TVS Apache

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TVS Apache RTR 160, 180, 180 ABS
The Apache RTR 180 V2.jpg
Apache RTR 180 V2
Manufacturer TVS Motors
Production 2007– present
Predecessor TVS Fiero FX
Engine 177.4 cc (10.83 cu in) Air-cooled, four-stroke cycle, single-cylinder, kick start / electric start Carbureted
Transmission 5-gear constant mesh
Suspension Front: Telescopic fork
Rear:gas assisted dual shock absorber
Brakes Front: 270 mm (disc)
Rear: 200 mm (disc)
Tires Front:90x90-17
Rear:110*80-17
Wheelbase 1300 mm
Dimensions L: 2020 mm
W: 730 mm
H: 1100 mm
Fuel capacity 16 litres

The TVS Apache is a motorcycle made by TVS Motors since 2007. TVS Apache is available in three variants: Apache RTR 160 Hyper edge, Apache RTR 180, Apache RTR 180 ABS. The "RTR" stands for "Racing Throttle Response." More than 1 million Apaches are on the road.[1]

Design and styling[edit]

The bike is designed with a racing approach, resulting in the inclusion of a lap timer and provision for the last three 0–60 km/h timings. Apache is the first bike in India to feature a petal disc brake.[2][3]

The bike evolved from Circa 1999 Suzuki Fiero which TVS used to manufacture in India. It is TVS's R&D on Fiero model with an overbore on 147 cc Fiero Engine.

Comfort and handling[edit]

Since the bike is optimized for handling, the ride quality is on the stiff side.[2] Previous versions of Apache had a wheelbase of 1,260 mm (50 inches) which resulted in better turning in at the expense of stability. TVS increased the wheelbase by 40 mm (1.6 inches) to improve the stability. The Apache 180 introduced ABS to the lineup in 2011.[4][5]

Performance and fuel economy[edit]

The top of the line Apache RTR 180 features a carbureted 180 cc engine with power output of 17.3 ps. It does 0–60 km/h in 3.7seconds and 0–100 km/h in 12.07 seconds. It is capable of a top speed of upto 124 km/h and returns 54 km/l (150 mpg (Imperial/UK) or 1.5 l/100 km) on the highway and 48 km/l (110 mpg or 2.08 l/100 km) in city riding.[6]

Awards[edit]

TVS Apache has won awards including Performance Bike Of The Year (2008) from Business Standard Motoring Awards.[7]

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