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TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

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Key specs
  • Displacement159.7 cc
  • Max Power(bhp)15.6 bhp
  • Mileage - Owner Reported45 kmpl
  • Kerb Weight147 kg

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TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Summary

Apache RTR 160 4V key highlights

Displacement 159.7 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 45 kmpl
Top Speed 114 Kmph
Kerb Weight 147 kg

About Apache RTR 160 4V

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is a bike available at a starting price of Rs. 1,08,333 in India. It is available in 2 variants and 3 colours with top variant price starting from Rs. 1,11,340. The Apache RTR 160 4V is powered by 159.7cc BS6 engine which develops a power of 15.6 bhp and a torque of 14.12 Nm. With front disc and rear drum brakes, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V comes up with anti-locking braking system. This Apache RTR 160 4V bike weighs 147 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 12 liters.

The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V gets cosmetic as well as mechanical changes for 2020. TVS is offering the motorcycle in two variants- Drum and Disc which comes with single-channel ABS as standard.

The most striking visual difference a new headlamp unit that is sharper and much more angular than the previous model. Moreover, the headlamp features all-LED lighting along with a pair of redesigned LED DRLs. In addition to that, TVS has also given the motorcycle subtle new graphics on the fuel tank along with a two-tone seat.

The Apache RTR 160 4V is powered by the same 159.7cc, single-cylinder engine that is fuel-injected as standard. The motor churns out 15.8bhp of power at 8250rpm and 14.2Nm of peak torque at 7250rpm and comes mated to a five-speed gearbox. The Apache RTR 160 4V also comes with a feature called GTT (Glide Through Traffic) for a smooth low-speed ride. It also gets with a one-touch start and a wave bite ignition key.

In terms of competition, the motorcycle goes up against the Bajaj Pulsar NS160 and the Honda Hornet 160R.
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TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Easy to ride in the city
    • Engine is smooth
    • Good looking instrument cluster
  • Could be Better

    • Quality could have been better
    • Could have got sportier split seats

BikeWale's Take

The Apache RTR 160 4V is a great bike to have in the city. It is loaded with a good engine and features that makes it a practical bike. However, TVS could have done with better quality.

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Review

TVS has introduced a newer version of it. This 2020 edition of the Apache RTR 160 4V is more of a mid-life facelift than a generation change and is equipped with a BS6 compliant engine.

Introduction

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Action

The Apache RTR 160 4V is an entry-level premium segment motorcycle that has won the hearts of many at BikeWale. So much, that the long-term bike found itself a buyer within the team. It is a motorcycle that has sporty yet comfortable ergonomics and suspension setup. And as a cherry on the cake, the RTR 160 4V boasts of a motor that is reportedly more powerful than its segment rivals with quality levels that validate a solid purchase.

Now, TVS has introduced a newer version of it. This 2020 edition of the Apache RTR 160 4V is more of a mid-life facelift than a generation change and is equipped with a BS6 compliant engine. That said, we were invited by TVS to test ride the updated RTR 160 4V at the company’s test track in Hosur. Here’s what we have to say in our first ride review.

The Visuals

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Left Front Three Quarter

In terms of looks, the most significant update the RTR 160 4V has received is for the headlamp unit and the bikini fairing surrounding it. The conventional headlamp unit has made way for an all-new full-LED assembly that is flanked by claw-shaped LED DRLs on either side. The LED headlamp unit has been designed to offer long-range light penetration along with a wide spread. Also, the light emitted by the lamps has a warm LED tone that's claimed to offer daylight simulation for better visibility at night. We can confirm that once we have the bike for a detailed road test. 

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Headlamp

The LED headlamp is enclosed in a matte black plastic casing with body-coloured panels on each side. While the new front end gives the bike a more aggressive look, the quality and finish of the black plastic, especially around the edges don't appear to be up to the mark. The overall finish and feel of the material, too, seem to be a result of cutting costs. However, the company officials have claimed that this concern will be resolved with the new motorcycles that roll out of the factory.

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Seat

Besides that, the 2020 Apache RTR 160 4V gets a dual-tone seat cover, new race-inspired graphics and aerodynamically-designed claw side mirrors with a carbon-fibre like texture. Besides these upgrades, the motorcycle remains the same in terms of aesthetics.

The Package

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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. 

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Engine

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.

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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.

The Ride

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Action

When it comes to overall ride quality, thanks to the underpinning from its 200cc sibling, the Apache RTR 160 4V is a sweet bike to ride. Be it on the track or squeezing through traffic in the city, the motorcycle has excelled without any fuss.

Taking into account the change carried out to make the motor BS6 compliant along with few other changes to the internal components, the motor felt smoother and happier at the higher revs. Even the vibrations when the rpm neared the redline were not at all intrusive. There was a slight buzz at the footpegs and the handlebar but it wasn’t bothersome. 

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Right Rear Three Quarter

Compared to the carburetted version, what the fuel-injected version added to the experience is the linear power delivery across the rev band. On opening the throttle at different rolling speeds, the motor was prompt at building speed faster without any hesitation.

On the test track, the motorcycle remained planted around corners inspiring confidence to carry more speed and lean. And to go with it were the brakes that offer a sufficient amount of bite and progression which is ideal for a motorcycle of this segment.

Our Take

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Action

For an asking price of Rs 99,950 for the drum version and Rs 1.03 lakhs for the disc version, the existing Apache RTR 160 4V is already a good product that has been further improved. With a premium of Rs 3000 over the current fuel-injected disc version and Rs 8000 over the out-going carburetted drum version, the 2020 edition of the Apache RTR 160 4V is a 150cc segment premium motorcycle worth considering. And with the addition of features like an LED headlamp and GTT along with better internal components, the premium is well justified.

Photography by Kapil Angane

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TVS Apache RTR 160 4V mileage

As reported by Apache RTR 160 4V owners, the real mileage of TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is 45 kmpl.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 15.6 bhp @ 8,250 rpm

    Max Torque 14.12 Nm @ 7,250 rpm

    Cooling System Oil Cooled

    Transmission 5 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-VI

    Displacement 159.7 cc

    Cylinders 1

    Bore 62 mm

    Stroke 52.9 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 10.0:1

    Ignition Mapped Ignition System

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 12 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 2.5 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 540 Km

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 45 kmpl

    Top Speed 114 Kmph

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Single Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 270 mm

    Front Tyre Size 90/90-17 49P Tubeless

    Rear Tyre Size 110/80-17 57P Tubeless

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Rear Brake Type Drum

    Rear Brake Size 130 mm

    Calliper Type --

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Suspension Telescopic Forks

    Rear Suspension Mono Shock

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 147 kg

    Overall Length 2,035 mm

    Overall Width 790 mm

    Wheelbase 1,357 mm

    Ground Clearance 180 mm

    Seat Height 800 mm

    Overall Height 1,050 mm

    Chassis Type Double cradle Split Synchro STIFF

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity No

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation No

USB charging port No

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) Yes

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

Battery12V, 8Ah MF

Headlight TypeAHO LED Headlamp with LED position lamp

Headlight Bulb Type12V, LED

Brake/Tail LightLED - 1W/ 2.5 W

Turn Signal12V, 10W X 4

Pass LightYes

Additional featuresRT-Fi ,GTT (Glide Through Technology), Race Derived O3C engine, Wave Bite key

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TVS Apache RTR 160 4V User Reviews

4.5 (1467 ratings) 482 reviews
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  •  5Best bike in 160 cc range 1 week ago by Visaj Modi, Ankleshwar

    Best bike in this range. Powerful performance, disk break good. Overall good bike. First ride was very good. Riding experience is best class in 160 cc bike. Showroom owner nature is good. Best than yamaha fz -s v3 & suzuki gixxer 150. No any issue faced in my 1st servic

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    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      50 kmpl

  •  5Apache RTR 160 4V , blindly go for it ,the best bike 3 weeks ago by Hari

    I am very happy with my dream bike I felt very much excited when am buying the bike, planned for 2 months to buy ,the riding experience is excellent, For cornering it is the best bike, the tyre's wont skid when we are cornering, the horn also good, it looks damn cute, o

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    • Got mileage of

      52 kmpl

  •  5A complete package in the segment 1 month ago by Vigneshwara Ayyappan.S

    I purchased my apache 160 4v on January 1 2021 and this was my dream bike too riding quality and comfort is top notch and I am a beginner too gtt (glide through traffic) mode helps me a lot pros: 1.a complete package in the price segment 2.well refined engine 3. exhaust

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    • Got mileage of

      48 kmpl

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