New Bajaj Avenger Street 160 Launched: Know Price in India, Specs, and Features
Bajaj Avenger Street 160 Deliveries Begin; Priced At ₹ 81,037
The Bajaj Avenger Street 160 has been a long rumoured model set to join the company's product portfolio and the bike is now available on sale at select dealerships pan India.
The new Bajaj Avenger Street 160 is priced at ₹ 81,037 (ex-showroom, Nagpur), and deliveries too for the cruiser have begun. The Avenger Street 160 replaces the Avenger Street 180 that is yet to receive ABS, which is now mandatory as per the regulations.
The new Street 160 is the entry-level offering in the Avenger line-up and retains the same design elements as the bigger models. It need to be noted that the bike maker has pulled the plug on the Avenger 180 in just a year of its launch.
The Avenger 160 will be the third iteration of the entry-level Avenger (and sixth overall) and will be replacing the current Avenger Street 180. It’ll also feature the same 4-valve motor of the Pulsar NS160, to comply with the upcoming BSVI emission norms.
Bajaj is going to launch the Avenger 160 ABS variant, replacing the Avenger 180 the same blacked out styling, new headlamp cluster with LED DRLs, fork gaitors and alloy wheels as part of the package. We first saw these changes on the 2018 Avenger series that received extensive changes.
The bike also gets the same body graphics as the other models, while the side panel now comes with the 'Street 160' moniker and is the only visual detail that denotes this is a new motorcycle.
As of now, the company hasn’t revealed the official launch date, but according to our dealer sources, the Avenger 160cc could arrive in India by next month.
Power on the new Bajaj Avenger Street 160 comes from the 160.3 cc single-cylinder engine borrowed from the Pulsar NS 160. The air-cooled motor is tuned to produce 15 bhp at 8500 rpm and 14.6 Nm of peak torque at 6500 rpm.
The motor is paired with a 5-speed gearbox. Those are appreciable numbers compared to the older Avenger 180 that churned out 15 bhp with respect to power, while torque output was lower at 13.7 Nm.
It will most likely also get single-channel ABS rather than a dual-channel unit. Other than the mechanical update, we expect the Avenger 160 to feature minor cosmetic changes, to make the distinction between the Avenger Street 180 and Avenger 160 more clear.
Suspension duties are handled by telescopic forks up front and dual shock absorbers at the rear, while braking performance comes from a front disc brake with single-channel ABS with the rear using a drum brake unit. The back wheel also comes with Rear-Lift Protection (RLP) sensor to avoid accidental stoppies.
The new Bajaj Avenger Street 160 will lock horns primarily against Suzuki Intruder in the enry-level cruiser segment. The latter though is about ₹ 20,000 more expensive than the Street 160 on sale. An official announcement on the launch and pricing is expected in the following days.
We had earlier reported that Bajaj dealerships had started accepting the bookings for the Avenger Street 160, and now, we have learnt that the deliveries of the bike will commence from today
The Avenger 160 ABS is priced at Rs 82,500 (ex-showroom Mumbai). At this price, it will be a whopping Rs 25,500 more affordable than its rival, the Suzuki Intruder.
Bajaj’s new entry-level cruiser, the Avenger Street 160 ABS, has begun reaching dealerships. The motorcycle, , has been priced at Rs 81,036 (ex-showroom, Pune), making it around Rs 7,000 cheaper than the Avenger 180 it is expected to replace. Its on-road price in Pune is around Rs 1 lakh. A dealer source told us that they have already delivered a few units of the new bikes.
Bajaj Avenger Street 160 has been launched in India at a price of ₹82,253 (ex-showroom, Delhi). At this price point, it has taken the title of the most affordable cruiser bike in India, undercutting the Avenger Street 180 by ₹5,824. The launch of the new Avenger Street 160 marks the end of the road for the Avenger Street 180 from Bajaj Auto's line-up.
Talking about the design of the new Bajaj Avenger Street 160, it is visually the same as the existing Avenger 180 bike. So, it still retains its low-slung stance of a cruiser. It also gets roadster like round headlamp with DRLs, blacked out engine bay, and other mechanical bits. Even the instrument panel is an analogue gauge unlike the digital cluster available on the Avenger Cruise 220.
In terms of power plant, Bajaj has plonked the Avenger Street 160 with the familiar 160.3 cc oil-cooled unit with SOHC configuration that does duties on the Bajaj Pulsar NS160. Since it has been carried forward in the same state of tune, this engine delivers the same power on the Avenger 160 as it does on the Pulsar NS160; 15.28 bhp and 14.6 Nm of torque.
Powering the Avenger 160 is a motor that is based on the one seen on the Pulsar NS160. This 160.3cc engine makes 15.5hp and 14.6Nm of torque on the NS. If Bajaj replicates this on the Avenger, the horsepower will remain unchanged from that on the Avenger 180, even though it is a smaller motor in comparison. Furthermore, the torque on the 160.3cc engine is slightly higher, compared to the 13.7Nm the Avenger 180 produced.
As we previously revealed, one of the reasons the Indian brand has chosen to go this route is because the 180 and 220 sat too close to each other in the company’s portfolio. The introduction of the Avenger 160 will now allow Bajaj to substantially differentiate between the two models.
At this price, the Bajaj Avenger 160 ABS undercuts it's only rival, the Suzuki Intruder (which starts at Rs 1.03 lakh), by an even bigger margin than before. This also means that the Avenger 160 ABS upholds the Avenger 180’s title of being the most affordable cruiser-styled motorcycle in the country.
The decision to discontinue the Bajaj Avenger Street 180 is said to have been made so as to allow theAvenger range to cover two different market segments. Since the Avenger 180 was positioned quite close to the Avenger 220 in terms of specs, replacing the Avenger 180 with a lower capacity motorcycle will now allow Bajaj to extend the Avenger range's reach to a wider set of customers.