2019 TVS Apache RTR 180 launched

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TVS Motor Company, a reputed introduced the MY 2019 Apache RTR 180.The motorcycle brand recently crossed a key sales milestone of 3 million units and this refreshed model introduction is part of the celebration. The TVS Apache RTR series is widely popular in the sporty commuter segment for enthusiasts on a budget. The last-gen TVS Apache RTR 180 is impressive on its own, but the Hosur-based bike maker has raised the bar by updating the MY2019 Apache RTR 180 with a couple of new features and a revitalized styling.

TVS India has updated the RTR 180 to keep it relevant for the imminent model year. The changes occurred are mostly aesthetic. The overall shadow of the updated Apache RTR 180 is same as its predecessors. The new MY2019 gets an all-black paint scheme with red graphics. Also, the TVS Apache RTR 180 retains its characteristic racing stripes, though, in a shade of light grey in contrast to the red stripes seen on the outgoing model. In addition, its well-sculpted tank, engine cowl, aggressive-looking LED DRLs and contrasting rim stickers gives it a fresh sporty appeal. The bike gets a new racy attire, new white backlit instrument cluster, crash bar mounted frame sliders, alcantara-like seat finish and forged bar-end weights.

Unfortunately, there is no change in the powerhouse which continues to be the same 177.4cc single-cylinder air-cooled carburetted motor. It generates 16.62PS power and 15.5Nm torque, mated to a 5-speed transmission, which the company claims can help the bike reach 114kmph. It retains the same foundations as the last-gen RTR 180. The suspension setup includes conventional telescopic front forks and dual gas charged shock absorbers at the rear. Braking duties are handled by a 270mm petal disc brake up front and a 200mm petal disc at the rear. The RTR 180 rides on 17-inch front and rear alloy wheels shod in 90/90 and 110/80 rubber respectively.

The 2019 Apache RTR 180 also get an ABS variant. It is the most affordable and the only bike in the sporty commuter segment to feature dual-channel ABS. To put things into perspective, in the crowded 200cc segment, only the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V comes with dual-channel ABS, while the Bajaj Pulsar NS200 and the Hero Xtreme 200R get a single-channel ABS unit. The KTM 200 Duke is devoid of it.

TVS Apache RTR 180 is available in five stunning colours – Pearl White, Gloss Black, T Grey, Matte Blue and Matte Red. The base variant which is pre-equipped with all the above features except ABS, is priced at Rs 84,578 and the top-spec ABS variant is priced at Rs 95,392. That’s a premium of around Rs 600 for each model, compared to the outgoing models. The Apache competes with only one bike in its segment, the Bajaj Pulsar 180 which is priced at Rs 85,523 (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

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