• TVS Apache RTR 160 and RTR 180 now available in matte red
• No other cosmetic or mechanical changes but gets new style
• Both bikes cost Rs.1000 more than the existing version
Two models from TVS- Apache RTR 160 and
RTR 180 were relaunched in new Syrah Matte red colour to welcome the festive season. This particular shade was popular in India through their elder sibling Apache RTR 200 4V. Almost every company seems to be coming up with something special for the festive season.
TVS Star City+, Jupiter Classic and Victor were among the other vehicles that received special upgrades for the event.
These two models with the new matte paint will not claim of any other cosmetic changes, probably because the company thinks this change by itself will be a big boost for the festive sales of these models that are otherwise well equipped to challenge its rivals. However, the red colour that has been developed using a twin component thermosetting acrylic paint system with a special pigment to create a 'matte clear' finish will be seen through the fuel tank, engine cowl and the rear portion of these bikes. The RTR 160 gets rim stickers in red colour while the same comes in white for RTR 180.
No mechanical changes have been provided to these models as stated earlier. The 159.7cc single cylinder engine on the RTR 160 produces 15.2bhp and 13Nm of peak torque while the 177.4cc single cylinder engine on the RTR 180 makes 17bhp and 15.5Nm of peak torque while being mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The new red colour costs these models Rs.1000 in addition to the existing price.
TVS launched their new flagship motorcycle Apache RR 310 this week in India at Rs.2.05 lakh (ex-showroom). Being more than just a commuter bike with an attractive price tag, it competes against KTM RC390, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Dominar 400 and the upcoming Yamaha R3.
Kawasaki has launched its smallest adventure tourer and the most affordable of its lineup of motorcycles Versys X300 in the country. Priced at Rs.4.60 lakh, this entry-level tourer is the smallest displacement bike from the Kawasaki tourer stable and targets both the city and highway cruising enthusiasts.
Royal Enfield had updated engines on their two best-selling models,Bullet 500 and the Continental GT in the European Market. Now they have launched the 2017 Classic 500 and the Himalayan too with an updated Euro-IV compliant engine. The Eicher Motors owned company is strengthening its global portfolio with updated models and an increasing number of showrooms worldwide.
Royal Enfield motorcycles powered by BS-IV engines are now available in India. The entire lineup is said to have received the engine upgrades with AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature (both being stringent norms), even though no official statement has been released by the company yet. According to reports from financial express, Electra 350 was spotted already on sale at one of the company dealerships with updated features as the BS-IV engine and AHO. Other models too are believed to go on sale with the same upgrades in another week, as April 1st, 2017 is the deadline for these norms to be implemented on all motor vehicles in India. The prices have been hiked for the new range of BS-IV motorcycles from Royal Enfield.
Honda launched the first scooter in India, Activa 125cc with an engine that complies with BS-IV norms. The New Activa also becomes the first scooter to get an AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature, which is about to be mandatory on all vehicles in India from April 1st, 2017 as part of safety regulations. Not many cosmetic updates have been provided on this best seller. However, few prominent tweaks are seen like the new pair of LED positioning lamps that fit perfectly into the chrome apron on the front, a protuberant Honda badge and also a mobile charging socket.
Yamaha launched its latest offering in the FZ series named FZ 25 as a gentle step towards the booming 250cc bike segment. Comfortably placed between the YZF R15 version 2.0 and YZF R3, this motorcycle marks Yamaha’s entry into the performance bike segment which is being dominated by giants like Royal Enfield, KTM and Bajaj Auto. The bike was initially named as FZ 250, but later the company decided to dump the 0 and name it FZ 25.