Mechanically there is slight difference between both the bikes. The Honda Hornet 2.0 is powered by a 184.4 cc single cylinder, air cooled, BS6, fuel injected petrol engine. This highly refined engine produces around 17.03 bhp of power @ 8,500 rpm and 16.1 nm of torque @ 6,000 rpm. The engine is mated to 5-speed gearbox and offers excellent ride in city bumper to bumper traffic too.
The TVS Apache RTR 180 2V is powered by a 177.4 cc single cylinder, oil cooled, BS6, fuel injected motor which produces 16.79 bhp of power @ 8,500 rpm and 15.5 Nm of torque @ 7,000 rpm. This motor is also mated to 5-speed manual transmission.
Both the bikes are great in their price point. The TVS Apache RTR 180 has Oil cooled engine which offers great heat management, whereas the more costlier Honda Hornet 2.0 only have air cooled Engine. So, in this condition RTR 180 easy to manage in city traffic but Hornet 2.0 on its price point oil-cooled engine necessary for Maneuver in High Bumper to Bumper City Traffic. Here, RTR 180 Clearly Wins for Heat Management.
if we talk about the performance, engine reliability, After Sale Service and engine smoothness. The Honda Hornet just kills the TVS Apache RTR 180 in all of these scenarios. So, the choice is yours. If you have budget we recommend you to go for the Honda Hornet without thinking much. But if you have tight budget, the TVS Apache RTR 180 is not bad too.
Reliability and Comfort in City and Highway Ride:
If we talk about city rides then the Honda Hornet is just better. It has more torque and all those torque will be available at early 6,000 rpm compared to Apaches’s 15.5 Nm of torque which comes later at 7,000 rpm. So, in city rides the Honda Hornet is the clear winner, but by a small margin.
And if we talk about highway rides, here also the Honda Hornet 2.0 wins because of more power on offer. But both the bikes misses out on 6th gear. This becomes a big hindrance for some buyers. In this case, it’s better to go with the more powerful Bajaj Pulsar NS 200. But if you have very tight budget and want a powerful companion for you, then the TVS Apache RTR 180 will serve you better. And if you don’t have budget problem, then we recommend you to go with the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 as it falls in the price bracket of the Honda Hornet 2.0.
This is the place where the Honda Hornet 2.0 just kills the TVS Apache RTR 180. The bike gets segment feature Golden Colored front fork, LED’s all around (headlight, taillight and indicators) and Key on tank which is also a premium feature which you won’t find in any of the bikes in this price range etc. The bike also gets wider tyres 110/70-R17 at front and 140/70-R17 at rear.
The bike also gets all the basic features like single channel ABS, fully digital instrument cluster and Mono-shock rear suspension etc. This is the reason for premium pricing of the bike.
If we talk about the TVS Apache RTR 180 2V, the bike won’t get premium features like this. The bike gets all the basic features like single channel ABS, semi-digital instrument cluster etc..
So the verdict is, if you want a powerful bike and don’t want any extra features, then the TVS Apache RTR 180 will be the best option for you. If you have money then just close your eyes and buy buy the Honda Hornet 2.0. You won’t be disappointed for sure.
Mileage wise, the Honda Hornet is better as it has better refinement, better vibration management and a smoother engine. The Honda Hornet could return you around 40-42 kmpl of mileage if you ride it sanely. The TVS Apache RTR 180 could return around 35-40 kmpl.
Honda Hornet 2.0
Ex-Showroom – 1,26,040/-
RTO – 18,275/-
Insurance – 9,913/-
On-Road Bangalore – 1,54,228/-
TVS Apache RTR 180
Ex-Showroom – 1,01,450/-
RTO – 20,270/-
RTO Expense – 2,500/-
Insurance(Zero Depreciation) – 9,023/-
Other Charges – 937/-
On-Road Bangalore – 01,34,180/-