TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Review : Everything you want to know

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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.

 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

POWERTRAIN:

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

CHASSIS:

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 ]

DIMENSION:

L/W/H (mm):                 2050/790/1105

Wheelbase:                  1353 mm

Ground Clarence:         180mm

Fuel Tank:                    12 litres

PERFORMANCE:

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:

(Carb/FI)

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

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FEATURES

Offset Fuel Cap

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Split Seats: With Under Seat Storage

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Daytime Running Lights

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All Digital Instrument Cluster: Which has features like – Lap Timer, Acceleration Time Recorder, Gear Shift Indicator, Twin Trip Meter.

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Underside Exhaust:  Double Barrel Sound exhaust

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Mudguard Integrated LED Tail Lights

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All New Grab Rail

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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.

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VERDICT

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.

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