Over the last few months, we have heard about various motorcycle brands testing out the BS 6 compliant variants of their products. However, we didn’t hear much about TVS Apache RTR 160 which got us a bit worried actually because the Apache range of motorcycles is extremely important for TVS. Thankfully, a few latest spy shots have surfaced which tell us that TVS has finally started testing BS 6 Apache RTR 160 and RTR 160 4V.
Test mules of both the bikes have been recently spotted near ARAI’s testing facility in Pune. While the RTR 160 4V is already fuel-injected and wouldn’t require many changes to become BS 6 compliant, its sibling, the RTR 160 is still being sold with a carburettor. This means that TVS has to replace it with a fuel injection system and also made changes to the cat-con to meet the stricter BS 6 emission norms.
This clearly states that BS 6 RTR 160 would get a much higher price hike when compared to BS 6 RTR 160 4V.
TVS might use RTR 200 4V’s new Bluetooth-supported instrument console in the new RTR 160 4V and would give it an LED headlight, whereas the RTR 160 would just get an LED headlight and continue to have the semi-digital instrument console. We could also see some new colours and graphics for both bikes.
Regarding the price, expect a hike of Rs 8-10k for BS RTR 160 and Rs 4-5k for BS RTR 160 4V. TVS should launch them before April 1st, 2020.