TVS Apache RTR 180 Matte Black Edition of the company’s flagship Apache RTR 180 made its presence felt early this year in January when it went on display at the India Bike Week. Currently on sale, the Matte Black Edition TVC is also being aired in association with 20th Century Fox’s X-Men – Days of Future Past where it is seen as the meanest machine in its segment with its beast inspired headlamps and LED DRL combination with new pilot lamps. Aggressive in its stance, the RTR 180 gets an aerodynamic tank and engine cowl, digital display, new nocturnal blue back lit display and race inspired carbon fiber accents.
TVS Apache RTR 180 Matte Black Edition receives 270mm Roto Petal disc brakes in the front and 200mm ones at the rear.The bike with ABS is priced at a premium of INR 10,300 extra. Engine specifications on board the TVS Apache RTR 180 include a 177.4cc single cylinder, SOHC engine which is also seen on board the standard variant. This engine is capable of 17 bhp power at 8,500 rpm and 15.5 Nm torque at 6,500 rpm mated to a 5 speed gearbox. Competition comes in the form of a sole 180cc bike from Bajaj Pulsar, which is the only other 180cc bike in the segment.
TVS Apache is doing reasonably well in Indian markets. The company sold a total of 13,539 units in February this year and 14,266 units in March, however these figures are no comparison where Bajaj Auto’s Pulsar is concerned with saw sales of 49,964 units in March 2014.