TVS Apache RTR 160 vs Apache RTR 160 4V - What’s Changed?

These two performance-oriented commuters offer a fine balance of intuitive and economical riding. Let’s see how different TVS’ all-new Apache RTR 160 4V is, from the long-serving model

TVS Apache RTR 160 vs 4V

Way back in 2006, the Indian motorcycle market was just waking up to the possibilities of fun-to-ride motorcycles, which offered a bit more than point A to B commute. Born in that year, the TVS Apache RTR 160 took the fight to the popular Pulsar, and boy did it make a mark in the market! In 2008, the Apache racked up sales of over 2,50,000 units. The Apache family received a number of updates in the subsequent years, but its core ethos remained the same: a no-nonsense commuter packed with power. However, with the advent of multiple modern competitors like the Hornet and the Gixxer, the Apache RTR 160 had started to show its age. In a bid to renew its rivalry with the more modern 160cc rivals, TVS launched the all-new TVS Apache RTR 160 4V in March 2018. Let’s look at what’s changed in the new motorcycle when compared to the older generation bike.


TVS Apache RTR 160 4V front angle

Looking at the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, it is apparent that the bike’s design has been inspired from the Apache RTR 200 4V. However, there are some elements like the single-piece seat and the single-piece handlebar, which make the bike a bit more sober. The sleek headlamp, the muscular tank, the twin-barrel exhaust are reminiscent of its big brother, while maintaining the sporty look. The carb variant comes with an amber backlit console while the fuel injected version sports a white backlight. The latter also features gear-position indicator, lap and acceleration timer, top-speed recorder and low fuel trip meter. On the other hand, the carb model displays only the regular trove of information like speedo, tacho readouts and trip meter among others.

TVS Apache RTR 160 Race Edition front angle

The Apache RTR 160 has a relatively conservative yet aggressive design, thanks to the LED eyebrow-shaped DRLs, muscular tank extensions and a belly pan. In a bid to keep the ageing RTR 160 relevant, the Hosur-based manufacturer launched the Race Edition in April this year. It features minor visual updates like paint-scheme, rim stickers and the likes.


TVS Apache RTR 160 4V engine
Specifications TVS Apache RTR 160 4V TVS Apache RTR 160
Engine 159.7cc 4-valve unit with air-cooled engine with oil cooler 159.7cc 2-valve air-cooled engine
Peak Power FI: 16.8PS at 8000rpm
Carb: 16.3PS at 8000rpm
15.12PS at 8000rpm
Maximum Torque 14.8Nm at 6500rpm 13.03Nm at 6500rpm

The Apache RTR 160 4V’s engine is based on the RTR 200, but has been heavily reworked to suit the character of this motorcycle. TVS claims that the oil-cooled chamber with ram-air assist reduces the engine heatmap by 10-degree Celsius. The ‘Nano friKS’ coating on the piston makes the engine free-revving, as per the bikemaker.

The Apache RTR 160’s short-stroke engine helps the bike rev and accelerate faster. Both the bikes’ engines work in conjunction with a 5-speed transmission.

Mechanical underpinnings:

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V cornering 
Specifications TVS Apache RTR 160 4V TVS Apache RTR 160
Frame Split-cradle synchro stiff Double-cradle synchronised stiff
Front Suspension Telescopic forks Telescopic forks
Rear Suspension Showa monoshock Twin Monotube Inverted Gas-filled (MIG) shock absorbers
Front Brake 270mm petal disc 270mm petal disc
Rear Brake 200mm petal disc / 130mm drum 200mm petal disc / 130mm drum
Front Tyre 90/90-section 90/90-section
Rear Tyre Carb, rear drum variant: 110/80-section
Carb, FI - rear disc variant: 130/70-section

For the RTR 160 4V, TVS has used a split-cradle synchro stiff frame a la the RTR 200. The auto major says that the chassis improves the stability by 25 per cent. The older RTR 160 uses a conventional twin-shock setup at the rear, coupled with a rectangular swingarm. Unfortunately, none of these motorcycles get ABS, even as an option.


TVS Apache RTR 160 4V action shot

Prices for the RTR 160 4V start from Rs 81,490 for the carburetted rear drum variant. The rear disc variant of the carbureted bike will set you back by Rs 84,490, which is Rs 3,000 more than the base model. The range-topping FI version costs Rs 90,490. For this premium of Rs 6,000, you get a more informative instrument console and crisper throttle response, thanks to fuel injection.

The RTR 160 will cost you Rs 78,715, for the base, rear drum variant. The rear disc version is around Rs 2,300 more expensive, at Rs 81,044. Coming to the special colour variants, the Matte Red and the White Race Edition cost Rs 79,715 for the rear drum version, and Rs 82,044 for the rear disc model (all prices ex-showroom Delhi).


TVS Apache RTR 160 matte red side angle

The RTR 160 was one of the most important motorcycles that kickstarted the 160cc segment. Though TVS took its own sweet time in updating the motorcycle, the RTR 160 4V is one of the best motorcycles in the 160cc segment.

With the RTR 160 4V, you get a more advanced air-cooled engine with oil cooler that is more performance-focussed, future-ready (read BSVI-compliant) and refined than the RTR 160 with the two-valve mill. All that for just a marginal premium of around Rs 2,700 over the RTR 160. Competitors for the RTR 160 4V includes the Honda CB Hornet 160R, Suzuki Gixxer, Yamaha FZ-S and the Bajaj Pulsar NS160. The Apache RTR 160, on the other hand, locks horns with the Honda X-Blade and the Bajaj Pulsar 150.

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