TVS’ on a roll!

Be­hold, the new gen­er­a­tion of the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Evo India - - NEWS - Words: Ajinkya Nair and Chin­may Chaudhary | Pho­tog­ra­phy: Gau­rav S Thom­bre

THOSE OF YOU WHO LOVED THE old TVS Apache RTR 160, it's time to re­joice. A new gen­er­a­tion ver­sion of the mo­tor­cy­cle has been launched at a tasty `81,990 (ex-show­room, Delhi). Based on the IMOTY win­ning RTR 200 4V from two years ago, the new RTR 160 4V packs in all the good­ness of that bike. It even gets Showa sus­pen­sion, front and back. Three vari­ants are up for grabs. While the base gets a carb and a rear drum, the mid­dle one gets a rear disc and will cost you `84,990. The range top­ping fu­ture-ready bike gets FI and a rear disc at `89,990. All prices, ex-show­room Delhi. Strangely there's no ABS to be had as of yet but is ex­pected soon.

IT NOW SEEMS THAT EV­ERY­THING TVS touches, turns to gold. From the RTR 200, to the stun­ning RR 310, and more re­cently the NTorq, TVS is mak­ing other man­u­fac­tur­ers sit around in a cir­cle with their notepads out. While oth­ers sit and rack their heads over how the man­u­fac­turer equiv­a­lent of King Mi­das works, we were in­vited to try out their brand new RTR 160 4V.

I can­not stress enough on how wrong you would be if you thought that this was just the old Apache 160 post plastic surgery. You’ll un­der­stand what I’m talk­ing about as you read, but let me tell you this. With es­tab­lished play­ers such as the Pul­sar NS 160 and FZ-S in this seg­ment, the RTR 160 4V cer­tainly has a lot to live up to. And boy does it pack in the ar­se­nal it needs to fight it out.

What’s new?

Ev­ery­thing. It would help you more if you saw this as a small RTR 200 4V, than a re-done RTR 160. The RTR 160 4V de­rives a lot of el­e­ments from its elder sib­ling in­clud­ing the dou­ble cra­dle frame and the en­gine’s four-valve head. The split seats from the 200 haven’t been car­ried over which meant a slight mod­i­fi­ca­tion to the sub-frame. How­ever, the frame still weighs the same as the 200 and the weight dis­tri­bu­tion hasn’t been al­tered ei­ther. The in­stru­ment clus­ter has been car­ried over as well but the car­bu­ret­ted vari­ants get am­ber back­light (white on FI) and no gear in­di­ca­tor.

The air-cooled en­gine is a bored down unit of the 200’s and re­tains the oil cooler as well. TVS claims class-lead­ing fig­ures at 16.56bhp for the FI vari­ant and 16.28bhp for the car­bu­ret­ted vari­ant. The torque fig­ure re­mains un­changed at 14.8Nm for both. All this adds up to a top speed of 114kmph for the FI vari­ant and 113kmph for the carb vari­ant. The FI vari­ant is slower to the 60kmph mark by 0.07 sec­ond at 4.8sec, though the gap widens to al­most a sec­ond by the time it hits 100kmph in 16.6 sec­onds.

One of the big­gest USPs of the RTR 160 has to be its sus­pen­sion. The front tele­scopic forks and the rear monoshock are ex­clu­sively de­vel­oped and man­u­fac­tured by Showa. In terms of rub­ber, you get TVS Remora tyres with the same di­men­sions (rear disc vari­ants) as on the RTR 200 4V, which means switch­ing to stick­ier Pirelli An­gel Ci­tys shouldn’t be a prob­lem. The base vari­ant gets thin­ner rub­ber at the rear with a higher pro­file. What is not a vari­able is that there is ab­so­lutely noth­ing

that is shared be­tween the new Apache RTR 160 4V and the aged RTR 160. This, is in­deed an all-new mo­tor­cy­cle.

What else?

Qual­ity. With TVS Mo­tors hav­ing di­alled the qual­ity game up by sev­eral notches in the re­cent past and the Apache RTR 160 4V too feels like it has been built to last. It is fin­ished very well too.

Does it feel pow­er­ful?

Of course! It’s got a com­pres­sion ra­tio of 10.15:1, which is higher than the RTR 200’s. There’s a sub­tle wave com­ing in at around 6000rpm when the en­gine wakes up and gar­gles all the way to 9000rpm. Post that, mild vi­bra­tions can be felt in the fuel tank, but noth­ing alarm­ing as you ac­cel­er­ate the en­gine to its lim­iter at 11,200rpm! In fact, the mo­tor is so re­fined, you’ll end up thank­ing the shifter light.

Fast, but ag­ile?

Like most of the re­cently launched TVS prod­ucts, the RTR 160 4V is ex­cel­lent in this depart­ment and stays true to TVS’ racing legacy. It is the sharpest of the lot but may not be the most ag­ile; how­ever, we will have to ride it back to back with its com­peti­tors for a fi­nal judge­ment on that.

The seat is slightly taller than its ad­ver­saries and the rider’s tri­an­gle is def­i­nitely the most ag­gres­sive of the lot. The knee re­cesses on the tank are perfect to lock your knees while the han­dle­bar is com­fort­able for both up­right and crouched down rid­ing po­si­tions. Thus, the RTR 160 4V will keep you happy ev­ery­where, be it on track or on road. The brak­ing how­ever, felt spongy and lacked out­right feel.

The best out there?

TVS Mo­tors has three vari­ants to of­fer – car­bu­ret­tor with front disc, carb with an ad­di­tion of rear disc and FI with rear disc, each of which re­tails at `81,490, `84,490 and `89,990, exshow­room, Delhi, re­spec­tively. The Apache RTR 160 4V looks good, offers great er­gonomics, a pow­er­ful mo­tor and is an ace han­dler too. We’ve rid­den it only at TVS’ Hosur track but are cer­tain about its po­ten­tial on the road as well. The char­ac­ter­is­tic RTR note is gone and the brakes are un­pre­dictable as well, but the pack­age re­mains ex­tremely po­tent, and surely among the best out there. We can­not wait to pit it against arch ri­vals and see how it fares.

1: All-new rear cowl and mono seat. 2: Most pow­er­ful mo­tor among the 160cc naked class. 3: The FI gets a white back­light while the carb gets am­ber. Go fig­ure. 4: Doesn’t sound as bassy as its elder sib­ling

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