The Chennai-based multinational motorcycle manufacturer TVS Motor Company recently launched the newest iterations of its highly successful motorbikes the Apache RTR 160 and the Apache RTR 180. TVS has launched the new Apache RTR 160 at a price of Rs 1.17 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) meanwhile it has priced the new Apache RTR 180 at Rs 1.31 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The redesigned bikes now come with new aesthetics and feature updates. Additionally, for a better power-to-weight ratio for both bikes, the models saw a power boost along with a weight reduction of 2 kg for the Apache RTR 160 and 1 kg for the Apache RTR 180.
Commenting on the launch of the new bikes, Vimal Sumbly, Head Business – Premium, TVS Motor Company, said, “The TVS Apache series has been built on the racing heritage of TVS Racing to bring superior products into the market that connect with our customers and racing enthusiasts. The introduction of the 2022 range of TVS Apache RTR 160 and TVS Apache RTR 180 is a testament to our commitment towards delighting the Apache community and loyalists globally with a true racing experience. These motorcycles will continue their legacy of offering class-leading race technologies to transform performance biking and further strengthening our premiumisation journey.”
In addition to cosmetic changes, the company has given the new motorcycles several first-in-segment features and technologies on the 2022 TVS Apache RTR 180 and TVS Apache RTR 160 bikes, including fuel injection, ABS, Dual Channel ABS, and Slipper Clutch as well as the newest SmartXonnectTM, Ride Modes, and LED Headlamp. The TVS Apache RTR 160 and TVS Apache RTR 180 will be available in 2022 with a cutting-edge, completely digital instrument cluster that is Bluetooth enabled as well as SmartXonnectTM technology with Voice Assist.
These motorcycles also include three ride modes, Rain, Urban, and Sport, a segment first, demonstrating their versatility to various situations. Additionally, these motorcycles include an X-ring chain, a bigger 120mm rear tyre, a gear position indicator with shift assistance, and a redesigned UI/UX for the TVS Connect App. Gloss Black and Pearl White are the only colours offered for the 2022 TVS Apache RTR 180 series; in contrast, Gloss Black, Pearl White, Racing Red, Matte Blue, and T-Grey are the colours offered for the 2022 TVS Apache RTR 160 series.
The same 160cc single-cylinder, two-valve, air-cooled engine that powers the Apache RTR 160 generates 15 horsepower at 8400 rpm and a maximum torque of 13.9 Nm at 7000 rpm. This engine is coupled with a five-speed transmission. On the other hand, the Apache RTR 180’s 180cc single-cylinder, two-valve air-cooled engine produces 17 horsepower at 8500 rpm and a maximum torque of 15.5 Nm at 7000 rpm. The gearbox for this motor also has five speeds.
In other TVS news, recently it was reported that the company is working on a hydrogen-powered iteration of its popular electric scooter the iQube. Just a while ago a few of the patents bearing the name and designs of the Indian automaker surfaced online and from those, it was deduced that they are for a hydrogen-powered scooter. The said leaked patent documents showed that the company is working on a scooter with two hydrogen “fuel” canisters mounted to the front downtube of a scooter’s frame. The design illustrations further reveal that a filler nozzle is located on the front apron, and a pipe connects the two canisters.