TVS Apache RTR 160 ABS is expected to launch by next month. A price hike of Rs 3,000 is expected along with the addition of ABS.
Ahead of the safety regulations kicking in from April 2019, we expect TVS to introduce ABS on its best-selling motorcycle, Apache RTR 160.
TVS has equipped Apache RTR 160 and RTR 160 4V with a front disc as standard fitment and rear disc as an option. Both the bikes will get a single-channel ABS.
Currently, TVS Apache RTR 160 starts from Rs 79,370 going up to Rs 82,699. RTR 160 4V starts off at Rs 83,145 and goes up to Rs 92,145 (ex-showroom prices).
We expect a price hike of Rs 3,000 on the single-disc brake variants and Rs 4,000 on the front and rear disc brake variant. With the new prices, it will be the costliest one in its segment. Currently, Honda CB Hornet 160R is the priciest one in the segment.
TVS Apache RTR 160 is the brand’s most selling motorcycle of all. The first 160cc Apache made its debut in 2006, to squarely compete against Bajaj Pulsar. Since, then the bike has been going strong.
For the past many months, Apache has retained its position in the top-10 selling motorcycles. It sometimes competes with Royal Enfield for a better spot amongst them.
Apache RTR 160 and 1604V use the same 159.7cc oil-cooled engine but in a different state of tunes. Apache RTR 160 delivers 15.12 BHP and 13.03 Nm of peak torque. RTR 160 4V is capable of producing 16.8 BHP and 14.8 Nm of peak torque.
The engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Approximate mileage of TVS Apache RTR 160 is around 48 kmpl.
Features onboard RTR 160 include adjustale clip-on handlebars, adaptable brake pedals and gear levers, LED pilot lamps, LED tail lamps, Race-Inspired Digital-Analogue cluster and Roto-Petal disc brakes.
Meanwhile, RTR 160 4V gets features such as Electronic fuel injection, LED position lamps, fully digital instrument cluster and Roto-Petal Disc brakes.
Both the bikes compete with the likes of Bajaj Pulsar NS160, Honda X-Blade, Honda CB Hornet 160R, Suzuki Gixxer and Yamaha FZ-S V2.