Honda SP160 vs TVS Apache RTR 160: The 160cc Rivalry


The is a new participant in the 160cc two-wheeler market in India. As per a few sources, many claim that the Honda two-wheeler company replaced the Honda X-Blade with the SP160. That said, the Honda India website de-listed the X-Blade from its portfolio.

You can, however, check out the curated list of Honda bikes on the autoX website.

On the other hand, the is an entry-level offering in the Apache series. It should not be confused with the Apache RTR 160 4V, despite they have an identical name. The engine output is different from each other.

In terms of pricing, the has a starting price of Rs 1.18 lakh, while the Apache RTR 160 has a starting price of Rs 1.19 lakh. All are ex-showroom figures.

So, let’s see how the stacks up against the TVS Apache RTR 160. Let’s read on, then.



Before weighing the figures of these two homegrown bikes, let’s start with their underpinnings.

As for the TVS Apache RTR 160, this bike is structured on a double cradle synchro stiff, which is agile and usually used in making the track-focused bike. That said, most , especially the Apache series are made on this type of frame.

In parallel, the Honda SP160 is structured on a diamond frame, which is cost-effective and agile.


Honda SP160 Matte Marvel Blue Metallic


As far as the figures are concerned, both bikes are direct rivals, as they belong to the highly competitive 160cc two-wheeler market. The Honda SP160’s diamond chassis supports a 162.71cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine, which is tuned to churn out 13.27 bhp at 7500 rpm and 14.58 Nm of peak torque at 5500 rpm. It is mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

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In parallel, the TVS Apache RTR 160 carries a 159.7cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that can pump out 15.82 bhp at 8750 rpm and 13.85 Nm of peak torque at 7000 rpm. It is also mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

Check out the RTR 160 price here.

Weighing the figures, the Apache offering has more power than the SP160 does. But the latter has more torque than the former.

As far as fuel efficiency is concerned, the Honda SP160 has no certified mileage, as it is due for a test by ARAI. On the other hand, the TVS Apache RTR 160 has an ARAI-certified mileage of 61 km/l, but the real-world mileage figure of this bike is rated at 45 km/l. The mentioned real-world mileage is an average figure given by the owners of the Apache RTR 160. Please note that the real-world mileage figures can vary with engine and transmission combination, individuals’ riding styles and the local traffic conditions.

TVS Apache RTR 160 Matte Red


Both bikes have the same fuel tank capacity, which is rated at 12 litres.

Keeping their engine outputs aside, let’s now talk about the suspension setups of these two offerings. The Honda SP160 stands on a telescopic fork at the front and a monoshock at the rear. Given the SP160 price, which is similar to the Apache RTR 160, it should have had a better suspension setup.

On the flip side, the TVS Apache RTR 160 boasts a telescopic fork with hydraulic dampers at the front and a gas-filled inverted monotube at the rear. These two bikes, however, are engineered by keeping the conditions of Indian roads in mind but the Apache might offer a better ride quality and an engaging riding experience than the SP160 might do.

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Both bikes have standard disc-drum brakes and optional dual-disc brakes. The top variant of these two bikes offers dual-disc brakes. Besides that, both have the same measurement of alloy wheels, which are rated at 17 inches. The front and rear tyre profiles of the Honda SP160 are rated at 80/100 R17 and 130/70 R17, respectively. In parallel, the Apache RTR 160 has front and rear tyre profiles rated at 90/90 R17 and 110/80 R17, respectively.

In addition, you can check out the Honda SP160 price here.

The kerb weight of the TVS Apache RTR 160 is rated at 138 kg, while the kerb weight of the Hond SP160 is rated at 141 kg.



Before listing the features, it should be worth noting that the offerings mentioned here belong to the top-most variant of these two 160cc bikes.

The common features of these two offerings include a fully digital instrument cluster that shows relevant readings digitally, such as speed, fuel level, distance made, and time (clock). Both have a low fuel indicator, an LED headlight, an LED brake- and tail light, a pass light, and a killswitch.

However, the exclusive features of the Apache RTR 160 which its counterpart misses out on include riding modes (Urban, Rain and Sport), mobile app connectivity, GPS and navigation, automatic headlights, and LED DRLs.


Prices and Variants

The Honda SP160 has only two variants on offer: single-disc and dual-disc. This Japanese 160cc bike has a starting price of Rs 1.18 lakh, which goes up to Rs 1.22 lakh.

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In parallel, the TVS Apache RTR 160 is offered in three variants only. The TVS Apache RTR 160 price starts at Rs 1.19 lakh for the base variant, the Drum, and it goes up to Rs 1.26 lakh for the top variant, the Disc Bluetooth.

All are ex-showroom prices in Delhi, as of August 2023. Please note that these prices are subject to change without any prior notice to the customer. You can, however, visit the autoX website to access the latest location-based price list for your dream vehicle. For more, visit our website or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. So, stay tuned!

Rushil Kumar

Rushil Kumar

Rushil Kumar is an automobile blogger. whose passion for driving and testing cars and bikes in India. Travelling, reading and drive various car and write the reviews on newest car his passion.

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