TVS is set to launch the 2018 version of the Apache RTR 160 tomorrow (March 14, 2018). Various spy images have given us a sneak-peak into the changes the Hosur-based bike manufacturer has undertaken on the popular 160cc motorcycle.
The Apache RTR 160 made its debut over a decade ago and over the last couple of years, it has only received minor updates. However, that’s about to change with the upcoming 2018 model. For starters, the leaked images suggest that the RTR 160 will now share a lot more in common with its elder sibling, the Apache RTR 200 4V. Parts such as the fuel tank, the tail and the LED tail lamp look very similar to that of the bigger bike. However, the 160cc motorcycle will carry forward the single-piece saddle from the older bike instead of the split units seen on the RTR 200 4V.
The images also suggest that the RTR 160 will now be based on the split cradle frame that underpins the RTR 200. At the rear, the twin shock absorber setup is likely to be ditched in favour of the monoshock unit from the bigger bike. The 159.7cc engine is expected to produce the same output as before - 15.4PS of power and 13.1Nm of torque. However, it is likely to feature oil cooling this time around.
The test bike featured here uses a conventional handlebar instead of the clip-on ones seen on the RTR 200. It will be offered with a front disc brake and a rear drum unit as standard, but TVS could offer a rear disc brake as an optional accessory as well.
In terms of pricing, expect the new bike to be dearer by Rs 5,000 over the outgoing model, which currently retails for Rs 78,215 (ex-showroom Delhi). The 2018 Apache RTR 160 will compete against the Honda X-Blade and the Hero Xtreme Sports.
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