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Hero MotorCorp plans to launch Xtreme 160R with an aim to re-enter the hot 160cc - 200cc motorcycle segment in India. The upcoming motorcycle gets a host of features along with a powerful motor. We pit the Hero Xtreme 160R against two of the best motorcycles in the 160 cc segment namely the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V and Suzuki Gixxer.
Hero MotoCorp prices its products to undercut rivals by a considerable margin. The same is expected to continue with Hero Xtreme 160R which is likely to be priced in the range of Rs 90,000 - Rs 95,000 (ex-showroom). At this price point, it will effectively undercut the Apache RTR 160 4V by nearly Rs 14,000 - Rs 15,000. The TVS Apache is priced between Rs 1.03 lakhs - Rs 1.06 lakhs (ex-showroom). The Suzuki Gixxer, on the other hand, will set you back by Rs 1.12 lakh (ex-showroom) which is quite a premium price.
Hero Xtreme 160R vs Suzuki Gixxer BS6 vs TVS Apache RTR 160 4V BS6: Dimensions
In terms of dimensions, the Hero Xtreme 160R is the most compact as well as the most accessible motorcycle of the lot. It also has a distinct weight advantage over its rivals as it is the lightest. The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V has a higher ground clearance of 180mm, suited enough to handle broken roads and tall speed breakers.
Hero Xtreme 160R vs Suzuki Gixxer BS6 vs TVS Apache RTR 160 4V BS6: Features
All the three motorcycles come equipped with an LED headlamp and LED tail light. However, Hero Xtreme 160R gets LED turn indicators as well, making it the only motorcycle to get all-LED lighting. All three of them get digital display units. The Xtreme 160 R uses a negative-display unit, while there is a console on the Gixxer and the Apache RTR 160 4V gets a conventional black text on a white background. While all three motorcycles have an identical suspension setup consisting of telescopic forks and a mono-shock, the Apache RTR 160 4V BS6 gets special tuning from KYB (forks) and Showa ( mono-shock). Three of them offer a full-digital instrument console though the Gixxer BS6 has the most premium looking and comprehensive setup of the lot. The Gixxer BS6 is also the only motorcycle here to get a split seat setup.
The Hero Xtreme 160R gets the largest front disc brakes for better braking performance. As for Apache RTR 160 4V, the brake feedback is poor while the Gixxer’s suspension units are set up for a firm ride. The Xtreme also comes equipped with a side-stand engine cut off and hazard lights, but the Apache stands out here as it features the Glide Through Technology (GTT), which allows for much easier slow-speed riding, moving the motorcycle forward by just releasing the clutch and without throttle operation.