New TVS Apache 160 takes design inspiration from Apache RTR 200 4V; becomes sharper, sportier and more stylish

TVS Apache series has earned positive response with its range of sporty performance bikes for over a decade. It has been rumored for quite some time that the Indian two-wheeler manufacturer is working on a new refreshed Apache RTR 160 and Apache RTR 180 as well. Despite the old Apache 160 and 180 doing well in the market, the competition is growing thick and fast.

Bajaj already launched the Pulsar NS 160 in India and the Pulsar 180 was also updated with BS-IV compliance. Honda CB Hornet 160R and Suzuki Gixxer are having their own place in the market too. Yamaha too offers the FZ-S V 2.0 amidst speculations that the new-gen version is arriving in the near future. This makes the segment one of the most competitive in the two-wheeler space.

With all these competitors giving the Apache series run for money, TVS has decided to update the bike range to make them more appealing. The company is yet to make any official announcement about the upcoming new Apache series. But, the test mule of all-new Apache RTR 160 has been already spied on Indian roads several times and it looks absolutely production ready.


One thing is sure that with this refreshed Apache series, TVS is going to renew the appeal of these sporty entry-level performance bikes. Before the two-wheeler manufacturer launches the new Apache RTR 160, we take a look at the so far known facts and figures:

2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 India Launch


Expected Launch                      Early 2018

TVS is yet to disclose the launch time for the upcoming updated Apache RTR 160. Expect it to arrive sometime in early 2018. It has a good chance to appear at the upcoming 2018 New Delhi Auto Expo next month.


2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 India Price

Expected PriceRs. 80,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi)

The 2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 is expected to be priced slightly premium over the current model’s price. The current Apache RTR 160 is priced at Rs. 76,575 (ex-showroom, New Delhi). In that case, we can expect the upcoming model be priced at around Rs. 80,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi) which is just as close to the new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160.

2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 India Design and Features

As the test mule of the 2017 TVS Apache RTR 160 has been spotted, it appears the bike takes design inspiration from its bigger sibling the Apache RTR 200 4V. The basic silhouette would remain same as the current model. But, little bit of design tweaks could make this 160 cc sporty bike more attractive and sharper.


It could carry the same large and sharp headlamp like the current model. The headlamp will come with LED daytime running light that enhances its visual appeal further. The bike shares the same fully digital instrument cluster with its bigger sibling and that increases its premium appeal much more. The handlebar remains same as the present model.


The already muscular 16-litre capacity fuel tank could come with a more sculpted look increasing the masculine tone of the bike while the seat would get better cushioning to offer greater comfort to the rider and pillion rider as well. As it appears, the upcoming bike won’t get a split seat. But, a split seat would certainly increase the sportiness along with the split grab rail at the back.

The bike gets LED taillight and the crafted looking exhaust muzzle appears just same as the Apache RTR 200 4V. The bike also gets silver side panels giving it a bi-colour appearance. As the test mule suggests, the upcoming TVS Apache RTR 160 would get slimmer tyres. Apart from that, it will carry both kick and electric starter and expect some new attractive colour options as well including matte shades.


2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 India Engine Specifications


Engine Displacement160 cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled
Maximum Power15 bhp @ 8,500 rpm
Maximum Torque13 Nm @ 6,000 rpm
Front Brake270 mm disc
Rear Brake200 mm disc

130 mm drum

Front SuspensionTelescopic fork
Rear SuspensionMono tube inverted gas filled shock absorber

The upcoming 2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 is likely to churn out more power and torque output compared to the current model. The power source for this sporty bike will be a 160 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-valve BS-IV engine coupled with a 5-speed transmission. The current Apache RTR 160 is capable of kicking out 15 bhp of peak power at 8,500 rpm and 13 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm.


Transmission duty in the current model is done by a 5-speed gearbox. Apart from the increased power and torque output, the upcoming 160 cc bike is likely to come with refined acceleration capability along with improved throttle response. The exhaust note too would be improved in the upcoming bike. However, the Hosur based two-wheeler manufacturer is yet to reveal the performance details and specifications of the new Apache RTR 160. We hope to learn about that soon.

Speaking about the braking and suspension front, the upcoming TVS Apache RTR 160 will come retaining the same setup as the current model. In that case, the bike will be available with a front disc brake only variant and there will be a rear disc brake variant as well. On the suspension front, the bike will be equipped with telescopic front fork and mono tube inverted gas filled shock absorber at the back.

2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 India Top Speed

Top Speed118 kmph

The current TVS Apache RTR 160 is capable of reaching a top speed of 118 kmph. Expect the top speed of the upcoming model to be increased a bit.

2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 India Mileage

Fuel Efficiencyaround 50 kmpl

The current TVS Apache RTR 160 comes with a fuel efficiency of 50 kmpl. Expect the upcoming model to deliver more improved fuel economy.

2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 India Wheel Size

Wheel Size17-inch alloy wheels

The upcoming 2017 TVS Apache RTR 160 is likely to carry the same 17-inch alloy wheels as the current model and the wheels will be wrapped with skinnier tubeless tyres.

2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 India Rivals

The new TVS Apache RTR 160 will lock horns with tough rivals like the Bajaj Pulsar NS 160, Honda CB Hornet 160R, Yamaha FZ V 2.0 and Suzuki Gixxer.

2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 – Gallery

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