Xtreme 160R vs Apache 160 vs others – let us see where does the Hero stand in comparison to other motorcycles in the segment.
If you haven’t realized, the 150cc motorcycle segment has gotten divided into broadly two sub-segments. The first one is the entry level models like the standard Pulsar 150s, Unicorns, etc and the second one comprises the premium sports models, most of which are slightly higher (around 160cc) in displacement.
The launch of the Xtreme 160R has intensified the competition in the premium 150cc segment because, unlike previous times when Hero’s motorcycles were utterly commuterish, Xtreme 160R packs in a lot of punch.
Let us quickly list the prices of the most important models in this segment and see where does the new Xtreme 160R stand in comparison.
Xtreme 160R vs Apache 160 vs Others: Price Comparo (Updated)
|Yamaha FZ||Rs 101,700-1,05,200|
|Xtreme 160R||Rs 102,000-1,05,050|
|Apache 160 4V||Rs 1,05,500-1,08,550|
|X-Blade BS6||Rs 1,06,692-1,10,973|
|Pulsar NS160||Rs 1,08,589|
It is surprising that Yamaha FZ, which was once considered an expensive motorcycle, is now the most affordable in this list (though it comes with muted specs). Hero has placed Xtreme bang at the entry level and it is priced similar to the very established FZ.
Apache 160 4V, which is one of the most fun to ride motorcycle in this segment, comes next. Pulsar NS160 is the most powerful motorcycle in this lineup and has been priced accordingly.
The latest entrant is the X-Blade which becomes the second most expensive motorcycle in this list but it has seen better specs with the BS6 upgrade. But look at Gixxer – it is significantly costlier than the Xtreme and commands a premium of almost Rs 6000 over the NS.
The Xtreme Sport was priced at around Rs 80,000-83,000 levels before it was discontinued and we thought the 160R would be a Rs 90,000-95,000 product. However, despite the extra premium (according to our estimates), it is brilliantly placed in the segment and has the engine and features backing its prospects.
Let us see if Hero can finally manage to make a mark in this segment which it created with the magnanimous CBZ, way back in the 1999!