Spec Comparo: Bajaj Pulsar P150 vs Yamaha FZ-FI vs Hero Xtreme 160R vs TVS Apache RTR 160 2V

Gajanan Kashikar Updated: December 16, 2022, 07:17 PM IST

Bajaj introduced the Pulsar moniker in the Indian market with the launch of the Pulsar 150 and Pulsar 180 in 2001. Since 2001, the Pulsar lineup has grown significantly in terms of styling, engine technology, and features. It now offers a wide range of motorcycles ranging from 125cc to 250cc. In October 2021, Bajaj introduced the new generation Pulsar platform. It underpins the 250cc and 160cc motorcycles, such as the N250 and F250, along with the N160. Two decades after the arrival of the first Pulsar, Bajaj recently launched the all-new Pulsar P150. Not only it is the fourth model to be based on the new-gen platform but is also a reinterpretation of the Pulsar 150 nameplate. But how is it against its competitors? Let us find out.

Bajaj Pulsar P150 Spec Comparo: Engine, Power output

Given the higher 160cc engine capacity, the Apache RTR 160 2V is the most powerful motorcycle in its segment, while the Xtreme 160R takes second place. Bajaj has developed a new engine for the Pulsar P150. This new motor produces more power than the dated Pulsar 150 but has a slightly lesser power output than the Xtreme 160R. Last but not least, the 149cc FZ-FI makes the least power in this category but makes up for it with torque output, which is on a level with the Pulsar P150. However, the Xtreme 160R delivers the highest torque at 14Nm, followed by the Apache RTR 160 2V.

Bajaj Pulsar P150 Spec Comparo: Specifications

All the motorcycles get telescopic front forks and a mono-shock at the rear, front and rear disc brakes with a single-channel ABS, and 17-inch front and rear tyres. Notably, the Xtreme 160R and FZ-FI have radial tyres at the rear.

The Bajaj Pulsar P150 has the highest fuel tank capacity. At the same time, it is also the heaviest bike in this category, followed by the Hero Xtreme 160R. The Yamaha FZ-FI is the lightest motorcycle with a weight of 135kg, whereas the TVS Apache RTR 160 2V slots between the Pulsar P150 and Xtreme 160R when it comes to weight. Meanwhile, the seat height of the four bikes stands at 790mm.

Bajaj Pulsar P150 Spec Comparo: Features

The new Pulsar P150 comes with a bi-functional LED projector headlight and an LED taillight, USB connectivity for mobile charging, and a semi-digital instrument cluster that displays a clock, distance-to-empty, and so on. On the other hand, the Xtreme 160R gets a fully digital console, LED front and rear lights, LED turn signals, and a hazard light switch. Yamaha has given a handful of features to the FZ-FI, such as a fully digital instrument cluster and an LED headlamp.

The TVS Apache RTR 160 2V beats all rivals in terms of features. It is outfitted with a digital instrument cluster; Bluetooth connectivity comprising voice assist, call/message notifications, and crash alert; three riding modes: Urban, Rain, and Sport, along with an LED headlamp and taillight.

Bajaj Pulsar P150 Spec Comparo: Prices

The Pulsar P150 costs Rs 1.17-1.20 lakh and the Apache RTR 160 2V is priced at Rs 1.18-1.25 lakh Whereas, the Xtreme 160R costs Rs 1.19-1.30 lakh and the FZ-FI comes with a sticker price of Rs 1.14 lakh (all ex-showroom, Delhi). It is to be noted that the Xtreme 160R single disc, twin disc, and Stealth variants are priced at Rs 1.19 lakh, Rs 1.22 lakh, and Rs 1.24 lakh (all ex-showroom) respectively, while Stealth 2.0 costs Rs 1.30 lakh (ex-showroom).

The FZ-FI emerges as the most affordable motorcycle, while the Xtreme 160R is the most expensive bike in its segment, followed by the Apache RTR 160 2V. Meanwhile, the Pulsar P150 has been priced reasonably. However, if you do not consider the Xtreme 160R's Stealth and Stealth 2.0 variants, the Apache RTR 160 2V becomes the most expensive bike among them.

All in all, the Bajaj Pulsar P150 is a modern motorcycle with a new engine and a new-gen platform. It offers decent features, and on top of that, Bajaj has priced it reasonably. If you want a combination of performance and features, the TVS Apache RTR 160 2V offers both, as it is not only the most powerful among the four bikes but also gets a few distinctive features. However, it is costlier. Moreover, the Hero Xtreme 160R shares similarity with the Pulsar P150 and Apache RTR 160 2V in terms of features and pricing. Although the Yamaha FZ-FI comes with a handful of features, it is the most inexpensive bike in this category.

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Bajaj Pulsar P150 First Ride Review


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