The upcoming 2017 TVS Apache RTR 160 facelift has been seen testing and this time the images are clearer than ever, giving a greater insight into what we can expect from it. The images of the new RTR 160, shared by an xBHP forum reader, suggest that the motorcycle will be styled more like its elder sibling, the RTR 200 4V, however, it will not have the air vents near the pillion seat at the tail section. The RTR 160 was spotted near TVS' manufacturing plant in Hosur. The RTR 160 facelift will come with a digital instrument console and a clear lens tail lamp.
Currently, the RTR 160 is powered by an air-cooled 159.7cc engine that produces 15 bhp of maximum power at 8,500 rpm and 13.1 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The new motorcycle with an oil-cooler and BSIV compliance may receive a boost in power.
While the RTR 160 facelift will now come with a mono shock rear suspension, the fuel tank with extension and exhaust canister will be shared with the Apache 200. It will have a single seat layout. Braking will be covered by a disc up front and a drum at the back, but with an option of equipping it with a disc.
The current model of the RTR 160 is priced at Rs 76,000 and above. While one would expect prices on the new RTR 160 to be slightly higher, the onset of Goods and Services Tax (GST) should be able to keep prices almost at par with the previous model. When launched, it would compete with the likes of Honda Unicorn, Hornet CB160 and the Suzuki Gixxer.
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