The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V now comes with the company's SmartXonnect Bluetooth connectivity system. Mechanically, the bike's unchanged, and it's now priced at Rs 1.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is now equipped with the company’s Bluetooth-enabled SmartXonnect connectivity tech. The introduction of Bluetooth connectivity means the bike now gets features like turn-by-turn navigation, lean angle mode, Call and SMS notifications, tour mode, and race telemetry. The updated Apache RTR 200 4V is priced at Rs 1.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Apart from the addition of the SmartXonnect feature, the Apache RTR 200 4V is unchanged from the existing version. The digital instrument cluster is identical as well, but it now gets additional Bluetooth-related features and notifications. All connectivity features can be accessed using a smartphone app. The app is available for both Android and iOS users. Other than this, the motorcycle now comes with a gold finish racing chain.
Coming to the key features of the bike, the lean angle mode uses the gyroscopic sensor on the phone to record the rider’s lean-angle through corners and displays it on the cluster – this is, most probably, done to tell riders as to how close they can get to Marc Marquez’s crazy lean angles. The race telemetry, on the other hand, records and summarises essential data at the end of every race or ride. The crash alert system is a safety feature, which notifies the rider’s emergency contacts when the system senses a fall. The feature also sends the location of the fall.
Mechanically, the motorcycle is untouched and features the same 197.75cc single-cylinder motor that develops 20.3bhp and 18.1Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox, and it comes fitted with a slipper clutch as well.
Interestingly, the SmartXonnect is only offered with the carburetted version at the moment. That’s understood because the switch to BS-VI will happen soon, and this means the bike will have to incorporate fuel-injection as standard to meet the stricter norms. The BS-VI version of the Apache RTR 200 4V should be out in the coming few months, and while it’ll come with the SmartXonnect features, it’s also expected to have LED headlamps among other cosmetic updates. However, expect the BS-VI to be dearer by around Rs 12,000 – Rs 15,000 than the carburetted version.