The 150-160 cc segment has quite in a demand now. People are clearly leaning to the more powerful bikes and also same time wants good fuel economy. The 160 cc segment offers both of the worlds and hence it has a bright future in India. The blog will be about the two new 160 cc bikes that will have a great impact on the segment in the coming days. One is, of course, a decade old but it has now got a new engine and latter is by the manufacturer who ruled the segment at one time.


The design of the Honda Unicorn is more of a commuter and somehow the design has become a style statement in itself. It surely made a place for the cultural memory of Indian motorcycles. The bike is very well sorted and possess a neat and clean design. People who are being professional and loves simplicity tends to love this motorcycle.

On the other hand, Hero Xtreme 160R is a new offering from the Hero and is yet to launch. The bike possesses a sporty design language and modern looks. The bike is quite sportier than any other bike in the segment so it should make a stand out from the crowd. It gets LED headlamps and smoked out LED taillamps, LED indicators and other modern elements.

Engine Comparison

The 2020 Honda Unicorn gets a new 160 cc engine which is borrowed from other Honda’s 160 lineups. The engine produces around 12.9 bhp and 14 Nm peak torque. The engine is mated with a 5-speed transmission. The power is decent enough to tackle the city traffic and is very refined.

The Hero Xtreme 160R on the other side makes around 15 bhp max power and 14 Nm of peak torque. It is mated with a 5-speed gearbox. Considering the power to weight ratio, its the better performer in the entire segment. The company claims 0-60 km/hr acceleration takes around 4.7 sec. The acceleration is quite similar to the acceleration leader Apache 160 RTR 4V, it will be interesting to see whether the bike outperforms the Apache. Both the bikes are BS6 compliant and gets the fuel-injection system as standard equipment.


As we early said that Unicorn is a simple bike so it doesn’t get fancy items rater it comes with simple yet needed features. The instrument cluster of the bike is an analogue unit and not a digital type. The headlamps and taillamps are also of halogen type.

Unicorn bs6

Hero Xtreme 160R is a no-nonsense sports bike in the segment. It gets the full LED instrument cluster, hazard light switch, dual-disc brake option, 7-step preload-adjustable mono-shock at the rear. Both the bikes do come with the single-channel ABS as a standard safety feature.


The pricing for the Honda Unicorn starts at Rs 93,593 (ex-showroom). Considering the pricing the Honda Unicorn is the cheapest bike in the 160 cc segment. Hero Xtreme 160R, on the other hand, is yet to be launched but we expect it to priced around Rs 1 lakhs (ex-showroom). Other bikes you can opt in the segment are the Yamaha FZ, Suzuki Gixxer and Apache 160 RTR.

You can watch our walkaround video for the Hero Xtreme 160R below, it will help you to get a better idea of the design.


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  • Hi Motor Octane team,
    I have gone through the comparison, I think one should compare the bike in the same category, Unicorn is a classic Premium bike launched more than 5 yrs ago, on the other hand, Xtreme-160R is bike yet to launch. so every point Xtream will be superior to the old horse unicorn.

    I hope the comparison could have better if Honda Hornet or Xblade compared with Xtream-160R.

    Rahul Patil