Just yesterday, we reported about the new TVS Apache getting what will majorly be a cosmetic upgrade. It turns out that our source was very right even as the first spyshots of the new Apache RTR180 have begun doing the rounds on the interweb. The Apache RTR180 gets a new headlamp fairing. A full fairing is not a part of the equation yet, ostensibly so as adding a full fairing to the Apache without boosting power and torque would mean that the motorcycle would lose its edge of a high power to weight ratio, which TVS has been harping about in most of the promotion material.
Front View of new 2012 TVS Apache 180 RTR
Apart from the new headlamp fairing, TVS has also changed added a faux carbon fiber insert around the instrumentation console. The faux carbon fiber effect also continues downward to the tank scoops. The new Apache also gets solid decals, a-la-Bajaj Pulsar on the tank. Graphics too see a change on the tank. A nice touch though is the addition of the Indian flag’s insignia on the rear panels. This detail seems to have taken inspiration from the Ducati Monster, which features the Italian colors. The pillion footpegs are now all-metal items and that’s a welcome functional change. Previously, only the rider footpegs had this detail.
On the whole, the new Apache is a style job that picks up various styling elements from existing products. So, its essentially a copy cat me-too design change, disappointingly so. The engine is expected to be the same 180cc single cylinder, SOHC 2 valve layout that is revvy and grunty pumping out 17.3 Bhp-15.5 Nm. Perhaps, the Apache can trundle along for one more season with this facelift although the competition is well and truly moving on to bigger and better things. The facelift also looks like a stop gap move to keep the interest around TVS Motors’ flagship model buzzing until a new flagship arrives.
Since the facelifted TVS Apache RTR180 has been captured on a showroom stockyard, it is just a matter of time before the official launch of this motorcycle happens in India. Expect these changes to trickle down to the 160cc variant as well. It remains to be seen whether TVS will effect a price bump on the facelifted model. One notable feature of the TVS Apache RTR180 is that it comes with an optional anti-lock braking system(ABS). This ABS system is quite unique in that it can be turned on and off through a switch mounted on the instrument console.