TVS Apache 160 launched – Rivals Bajaj Pulsar NS 160, Suzuki Gixxer 155

2018 Apache 160 is now launched at a price of Rs 81,490 (ex-showroom, Delhi). As reported earlier earlier, new 160 now brings with it styling and mechanical changes.

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From the looks of it, it draws from the TVS Apache 200. Available in 3 variants, pricing is as follows – Avtob with front disc – Rs 81,490; Avtob with front and rear disc – Rs 84,490; and fuel-injected (FI) with front and rear disc – Rs 89,990. Price listed are as per ex-showroom, Delhi.

Apache 160 journey so far – RTR 160’s journey spans a decade, and all along the bike has been made available with periodic cosmetic upgrades as has been the norm in the industry. But with TVS trying to make a mark in motorcycle sales, especially the motorcycle range, it’s time for a proper update.

Cosmetic features sharing with RTR 200 4V – Headlight, and tail-light, turn indicators, tank, exhaust design, and instrumentation.

Individual cosmetic and mechanical features – The centre panel on the 160 is its own. Seat cowls and the long seat design as against split seats is unique to the 160. The same can be said for its alloy wheel design. Quite distinctly, Apache 160 FI uses a conventional handlebar for comfy riding position instead of the sporty appeal clip-on handlebar. The bike sits on a new frame. The twin shock-absorbers at the rear have been replaced with a Showa monoshock.

Colours – Racing Red; Metallic Blue; and Knight Black.

Apache 160 tech specs – Fitted with a four-valve (4V), 159.7 cc air-cooled engine, power output is 16.8 ps at 8,000 rpm is the fuel-injected (FI) version. For the carburettor (carb) variant, power output is pegged at 16.5 ps. Max torque output for both bikes is listed at 14.8 Nm at 6,500 rpm. Power and torque output for the outgoing model were pegged at 15.1 hp and 13 Nm.

Mated to a 5-speed gearbox, the new Apache 160 relies on oil cooling for improved heat management. Kerb weight is measured at 143 kgs for the drum variant; and 145 kgs for the disc variant. Seat height stands at 800 mm, and ground clearance at 180 mm. More details in the table below.

Tech Specs

EngineSI, 4 stroke, Oil cooled
Capacity159.7cc
Cylinder arrangementSingle, Vertical
Power FI16.8 PS @ 8000 rpm
Power Avtob16.5 PS @8000 rpm
Torque FI / CARB14.8 Nm @ 6500 rpm
FI UnitBosch- Closed loop
Avtob UnitUCAL/ Keihin VE CT6[A]
Power to Weight Ratio0.0843 kW/kg
Cooling systemOil cooler with Ram air assist
MufflerTwin pipe and twin barrel design
Transmission5 Speed
Front SuspensionTelescopic Forks
Rear SuspensionMonoshock
Top Speed FI114 kmph
Top Speed Avtob113 kmph
0-60 kmph FI4.8 sec
0-60 kmph Avtob4.73 sec
0-100 kmph FI16.6 sec
0-100 kmph Avtob15.9 sec
FrameDouble cradle Split Synchro STIFF
Headlamp FIAHO 12V, 60/55W H4 bulb
Headlamp AvtobAHO 12V, 35/35W HS1 bulb
TaillampLED – 1W/ 2.5 W
Front Tyre90/90-17 49P Tubeless
Rear Tyre FI130/70-17 M/C 62P Tubeless
Rear Tyre Avtob Drum110/80-17 57P Tubeless
Rear Tyre Avtob Disc130/70-17 M/C 62P Tubeless
Front Brake270 mm Petal Disc
Rear BrakeDrum (130 mm)/ Disc (200 mm Petal)
L x W x H FI2035 X 790 X 1050 mm
L x W x H Avtob2050 X 790 X 1050 mm
Saddle Height800 mm
Wheelbase1357 mm
Ground Clearance180 mm
Kerb Wt147 kg
Fuel Tank12 liters
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