TVS Motor Company, one of the top two-wheeler manufacturers in India, has fitted its Apache RTR 160 4V bike with a single-channel antilock braking system (ABS). According to a recent government mandate, all two-wheelers having an engine displacement of 125cc and above must be fitted with the ABS on and from 1 April.
The ABS unit, however, is only limited to the fuel-injected model of the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V. The bike is available at an ex-showroom price of INR98,664 and comes at a premium of INR6,999 over the non-ABS model. While all other motorcycles in the TVS Apache series, including RR 310, RTR 200 and the PTR 180 are fitted with dual-channel ABS, the RTR 160 has a single-channel unit. This is because the Chennai headquartered company wanted to keep production costs under check and make the bike more affordable for mass-market consumption.
The Apache RTR 160 4V, earlier, was available in three versions. The single-cylinder, air-cooled 159cc motor came in the fuel-injected and carburetted guise. The former delivers 16.8PS peak power, while the carburetted model’s output is marginally lower at 16.5PS. Both the motorcycles, however, outputs identical peak torque of 14.8Nm. The company also offered an affordable version of the carburettor-powered Apache RTR 160 4V that came with a rear drum/front disc brake setup. With the latest Apache RTR 160 4V equipped with ABS, the range now comprises four variants.
The carburetor-powered RTR 160 4V still misses out on ABS. Industry experts, however, believe that TVS is going to introduce the ABS unit on the bike to offer more choice to customers. The carburetted RTR 160 4V ABS, when launched, is likely to witness a similar price hike. The dual-disc carburetted TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is currently available at an ex-showroom price of INR84,810.