Yamaha FZ Fi V4 vs Apache RTR 160 4V: Most Modern 160cc Bikes Battle It Out!
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Yamaha FZ Fi V4 vs Apache RTR 160 4V: Most Modern 160cc Bikes Battle It Out!

Reviews by Team Drivio | Nov 23, 2023

Those looking for outright performance will definitely like the Apache a lot more

  • In terms of design, the Yamaha FZ takes the cake
  • While the Apache takes styling cues from the bigger Apache 200 4V, the FZ is the more striking bike of the two
  • The FZ’s mill makes a rather underwhelming 12.4PS and 13.3Nm

If you were considering getting a bike in the 160cc segment, till now, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V was an obvious no-brainer. Its sporty handling, stable chassis, and revvy engine meant enthusiasts could really get onto it and have a lot of fun. But most importantly, it wouldn’t scare away the newer, less experienced riders. 

But now with the updated Yamaha FZ Fi V4, have things changed, or is the Apache still the king of the segment? Let’s find that out: 

Yamaha FZ Fi V4 vs Apache RTR 160 4V: Design

The Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 4.0 Deluxe introduces subtle yet impactful styling updates. The revamped front fascia showcases a redesigned headlight and body-colored elements, elevating its visual appeal. The cockpit now features a larger display with Bluetooth connectivity for a modern touch.

Contrasting alloy wheels contribute to the bike's premium feel. However, certain angles reveal a slight imbalance in proportions, notably with the larger fuel tank contrasting the sleek headlight and tail section. 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 display includes essential readouts like a speedometer, tachometer, two trip meters, fuel gauge, and a clock. The smartphone application records fuel consumption, and the last parked location, and provides maintenance recommendations and malfunction notifications.

The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V boasts a classic streetfighter appearance characterized by sharp and sporty lines. The all-LED headlights with DRLs resembling fangs complement the chiseled fuel tank extensions. 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 a no-brainer status. Segment-first features such as riding modes, slipper clutch, and Bluetooth connectivity set it apart, giving tough competition to other bikes in the market. 

Yamaha FZ Fi V4 vs 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

Powered by a 149cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with a single overhead camshaft and two valves, the FZ-S FI Version 4.0 Deluxe maintains 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 heart of motorcycles defines their character, and the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is no exception. Developed and fine-tuned through rigorous testing on the race track, it boasts the strongest engine in the 160cc sporty commuter segment. Every beat of its engine resonates with the sporty DNA that defines TVS motorcycles.

Yamaha FZ Fi V4 vs 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 ABSSingle-channel

The Yamaha 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, 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.

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

In internal tests, the Yamaha FZ-S FI V4 Version 4.0 Deluxe showcased impressive fuel efficiency, recording 57.4 kmpl under regular riding conditions at speeds up to 60 kmph. 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.

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

PriceYamaha FZ Fi V4TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
Ex-showroom DelhiRs 1.29 lakh Rs 1,23,020 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 1,23,020 to be precise. 

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.

The Apache, meanwhile, is different. It’s exciting and packs a lot of tech as well. And when you factor in all of that, you can’t help but feel that the FZ is a fair bit dated. And given that this segment is heating up with bikes like the Apache and the Pulsar N160, the FZ does feel a bit dated now.