The 2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 has been spotted testing in Tamil Nadu. The design of the second-gen/facelift version draws inspiration from its bigger brother, the TVS Apache RTR 200.
The 2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 features various changes that set it apart from the 200cc motorcycle. The motorcycle comes with a single piece seat instead of the split seats found in the RTR 200. The seat, along with the single piece handlebar results in a comfortable upright riding position.
The muscular fuel tank, and the tail section are identical to the RTR 200. The tail light is LED, and the indicators are bulb-type. TVS has used the same double barrel exhaust as the RTR 200 for this motorcycle. The rear footpegs are of aluminium.
While the front brake is a petal disc unit, the rear comes with a drum brake. This setup would make the bike more affordable. Expect rear disc as an option. The motorcycle employs telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear. The rear tyre looks like a 120-section MRF unit.
The powerplant of the motorcycle that was spied last time had an oil cooler. Expect the engine to produce marginally more power and torque than the existing one. Currently, the 159.7cc single cylinder mill makes 15.2 bhp at 8,500 rpm; and 13.1 Nm at 4,000 rpm. It is likely that the new bike will carry over the 5-speed transmission. The motorcycle also features kick-start.
The Apache 160 is priced at INR 76,575, ex-showroom Delhi. Its rivals include the Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS and Honda CB Hornet 160R. Expect the new bike to command a premium of INR 5,000-7,000 over the current generation motorcycle.
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