TVS Apache RTR 160 2V Race Edition vs TVS Apache RTR 160 4V - Spec comparison

Praveen M

Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.

TVS Motor Company gave the long-running TVS Apache RTR 160 a mild refresh in the form of a white colour Race Edition. Let’s see how different the bike is when compared to the all-new TVS Apache RTR 160 4V.

TVS Apache RTR 160 2V White Race Edition press front angle
The White Race Edition is mechanically identical to the standard variants of the Apache RTR 160.

The TVS Apache RTR 160 2V White Race Edition features only visual changes in comparison with the standard variants. The bike gets a white paint job with red graphics. The fuel tank bears a minimalistic TVS logo, and there are TVS Racing graphics on the engine cowl and rim stickers. The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, on the other hand, borrows design cues from the RTR 200. The bike gets easy-to-reach single-piece handlebar and a single-piece seat for optimum comfort. Let’s see how the two bikes perform on paper:

SpecificationTVS Apache RTR 160 2V Race EditionTVS Apache RTR 160 4V (Carburettor variant)
Engine159.7 cc single cylinder with air cooling159.7 cc single cylinder SOHC mill with oil cooling
Peak Power15.12 PS at 8,500 rpm16.5 PS at 8,000 rpm
Maximum Torque13.03 Nm at 6,500 rpm14.8 Nm at 6,500 rpm
Transmission5-speed5-speed
Front SuspensionTelescopic forkTelescopic fork
Rear SuspensionTwin Monotube Inverted Gas-filled (MIG) shock absorbersShowa monoshock
Front Brake270 mm petal disc270 mm petal disc
Rear Brake200 mm petal disc / 130 mm drum130 mm drum / 200 mm petal disc
Fuel Tank Capacity12 litres12 litres
Kerb Weight137 kg145 kg, rear disc variant. 143 kg, rear drum version
Front Tyre90/90-17 Tubeless90/90-17 49P Tubeless
Rear tyre110/80-17 TubelessDrum - 110/80-17 57P Tubeless

Disc - 130/70-17 M/C 62P Tubeless

Ground Clearance165 mm180 mm
Price, ex-showroom, DelhiRear Drum - INR 79,715

Rear Disc - INR 82,004

Rear Drum - INR 81,490

Rear Disc - INR 84,490

The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V gets an RTR 200-derived engine, but TVS has made changes to the mill to suit this motorcycle. It makes 1.38 PS and 1.77 Nm more than the older generation TVS Apache RTR 160. The RTR 160 4V also enjoys the benefit of oil cooling, which facilitates better cooling of the engine oil. The bike also features a superior monoshock at the rear for better handling. However, all this kit has resulted in a weight gain of 6 kilos over the RTR 160 2V.

2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V India launch Blue left side
The Hosur-based manufacturer launched the RTR 160 4V in March, this year.

Also Read: 2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V – First ride review

The RTR 160 4V drum brake variant is INR 1,775 more expensive than the same variant of the older generation bike. The price difference of the disc brake variants of the two motorcycles stands at INR 2,486. For the slight premium, TVS offers a much more refreshed styling, superior engine and better cycle parts than the older generation motorcycle. The brand says it will keep the RTR 160 2V in production as long as there is demand.

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