TVS Motor Company is on a roll, something evident in its recent three launched this year that started with TVS Apache RR 310 and then the TVS Ntorq 125 and now the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V. For starters, the new Apache RTR 160 4V is a thorough update. The design is new and so are the specifications.
Talking of design, the 2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 takes to its elder sibling in the same series, the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V. The fuel tank is similarly designed and so is the little bit of fairing at the bottom that instantly reminds us of the RTR 200.
The engine mounted on the new TVS Apache RTR 160 is the same as before, a 159.7cc single-cylinder unit, but is now oil-cooled. TVS has tuned it to produce an enhanced power of 16.6 hp at 8000 rpm in the FI version and 16.3 hp at 8000 rpm in the carburetted variant. The peak torque figure stands at 14.8 Nm.
The new TVS Apache RTR 160 takes design cues from the RTR 200, but with conventional handlebars instead of clip on ones on the RTR 200, it promises a more comfortable riding posture.
In continuation to the features shared with the bigger RTR 200, the 2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V also has a similar 'shotgun' exhaust, which adds to its overall sporty appeal.
The 2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V's engine is based on the new four-valve platform that allows it a boost in power. In terms of electronics, it gets a fully digital instrument console.
2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V also gets 'ram air' ducts. While ram air provides a boost in power while speeding, on the RTR 160 though they essentially deliver more air that helps cool the oil-cooled engine better. Notice the honey comb pattern.
The new TVS Apache RTR 160 4V offers sleek styling along with the race-spec aspects of the INMRC race machine – RTR 165. The forward biased stance is complemented by the aggressive headlamp, and a sleek, sharp tail.
TVS Apache RTR 160 4V series is available in three colours, namely, Racing Red, Metallic Blue and Knight Black. Complete with best-in-class power-to-weight ratio, the motorcycle does 0-60 km/h in a claimed 4.8 seconds (EFI) and 4.73 seconds (carb).
The new TVS Apache RTR 160 4V will be available in three variants – carburetter with single disc, carburetter with dual disc and FI with dual disc. Prices are Rs 81490, Rs 84490 and Rs 89990 (ex-showroom, Delhi), respectively.