The TVS Apache RTR 180 Matte Blue Edition and RTR 160 Matt Blue Edition have been introduced to keep the aging products in contention. The Apache RTR has been soldiering on without any significant update as the company is working on the next gen model which is likely to adopt naked street fighter body style.
In addition to the attractive Matte Blue paint job, the motorcycle also gets decals on the tank extension and belly pan. There are no other visible cosmetic changes on the new edition. TVS has not mentioned whether the new color option is a limited period offer or would have a permanent place in the lineup.
The Apache RTR 180 is powered by a 177.4 cc single-cylinder engine which is capable of 17.03 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 15.5 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. The RTR 160’s 159.7 cc engine produces 15.2 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 13.1 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. Both bikes employ a 5-speed transmission.
Underpinned by a double cradle chassis, the Apache RTR 180 employs telescopic forks upfront and gas charged coil springs at the rear. The motorcycle is retarded by disc brakes at both ends, aided by dual-channel ABS. The 17-inch wheels come shod with 90/90 x 17 (front) and 110/80 x 17 (rear).
The TVS Apache RTR 180 ABS is priced at INR 87,282 (ex-showroom Delhi) but we suspect the Matte Blue Edition to command a premium of around INR 1,000-2,000. We are waiting for an official confirmation from the company.
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