The first Apache was launched in 2006 as a commuter in the 150cc segment. In subsequent years, TVS motors introduced the RTR moniker and positioned the Apache as an entry-lever sports Bike. In 2009, the company launched its most powerful bike-the Apache RTR 180, which also included interesting technology like ABS and LED lights. Now, in 2016, TVS has launched its most powerful sports bike yet, namely the Apache RTR 200 4V. We took it for a spin to see what the fuss is all about.
Upon first glance, the Apache 200 looks like an evolved version of the other Apache bikes In the market, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The design is familiar and yet refreshingly so. The headlight cluster is an attractive unit with LED Daytime Running Lights. The stylish new alloy wheels and the petal shaped front and rear disc brakes adds to the Apache’s charm. The front forks are painted in gold, which adds a touch of class. While the Apache 200 has the necessary design elements, quality levels could have been a little better.
We were provided with the Carburetor version for the duration of our road test. On paper, the Apache 200 4V has underwhelming specifications. A 200cc Bike that churns out 20 bhp of power is not exactly mind blowing. However, all those numbers have no meaning when it comes to real world performance. The Apache is an extremely fun bike to ride. The Throttle response of this bike is simply sublime. The needle hits the rev limit so quick that you don’t have time to shift up. The engine develops 18.1 Nm of torque, which is enough to lift the front wheels off the ground. The exhaust note during wide-open-throttle is quite sporty.
The Apache’s handling characteristics are most impressive. This bike performs very well in city conditions. Taking a corner with this bike is a breeze. The agility is also very impressive and the Apache allows you to dart in and out of traffic with ease. The Pirelli tires on our test bike gave us plenty of confidence during hard braking as the grip was excellent. The bike is very stable upto 100 kmph after which the wind starts to sway the bike slightly. The absence of visor/fairing is what causes this.
The excellent Pirelli tires combined with the front and rear disc brakes offer sufficient braking power to bring the bike to a rest from city speeds (max 60kmph). Both the front and rear brakes don’t have the initial bite, but has good gradual feedback. The Apache RTR 200 also comes with optional Anti Lock Brake System or ABS.
The Apache RTR 200 4V is equipped with features like:
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V comes in 2 different variants to suit an individual’s needs. One has the option to purchase a Carburetor Variant that costs Rs.89,215 (Ex-showroom Delhi) or a Fuel Injection variant for Rs. 94,215 (Ex-showroom Delhi). The Pirelli Tires cost extra in the Carburetor variant. At this price, the Apache RTR 200 4V offers a strong statement to other 200-250cc motorcycles in the entry level performance segment.
From what we have experienced, it is safe to say the Apache 200 4V is the most technologically advanced bike that TVS has ever rolled out. The Flagship bike in the Apache range has overcome almost all issues that plagued the Apache RTR 180 and the Apache RTR 160 like engine vibration and stability at high speeds. The bike is attractively priced and is loaded with technology and Features like Fuel Injection, ABS and Pirelli Tires. The Apache RTR 200 4V is a success story waiting to be written. Only time will tell more.
|Engine||Oil-cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder|
|Power||19.8 bhp @ 8500 rpm|
|Torque||18.1 Nm @ 7000 rpm|
|Chassis Type||Double Cradle Synchro Stiff|
|Brakes||Front:Petal disc, dia. 270 mm
Rear:Petal disc, dia. 240 mm
|Suspension||Front:Telescopic Forks, 105 mm
Rear:Stroke Mono tube inverted gas filled shox (MIG) wi
|Fuel Tank Capacity||12|