2018 Hero Xtreme 200R vs rivals: Specifications comparison

5th Feb 2018 12:12 pm

The Hero Xtreme 200R is the most powerful motorcycle in its current portfolio. So how does the new Hero fare against its rivals?

True to its word, Hero MotoCorp unveiled the production version of the Xtreme 200S concept that was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. The new Xtreme 200R is the flagship offering from the largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India and it will make its public debut at the upcoming Auto Expo this year. Although it’s powered by a 200cc motor, Hero has positioned the new motorcycle more like a performance-commuter motorcycle rather than an outright performance bike – as one would imagine, given its displacement. This means that the Hero Xtreme 200R rivals motorcycles from two different segments, including the Bajaj Pulsar 180, TVS Apache RTR 180, Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 and the TVS Apache RTR 200. So how does the new Hero motorcycle stack up against its competition on paper? We get you the answer.

Looks matter
One glance at the Hero Xtreme 200R is enough for you to gauge that most of the styling cues from the concept model have been carried forward to the production bike; it gets the sharp-looking headlight with LED DRLs and the sharp lines on the fuel tank and the tail section. The multi-spoke alloy wheels, snazzy graphics and the exposed chain look good, but the oversized exhaust muffler doesn’t flow well with the overall design and split-seats would have added a dash of sportiness to the bike. The TVS Apache RTR 200, on the other hand, looks every bit a street fighter with its chiselled lines and sculpted bodywork – and the same applies to the Pulsar NS 200. Even though the basic design of the Pulsar NS 200 is more than half a decade old, Bajaj designers have cleverly used restyled graphics and new colour options to make the bike look fresh.

At one point, the TVS Apache RTR 180 and the Bajaj Pulsar 180 set the benchmark in styling, but both the bikes are starting to show their age now, and are in need of a design overhaul. Barring the TVS Apache RTR 200, all other motorcycles employ a semi-digital instrument console and it isn’t surprising that the RTR 200’s unit houses the most amount of info – including a lap-time recorder signifying its performance-oriented characteristics. The Hero Xtreme 200R, Apache RTR 180 and the Pulsar 180 have more upright riding ergonomics, while the posture on the Pulsar NS 200 and the Apache RTR 200 is slightly sporty since both bikes get clip-on handlebars.

Hero Xtreme 200RTVS Apache RTR 200Bajaj Pulsar NS 200TVS Apache RTR 180Bajaj Pulsar 180
Seat height790mm800mm805mm790mm790mm
Kerb weight146kg149kg154kg139kg145kg

Power struggle
Powering the new Hero Xtreme 200R is an indigenously developed air-cooled, single-cylinder motor which is based on the Hero Achiever 150’s motor. The 199.6cc powerplant delivers 18.1hp at 8,000rpm and peak torque of 17.1Nm is available at 6,500rpm. In comparison, the TVS Apache RTR 200’s power figures stand at 19.7hp for the carburettor variant and 20.7hp for the fuel-injection version, while torque is similar for both the variants at 18.1Nm. It’s the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 that leads the charge when it comes to grunt as the liquid-cooled motor pumps out 23.2hp and 18.3Nm of peak torque.

The Pulsar NS 200 is also the only motorcycle in this segment to get a six-speed gearbox; the others make use of five-speed units. The Pulsar 180's 179cc mill produces 16.8hp and 14.2Nm of torque, while the Apache RTR 180 makes the least powerful figures of 16.4hp and 15.5Nm. Hero claims that the new 200cc motor has been tuned to offer better low-end and mid-range performance, so as to make commuting faster rather than make it an outright performance motor. If you want quick acceleration and higher top speed, the Pulsar NS 200 and Apache RTR 200 are the better options.

Hero Xtreme 200RTVS Apache RTR 200Bajaj Pulsar NS 200TVS Apache RTR 180Bajaj Pulsar 180
EngineSingle-cylinder, air-cooledSingle-cylinder, oil-cooledSingle-cylinder, liquid-cooledSingle-cylinder, air-cooledSingle-cylinder, air-cooled
FuellingCarburettor Carburettor / Fuel-injection Fuel-injection CarburettorCarburettor
Power18.1hp at 8000rpm19.7hp at 8500rpm / 20.7hp at 8500rpm23.2hp at 9500rpm16.4hp at 8500rpm16.8hp at 8500rpm
Torque17.1Nm at 6500rpm18.1Nm at 7000rpm18.3Nm at 8000rpm15.5Nm at 6500rpm14.2Nm at 6500rpm

The Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 is the only bike in this comparison that employs a perimeter frame. Both the Apaches and Pulsar 180 feature a double-cradle frame. The Hero Xtreme 200R is equipped with a diamond-type chassis. All the motorcycles feature telescopic front forks, while the Xtreme 200R, Apache RTR 200 and the Pulsar NS 200 get monoshock suspension at the rear. Braking is done via disc brakes on both ends for all the five motorcycles, but it's only the TVS Apache RTR 180 that offers dual-channel ABS as an optional extra. The Pulsar NS 200 and Xtreme 200R get single-channel ABS as an option.

In terms of weight, the TVS Apache RTR 180 is the lightest at 139kg, followed by the Pulsar 180 at 145kg, which beats the Xtreme 200R by just 1kg. The heftiest bike in this comparison is the Pulsar NS 200 at 154kg, while the Apache RTR 200 tips the scale at 149kg.

In terms of saddle height, the Apache RTR 180, Pulsar 180 and the Xtreme 200R are the most accessible at 790mm, followed by the Apache RTR 200 at 800mm and the Pulsar NS 200 at 805mm.

Hero hasn’t divulged the pricing of the Xtreme 200R yet and we might have to wait until April 2018 for an official announcement. Hero officials, however, have hinted that the new offering will undercut its 200cc rivals by a significant margin. According to us, the Xtreme 200R might be priced around Rs 90,000 (ex-showroom) for the non-ABS version. In comparison, the TVS Apache RTR 200 retails for Rs 98,865 (Pirelli tyres) while the fuel-injected variant will lighten your wallet by Rs 1.06 lakh. You can get your hands on the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 for Rs 97,715 for the non-ABS version, while the Pulsar 180 will set you back by Rs 81,651. Prices for the base variant of the Apache RTR 180 start at Rs 82,183, going up to Rs 92,997 for the dual-channel ABS variant.

Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Hero Xtreme 200RTVS Apache RTR 200Bajaj Pulsar NS 200TVS Apache RTR 180Bajaj Pulsar 180
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)Rs 90,000 (est) Rs 98,865 (Pirelli tyres)/Rs 1.06 lakh (Fi)Rs 97,715 Rs 81,651Rs 82,183/Rs 92,997 (ABS)

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