TVS Apache RTR 160 has been one of the biggest success stories for the homegrown brand as it went on to compete with Bajaj Pulsar 150, which has been one of the best sellers in the segment. Now that the Apache RR 310 has been launched, TVS has got its biggest launch of the year out of the way and can bring the focus on Apache RTR 160, which has been awaiting an upgrade. This does not come as a surprise since the updated motorcycle was spotted testing in July this year. TVS Joint Managing Director Sudarshan Venu has confirmed that the new TVS Apache RTR 160 is likely to launch soon in the country. As much of it we could see in the spy video, the new RTR 160 has had a serious makeover and looks almost as sporty as the RTR 200.
Although there is no badging on the body of the motorcycle, the design and styling are similar to the existing 160 model, combined with some cues from the RTR 200. As per the spy images, the Apache 160 is expected to be equipped with features such as telescopic forks at the front, rear monoshock suspension, front disc brake and rear drum brake.
The new TVS Apache RTR 160 will feature LED headlamp with two pilot lamps, LED tail lamp, under-seat silver body panel on the sides, sculpted and longer seat for enhanced riding comfort.
The updated Apache 160 is expected to get its power from a new 160cc air-cooled, single-cylinder engine, which is capable of delivering more power than the current model. It is expected to produce about 16 hp of power and between 13 to 14 Nm of torque and will be paired with a standard five-speed transmission.
2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 will also be equipped with slimmer tyres than the present model, which seems to be a step in favour of fuel-efficiency. The exhaust pipe and instrument cluster with a backlit display will be similar to the present 200cc Apache.
The new Apache 160 will compete with the likes of the Bajaj Pulsar NS160, which was launched this year, Suzuki Gixxer, Honda Hornet and the Yamaha FZ-S FI V 2.0 in the sub 150cc segment. As of now, it has not been specified exactly when will the motorcycle be launched in the country, but we expect it to be introduced at a starting price tag of Rs 80,000 (ex-showroom).
Spy images: YouTube grab/The Gearhead Bureau