TVS has pulled off a surprise by launching a limited-edition Apache RTR 165 RP. Launched as the first offering under TVS’ new Race Performance sub-brand for performance-oriented motorcycles, the new TVS Apache RTR 165 RP carries a range of performance and visual upgrades over the standard Apache RTR 160.
The TVS Apache RTR 165 RP has been priced at Rs 1.45 lakh. At this price point, the motorcycle is significantly more expensive than the Apache RTR 160 4V, which is the base of this motorcycle and is priced at Rs 1.21 lakh. The Apache RTR 165 RP is also pricier than the top-spec variant of the more powerful Apache RTR 200, which is priced at Rs 1.39 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, India). The TVS Apache RTR 165 is a limited-run model only, with only 200 units slated for production.
Changes in visual appeal
While the overall body panels of the TVS Apache RTR 165 RP remain the same as that of the regular Apache RTR 160, one can easily differentiate it from the latter due to its unique paint scheme. The dual-tone white and blue livery gets red inserts on the body panels. In addition, the alloy wheels and pillion grab rails are finished in red too. The fuel tank comes with bold decals imprinted on them, while the headlamp cowl gets a special TVS heritage logo on its left side.
Changes in engine
As the suffix suggests, the TVS Apache RTR 165 RP gets a four-stroke, single-cylinder, four-valve, air-cooled, 164.9cc engine. This engine is based on the same 1159.7cc engine of the Apache RTR 160 4V but gets a revised bore-stroke ratio of 1.37. This new ratio not only has upped the capacity of the engine but also gives it free-revving characteristics near the redline. The other significant changes to the engine are a new dome piston for a higher compression ratio, 15 per cent bigger valves controlled by hi-lift hi-duration cams and new dual spring actuators.
All these changes have positively affected the performance of the engine, which now pumps out a staggering power output of 19.2 bhp @ 10,000 rpm and a peak torque output of 14.2 Nm @ 8,750 rpm. The power output makes the TVS Apache RTR 165 RP the most powerful 160cc motorcycle in the country today. However, the peak torque output is still lower than that of the Apache RTR 160.
Changes to chassis
While the TVS Apache RTR 165 RP gets the same suspension setup of conventional hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and a mono-shock at the rear, the setup has been re-tuned for more agile handling and sportier riding experience. It continues to use petal disc brakes for both front and rear, however, the 240mm rear disc brake is bigger here than that of the Apache RTR 160 4V. The TVS Apache RTR 165 RP also gets adjustable front brake and clutch levers, though it misses out on adjustable suspension and riding modes offered in the Apache RTR 200 4V.
At this price, the TVS Apache RTR 165 RP has a direct competitor in the form of the Yamaha MT-15. It also competes with similarly priced 200-250cc offerings like Bajaj Pulsar N250, Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS, Yamaha FZ25 and TVS’ own Apache RTR 200 4V.