TVS Motor Company has increased prices of the BS-VI Apache RTR 160 4V and RTR 200 4V. The brand had launched the two motorcycles in December 2019, just over four months ahead of the implementation of BS-VI emissions norms.
Well, it seems like the price at which they were launched earlier just didn’t allow TVS to earn any significant profits. Hence, TVS has now announced a price hike of Rs 1,000 on both models.
The TVS Apache is an iconic motorcycle. It is one of the few motorcycles that introduced Indian bikers to the world of entry-level performance riding. Over the years, quite a few variants of the motorcycle were introduced, including 160 and 180cc variants. TVS then launched the flagship Apache RTR 200 4V, which came with a four-valve engine and a distinctive design language. Needless to say, Indian motorcyclists loved the motorcycle and so did we.
Riding on the success of the Apache RTR 200 4V, TVS decided to launch the Apache RTR 160 4V. It would follow the design and styling of its bigger sibling, but would come with a smaller, less powerful, 160cc engine. This model set the sales charts on fire and instantly became a hit with younger buyers.
Meanwhile, the Indian government made it mandatory for all new vehicles produced from April 01, 2020 to be BS-VI emissions norms compliant. TVS was happy to oblige and launched the BS-VI variants of the 160 and 2004V towards the end of 2019. The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V was launched in two variants.
The variant with a drum brake at the rear was priced at Rs 99,950 and the disc brake-equipped version was priced at Rs 1.03 lakh. With the new price hike, it will now cost Rs 1,00,950 and Rs 1.04 lakh respectively. The Apache RTR 200 4V was priced at Rs 1.24 lakhs and the price for the same is now Rs 1.25 lakh.
The 160 4V is powered by a 159.7cc, single-cylinder engine that puts out 15.8bhp and 14.12Nm. The 2004V is powered by a 197.75cc, air and oil-cooled, single-cylinder engine that puts out 20.21bhp and 16.8Nm. A 5-speed gearbox does transmission duties.
The hike in prices has probably been implemented in order to recover the R&D costs for the conversion of the engines to BS-VI norms. TVS might soon hike prices of all its BS-VI models.