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

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From the looks of it, it draws from the TVS Apache 200. Available in 3 variants, pricing is as follows – Carb with front disc – Rs 81,490; Carb 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

Engine SI, 4 stroke, Oil cooled
Capacity 159.7cc
Cylinder arrangement Single, Vertical
Power FI 16.8 PS @ 8000 rpm
Power Carb 16.5 PS @8000 rpm
Torque FI / CARB 14.8 Nm @ 6500 rpm
FI Unit Bosch- Closed loop
Carb Unit UCAL/ Keihin VE CT6[A]
Power to Weight Ratio 0.0843 kW/kg
Cooling system Oil cooler with Ram air assist
Muffler Twin pipe and twin barrel design
Transmission 5 Speed
Front Suspension Telescopic Forks
Rear Suspension Monoshock
Top Speed FI 114 kmph
Top Speed Carb 113 kmph
0-60 kmph FI 4.8 sec
0-60 kmph Carb 4.73 sec
0-100 kmph FI 16.6 sec
0-100 kmph Carb 15.9 sec
Frame Double cradle Split Synchro STIFF
Headlamp FI AHO 12V, 60/55W H4 bulb
Headlamp Carb AHO 12V, 35/35W HS1 bulb
Taillamp LED – 1W/ 2.5 W
Front Tyre 90/90-17 49P Tubeless
Rear Tyre FI 130/70-17 M/C 62P Tubeless
Rear Tyre Carb Drum 110/80-17 57P Tubeless
Rear Tyre Carb Disc 130/70-17 M/C 62P Tubeless
Front Brake 270 mm Petal Disc
Rear Brake Drum (130 mm)/ Disc (200 mm Petal)
L x W x H FI 2035 X 790 X 1050 mm
L x W x H Carb 2050 X 790 X 1050 mm
Saddle Height 800 mm
Wheelbase 1357 mm
Ground Clearance 180 mm
Kerb Wt 147 kg
Fuel Tank 12 liters


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