TVS Apache RTR 160 4V: Pros, Cons, Should You Buy One?
Here’s what works for the Apache RTR 160 4V and what could have been better
TVS set the benchmark in the 150-160cc commuter segment with the launch of the Apache RTR 160 4V. It packs some segment-first features with one heck of a motor, suspension and chassis setup that makes it an exception handler (for its segment). But, like all bikes, the 160 4V also has a couple of chinks in its armour. So if you’re out to buy one, here are a couple of positives and negatives to help you make an informed decision:
Impressive build quality
The Apache RTR 160 4V’s design language is sharp and edgy with all the lines on the bike, right from the headlight to the rear quarter panels leaning forward, giving it an aggressive stance.
The bike gets superior fit and finish levels. The panel gaps are consistent while the switchgear looks like it’s been picked off a bike from a segment higher.
Feature-rich instrument console
The RTR 160 4Vs party piece is its digital instrument console packing a tonne of features. The easy-to-read brightly lit console displays a lap timer, 0-60kmph timer, a top speed recorder, service indicator and a clock over and above the conventional readouts. The speedometer sits smack in between with a nifty gear shift light on the top right corner.
It’s without a doubt the most powerful bike in its segment. The power is delivered in a linear fashion and there’s plenty of mid-range grunt -- enough to pull cleanly from 30kmph in 5th gear. It’s this tractability of the motos that’s really impressive. Be it chugging along in city traffic or pinning it on the highway, the engine always has enough power on tap.
The slick 5-speed transmission offers smooth gear transitions without ever missing a shift. The engine refinement level is among the best we’ve seen in the segment with vibes creeping in only around the 9000rpm mark, but even that’s ironed out past 10,000rpm.
Slightly aggressive riding posture
The Apache RTR 160 4V’s lower set handlebar and higher set footpegs make for a sportier riding posture. The leaned forward position could take a toll on your back during long hauls.
Not only do they lack bite but also feel quite spongy and it shows in the way it comes to a stop from higher speeds. The RTR 160 4V came to a dead stop from 80-0kmph in 41.51m and managed its 60-0kmph braking distance in 22.20m.
Should You Buy One?
Most certainly! The RTR 160 4V offers efficient performance, superior features, is more engaging to ride, and way easier on the pocket as well. The perfect value-for-money proposition we’d say.
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