When you make a list of the best motorcycles available in the 160cc segment, you just can’t rule out the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V and the Apache RTR 160. Instead of discontinuing the latter, after introducing the RTR 160 4V, TVS decided to continue with its production. It still finds a lot of buyers who love the old Apache’s styling and characteristics. TVS is on a spree of rolling out price hikes across its portfolio and the 160cc twins are the newest recipients of the price hikes.
Both the motorcycles are available in both, rear drum variants and rear disc variants. Apart from revising the prices of the BS6 Apache RTR 160 and BS6 Apache RTR 160 4V, the Hosur-based company has implemented no other changes in both the motorcycles.
The prices have been hiked by INR 1,050 across all the variants. The rear drum variant of the Apache RTR 160 is now priced at INR 98,050 and the rear disc variant will set you back by INR 1,01,050. The updated version of the RTR 160, the Apache RTR 160 4V has received a slight bump in its prices too. The rear drum variant of the RTR 160 4V now costs INR 1,04,000 and the rear disc variant retails for a slightly premium price tag: INR 1,07,050. The BS6 updates have resulted in higher input costs and apparently, manufacturers are trying to pass on the additional costs to the customers.
Apart from becoming a little costlier, both the motorcycles remain exactly the same as before. The Apache RTR 160 4V is fitted with a 159.7cc, single-cylinder oil-cooled engine that cranks out 16.02 PS of maximum power at 8,250 RPM and 14.12 Nm of peak torque at 7,250 RPM, mated to a 5-speed gearbox. In comparison to the BS4 bike, unlike its competition, the BS6 Apache 160 4V only loses 0.7 PS and 0.7 NM in the transition. The bike comes fitted with single-channel Super MOTO ABS. Unlike the RTR 200 4V, the smaller displacement version does not pack the SmartXonnect system. The digital display is identical to the BS4 bike and the console on the Apache RTR 160 4V continues to display ride-related information such as the tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer and two trip meters. The display also records the achieved top speed and the 0-60 km/h time recorder.
The 2020 Apache RTR 160 4V comes fitted with a Glide Through Traffic (GTT) feature which aims to make the rider’s life easier in bumper-to-bumper traffic. It allows the bike to move forward gradually by just leaving the clutch lever, without any throttle input. The system works at a particular speed, and not at any RPM level, making it work on inclines too. The 160 4V also gets a feather-touch start system and is available in 3 paint schemes – Racing Red, Metallic Blue and Knight Black. On the other hand, the BS6 TVS Apache RTR 160 uses a 159.7 cc single-cylinder engine that is capable to produce 11.42 kW or 15.53 PS of power and 13.9 Nm of torque. The Apache RTR 160 is well-known for its acceleration courtesy of the short-stroke engine which is coupled to a 5-speed gearbox.