The 2016 TVS Apache RTR 160 and 180 will be right on the heels of the newly launched RTR 200 as evident from these spyshots. Despite seeing no significant changes after that infamous facelift, the old Apaches have been doing pretty well in the market of late and the arrival of new gen models are expected to further boost the brand’s market share in the entry level sportsbike segment.
The new gen Apache RTR 160 and 180 are pretty much identical to the RTR 200. While this strategy robs off individuality from the biggest Apache, it would go a long way in strengthening the family’s overall appeal.
Headlamp with LED daytime running lights, fully digital instrument console, muscular fuel tank with extensions, split seats, LED taillight, muffler design are shared with the RTR 200. However, the smaller engined siblings make do with a conventional handlebar instead of clip-on unit found in the flagship bike.
The front fork and rear mono-suspension appear to be the same Kayaba units found on the Apache RTR 200. The specially developed Remora rubbers from TVS Tyres are familiar too.
It’s reasonable to expect the 2016 TVS Apache RTR 160 and 180 to adopt a 4-valve cylinder head. Expect more power and torque than the current units. The transmission would continue to be a 5-speed unit on both variants. Dual-channel ABS is likely to be offered as an optional extra on both models.
Also read – TVS Apache RTR 200 review
The 2016 TVS Apache RTR twins will be showcased at the Auto Expo on February 3. Expect them hit the showrooms shortly after the Apache RTR 200, i.e. by April 2016.