How does Hero’s contender in the 160cc segment stack up against the perennial favourites?
At the Hero World 2020 event, Hero MotoCorp brought the spiritual successor to the Xtreme Sports, the Xtreme 160R. The naked is Hero’s contender in the highly competitive 160cc sports commuter segment. How does it fare against the likes of the Suzuki Gixxer BS6 and the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V BS6?
The Xtreme 160R’s powerplant is the second-most powerful unit in its class. It is highly commendable considering the engine is not as technologically advanced as the one on the Apache, missing out on a 4-valve head. Nevertheless, the torque generated is the same as the other two.
All three bikes run on similar-spec components. The Xtreme has larger discs, which should translate to better braking performance. The rear tyre, a radial unit, is not as chunky as the one found on the Gixxer. The Apache struggles in the braking department, as there is a distinct lack of bite or lever feedback from the front end. The Gixxer’s suspension units are set up for a firm ride, which makes it a great handler, not so good for city commuting.
The Xtreme is the most compact as well as the most accessible bike of the lot. It has the tightest wheelbase among the three. It also has a distinct weight advantage over its rivals as it is 10kg lighter.
Hero is an expert at attractively pricing its products to undercut rivals by a considerable margin. The same is expected to continue with the Xtreme 160R as it could arrive with a price tag of Rs 90,000 (ex-showroom Delhi). At this price point, it would effectively undercut the Apache RTR 160 4V by nearly Rs 14,000.