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Glide Through Traffic, Silent Start, New features in TVS Apache RTR BS-VI models


While the TVS Apache BS-VI motorcycles aren’t all-new, there are certain changes apart from the updated engine that is on offer as standard on both 160 and 200 models.

TVS has started its onslaught of BS-VI models in the Indian market with its Apache series. The TVS Apache RTR 160 as well as the 200, both 4V models, have got this update. TVS wants to roll out this update to its entire line-up, however, in a phased manner. With the BS-VI update, TVS has also given a refresh to the Apache series. While we won’t be discussing the price difference as it is shared in the aforementioned story, here are the important bits you should know about.

There is a slight change. The RTR 160 BS-VI and 200 get a fresh face with new LED headlights as well as pilot lamps. The headlights now look similar to the ones offered with the updated FZ models. TVS has also given a dual tone seat to the RTR 160 motorcycle now. An Fi indicator has made its way to both the 160 and 200’s instrument cluster. The mirrors too are new for both the models and TVS has also added fresh graphics and provided a new wave design key. Glide Through Capability is another feature, something that is common to both models, that TVS is advertising. It is one wherein a rider doesn’t have to use the accelerator in dense traffic and can instead release the clutch slightly to allow the motorcycle to creep ahead.

In the Apache 200 BS-VI, SmartXonnect tech, slipper clutch and rear radial tyre are standard. This means there is only one trim of the RTR 200 now. Apart from the ethanol version which TVS isn’t willing to talk about currently.

TVS Apache 200 specs

The engine is the biggest change. It is now BS-VI compatible. However, the swept volume for both the 160 and 200 stays the same.

The RTR 160’s engine has got fuel injection as standard. The engine produces [email protected],250rpm now as well as [email protected],250rpm of torque, while previously the BS-IV unit made [email protected],000rpm and [email protected],500rpm. Both the power as well as torque are down from before. The kick start has been removed and in its place comes in a silent electric starter. Because of the fuel injection system in place as well as bigger catalytic converter, the motorcycle has gained 3kg weight for the rear drum unit and 2kg for the rear disc version. Lower power and a slightly higher kerb weight. You know the math.

The RTR 200’s engine in the meanwhile now makes [email protected],500rpm and [email protected],500rpm. The BS-IV version used to produce the same power, however the torque was higher, [email protected],300rpm. The kerb weight has increased by 2kg now. By the way, the kick starter has been removed from the 200 as well. TVS though hasn’t mentioned anything if the fuel efficiency has gone up with the cleaner running BS-VI motorcycles or not. We expect it to remain similar to the BS-IV models given the weight gain as well as lower performance output parameters.

TVS has provided both the bikes with a silent start switch. This means the usual gear mesh sound will be absent, on start-up. This is something which we have also noticed and experienced in the new Honda SP125 as well as the Activa 125 BS-VI recently.