The TVS Apache RTR 160 has been one of the earliest 160 cc motorcycles in India. However, of late, this segment is slowly becoming very competitive with the introduction of newer motorcycles like the Suzuki Gixxer, Honda CB Hornet 160 and the latest Bajaj Pulsar NS 160. Hence, to keep the Apache stand up tall against all of these motorcycles like it always did, the company is looking to update the motorcycle with newer geometry and aesthetic changes.
The new 2017 version of the TVS Apache RTR 160 has been spotted testing on the road with changed physical design. However, there is no such confirmed evidence about it as the spotted test mule had no such badging on it.
The spotted Apache RTR 160 had a single seat unit, rear drum brakes and kick starter system, just like the current generation of the RTR 160. The tyres too seemed to be at par with the current model, which shows that some of the elements will be similar to its current generation sibling.
On the other hand, the overall body design looked similar to the newer Apache RTR 200, which has a hunky and slightly naked frame. The spied version was spotted with mono shock rear suspension, which is the same as the RTR 200. The grab rails and the tail lights too looked to be similar to its bigger brother.
The current generation of the TVS Apache RTR 160 is powered by a 159.7 cc engine which can make a highest power of 15.2 bhp at 8,500 revolutions per minute and a peak torque of 13.1 Nm at 4,000 revolutions per minute.
The 2017 Apache RTR 160 seems to be in the production ready phase. If everything goes smoothly, we might see three new TVS models - the TVS Apache RTR 310, new Apache RTR 160 and a new TVS scooter, soon.