TVS Motors launched the Apache brand in India in 2007 and the 160cc Apache was the first bike from the Apache series that was introduced in the Indian market.
The 'RTR' stands for 'Racing Throttle Response' and the motorcycle is designed with a racing approach. The company has equipped the bike with a lap timer in the instrument console and provision for the last three 0 to 60kmph timings. It is also the first bike in India to feature a petal disc brake.
The bike gets 17-inch alloy wheels in the front and rear with 90 mm section tyres at the front and 110 mm section tyres at the rear. The front forks have a travel of 105mm and the rear has a two-shock approach rather than a monoshock.
The Apache RTR 160 is powered by a single-cylinder four-stroke 160cc engine which produces 15.2bhp of power at 8,500rpm and 13.1Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. This motor comes mated to a five-speed gearbox. It is available in seven different paint schemes, some of which are matte schemes. The latest update has been the ‘Race Edition’ which offers a fetching scarlet stripe over a white background. It essentially reflects the new look TVS has developed, with the 3D logo on the tank etc.
The Apache competes with the Honda CB Hornet 160R, Suzuki Gixxer and the Bajaj Pulsar NS160. There is also its own sibling, the Apache RTR 160 4V.