After months of speculation, TVS motors has officially launched their flagship motorcycle in India-The Apache RTR 200 4V. The Apache RTR 200 will be available in two variants-A base variant that is equipped with a carburetor and a top variant equipped with a Fuel Injector. The Apache RTR series of bikes have been steadily gaining traction in the performance segment for last 8 years. The new bike gets plenty of upgrades both in terms of technology and performance. This launch by TVS highlights the growing importance of the 200-300cc segment.
The Apache RTR 200 4V derives a lot of styling cues from the Draken concept. We were particularly impressed with the muscular stance of the bike. The headlight cluster of the new bike looks similar to the ones found on the RTR 180 and RTR 160. The headlight cluster gets LED daytime running lights as standard. Characteristic features on the Apache include wavy alloy wheels, golden front forks and clip-on handlebars.
The Apache RTR 200 4V is equipped with plenty of features. They are as follows
The Apache RTR 200 4V is powered by a 197.5 cc, single-cylinder engine that develops a peak power of 20.2 bhp (Carburetor variant) and 20.7 bhp (Fuel injected variant) at 8500 rpm and has a peak torque output of 18.1 Nm at 7000 rpm. This engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The engine used in the RTR 200 is a re-bored version of the one powering the RTR 180. The RTR 200 is equipped with telescopic forks at the front and mono-shock suspension at the rear. The bike is equipped with petal disc brakes at both the front and rear wheels. Dual channel ABS is available as option in both variants.
The Apache RTR 200 4V is no doubt a significant upgrade when compared to the Apache RTR 180. However, the specifications on the bike are still somewhat inferior when compared to its competitors. The bike simply cannot match the Duke 200 for example, when it comes to sheer performance. That being said, the Apache RTR 200 4V will try to win over customers by sheer value. The RTR 200 4V is priced at Rs. 88,990* (Base variant) and Rs. 1,07,000*( Top variant).
*All prices are Ex-showroom Delhi