apache rtr 180 vs pulsar 180

A few number of motorcycles are available in the 180cc segment in two-wheeler industry in India. Bajaj Pulsar 180 and TVS Apache RTR 180 ABS are the most popular in its class. The motorcycles are highly competent in its performance and appearance. Bajaj Pulsar 180 was launched in the year 2001. It was the king in its genre until the arrival of TVS Apache 180 in the year 2007. Recently, TVS showcased Apache 180 matte blue special edition to attract the new customers. The Bajaj India will launch approx 5 new models as Pulsar RS400, Pulsar 150NS, Pulsar CS400, etc. by the end of the year.

Design and Style

The previous version of the Pulsar 180 has been replaced by the newly updated Pulsar 180. The new pulsar 180 is featured with a split seat, wider tires, 3D logo, clip-on handlebars and LED tail light. The Pulsar 180 is muscular and sturdy in looks and style.

apache rtr 180 vs pulsar 180 design style

On the other hand, the updated TVS Apache RTR 180 ABS is aggressive in looks due to its sharp design. Apache RTR 180 is featured with LED tail light with pilot lamps, uplifted single seat, striking graphic design, disc brakes in both wheels. The cowl of the tank, engine and its design provides an aerodynamic and racing look to the bike.

Instrument Cluster

The Pulsar 180 is featured with a digital console that carries the information of speedometer, odometer, trip meter, and fuel gauge. The other provided facilities are a low fuel indicator, low battery indicator, neutral indicator and self-canceling turn indicators on the instrument console.

apache rtr 180 pulsar 180 instrument cluster

On the other end, The Apache 180 ABS comes with a combination of digital analog meter console. The instrument console has digital speedometer, analog tachometer, odometer, clock, trip meter and fuel gauge. The extra features like keeping the record of last three 0-60km/hr timings, there is a switch of on or off for starting the ABS system.

Power and Performance

Talking about the power and performance, the Pulsar 180 is powered by the single cylinder, four strokes and air-cooled DTS-i engine of 178.6cc. The engine churns out the power of 16.8 BHP at 8500 RPM and 14.2 Nm of torque at 6500 RPM. The motor is mated to the five-speed transmission with Wet Multi-plate Clutch which helps in getting the maximum speed of 124km/hr.

rtr 180 pulsar 180 power and performance

The Apache RTR 180 ABS is featured with a single cylinder, 4-valve, four stroke motor. The engine boasts of 177.4cc that returns the power of 17.03 BHP at 8500 RPM and the torque of 15.5 Nm at 6500 RPM. The engine is paired with a 5-speed transmission, which helps in getting the maximum speed of 124km/hr.

Dimension and Ergonomics

In terms of Ergonomics and Dimensions, both the motorcycles are really excellent that provides a stable and dynamic ride at the top speed. The Pulsar 180 has the kerb weight of 145kg and has the fuel capacity of 15ltrs. The overall length, width, and height of the motorcycle are – 2035mm, 765mm and 1115mm respectively. The Pulsar 180 has the ground clearance of 165mm that helps the bike to run in rural areas.

rtr 180 pulsar 180 dimension and ergonomics

The Apache RTR 180 ABS has well-distributed weight ratio. The Kreb weight of the motorcycle is 139kg and the fuel capacity of 16ltrs. The motorcycle measurements are 2035mm of length, 730mm of width and 1105mm of height. The ground clearance of Apache RTR 180 ABS is 165mm that show the capability of the motorcycle to ride on every kind of roads.

Safety components

Talking about the safety components, Apache RTR 180 comes with an additional component named as ABS (Anti-lock braking system) that provides strong and precise braking. Its front wheel has 270mm petal disc, while the rear has 200mm petal disc for accurate braking on Indian roads. The motorcycle uses telescopic forks of 105mm at the front and at the rear monotube gas filled shockers with spring, which offers maximum comfort during the ride.

pulsar 180 rtr 180 safety components

The Pulsar 180 does not have ABS system. The front wheel has 260mm disc brake and rear has 130mm drum brake. The motorcycle uses telescopic forks of 130mm at front and 5 way adjustable with 101mm nitrogen gas shock absorber at the rear.


Price Bajaj Pulsar 180 and TVS Apache RTR 180 ABS


Both the bikes are really impressive in terms of style, looks, and performance in this genre. Bajaj Pulsar 180 is available in three colors- Black, Red, and Blue. The exclusive showroom price of Bajaj Pulsar 180 is Rs 81,408 while TVS Apache RTR 180 ABS comes only in two shades- Black and White that is available in the domestic market for Rs 89,562. The Apache RTR 180 ABS is more expensive than the Pulsar 180.

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