Bajaj Pulsar that was launched in the year 2001, had no competition until this horse was released from the stable in the year 2006. Since then it’s been heavy competition between these motorcycles, both acquiring greater fanboy masses due to their peppy engines and affordability. TVS Apache RTR being the flagship model of TVS Motor Company, has seen a lot of updates to meet change in trends. Apache currently has 5 models under its name ranging all the way from 160cc to the massive Apache RR310.
To meet modern age needs and to be the class leader, Apache introduced ABS in the Indian bike market scenario, that also came with an option of switching it ON and OFF. To prove that they are leaders in introducing technology, they also updated their RTR160 to an all-new Apache RTR160 4V which featured an updated frame, monoshock and an all-new 4-valve, 159.7cc fuel injected engine which makes 16.8 HP at 8,000rpm and 14.8Nm at 6,500rpm.
TVS have not gone to that extent on the new Apache RTR180 but has given what it really needed, the stopping power with a Dual channel ABS. To show that it is an update, it has also done minimal cosmetic changes with new graphics and new crash guards with sliders thatprovide extra safety. Comparing with Its rivals like the Pulsar 200NS,2018 Apache RTR 180 gets a single channel ABS while the KTM Duke 200 and likes have no goodies to offer.
Key features of RTR 180:
• 177cc, 2-valve engine
• 16.3hp at 8,500rpm and 15.5Nm at 6,100rpm
• 270mm front petal disc brakes /200mm rear petal disc brakes
• Double cradle frame, telescopic fork and twin shock absorbers
RTR 180 and RTR 180 ABS is priced at Rs 84,578 and Rs 95,392 (Ex-showroom Delhi) respectively.