Changes in the 2020 Apache 160 BS6 may be limited to the engine and the exhaust system. Cosmetically it may remain very similar to the current model…
Even after the launch of the new-generation Apache 160 4V, TVS has continued to sell the older generation model. It was believed that it could get discontinued when the Bharat Stage VI emission norms get enforced from April 2020. However, a latest spotting may suggest otherwise..
Zigwheels has shared spy pics of a few Apaches from near the ARAI facility in Pune with a claim that these are ‘under test‘ mules (must be under ARAI tests because TVS tests its motorcycles around the Southern part of India mostly). Apart from the two test mules of the Apache 160 4V, we also have a couple of older gen Apaches ridden by two test riders.
If these motorcycles are under test by ARAI chances are that they are being verified for Bharat Stage VI compliance and/or its related changes. This means that TVS may continue selling its older Apache 160 in the market (including the 180?).
Of whatever is visible, we do not see any cosmetic changes to these motorcycles. The older Apache 160 continues with the digital speedometer with analogue tachometer whereas the Apache 160 4V appears to be carrying over the all-digital console from the current version.
While it will be interesting to see what changes does the carburetted Apache 160 get, the Apache 160 4V may continue only with the fuel injected variant. If the older Apache 160 also becomes fuel injected, it will gain a significant premium, narrowing the price difference between the two variants.
It has been a mixed bag with respect to the power and torque outputs with most motorcycles losing power in this transition from BS4 to BS6. What impact does it have on the Apaches remains to be seen…