The Business Inside: Honda Hornet 200 Vs TVS Apache Vs Bajaj Pulsar Series – Specs Comparison

Finally, the 2020 Honda Hornet is out, which is a highly competitive sub-200cc motorbike and is going to attract a lot of attention to bike lovers. It has been equipped with a wide range of premium features to make riders’ everyday rides more peppy and exciting. Let’s look at a quick comparison between Honda Hornet 2.0 and its rivals to see how will it fare against them. So, here’s a comparison of Honda Hornet 2.0 vs Apache RTR 200 4V vs Pulsar 200NS.


The new Hornet 2.0 has the racing DNA in it, offering a sleek and powerful machine. With its impressive aerodynamic design, LED all around setup, fully digital liquid crystal meter, sinewy fuel tank, sporty split seat, wide tire, and upside-down golden front forks, it makes a wonderful stance.


In comparison, Apache RTR 200 key features consist of race-inspired graphics, LED headlamp, complete digital speedometer, Smart Xconnect smartphone connectivity, aerodynamic claw mirrors, split seat, and aggressive tank cowl. On the other hand, Pulsar NS200 offers the most muscular streetfighter look in the sub-200cc segment. There are several features common between Hornet 2.0, Apache 200, and Pulsar 200NS.


Hornet 2.0 is powered by 184.40cc engine, targeting customers who want 180cc and sub-200cc segment bikes. It’s air-cooled, SOHC, Fi engine generates a torque of 16.1 Nm at 6000 rpm and 17.26 PS of max power at 8500 rpm.

In comparison, RTR 200 is powered with 197.75cc engine and generates a torque of 16.8 Nm at 7500 rpm and 20.5 PS of max power at 8500 rpm. Yet again, the most powerful machine in terms of torque and power here is Pulsar 200NS. It generates 18.5 Nm torque at 7500 rpm and 24.5 PS of max power at 9750 rpm. Also, 200NS is the only bike powered with a 6-speed gearbox compared to Apache and Hornet, which has a 5-speed gearbox.


All three bikes have disc brakes at both front and rear. However, Apache RTR200 is better equipped in terms of safety because it has dual-channel ABS. The other 2 bikes have single-channel ABS.


Highly compact and adjustable bike in this group is Pulsar 200NS, measuring 2017mm in length. Next is Hornet 2.0 and Apache 200 RTR. However, in terms of width, Pulsar is the fattest, and slimmest in the Apache 200. Pulsar has the longest wheelbase, followed by Hornet and Apache. The ground clearance of Pulsar 200NS and Hornet is close at 168mm and 167mm, respectively. In terms of centre of gravity, all three bikes are the best choices. The curb weight of Pulsar 200NS is 156 Kg, while Hornet weighs 142 Kg.

Acceleration, Top-speed, and Mileage

In terms of mileage, Pulsar 200NS has the lowest fuel efficiency, while Honda Hornet fuel efficiency is expected to fall between 40-45 kmpl. Apache 200 has 45 kmpl fuel efficiency. Talking about top speeds, 200NS can cross 140 Kmph, (according to videos I watched on youtube). The top speed of Honda Hornet might cross 130 Kmph mark. In terms of acceleration, all three bikes can reach 0 to 100 kmph in around 9-13 seconds.

Honda Hornet 2.0 has a wide range of other features and a powerful engine that gives a sporty performance. In terms of styling, all three bikes are competitive. You can choose any bike you want. When it comes to price range, the Ex-showroom price of Pulsar 200NS is Rs. 1.29 lakh, Hornet 2.0 is Rs. 1.26 lakh and Apache 200 STD is Rs. 1.28 lakh. Well, if you are slightly low on budget, you can go for Hornet 2.0.

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