2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V launched

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TVS has launched the comprehensively upgraded 2018 Apache RTR 160 4V at Rs 81,490 (ex-showroom,). As we assumed, the new RTR 160 features a number of styling and mechanical alterations. In terms of enhancement, it is more in line with the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V. Mechanically, it gets a new frame and reworked engine, brakes and suspension. The bike is available in three variants – carb with front disc (Rs 81,490), carb with front and rear disc (Rs 84,490) and fuel-injected with front and rear disc (Rs 89,990 all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). This new version changes that. With an overall styling heavily inspired from the RTR 200, it features a similar tank, headlight, tail-light, instrumentation and even turn indicators. The bike also rides on differently designed alloy wheels. It is available in three colours – Racing Red, Metallic Blue and Knight Black.
The RTR 160 uses a new frame paired to (for the first time) a Showa mono-shock, replacing the twin shock-absorbers seen on its predecessor. The new bike’s 159.7cc, four-valve, air-cooled engine also gets oil cooling for better heat management.

This motor makes 16.8hp on the fuel-injected model (16.5hp on the carburettor model) and 14.8Nm of torque (on both models), which is a decent increase from the older bike’s 15.1hp and 13Nm. Transmission duties are handled by a 5-speed gearbox. The kerb weight for the motorcycle sits at 143kg for the drum variant and 145kg for the disc model. The RTR 160 has a seat height of 800mm and ground clearance of 180mm.

It also features a single-piece seat, unlike split-seats, as seen on its 200cc sibling. However, with this update the lines are beginning to blur. It is now more of a direct competitor to the new Honda X-Blade but it also comes closer to machines like the Gixxer, Pulsar NS160 and FZ FI in terms of specifications and numbers while having a lower price tag of Rs 81,490 (ex-showroom, Delhi).