TVS expands the Apache range with the launch of the RTR 200 4v. To be offered in two variants - carbureted and fuel-injected.
After countless speculations, the more powerful version of the TVS Apache has been finally launched in the country. Dubbed the Apache RTR 200 4v, the new motorcycle is priced starting at Rs 88,990 (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Fuel-injection and Pirelli tyres will be optional, commanding a premium of Rs 15,000 over the base price.
Inspired by the TVS Draken concept from 2012, the TVS Apache RTR 200 4v looks remarkably different from its lower powered siblings. Design elements like the new bikini fairing with LED position lamps, a meatier and more angular fuel tank, split-seats, all-digital instrument cluster, re-profiled rear-end with new LED tail lamp, new exhaust with twin outlets design and Draken-esque multi-spoke alloy wheels mark substantial aesthetic improvements over earlier models. Roto-petal disc brakes at front and rear, and golden colour front forks on the new model look similar to the RTR 180 though.
Powering the RTR 200 is a 197.75cc, 4 valve, single-cylinder, oil-cooled engine that can be had with a carburetor or a fuel-injection system. The carbureted version develops 20.2bhp @ 8,500rpm while the fuel-injected version produces 20.7bhp @ 8,500 rpm. Torque figures stand the same for both the variants at 18.1Nm @ 7,000 rpm. Power transmission duties are carried out by a 5-speed transmission. According to TVS, both the variants will have identical performance; 0-60km/h in 3.9 seconds and 0-100km/h in 12.1 seconds. Difference in top speeds is marginal, too - 127km/h (carb) and 129km/h (fuel-injected).
The RTR 200 4v features a double down tube chassis that incorporates telescopic forks up front and a mono-shock setup at rear. Pirelli rubber at both ends (front – 90/90 R17; rear – 130/70 R17) will be optional while TVS tyres will come fitted as standard. ABS-equipped version will come later on, taking the price up to Rs 1.15 lakhs with all the bells and whistles (fuel-injection and Pirelli tyres included).
Since its inception in 2006, the TVS Apache has had quite a following among light-pocketed motorcycle enthusiasts of the country. The Apache was first launched with a 150cc motor, and in just over a year, it was replaced by a more powerful and racier 160cc version – RTR 160. In 2009, TVS launched the bigger capacity RTR 180 and subsequently introduced ABS-equipped versions of the same in the market. 2012 saw the Apache range receive minor cosmetic updates without any mechanical revisions. While it has taken TVS quite a while to bring the 200cc version of the Apache, it looks worth the wait!
Also read: TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Review: First Ride