TVS hasn’t stopped production of the Apache RTR 180 ABS and although some dealerships might not be taking bookings, the bike is being produced.
While the government is working to mandate ABS on all 125cc and above two-wheelers, it is being reported that TVS has stopped production of the Apache RTR 180 ABS version with the model now discontinued. The news isn’t true at all and we have confirmed the same with the company which tells us that there might have been some production adjustments due to the new year but the motorcycle is very much on sale and is being produced. The Apache RTR 180 is the country’s most affordable ABS equipped bike and is priced just Rs. 10,000/- more than the regular RTR 180.
Despite gaining positive sales when launched, the TVS Apache RTR 180 ABS came with some waiting period and customers considered opting for the regular model instead. However, one must remember that due to the higher cost, most people don’t opt for the ABS variant, making the dealers not stock the ABS version of the Apache 180. Thus instant delivery is unlikely for the flagship TVS motorcycle although some dealers (for their own benefit) do tend to convince buyers that ABS isn’t required on a 180cc bike.
TVS has been working on the updated Apache that will be launched later this year. The model is expected to come with a host of changes including a radical new design inspired from the Draken concept along with updates to the engine. To be available in three variants 160, 180 and 200; TVS could pull in a first one and offer ABS on the Apache 200 as standard. Apart from the new Apache series, TVS is also working in collaboration with BMW over new high-performance motorcycles set to hit the market by early next year.