TVS Apache RTR 160 2V vs Apache RTR 160 4V: Differences Explained

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Planning to buy a new 160cc Apache bike but confused between the RTR 160 and the RTR 160 4V? From mileage to features, we explain all the differences

TVS Apache RTR 160 2V vs Apache RTR 160 4V: Differences Explained

The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V and the TVS Apache RTR 160 2V are two, very popular, 160cc TVS bikes. One looks like the older Apaches while the other is completely modern, and we analyse all the differences between the two:

Which 160cc Apache looks better?

The TVS Apache RTR 160 2V has the OG Apache’s muscular styling with clean design lines that first debuted in 2012. Even now, TVS has retained the design language but just ‘modernised’ it in 2022 with the addition of a LED headlight. You may complain that the bike has remained more or less the same over the years. However, that’s not a concern for most of the hardcore Apache fans as they love the old-school design. 

TVS Apache RTR 160 2V Front Three Fourth

Comparatively, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V gets sleek and sharp design lines and the aggressive-looking insect-like headlight complements the tank extensions quite well. The stubby upswept exhaust looks much sportier than the one on the 2V. Summing up, the RTR 160 4V will appeal to modern streetfighter enthusiasts whereas the RTR 160 2V will be a favourite among old-school fans.

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Front Three Fourth

Which Apache 160 is more powerful?

 

TVS Apache RTR 160 2V

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Engine

159.7cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled

159.7cc, single-cylinder, air-/oil-cooled

Peak Power 

16.04PS at 8750rpm (Sport Mode), 13.32PS at 8000rpm (Rain and Urban Mode)

17.55PS at 9250rpm (Sport Mode), 15.64PS at 8600rpm (Rain and Urban Mode)

Peak Torque 

13.85Nm at 7000rpm (Sport Mode), 12.7Nm at 6500rpm (Rain and Urban Mode)

14.73Nm at 7250rpm (Sport Mode), 14.14Nm at 7250rpm (Rain and Urban Mode)

City Mileage (Tested)

45.06kmpl

53.32kmpl

Highway Mileage (Tested)

46.99kmpl

48.16kmpl

Top Speed (Claimed)

107kmph (Sport), 97kmph (Rain and Urban Mode)

114kmph (Sport Mode), 103kmph (Rain and Urban Mode)

Gearbox

5-speed

5-speed

The biggest difference between the two engines is that the RTR 160 4V gets two more valves (one intake and one exhaust) compared to the RTR 160 2V. The extra two valves improve the flow of intake and exhaust gases, which result in more power and torque output, not to mention allow the engine to run at a higher rpm. The other difference is that the RTR 160 4V’s engine is air-/oil-cooled, meaning in addition to cooling the cylinder head using fins, it also has an externally mounted radiator to cool the engine oil. This type of cooling mechanism, in theory, does a better job of keeping the engine temperature in check, allowing it to run at higher-rpms longer. 

TVS Apache RTR 160 2V Engine

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All this tech has not only ensured better top-speed, power and torque figures in the 4V, but has also resulted in better mileage in our real-world tests, as you can see in the table. Another interesting fact is that both bikes were the first in their segments to offer multiple riding modes.

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Engine

Which Apache bike has better suspension and brakes?

Both the TVS Apache RTR 160 2V and the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V get a double cradle frame with the difference being that in the 160 4V, the frame is a split unit. 

 

TVS Apache RTR 160 2V

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Front Suspension

Telescopic fork

Telescopic fork

Rear Suspension

Twin gas-charged shock absorbers

Gas-charged Showa tuned monoshock

Front Brake

270mm petal disc

270mm petal disc

Rear Brake

200mm petal disc / 130mm drum brake

200mm petal disc / 130mm drum brake

Front Tyre

90-section with 17-inch wheel

90-section with 17-inch wheel

Rear Tyre

110-section (as standard) and 120-section in the Disc Bluetooth variant with a 17-inch wheel in all variants

110-section (as standard) and 130-section (radial unit) in the disc brake variants with a 17-inch wheel in all variants

ABS

Single-channel ABS

Single-channel ABS / Dual-channel ABS 

Fuel Tank Capacity

12 litres

12 litres

Ground Clearance

180mm

180mm

Seat Height

790mm

800mm

Kerb Weight

137kg (drum brake variants), 138kg (disc brake variants)

144kg (drum brake variants), 146kg (disc brake variants)

TVS Apache RTR 160 2V Side Profile

While the seat heights are different, their seat profiles are fairly slim. This, along with the reasonably manageable kerb weights, should ensure that they are short-rider-friendly. The fatter rear tyre along with the monoshock suspension should theoretically ensure better cornering confidence as compared to a twin-shock absorber setup and a slimmer rear tyre. Twin shock absorbers tend to have ever-so-slightly different dampings, so this is eliminated by using a monoshock, thereby ensuring better handling.

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Side Profile

Which TVS Apache 160 has better features? 

Both the Apache RTR 160 2V and the 160 4V get the same fully-digital LCD instrument console that shows speedometer, odometer, trip meter, tachometer, fuel gauge, average speed, clock and gear position indicator readouts. Both come equipped with Bluetooth connectivity for call and SMS alerts and turn-by-turn navigation through the “TVS SmartXonnect” application, which also shows race telemetry details like lean angles, gear shift pattern and G-forces. Features like g-forces and lean angles are shown using the phone’s sensors and accelerometer. Both bikes also get voice assistance but you will need an external Bluetooth helmet-mounted communication device to make use of it. The three riding modes on the RTR 160 2V and the RTR 160 4V modulate the engine output and ABS sensitivity. The extra ABS sensitivity in rain mode should particularly come in handy as surfaces tend to get slippery and unpredictable. 

TVS Apache RTR 160 2V & 4V Instrument Console

Which TVS Apache RTR 160 is cheaper?

TVS Apache RTR 160 2V

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Drum

Rs 1,20,420

Rs 1,24,870

Drum (Black Edition)

Rs 1,20,420

Rs 1,24,870

Disc 

Rs 1,23,920

Rs 1,28,370

Disc with Bluetooth

Rs 1,27,220

Rs 1,31,670

Special Edition

Rs 1,33,170

Dual Channel ABS

Rs 1,33,170

(all prices ex-showroom Delhi)

TVS Apache RTR 160 2V Riding Front Three Fourth

The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V costs a premium of Rs 4,000 - Rs 5,000 over the RTR 160 2V across the variants but gets higher performance, sportier styling and a better chassis, making it a better package overall. However, the RTR 160 2V is still a very capable, 160cc, sporty streetfighter, and if you are a fan of the OG styling, it will be a more appealing option for you

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