TVS will launch the highly awaited Apache RTR 180 (previously known as the Menace, and now a menace for Bajaj Auto) within the next 15 days at around Rs. 72,000/- The Apache RTR 180 is powered by a 177.3cc engine which produces 17.3PS of power, slightly more than the new upgraded Bajaj Pulsar 180. There is no fuel injection in the RTR 180. The 180cc mill of the new RTR is bored and stroked of the RTR 160. TVS engineers have given a lighter crank, lighter magneto and a bigger carburetor for quicker engine response. The 180cc motor is expected to offer better low and mid-range torque.
TVS claim the Apache RTR 180 will reach 60kmph in 4.15 seconds and have a top speed of 125kph. TVS has also worked on mechanicals to improve the dynamics of the race-bred RTR. The wheelbase is increased by 30mm for improved stability. The brakes are carried forward from the Apache RTR FI, that is 270mm petal disc at the front and 200mm disc at the rear. Apart from the change of heart and the mechanicals, there is very little to distinguish between the RTR 160 and RTR 180. The Apache RTR 180 gets larger sized RTR decals on tank scoops and removable rear mudguard. It also gets a new white tachometer.