launch with a slow clutch release and no throttle operation.

The NS 200 features a more powerful engine than the Apache RTR 160 as it comes equipped with a 199.5cc Triple-Spark DTS-I FI liquid-cooled engine capable of delivering maximum power of 24.5ps power @ 9750rpm and high torque of 18.5Nm @ 8000pm. This vehicle pairs with a 5-speed manual transmission to provide a comfortable riding experience.

Safety Features

The TVS Apache RTR 160 comes equipped with Remora tyres that stick to the asphalt with an unyielding grip to provide superior acceleration and enhanced braking. The high-quality braking system combines single-channel ABS with 270mm front and 200mm rear brakes. In addition, the Apache RTR 160 also features a drum brake variant.

The high-intensity LED headlamps illuminate the road stretches ahead for long distances to enable safe driving at night. The Bajaj Pulsar features single-channel ABS with 300mm front and 230mm rear disc brakes. ABS ensures that the Pulsar NS 200 can brake safely on any surface, regardless of the driving conditions. The R17 tubeless tyres add to the overall safety.

Colour Variants and Pricing

The Apache RTR 160 disc brake version is available at Rs 109,365, and the drum brake version comes at Rs 106,365. In addition, TVS offers six colour options on the Apache RTR 160.
Four colour options are available on the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200, with its pricing starting from Rs 140,544.


Performance-wise, the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 is conveniently more powerful than the Apache RTR 160. The Apache RTR 160 is a better-looking model, but the Pulsar NS 200 exudes confidence. The Apache RTR 160 is priced less, but the Pulsar NS 200 is worth every rupee you spend.