In the process of updating its Apache 160 to BS6 emission norms, TVS has also decided to introduce a minor design tweak to enhance the motorcycle’s appeal. A clear spy shot of 2019 TVS Apache 160 BS6 detailing the changes to the headlamp and fairing design has emerged.
The new bikini-fairing and headlamp unit appear to be a wee bit larger than before. We feel the revised headlamp assembly design gels better with the rest of the motorcycle than the previous unit.
The body-colored housing now protrudes a bit on either sides like horns and the boomerang shaped LED daytime running lights which were previously integrated into the headlamp cluster have been eliminated (the white markers are dummies).
The headlamp itself is horizontally split into two parts and we guess at least one of them would be an LED element which will stay on always. The same headlamp assembly is expected to be used in the updated RTR 200 4V as well. There seems to be no other styling changes. The fully digital instrument console continue to be exposed and provides means to fix the front license plate.
The TVS Apache 160’s 159.7 cc oil-cooled engine is currently available in carburated as well as fuel-injected avatars but moving forward, only the latter is expected to survive. The BS6 version is not likely to change the output figures significantly. As of now, the fuel-injected version of the engine produces 16.5 hp and 14.8 Nm of torque. Gearbox will continue to be a 5-speed unit.
The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V BS6 is not expected to have any other mechanical changes. The motorcycle will continue to employ 270 mm front disc and at the rear, it can either be had with a 130 mm drum or 200 mm disc. The system will be supported by a single-channel ABS.
The updates are expected to be accompanied by a slight inflation in the price tag. The EFI variant with rear disc is currently priced INR 99,101 (ex-showroom, Delhi). We expect the updated motorcycle to be introduced towards end of this year. As usual, competition would come from the Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS, Honda X-Blade, Yamaha FZ-S V3.0, and so on.