The TVS Apache RTR 160 has always symbolised the idea of affordable fun, but the previous-generation model was held back by vibrations from the motor and average quality parts. The new-gen TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, however, has gone through a major metamorphosis – one that has really made it a formidable force in its class.
Leading the transformation from the front is the new 160cc motor that sets a new benchmark in terms of refinement. While the older Apache felt like a ruffian, the new one feels a lot more mature and composed. It can be tremendous fun when you want it to be, while also maintaining a calm demeanour that you expect from a commuter. With 16.1bhp and 14.8Nm, it was reasonably quick on the track too. In fact, it clocked a faster lap time than the Honda X-Blade and even the more powerful Hero Xtreme 200R. The tall 5th gear does result in slow acceleration post the 90km/h mark, but good initial acceleration makes riding it in traffic a walk in the park – something that’s of great significance in
At the Buddh International Circuit, the RTR 160 handled better than its rivals that we’ve had the opportunity to ride in the past. The rear monoshock feels slightly soft and thereby a bit bouncy, but it’s nothing that adjusting the preload can’t fix. TVS may have transferred their racing DNA to the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, but that doesn’t mean that they’ve compromised on its commuter duties. A long single seat, a taller handle bar than the RTR 200 and a moderately set-up suspension ensure a comfortable ride. There’s a considerable improvement in the quality of parts too.
With prices ranging from `82,000 – 91,000, the RTR 160 is superb value for money too, especially bearing in mind the refined motor, performance and the comfort quotient. But, above all, the RTR 160 is easily the most well-balanced motorcycle in its category, and by a considerable margin.