TVS will launch a 160 cc bike in India under the name of the Apache 160 to take on the Suzuki Gixxer, Honda’s CB Hornet and Yamaha FZ-S.
The Hosur based outfit has started testing a 160 cc version of the Apache with a new body style like the 200 4V RTR. An almost production ready test mule was spied testing recently and points to a launch date soon. Since there was little camouflage on the bike, many details could be deduced by the guys who managed to catch the test mule.
There are some differences to differentiate the Apache 160 from its bigger sibling and it isn’t just an outright engine substitution, though that would have been nice but won’t be cost effective for TVS. Obvious changes on the bike from first glance is the single seat setup with TVS not going with a sporty stepped style split seats. Rear brakes are also drum units on this test bike though a disc option might be on the cards. Front forks look to be thinner as well.
Things that look to be shared with the RTR 200 4V are the fuel tank design and head lamp layout. Instrument cluster should also be similar with a few badging changes showing the different engine size. Tail light design is also like the one on the bigger bike.
Coming to the heart of the matter, the engine will be a 159.7 cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine that should put out figures close to 17 bhp and more than 14 Nm of torques, paired to a 5-speed gearbox. This will make it on par with the rest of the competition like the Suzuki Gixxer, Honda’s CB Hornet and Yamaha’s FZ-S. The new TVS Apache 160 will also lock horns with the recently launched Bajaj 160 NS.
TVS is looking to tap into a number of markets and looking to consolidate its position in current segments by updating the current lineup. The Apache 160 should help TVS rake in some numbers in this hotly contested two wheeler segment in India.
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