TVS finally decided to bring out the much awaited upgrade to the Apache RTR 160 with the all new Apache RTR 160 4V. The Apache RTR 160 4V borrows a lot from its elder sibling the RTR 200 4V while still trying to differentiate itself. 160 4V is released in 3 different versions in which the base model starts at Rs. 81,490 (ex-showroom) with the base carb front disk brake and Rs. 84,490 (ex-showroom) for the Carb double disc variant , while the Fuel Injector version comes with both front and rear disc brake.
The Looks –
Apache RTR 160 4V looks very similar to the RTR 200 4V but still has some design elements which differentiate it from the latter , the first prominent one being the handle bar which is a lot more conventional in the 160 4V as well as the Seat which is a single piece unit as compared to RTR 200.
The digital instrument cluster is also the same as the one in RTR 200 but the Carburetor variants do miss out on the gear position indicator and lap timer.
The bike looks great with the new naked headlamp with LED DRLs , alloy wheels and the aerodynamic “hyper edge” engine cowl give it the “Racing Machine ” look which TVS boasts about.
The Engine and Performance
It touts a 4stroke oil cooled engine combined with “ram air cooling”. The Oil- Cooled Combustion Chamber (O3C) Technology of TVS claims to provide increased engine life while at the same time delivering high revving performance with uncompromised durability.
The Fuel Injector (FI) variant has a maximum power of 12.35 kW @ 8000 rpm (16.8 PS @8000 rpm) , whereas the Carburetor one slightly less at 12.14 kW @ 8000 rpm (16.5 PS @8000 rpm). All the Variants have the maximum torque of 14.8 Nm @ 6500 rpm.
Though slightly below FI variant in terms of power the Carb variants do come out on top in terms of acceleration as FI takes 4.8 seconds to reach 0-60km/h (time in sec) while the Carb variant does it in 4.73 seconds as claimed by TVS.
The bike’s on-road performance is also very quick and smooth. With a top speed of 114kmph for FI and 113kmph for Carb versions. You’ll feel very slight amount of vibrations and that too only at the higher speeds.
Which version to go for ?
Though you may be attracted by the lower price tag on the Carb variants i’d like to urge you to go for the Fuel injector version as it really is far superior in terms of performance and durability. Here’s a small video explaining why the FI variant is superior –
Apache RTR 160 4V might not be a full fledged “Race Machine ” but it still is one of the best in its class. With great design and the new much more sportier look taken from the RTR 200 suits it really well. The Bike performs really well on the Tarmac and i would recommend it for everyone whether you want to use it for your daily commute and want something with a bit of rev in it or you want to race the streets .Still there is one big con associated with the bike as it doesn’t have ABS or either an option to add it which might just be a major turnoff for many people. Apart from this Apache RTR 160 4V is highly recommended but still again i’d urge you to go for the FI variant if you can.