TVS is all set to surprise us with yet another track-oriented motorcycle, but this time, it is more affordable and will be targeted towards the mass-market segment.
Back in September, we reported that TVS trademarked the name ‘TVS Apache RTR 165 Race Performance’, and you can read about it by clicking here. Now, the company has teased that product in a promotional video.
The upcoming TVS Apache RTR 165 RP – short for ‘Race Performance’ – is likely to be more performance-oriented than the current Apache RTR 160 4V.
The platform and the engine will mostly be the same as the outgoing model, but we’re expecting a marginal power increase. Currently, the Apache RTR 160 V4 pushes out 17.3bhp and 14.73Nm. The gearbox in the upcoming motorcycle will be the same five-speed unit; however, the final drive ratios are likely to be tweaked for better acceleration.
More importantly, the new Apache RTR 165 RP is likely to get the option of BTO (Built To Order) parts, just like TVS’ flagship Apache RR 310. Expect it to have cycle parts such as a racier handlebar setup and rear set footpegs, which will make the rider’s triangle more aggressive and offer more cornering clearance.
So far, the details are limited but going by how seriously TVS has taken the ‘affordable performance’, we have high hopes from the upcoming TVS Apache RTR 165 Race Performance.
When the motorcycle will be launched, it will create a niche of its own, and it is likely to attract buyers who are looking for a small capacity track tool, such as the Yamaha YZF-R15 V4 / R15M and the 2021 KTM RC125.