The BS-VI TVS Apache RTR 180 has been launched in India. TVS Motor Company has quietly launched the BS-VI Apache RTR 180 at a price of Rs 1.01 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). With the launch of the BS-VI RTR 180, the company has now completed the transition of the entire Apache range from BS-IV to BS-VI emissions norms.
The BS-VI emissions norms will be kicking-in on 01 April, 2020. All vehicles produced after the aforementioned date will have to be BS-VI emissions compliant, which basically means they would have to produce lower emissions.
TVS started updating its Apache series back in December 2019 with the launch of the BS-VI Apache RTR 160 4V and RTR 200 4V. It then launched the BS-VI RTR 160 and the BS-VI Apache RR 310 as well.
Now, with the BS-VI RTR 180 too, the entire Apache series is BS-VI compliant. In terms of design and styling, it is hard to find a difference between the BS-VI Apache RTR 180 and the outgoing BS-IV model.
It still comes with the same design language. Up front is a halogen headlamp with eyebrow LED DRLs. It still gets the same fuel tank, the same cowls, the same wheels, and even the same exhaust system. The real changes are beneath the skin.
It is still powered by the same 177.4cc, single-cylinder engine. However, it now features TVS’ Race-Tuned Fuel Injection (RT-Fi) and has also gained an oil-cooler. At 15.5Nm, the torque figures remain the same, but the power output has increased by 0.16bhp to a total of 16.39bhp. The same 5-speed gearbox drives the rear wheel.
It has now also received the GTT (Glide Through Traffic) feature that we first saw on the BS-VI RTR 160 & 200 4V. GTT basically makes life in traffic easier by increasing idle speed when the clutch is engaged, thereby reducing the need for constant throttle input by the rider.
The motorcycle rides on a conventional telescopic fork up front and twin shocks at the rear. Braking duties are handled by a 200mm petal disc at the rear and a 270mm petal disc up front. Instrumentation duties are taken care of by an analogue-digital instrument cluster. At Rs 1.01 lakh, it costs Rs 6,704 more than the outgoing BS-IV version. It also costs around Rs 4,500 more than the rear disc brake variant of the BS-VI RTR 160.