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Here’s How The Hero Xtreme 160R 4V Performs Against Its Rivals
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Here’s How The Hero Xtreme 160R 4V Performs Against Its Rivals

Reviews by Team Drivio | 8th Jul 23

Its chief rivals include the TVS Apache RTR160 4V, Bajaj Pulsar NS160 and Bajaj Pulsar N160

  • Hero updated the Xtreme 160R with a 4-valve engine, better hardware and more features, among other things. 
  • While its update got it peppier, the increased weight means it’s no longer the lightest bike in its class. 
  • In terms of power, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V still makes more power. 

The new Hero Xtreme 160R 4V is a significant upgrade from its predecessor. It boasts a brand new 4-valve head, which improves its performance. In addition to the enhanced mechanics, the motorcycle has undergone noticeable improvements in its design and hardware. These changes have resulted in a higher price for the bike.

To determine if the increased price is justified, we took the new Xtreme 160R 4V for a ride and compared it to its rivals. Our aim was to evaluate whether the enhancements in performance, design, and hardware outweigh the higher cost.

Hero Xtreme 160R vs Rivals: Design & Features

The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V has a sleek streetfighter look, with sharp lines and LED headlights. The Pulsar N160 has a similar design to the N250, featuring a projector headlight and muscular tank extensions.

When it comes to features, the Apache stands out with riding modes, slipper clutch, and bluetooth connectivity. In comparison, the N160 lacks advanced features, indicating some cost-cutting.

Hero Xtreme 160R vs Rivals: Engines

SpecificationsHero Xtreme 160R 4VTVS Apache RTR 160 4VBajaj Pulsar N160Bajaj Pulsar NS160
Engine163.2cc engine159.7cc engine164.82cc engine160.3cc engine
Maximum power16.9PS17.55PS 16PS 17.2PS
Maximum torque14.6Nm14.7Nm 14.7Nm14.6Nm
Transmission5-speed5-speed with slip-and-assist clutch5-speed5-speed

The new Hero Xtreme 160R features a 163cc engine with notable improvements including 4-valve technology and an oil-cooler, similar to the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V. These enhancements have increased power output and torque, resulting in livelier performance and quick acceleration.

Hero claims it to be the fastest bike in its category, but proper road testing is required to confirm this. The Apache RTR 160 4V boasts the strongest engine in the 160cc sporty commuter segment, while the Pulsar offers impressive speed due to its torque advantage. 

Hero Xtreme 160R vs Rivals: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

SpecificationsHero Xtreme 160R 4VTVS Apache RTR 160 4VBajaj Pulsar N160Bajaj Pulsar NS160
Front suspensionInverted ForkTelescopic forkTelescopic forkInverted Fork
Rear suspensionMonoshockMonoshockMonoshockMonoshock
Front tyre100/80-1790/90-17100/80-1790/90-17
Rear tyre130/70-R17130/70-R17130/70-17120/80-17
Front brakeDisc Brake270mm disc300mm discDisc Brake
Rear brakeDisc Brake130mm drum/ 200mm disc280mm discDisc Brake
ABSSingle-channelSingle-channelDual-channel as optionalDual-channel ABS

The Hero Xtreme 160R 4V has received a notable update with the addition of a chunky USD fork, enhancing the bike's handling. It already offered decent performance in terms of high-speed cornering and agility, but the new front suspension improves its dynamics even further. With this update, riders can have increased confidence in the bike's front-end, allowing for high-speed cornering with trust.

The TVS Apache RTR 160 also excels in terms of handling. Its race-honed chassis provides confidence when taking corners, with sharp turn-in, stability when leaned over, and quick directional changes. Both bikes offer enjoyable experiences when navigating curves.

Hero Xtreme 160R vs Rivals: Dimensions

DimensionsHero Xtreme 160R 4VTVS Apache RTR 160 4VBajaj Pulsar N160Bajaj Pulsar NS160
Wheelbase1333mm1357mm1358mm1372mm
Seat height795mm180mm165mm805mm
Ground clearance165mm148kg154kg176mm
Kerb weight145kg12-litres14-litres151kg
Fuel tank capacity12-litres800mm795mm12-litres

The Xtreme 160R 4V remains a delightful and nimble bike, making commuting easy and enjoyable. It maintains its agility and nimbleness, providing a pleasant riding experience. In terms of specifications, both bikes are closely matched, with no clear advantage for either. They are compact and agile, making commuting a joy. However, the Apache RTR 160 4V feels slightly more agile between them all.

Hero Xtreme 160R vs Rivals: Price

Bike NamePrice (Ex-showroom Delhi)
Hero Xtreme 160R 4VRs 1,27,300 onwards
TVS Apache RTR 160 4VRs 1,23,020 onwards
Bajaj Pulsar N160Rs 1,22,854 onwards
Bajaj Pulsar NS160Rs 1,36,736

The Hero Xtreme 160R 4V comes in three variants starting at Rs 1,27,300. The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V starts at Rs 1,23,020. The Pulsar NS160 is priced at Rs 1,36,736 and has one variant. The Bajaj Pulsar NS160 with single-channel ABS is priced at Rs 1,22,854, and the dual-channel version costs Rs 1,29,645. Different color options are available for each bike.

Verdict

Bajaj has taken the lead in the segment. The Pulsar N160 has, after years, surpassed the Apache RTR 160 4V. The Pulsar excels in important areas, although it may lack some fancy features. It stands out for having dual-channel ABS, which is highly commendable. The Apache, hence, is a close second, 

However, even if you opt for the Xtreme 160R 4V, you’d definitely not go wrong. Where you might go wrong is the NS160, a bike that just feels a tad bit too old in this company.

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