‘Head will turn, hearts will race. Hero Motocorp has launched the all-new Xtreme 160R and is supposed to hit the dealerships anytime soon. It will be locking horns with the likes of Apache RTR 160 and Bajaj Pulsar NS160. Does it have what it takes to be the biggest leap in the segment? Let’s find out.

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Hero Xtreme 160R vs Rivals | Engine Specifications

Engine Specs Comparison

Models Hero Xtreme 160R Apache RTR 160 Bajaj Pulsar NS160
Engine 163cc 4-stroke OHC 159.7cc 4-stroke 160cc 4-stroke SOHC
No. of Valves 2 2 4
Power 15hp@8,000rpm 15.31hp@8,400rpm 17.03hp@9,000rpm
Torque 14Nm@6,500rpm 13.9Nm@7,000rpm 14.6Nm@7,250rpm
0-60kmph (in secs) 4.7 5.27 5.6
  • Bajaj Pulsar, though being more powerful in the list here, cannot match the 0-60kmph timing of the upcoming street racer from Hero.
  • Hero Xtreme 160 seems to beat the Apache RTR easily in terms of torque while lagging negligibly short in terms of power.

Dimensions Comparison


Models Hero Xtreme 160R Apache RTR 160 Bajaj Pulsar NS160
Length x Width x Height (mm) 2029 x 793 x 1052 2085 x 730 x 1105 2017 x 803.5 x 1060
Wheelbase (mm) 1327 1300 1372
Seat Height (mm) 790 790 805
Ground Clearance (mm) 167 180 177
  • Bajaj Pulsar NS160 seems to be the most stable out of these 3 because of the longer wheelbase.
  • Hero Xtreme 160R and Apache RTR 160, both of them have a lower saddle height making it a good choice for short height riders.
  • Apache RTR has the best ground clearance making it suitable for the Indian roads.

Hero Xtreme 160R vs Rivals | Features

Features Comparison

Models Hero Xtreme 160R Apache RTR 160 Bajaj Pulsar NS160
Display Inverted LCD Console Race-inspired digital Display LCD Display
Side-stand Engine Cutoff
LED Headlamps
LED Turn Indicators
Hazard Lights
Single Channel ABS
Dual-Channel ABS

Hero Xtreme seems to be fully loaded as compared to its rivals. Technology-enabled Hero’s street racer is surely going to pose a threat to the rivals once it reaches the dealerships.

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Price Comparison

Price (Ex-Showroom)

Hero Xtreme 160R ₹99,950
Apache RTR 160 ₹97,000
Bajaj Pulsar NS160 ₹1,05,000

Xtreme 160R is slightly more priced than the Apache RTR 160 though the difference can be justified by the features and powertrain specifications. Bajaj Pulsar NS160 is surely going to cost more, having a 4-valve engine does add to the cost.

Is the Hero Xtreme 160R a good buy? 

Hero Xtreme 160R
Hero Xtreme 160R

Yes, the reasons are quite obvious. Better power and features at a lower cost do make it a feasible choice. Xtreme 160R has been developed by the company in India making it a fully indigenous bike, supporting the Make-in-India initiative. Do you have any queries regarding this bike? Let us know in the comments section below.

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