TVS Apache RTR 180 BS6: All You Need To Know
Here’s a look at all the bits, new and old, that make up the BS6-compliant TVS Apache RTR 180
The last of the TVS Apaches to get BS6 updates – the TVS Apache RTR 180 – has finally arrived. The bike has pretty much remained the same for a couple of years and even after the BS6 update, the changes are far too small. So, here’s all you need to know about the Apache 180 BS6:
Looks the same as before
TVS hasn’t fiddled around with the design of the bike. It is still the slim, racy-looking motorcycle that it always has been. An Alcantara seat, LED DRL and LED tail light are some of the premium bits you’ll find on the bike.
The motor is more powerful
The 177.4cc single-cylinder motor now gets fuel injection, resulting in a marginal gain in power. It now dishes out 16.79PS and 15.5Nm, 0.17PS more than before. There are no changes to the 5-speed transmission. However, the Apache RTR 180 BS6 now gets TVS’ Glide Through Technology (GTT). The system increases the revs just a little bit to prevent the engine from stalling at low speeds. This is the same tech that you’ll find on other Apaches like the Apache RTR 160 4V BS6 and the Apache RTR 200 4V BS6.
Same old trusty foundations
There are no changes to report in the underpinnings of the Apache RTR 180 BS6. No upgrades here as it runs the same conventional telescopic fork, box-section swingarm with twin preload-adjustable shocks, skinny tyres, and petal disc brakes at both ends. TVS continues to offer the bike with single-channel ABS.
The Apache RTR 180 BS6 now features a 1300mm wheelbase, a reduction of 26mm. It now tips the scales at 141kg, making it 2kg heavier than before, which is quite impressive, to say the least. A ground clearance of 170mm means that it now rides taller off the tarmac than before (by 5mm, to be precise). Thankfully, what does remain the same is the 790mm seat height and 12-litre fuel tank capacity.
The new TVS Apache RTR 180 BS6 comes bearing a premium of Rs 6,704 over the outgoing BS4 model. At Rs 1,01,450, it is a bit on the pricier side, especially when its own sibling, the Apache RTR 160 4V BS6, packs more features and offers similar levels of performance.