Enthusiasts are aware that when it comes to performance, the power-to-weight ratio provides a richer level of detail. Because of this, we’ve chosen to rank the top 10 bikes with the best power-to-weight ratios that are also less than Rs 2 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) in price. Kerb weights were used to calculate all figures.
1 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V (20.8hp/152kg) – 136.8hp/tonne
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V offers a number of impressive features, such as ride modes, a slipper clutch, and a fork with preload adjustment, but they aren’t the ones we’re focusing on right now. It was able to topple competitors like the Yamaha FZ25, R-15, and MT-15 because of its nimble four-valve, single-cylinder engine, which generates 20.8 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 17.25 Nm at 7,250 rpm. This results in a remarkable real-world performance and a power-to-weight ratio of 136.8 hp/tonne when combined with the 152 kg kerb weight.
2 Bajaj Pulsar RS200 (24.5hp/166kg) – 147.5hp/tonne
The RS 200 does a great job of maintaining a balance between its aggressive, but not overly so, riding position and its pleasurable, but not punishing, handling on rough roads. The Pulsar NS weighs 166kg with the perimeter frame and full fairing is added.
With a power-to-weight ratio of 147.5 hp/tonne, the RS200 is still among the top 10, although being 10 kg heavier than its naked equivalent, the NS200. This is made possible by the engine’s four-valve, one-cylinder, the liquid-cooled output of 24.5hp at 9,750 rpm and 18.7Nm at 8,000 rpm.
3 Bajaj Dominar 250 (27hp/180kg) – 150hp/tonne
The Bajaj Dominar 250 is a motorcycle you wouldn’t imagine would be on our list. This is due to the fact that it is effectively a weaker version of the large Dominar 400. The Dominar 250’s potent 250cc engine allows it to produce 150hp/tonne despite its 180kg kerb weight. The KTM 250 served as the foundation for this engine’s design, although significant alterations were made, such as a new cylinder head and compression ratio. The engine of the Dominar 250 produces 23.5Nm at 6,500rpm and 27hp at 8,500rpm.
4 Bajaj Pulsar NS200 (24.5hp/156kg) – 157hp/tonne
You may have noticed the Bajaj Pulsar NS200 motorcycle coming. At 156kg, it weighs 10 kg less than the RS200, which gives it a significant advantage in terms of power to weight. The same four-valve, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that generates 24.5hp at 9,750rpm and 18.7Nm at 8,000rpm powers it at 157hp/tonne. With a 0-100kph time of 10.98 seconds, the NS200 has the best acceleration of any motorcycle in its class that we have recently compared against competitors.
5 KTM 200 Duke (25hp/159kg) – 157.2hp/tonne
The KTM 200 Duke would have been far higher on the list, but the most recent model has a significant design change that makes it 11kg heavier than the previous model. Its weight has increased to 159kg, which is a little greater than the NS200’s, but a 0.5hp advantage allows it to balance the scales. The real-world performance is anticipated to be extremely similar, with only 0.2 horsepower per tonne separating the two; but, the KTM’s more closely stacked gear ratios should produce more thrilling acceleration.
6 Jawa Forty Two (27.3hp/171kg) – 159.6hp/tonne
The Forty-Two recently received a makeover and a sportier design from Jawa. Additionally, the Forty Two 2.1 weighs 1 kilogramme lighter than both the Jawa and the original Forty Two. It now has a slightly higher power-to-weight ratio of 159.6 horsepower per tonne. The regular Forty Two and Jawa can produce 158.7 horsepower per tonne, in contrast. The identical 293cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine and 6-speed gearbox are found on all three bikes.
7 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 (26.5hp/161kg) – 164.5hp/tonne
The Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 is a bike with a lot of good features. It accomplishes a lot incredibly well and leaves very little room for criticism. It is driven by a 249cc, oil-cooled, single-cylinder engine that produces 26.5hp at 9,300 rpm and 22.2Nm at 7,300 rpm. Despite the unremarkable performance numbers, the 161kg weight is still quite light given that it is a fully-faired quarter-litre engine. The Gixxer SF 250 comes in fourth with 164.5 hp/tonne.
8 Suzuki Gixxer 250 (26.5hp/156kg) – 169.8hp/tonne
The Gixxer SF 250 in its natural state is ranked third. The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 and NS200 proved that a little bodywork can go a long way. It has the exact same engine as the SF 250, which produces identical amounts of power and torque, but because it weighs 156 kg more than the SF 250, it has a greater power-to-weight ratio of 169.8 hp/tonne.
9 J awa Perak (30.6hp/175kg) – 174.8hp/tonne
The most power on this list is produced by the unusual-looking Jawa Perak. Its single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 334cc engine produces 30.6 horsepower and 32.7 Nm of torque. If not for Perak’s competition, which is significantly weaker, it would have won. Despite this, the Perak is still quite light for a bobber at 175kg. To read our review of the Jawa Perak, click here.
10 Husqvarna Svartpilen 250, Vitpilen 250 (30hp/166kg) – 180.7hp/tonne
The most efficient motorcycles are the Swedish Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250, which have 180.7 horsepower per tonne. The Huskies’ 249cc, liquid-cooled engine from the KTM 250 Duke produces 30 horsepower at 9,000 revolutions per minute and 24 Nm at 7,500. The 166kg weight is maintained in part by the thin steel-trellis frame and little bodywork. Visit this page to learn more about the performance and our opinions of the Husqvarnas.