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31.05.2018 - 06:15

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Review - autoX

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V launched in India. Read the full TVS Apache RTR 160 4V review below to find out more

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V launched in India. Read the full TVS Apache RTR 160 4V review below to find out more…

 

TVS has taken plenty of time to give the Apache RTR 160 a crucial face-lift and upgrade as it had been on the back foot during the past few years. In order to expand its product portfolio, like it did with the RR 310 and the Ntorq 125, TVS had left the upgrading of the existing models for later. Well, now that the RTR 160 has been refreshed, has the time been well spent? I think it has been used in the best possible way.

 

Keeping the design in accordance with the existing Apache generation, the RTR 160 does look quite similar to its elder sibling, the RTR 200. But, look closer and you’ll see that the RTR 160 comes with a single-piece seat and has a standard handlebar, unlike the RTR 200’s clip-ons. The side panels and the rear cowl have also been changed slightly. The alloys remain the same size as before and have a conventional 5-spoke design. Also, while the RTR 200 is only available in matte colour shades, the RTR 160 is available only in gloss paint finishes.

 

The new bike shares the same engine as the previous version but the crucial addition of two more valves, making it a 4-valve configuration now (as denoted by the 4V in the name) means better combustion and more power. It is, however, available in two forms – either fuel-injected or carburetted.  While the bike produces 16.6bhp at 8,000rpm and 14.8Nm at 6,500rpm in its fuel injected form, the carburetted version produces slightly less power at 16.1 bhp.

 

The two configurations may share similar stats but they are quite different while riding. The FI version does feel more refined of the two but the carburetted version certainly sits better on the power and achieves a greater top speed. Both the versions come fitted with the same 5-speed gearbox and thanks to some good tuning, the bike can easily do low speeds in higher gears without significant knocking.

 

Overall, the bike handles quite well and has been designed to strike a good balance between sporty performance and city-like riding comfort. The rear mono-shock, which might be too soft for some riders, is easily adjustable for suitable tension. The new Apache RTR 160 4V is definitely back with a bang and is good enough to become a cause of worry for the Honda CB Hornet and the Suzuki Gixxer. Read the in-depth TVS Apache RTR 160 4V review to find out more.

 

For more bike reviews and information on new upcoming bikes in India, visit the autoX website. 

 

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