BS6 vs BS4 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V: What’s different?
Is it just the engine or has TVS made any other change to the new RTR 160 4V?
With the new stringent emission norms kicking in next year, bike makers are slowly making their portfolio BS6-compliant. The latest manufacturer to do so is TVS, who has launched BS6 versions of the Apache RTR 160 4V and the Apache RTR 200 4V. We have already done a report on the BS4 RTR 200 4V vs its BS6 version, which you can read here. But what about the RTR 160 4V? Has it received the same kind of treatment as its bigger cousin or is there anything new?
The major highlight of the new Apache RTR 160 4V is its new sharp LED headlamp. Apart from this, the BS6 RTR 160 4V gets new decals and if you have a keen eye, you’d notice that it now comes with a dual-tone seat. Except for these changes, the new RTR 160 4V hasn’t received any cosmetic update.
Usually, BS6 motors produce a wee bit of less power and torque and the new RTR 160 4V is just another example of that. The 159.7cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled engine now makes 16.02PS and 14.12Nm, which is 0.77PS and 0.68Nm less compared to the BS4 version. Moreover, it now comes equipped with fuel injection.
Gets A New Feature:
While the RTR 200 4V gets Bluetooth connectivity and Pirelli radial tyre (which is now a standard fitment) the RTR 160 4V comes equipped with just one new feature -- GTT (Glide Through Traffic). This works as low RPM assist and should prove quite helpful in urban riding conditions. However, we will reserve our judgement on how smooth this new feature is until we get our hands on the bike.
What About The Increment In The Price?
The updated Apache RTR 160 4V now retails at Rs 99,950 (drum brake variant) and Rs 1,03,000 (disc brake version), making it Rs 7,644 and Rs 2,444 more expensive than the older model. Considering the bike now comes with updated styling and new features, this price hike is quite justifiable.