There has been a sudden increase in demand for 200cc motorcycles in the Indian two-wheeler market that is mostly dominated by 100-150cc bikes. This clearly indicates that the demand for more power is being met by products that not only fulfill the customers’ need for speed and adventure but also come at an attractive price tag.
We already have the two best players - Bajaj Pulsar NS200 and TVS Apache RTR 4V - in the 200cc motorcycle segment. Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India launched the all-new Hornet 2.0 yesterday in the Indian market. Now the question arises which one out of three is the best 200cc motorcycle. Check out the comparison between the three bikes in terms of features, price, color options, and engine specifications.
Honda Hornet 2.0 Vs Bajaj Pulsar NS200 Vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4V: Price in India
The all-new Honda Hornet 2.0 is priced at Rs 1.26 Lakhs (Ex-Showroom, Gurgaon). On the other hand, the Bajaj Pulsar NS200 is offered at Rs 1.25 Lakhs (Ex-Showroom, Delhi). Last but not the least, the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is available at Rs 1.27 Lakhs (Ex-Showroom, Delhi).
Honda Hornet 2.0 Vs Bajaj Pulsar NS200 Vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4V: Features
In terms of design, Honda Hornet 2.0 gets all-LED headlamps and X-shaped tail-lamp cluster. Furthermore, the bike gets features like fully digital liquid crystal instrument cluster, battery voltmeter, hazard switch, engine stop switch, sporty split seat, newly designed alloy wheels, and a short muffler. Being based on an all-new platform, the Hornet 2.0 debuts the key on fuel tank feature. The BS6 Bajaj Pulsar NS200, on the other hand, gets an aggressive headlight with a short visor and dual-LED tail lights. It also features split seats and split rear grab rails, engine cowl, alloy wheels, and a semi-digital instrument cluster with an analog tachometer. The bike features a muscular fuel tank with sharp tank scoops. While the 2020 Apache RTR 200 V features new LED headlamps along with redesigned position lamps. With the help of the brand’s Glide Through Technology, the bike rides smoothly in stop-start traffic. It also features feather touch start, race-tuned slipper clutch, redesigned rear-view, and Bluetooth enabled LCD instrument cluster that supports the brand’s ‘SmartXConnect Technology’.
As for suspensions, the all-new Honda Hornet 2.0 comes with first-in-class golden USD upside-down forks in the front and mono shocks at the rear end. Braking duties are taken care of by dual petal disc brakes with a single-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). In the case of Bajaj Pulsar NS200, suspension duties are handled by conventional telescopic forks up front and Nitrox mono-shock at the rear. As for brakes, it gets a 300 mm petal disc at the front and a 280 mm petal disc at the rear. Talking about the Apache RTR 200 4V, it gets telescopic forks at the front and a mono-shock setup at the rear. As for brakes, the bike gets petal disc brakes at both ends along with dual-channel ABS.
Honda Hornet 2.0 Vs Bajaj Pulsar NS200 Vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4V: Engine Specifications
Mechanically, Honda Hornet 2.0 draws its power from a BS6 compliant 184 cc, 4-stroke HET engine that churns out 17 bhp power at 8500rpm and 16.1 Nm torque at 6000rpm. Being equipped with the PGM-FI technology, the engine is linked to a 5-speed gearbox.
While BS6 Pulsar NS200 is powered by a 199.5 cc single-cylinder engine. This updated 4-valve, liquid-cooled, Triple Spark powerplant boasts of a fuel-injection system. The motor delivers 24.5 bhp power and 18.5 Nm torque while being linked to a 6-speed gearbox.
The Apache RTR 200 V, on the other hand, draws power from a new fuel-injected 197.75 cc single-cylinder, four-valve engine that churns out 20.2 bhp power at 8500 rpm and 16.8 Nm torque at 7500 rpm. The engine is offered with a five-speed gearbox.
Honda Hornet 2.0 Vs Bajaj Pulsar NS200 Vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4V: Color Options
Honda Hornet 2.0 will be available in four color options namely Pearl Igneous Black, Matte Sangria Red Metallic, Matte Axis Grey Metallic, and Matte Marvel Blue Metallic. While the Bajaj Pulsar NS200 BS6 is available in four colors - Graphite Black, Mirage White, Fiery Yellow, and Wild Red. Talking about the Apache RTR 200 4V, it is offered in two color options namely Gloss Black and Pearl White.