TVS Motor Company has launched the new BS6-compliant 2020 version of the RTR 160 at a starting price of Rs 93,500 ex-showroom.
Not to be confused with the Apache RTR 160 4V BS6 which was launched recently, the regular 2V or two-valve RTR 160 is the true successor to the original Apache launched back in 2006 as a strong rival to the then leader of the segment, Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i.
Besides the reworked and ‘cleaner’ power plant, the 2020 Apache RTR 160 will sport new body graphics and a fuel-injection system; dubbed as Race Tuned-FI or ‘RT-Fi’ technology in TVS’s records. Ex-showroom prices for motorcycle stand at Rs 93,500 for the entry-level front-disc variant and Rs 96,500 for the twin-disc variant.
Just like the 4V models of the 2020 Apache sports commuter range, the RTR 160 2V boasts of a segment-first Glide Through Technology (GTT) which aims to provide a fatigue-free riding experience in urban environments. Essentially, the system prevents the motorcycle from stalling in tight traffic conditions by adjusting the throttle response using inputs to the fuel-injection system.
The BS6-compliant 159.7cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine makes around 15.3bhp and 13.9Nm of torque. On the other hand, the outgoing BS4 model generates 14.9bhp and 13.03Nm. Hence, there is a significant rise in output unlike the usual case of updating to a higher emission standard, thanks to the addition of the FI system. The engine continues to be mated to a 5-speed transmission.
TVS Motor Company promises that the updated RTR 160 line showcases the same racing pedigree as its other products. The company has a long history in the field of Indian motorsports as well as abroad, including the iconic Dakar rally.
The 2020 TVS Apache RTR 160 2V comes with six choices of colour: Pearl White, Matte Blue, Matte Red, Gloss Black, Gloss Red and T Grey. Interestingly enough, the names of the colours are pretty straightforward (except ‘T Grey’) considering the fact that TVS chooses to give a rather complicated nomenclature for almost all its regular mechanical and electronic components.
As mentioned before, the Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i was the true rival to the very first Apache RTR 160. Almost 15 years down the lane, the 150-160cc motorcycle category has received a wide range of desirable choices from major names of the industry. This includes the Yamaha FZ15 V3.0, Suzuki Gixxer 150, Honda CB Hornet 160R, and of course, the present-generation Bajaj Pulsar 150. Even the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V showcases a good amount of internal competition in the market of the lesser 2V model, despite being positioned way higher on the price ladder.