Though the motorcycle has already been spotted testing on the roads, the 2018 Apache 160 launch has been confirmed by the company for the first time…
The next-gen Apache 160 was first spied by the Gearhead Bureau who posted its spy video at Youtube. Later on clearer spy pics surfaced at xbhp.com which depicted most of the changes. Following it, the smallest Apache was again on the interweb (spy pics courtesy Rushlane) and in the latest update the motorcycle has officially been confirmed by TVS for the first time.
Answering a question at the launch of Apache RR 310, Mr Sudarshan Venu, Joint Managing Director, TVS Motor, announced that they are going to launch the new Apache 160 soon. He fell short of revealing any product-specific details but a lot of it is already known through spy pics that have surfaced so far.
Uptill now it has become abundantly clear that the 2018 Apache 160 will share all the design cues from Apache 200. All these test mules carry Apache 200’s bikini fairing, tail lamps, exhaust etc. However, thinner tyres, non-split seat, kick starter etc are the giveaways.
There are other differences as well – like rear drum brakes (instead of the small disc on Apache 200), silver coloured side panels on some mules (some get black) etc. The big change is that the Apache 160 will now sport oil cooling similar to Apache 200. The rear tyre is the same 110/80 in place of Apache 200’s 130/70.
It also carries conventional rod-type handlebar (no clip-ons) and a full-digital instrument console. Also, Apache 160 will ditch the dual shocks and will get a monoshock for the first time… which should better the already good handling characteristics of the motorcycle.
Interestingly, one of the test mules on this page has ‘Olive TVS’ sticker on the tyre hugger which is the name of a dealership in Vishakhapatnam.
What changes will go to the engine or its characteristics are not known but rest assured focus will be on performance and agility, like it is the case right now and also with the sprightly Apache 200 (read review). More details including TVS’ launch plans are expected to be cleared in some time.
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So, we are up for some more hungama in this fiercely fought segment which has very recently witnessed Bajaj’s Pulsar NS160! From this statemengt by TVS, it appears that 2018 Apache 160 launch will take place before the sports scooter they are testing…