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2024 Yamaha FZ Fi V4 vs 2024 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V: Which Is The 160cc King?
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2024 Yamaha FZ Fi V4 vs 2024 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V: Which Is The 160cc King?

Reviews by Team Drivio | 14th Dec 23

The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V makes a lot more power and torque

  • In terms of design, the Yamaha FZ looks a lot more muscular
  • That said, its rather small face can be quite polarising
  • The FZ’s 150cc engine makes 12.4PS and 13.3Nm

When it comes to the 160cc motorcycle segment, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V has long been a favored choice, offering a blend of sporty handling and a rider-friendly demeanor. However, with the recent launch of the Yamaha FZ Fi V4, the dynamics of this segment might be shifting. In this comprehensive comparison, we'll delve into the key aspects of both motorcycles to determine which one stands out.

2024 Yamaha FZ Fi V4 vs 2024 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V: Design & Features

The Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 4.0 Deluxe boasts a design that seamlessly blends subtlety with impact. The revamped front fascia introduces a redesigned headlight and body-colored elements, enhancing its visual appeal. Notably, the cockpit now features a larger display with Bluetooth connectivity for a modern touch.

While the contrasting alloy wheels contribute to the bike's premium feel, certain angles reveal a slight imbalance in proportions, particularly with the larger fuel tank contrasting the sleek headlight and tail section. Nevertheless, the overall build quality, including paint finish, chrome accents, and the dual-tone exhaust, remains commendable.

In the features and technology department, the FZ-S FI Version 4.0 Deluxe brings notable upgrades. The instrument cluster boasts a larger display providing additional information such as fuel consumption and average speed. The Bluetooth module integrates with a dedicated smartphone application for call alerts and notifications, although it lacks a gear position indicator.

The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, in contrast, presents a classic streetfighter appearance characterized by sharp and sporty lines. The all-LED headlights with DRLs resembling fangs complement the chiseled fuel tank extensions, creating an aggressive aesthetic. The middle section features large grey side panels, while the rear is dominated by a bulky yet functional tyre hugger and a stylish twin-barrel exhaust.

In terms of features, the Apache takes the lead with segment-first features such as riding modes, slipper clutch, and Bluetooth connectivity. These features set it apart, giving tough competition to other bikes in the market. Now in its 2024 avatar, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V also gets voice assistance. Now that was something the Apache RTR 160 2V already got last year and it has now finally made its way to its 4-valve sibling, the Apache RTR 160 4V. 

2024 Yamaha FZ Fi V4 vs 2024 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V: Engines

SpecificationsYamaha FZ Fi V4TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
Engine149cc engine159.7cc engine
Maximum power12.4PS17.55PS 
Maximum torque13.3Nm14.7Nm 
Transmission5-speed5-speed with slip-and-assist clutch

The FZ-S FI Version 4.0 Deluxe is powered by a 149cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with a single overhead camshaft and two valves, maintaining continuity with its predecessor. Paired with a five-speed gearbox, the engine produces a maximum output of 12.4PS at 7,250rpm and a peak torque of 13.3Nm at 5,500rpm.

The engine exhibits comfort above 3,000rpm, with optimal performance kicking in from 4,000rpm onward. Acceleration builds up until 7,000rpm, tapering off afterward. The motorcycle achieves a top speed of 108kmph in the fifth gear, though it feels less refined at higher speeds.

The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V boasts an engine developed and fine-tuned through rigorous testing on the race track. It stands out with the strongest engine in the 160cc sporty commuter segment. Every beat of its engine resonates with the sporty DNA that defines TVS motorcycles. Its 159.7cc engine makes a solid 17.55PS and 14.7Nm, numbers that are the highest in its segment and the Apache is definitely the quickest bike that we’ve tested in the segment, being very close to the Bajaj Pulsar N160. 

2024 Yamaha FZ Fi V4 vs 2024 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

SpecificationsYamaha FZ Fi V4TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
Front suspensionTelescopic ForkTelescopic fork
Rear suspensionMonoshockMonoshock
Front tyre17-inch alloys17-inch alloys
Rear tyre17-inch alloys17-inch alloys
Front brakeDisc BrakeDisc Brake
Rear brakeDisc BrakeDrum/Disc Brake
ABSSingle-channel ABSDual-channel

The FZ-S FI Version 4.0 Deluxe excels in comfort, handling city bumps and speed breakers effectively. The plush suspension setup accommodates riders of all sizes, providing a comfortable experience. The motorcycle features a formidable braking system with 282mm front and 220mm rear discs complemented by single-channel ABS, ensuring a responsive and secure braking experience in varied riding conditions.

When it comes to maneuvering curves, both the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V and its counterpart enjoy the thrill of speeding around them. The RTR 160's race-honed chassis outshines competitors like the Yamaha FZ. It instills confidence when navigating bends, offering a sharp turn-in, stability when leaned over, and quick responsiveness to directional changes. The Apache's suspension setup complements its agile handling, making it a standout choice for riders who appreciate a dynamic and confident ride. So if you’re looking for something that leans towards the sporty side of things, there’s nothing that beats the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V in this segment. 

2024 Yamaha FZ Fi V4 vs 2024 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V: Dimensions

In internal tests, the Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 4.0 Deluxe showcased impressive fuel efficiency, recording 57.4kmpl under regular riding conditions at speeds up to 60kmph. With a sizable 13-litre fuel tank, the FZ-S FI Version 4.0 boasts an extensive range of nearly 750km between fuel stops, offering a commendable balance between fuel efficiency and an extended travel range.

Whether navigating city streets or embarking on longer journeys, the FZ-S FI Version 4.0 Deluxe promises economic and long-lasting performance, making it a practical choice for riders seeking efficiency.

2024 Yamaha FZ Fi V4 vs 2024 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V: Price

PriceYamaha FZ Fi V4TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
Ex-showroom DelhiRs 1.29 lakh Rs 1,23,870 onwards

The Yamaha FZ V4 is priced at a rather high Rs 1.29 lakh, ex-showroom. Especially when you factor in the fact that the Apache’s prices begin a fair bit lower than the FZ, Rs 1,23,870 to be precise. Now yes, that might be its entry price and the dual channel ABS variant still costs Rs 1.35 lakh, ex showroom. That said, the Rs 1.35 lakh price tag is still extremely reasonable. For a hike of around Rs 6,000 over the Yamaha FZ, you get dual channel ABS as well as voice assistance. And that’s not even talking about the performance benefits the Apache has over the FZ. 

Verdict

Designed for the modern, first-time buyer or those upgrading from smaller-displacement motorcycles, the Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 4.0 Deluxe delivers fuel efficiency and refinement at city speeds. The accessible seat height and low kerb weight contribute to easy maneuverability. Despite appealing styling, the slightly disproportionate design, especially the bulky fuel tank, may be a consideration.

On the other hand, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V stands out as an exciting option packed with tech features. In a segment heating up with competition, the FZ might feel a bit dated compared to the Apache and other contenders like the Pulsar N160. As enthusiasts weigh their options, the Apache's dynamic and confident ride could make it the preferred choice in this competitive segment.

In conclusion, both motorcycles have their strengths, and the ultimate choice may depend on individual preferences and priorities. While the Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 4.0 Deluxe offers commendable efficiency and modern features, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V impresses with its strong engine and advanced technology. Enthusiasts are in for a tough decision as these two contenders battle it out in the fiercely competitive 160cc segment.

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