2017 TVS Apache 160 seems to be heavily inspired by the Apache 200. Could this be the RTR 180 because nothing isn’t confirmed yet
TVS is now finally upgrading all its motorcycles of the past that have been on sale. The manufacturer started this with an all new motorcycle, the Apache 200. The motorcycle seems to be doing well in terms of sales and performance. The manufacturer is now using the scale of economics to make sure that it applies the same thing to the new lower displacement units. The Apache 160 seems to have been spied for the first time and changes are very visible to call it the same.
There are slimmer tyres, single piece seat, same mudguard, tail-lamps and headlight as the Apache 200. The motorcycle can be seen without a oil-cooler ahead of it and there is a new design element seen on its Japanese rival which is the plastic piece which looks like a perimeter frame and will help it distinguish over its siblings. The fuel tank is also near identical to the Apache 200.
We expect to see the same 160cc motor on board of the 2017 TVS Apache 160 with revisions to make sure it is high on refinement and power at the same time. The motor should make enough grunt as before which should be around 15 PS and 13-14 Nm of torque. The RTR 160 also seems to have a red-color head cover which mostly signifies that this would be a 4-valve unit as well.
The transmission duties will be done through a 5-speed gearbox. The tyres should be around the 110 section at the front and 100 section at the rear. The handlebar will replace the clip-on bars which is a great move by Apache to make sure there is more leverage. The meter is the same as the Apache RTR 200.
2017 TVS Apache 160 Suspension will be identical at the front which is telescopic front forks, but for the first time we will see a monoshock at the rear. We also expect this bike to have the same chassis as the 200 but tuned to make sure it does well even better in the RTR 160.
Brakes at the front is a petal disc and the rear has a drum brake for now. Tyres seen here are are 110×80 section at the rear. The lock for the seat is above the tail-light. Prices should be around Rs. 80,000 mark and will go against its new rival the Pulsar NS160 which just has been launched.
The Hornet 160R and Gixxer will also give it a tough fight. The FZ-16 continues to lack numbers on paper but will still go against it. Apache 160 has always been a cult sub-brand for the company and the new motorcycle looks very impressive with less camouflage here. We expect 2017 TVS Apache 160 to be showcased at Auto Expo or could be launched before that as well.