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The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is the entry point to the Apache family; but it’s only ever received a single major facelift in a decade. TVS has finally thoroughly updated the bike. Here’s what you need to know:
Styling from the RTR 200
Overall styling is heavily inspired by the RTR 200. The updated Apache features a similar tank, headlight, tail-light, instrumentation and even turn indicators. It also comes with a similar ‘shotgun’ exhaust design and an LED tail-light. The alloy wheels also have a new design. There are three colour on sale - Racing Red, Metallic Blue and Knight Black.
The 159.7cc engine is now fitted with a new four-valve head, and features oil cooling for better heat management. The engine makes 16.8hp in its fuel-injected avatar (16.5hp on the carburettor model) and 14.8Nm for both bikes. The new engine feels a whole lot smoother and more refined than the old one. The engine sends power via a 5-speed gearbox.
The bike features a slightly sporty riding position thanks to the clip-on handlebars. It also features a conventional handlebar so that the riding position is more comfortable. The bike also features a longer single-piece seat. The bike is definitely comfortable, and the rear-set foot pegs ensure that the position is still rider focussed.
RTR 160 is considerably better-equipped now – it comes with a fully-digital instrument cluster from the RTR 200. It features four-valve head and oil-cooling and the new frame is from the RTR 200. The bike features a monoshock suspension for the first time. Sadly, there’s no ABS.
The RTR 160 used to be positioned lower down in the premium 160 segment; but after these changes, it’s a direct rival to the new Honda X-Blade. It even comes close to rivalling bikes like the Gixxer, Pulsar NS160 and FZ FI, in terms of specifications. The base RTR costs Rs 81,490, while the rear disc version costs up to Rs 84,490; and the range topping fuel-injected variant is priced at Rs 89,990 (all prices ex-showroom Delhi).