About TVS Apache RTR 180
The Apache series was first introduced in 2007 as a successor to the popular Fiero, after the TVS-Suzuki split. The Apache 180 RTR or ‘Racing Throttle Response’ was launched a while later with a rebored 177cc engine to compete with the Bajaj Pulsar 180 DTS-i. The latest version of the Apache 180 RTR gets a major design overhaul with a very offbeat styling, though it is still easily identifiable as an Apache. It is also one of the first bikes in the Indian market to come equipped with an Anti-Lock Braking System or ABS.
The Apache RTR 180 is powered by a carburetted air-cooled single-cylinder 177cc engine producing 17.3bhp and 15.5Nm of torque. The rev-happy engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox with a wet multiplate cutch and gives a deep throaty exhaust note.
Though the previous bikes were quite conservatively styled, the new design might not suit everyone's taste. The Apache RTR 180 gets a new headlamp with two LED DRL strips, edgier engine cowl and fuel tank design which might seem too loud, but give this bike its own rebel character.
In the Apache RTR 180, the two-way adjustable clip-on handlebars sit quite low and the footpegs are slightly pushed rearwards, which allow the rider a sporty riding position. A short wheelbase means that the Apache RTR 180 is very agile, though being tuned for good handling, the ride is on the stiffer side. The engine is refined, though vibrations do creep in at high revs. ABS with disc brakes both in the front and rear means that braking is very confidence-inspiring. It gets a part analogue, part digital instrument cluster with a digital speedometer, odometer, clock, fuel counter and a lap timer. It also gets an electric start and six-spoke alloy wheels.
The Apache RTR 180 is available in two variants – Standard and with ABS and is available in three colour schemes – grey, white and black.