TVS Apache, ever since the first Apache was launched, it has been the best in class performance bike. With the engine upgrades and face-lifts launched over the period of time, Apache has only proved to become greater. Now we have a new member to the RTR series, the much anticipated Apache.
The Apache RTR 200 4V, with this TVS has finally released their bike in the competitive 200cc segment, the Apache 200 4V shares most of its traits with the DRAKEN CONCEPT that was displayed two years ago in 2014 Auto Expo.
To be frank, the first impression is impressive.
Displacement: 197.75cc, single cylinder, 4 valve, oil cooled
Max. Power: 20.2 bhp @ 8500 rpm
Max. Torque: 18.1 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Transmission: 5 Speed
Kerb Weight: 148 kg
Fuel System: Carburetor (KEIHIN CV) / Electronic Fuel Injection
Type: Double cradle split synchro stiff Chassis
Brakes: 270mm Petal disc (F), 240mm Petal disc (R) With Dual Channel ABS(optional)
Suspension : 37mm KYB Telescopic Forks (F), KYB adjustable off set Monoshock (R)
Tyre’s: 90/90 R17 (F), 130/70 R17 (R). [TVS Remora / pirelli tyres ]
L/W/H (mm): 2050/790/1105
Wheelbase: 1353 mm
Ground Clarence: 180mm
Fuel Tank: 12 litres
0-60: 3.9 Seconds
0-100: 12 Seconds
Top Speed: 127 kmph [Electronic Speed Limit ]
Fuel Economy: 45 kmpl
DIFFERENCE IN CARBURETOR AND FI VERSION:
Redlines: 9000 / 10000 rpm
Top Speed: 127 / 129 kmph
0-60: 3.95 / 3.9 seconds
Max Power: 20.2 / 20.7 bhp
Kerb Weight: 148 / 148.5 kg
Offset Fuel Cap
Split Seats: With Under Seat Storage
Daytime Running Lights
All Digital Instrument Cluster: Which has features like – Lap Timer, Acceleration Time Recorder, Gear Shift Indicator, Twin Trip Meter.
Underside Exhaust: Double Barrel Sound exhaust
Mudguard Integrated LED Tail Lights
All New Grab Rail
PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING
As TVS claims, Apache hits 0-60 in just 3.9 seconds, from the numbers you can tell that the bike is quick. Apache has a crisp throttle response and feels quick to accelerate. The FI version is a bit more punchier than the carburetor version.
Cornering is more confident and feels more stable than previous RTR when leaned over fully, RTR 200 4V is also the first bike from TVS to receive a monoshock suspension, the KYB rear suspension does a fantastic job by absorbing bumps and keeps the bike planted through the corners.
TVS offers two options when it comes to Tyres, the first one is TVS Remora and the other one is Pirelli tyres. TVS Remora offers decent grip but Pirelli’s are super sticky.
The new RTR Engine is a lot more smoother, with almost no vibrations up until above 8000 rpm, which was one of the problems with the previous RTR’s. The Exhaust is a Double Barrel Sound exhaust which has been sound engineered, says TVS to sound a little more Throatier.
Riding position is a good mix of comfort and sportiness. The foam used in the seats are comfortable, TVS says they have done lot of research into what kind of foam to put in so that seats can feel sporty and feel comfortable at the same time for longer rides.
On paper the bike misses on a bit of power but when you ride the bike, it feels quick and is very much aggressive. TVS has done a lot of work on this bike, which as a result has gives us the most refined and best looking RTR till now.
With that amazing look it comes with a lot many features which are not seen on its competition. With a number of choices TVS has to offer like:
-ABS or non ABS
-Carburetor or Fuel injection
-TVS Remora or Pirelli Tyres
and with a number of color options, Apache is definitely worth your money.