After the launch of the 2021 TVS Apache RR310, the brand is focusing on the more affordable segment and plans on offering a performance-loaded street naked motorcycle.
TVS has filed trademark rights for its upcoming motorcycle. Going by the name of the new product, it seems like TVS is all set to launch a performance-oriented version of its Apache RTR 160. The new motorcycle will be called the TVS Apache RTR 165 RP. The ‘RP’ in its name hints at the brand’s new vertical that will cater to its performance-enthusiast audience. Confirming this is another trademark that TVS has filed under the name ‘TVS RP Race Performance’.
We believe that this new vertical will include TVS’s sporty two-wheelers i.e the newly launched Apache RR310 and its Apache RTR 200 4V. TVS might include Ntorq 125’s Race XP edition into the upcoming ‘Race Performace’ vertical.
Coming to the new TVS Apache RTR 165 RP, it is likely to pack uprated suspension hardware that we have seen on the RTR 200 4V. The addition of ride modes cannot be discounted as well. Also, expect this new racy version with a new set of graphics and colour options. However, the overall design will stay similar to the outgoing Apache RTR 160 4V.
Mechanically, the RTR 165 RP will probably be based on the outgoing Apache RTR 160 4V. The engine will most likely be carried forward with an aggressive state of tune. The current power output of the Apache RTR 160 4V is 17.38bhp and 14.73Nm from a 160cc single-cylinder oil-cooled engine. The new Apache RTR 165 RP is likely to see a power output close to 18bhp, and we suspect TVS engineering will rework the internals of the 160cc power plant.
The new TVS Apache RTR 165 RP will most probably be launched in the coming months, around the same time when TVS could announce its new ‘Race Performance’ vertical.