Family Feud: TVS Apache RTR 160 4V BS6 vs Apache RTR 160 2V BS6
Both have similar displacement but cater to different audiences. We explain the differences between them
Launched in 2007, the TVS Apache RTR 160 2V can be attributed with kickstarting the 160cc performance bike segment. 11 years later TVS launched the more powerful and premium Apache RTR 160 4V. However, the new motorcycle did not replace the RTR 160 2V but was instead placed at a premium over the latter. TVS has no plans of discontinuing the Apache RTR 160 2V, having updated it and the Apache RTR 4V to BS6 norms. So what’s the difference between the two? Let’s find out.
The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V BS6 gets an LED headlamp and LED tail lamp with a digital instrument console that, with the help of Bluetooth connectivity, shows turn-by-turn navigation. A dedicated app shows lean angle mode, tour mode, race telemetry and crash alerts. The Apache RTR 160 2V continues to use a halogen headlamp, LED tail lamp and a semi-digital instrument console that includes an analogue tachometer, digital speedometer, fuel gauge, tripmeter and odometer.
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Both motorcycles have a similar 159.7cc motor but the RTR 160 4V gets a 4-valve head while the RTR 160 2V gets a 2-valve head. The Apache RTR 160 4V’s air-cooled and fuel-injected motor now gets the BS6 treatment and in the process loses some power. It now delivers 16.02PS at 8250rpm and 14.12Nm at 7250rpm. In contrast, the Apache RTR 160 2V’s 159.7cc BS6-compliant motor comes with fuel-injection now and makes more power and torque than before. It now delivers 15.53PS at 8400rpm and 13.9Nm at 7000rpm. The Apache RTR 160 4V has a more powerful motor which breathes better thanks to its 4-valve configuration. Both motorcycles get TVS’ Glide Through Technology (GTT) that bumps up engine revs at low throttle openings allowing for a cleaner getaway. Both get a 5-speed gearbox as well.
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Both motorcycles get a sporty frame but the Apache RTR 160 4V BS6 gets premium suspension units: KYB forks and Showa-tuned monoshock. Braking setup includes a 270mm petal disc and 200mm petal disc with single-channel ABS. It gets 90/90-17 (front) and 130/70-17 (rear) TVS Remora tyres with optional Pirelli Angel CT tyres. The Apache RTR 160 2V BS6 continues to use the same telescopic forks and dual gas-charged shock absorbers as before. It gets a 270mm front disc and 130mm rear drum (optional 200mm disc) with single-channel ABS. Even the tyres are narrow 90/90-17 (front) and 110/80-17 (rear) Remora units.
The TVS Apache RTR 160 2V BS6 is available in two variants: rear drum (Rs 95,000) and rear disc (Rs 98,000). Its more premium cousin, the Apache RTR 160 4V BS6, also comes in two variants: rear drum (Rs 1,00,950) and rear disc (Rs 1,04,000, ex-showroom Delhi). For Rs 4,950 more the Apache RTR 160 4V BS6 offers better performance, better features, better ride and handling and feels more premium too. If you are looking for a 160cc bike on a budget, the Apache RTR 160 2V is a good buy. However, we feel the Apache RTR 160 4V is worth the extra premium.