As mentioned earlier, the 2020 edition of the RTR 160 4V is more of a mid-life update. Hence, a majority of the underpinnings and cycle parts remain unchanged.
Sporting the same double cradle split chassis borrowed from its elder sibling, the RTR 160 4V continues to be suspended by telescopic forks up front and a monoshock at the rear. As for braking, the motorcycle comes with the same setup featuring disc brakes at both ends for the top-spec version seen here. The standard variant gets a drum brake for the rear. Single-channel ABS remains standard for both variants. TVS offers the same Remora Series tyres on the motorcycle that are grippy and light in construction.
Heading to the motor, it continues to be the 159.7cc single-pot unit with oil-cooling. However, the motor is now BS6 compliant as it features a larger catalytic converter and fuel-injection for both variants. In order to compensate for the new emission norms, TVS has increased the peak rpm for power and torque figures in order to keep the difference negligible. While the BS4 variant is already available with a fuel-injection option, TVS has revised the power and torque curve from its race-derived technology for the BS6 model, calling it ‘RT-Fi’ which stands for Race-Tuned Fuel Injection. Besides that, the NanofriKS coated piston now has an asymmetric light-weight construction which when paired with the PVD coated piston rings results in an improved refinement.
In terms of features, besides the all-LED headlamp, TVS has also included a new feature called Glide through Technology (GTT). This new feature allows the rider to get the bike rolling in bumper to bumper traffic without opening the throttle. According to TVS, this helps in reducing the jerks felt while riding in lower gears, thus offering a smoother ride.