|Engine Displ. :||197.75 cc|
|Power :||21.0 PS @ 8500 rpm|
|Mileage :||35 Kmpl|
|No Of Gears :||5 Speed|
|Fuel System :||Fuel Injection|
|Head Lamp :||60/55W, H4 Bulb with All-Time On LED Position Lamp|
|Wheels Type :||Alloy|
|Tyre Type :||Tubeless|
|Standard Warranty (Years) :||3|
The TVS Apache RTR 200 is the flagship offering from the Hosur based two-wheeler giant and among the best entry-level performance bikes on sale in India. Though one can say that TVS made its fans wait a long-time for the bigger displacement Apache but the wait was worth it. The styling is chiselled and sharp while maintaining the design DNA of the Apache family and is a good looking motorcycle. The Apache RTR 200 also gets LED DRLs and an all-digital instrument cluster with a lap timer and top speed recorder being the standout features. The new TVS motorcycle has been priced at Rs 1.01 lakh for the base variant and competes against the Bajaj Pulsar NS200 and the new Yamaha FZ25. We expect the fuel injected version and ABS variant to be launched by end of this year.
The Apache RTR200 is offered in two engine variants – carburettor and fuel injection. Talking about power, the new TVS bike delivers 20PS for the carb variant and the FI variant produces marginally more power at 21PS. The 200cc Apache is also the first TVS production offering to get 4 valves. The RTR200 also gets two tyre options – TVS tyres are standard and Pirelli tyres are optional. It delivers a mileage figure between 40 and 45kmpl in real world conditions which is impressive for a 200cc motorcycle. The Apache RTR200 is a good option as a city commuter and the supple ride quality makes it a good touring option as well.
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Sharp and petite are two words that best describe the new TVS Apache RTR 200. TVS designers have maintained the design silhouette of the original Apache while endowing the new Apache RTR200 with modern styling to make it stand apart from its rivals. The headlamp is void of a windscreen and gets boomerang shaped LED DRL’s. The offset fuel filler cap, Batman logo-shaped alloy grab rail, LED tail lamps and multi-spoke alloy wheels are among the design highlights of the bike. It gets an all-digital instrument console which is loaded to the brim with details like lap timer, acceleration timer, fastest speed recorder, service indicator, shift light indicator and gear indicator.
Powering the Apache RTR 200 is a 198cc, oil-cooled, single-cylinder motor that develops 20PS and 18.1Nm of torque. Currently only the carbureted version is on sale, while the fuel-injected variant is expected to be launched by late 2017. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Handling dynamics of the Apache range has always been its hallmark and the Apache RTR 200 gets a double cradle frame which is suspended on telescopic front forks and a monoshock unit at the rear. The bike is also offered with two tyre option - the stock TVS tyres and optional Pirelli tyres. Given the marginal premium the Pirelli rubber demands and the performance advantage it offers, we suggest you opt for them. The RTR 200 gets disc brakes at the front and rear, while ABS is expected to be offered as an optional extra by the end of 2017.
Bajaj Pulsar NS 200: Given the success achieved by the Apache RTR 200, Bajaj relaunched the NS 200 in India earlier this year. The Pulsar NS 200 offers great value for money and performance at its asking price. Muscular looks with new graphics endow the bike with design flair, while engine refinement and build quality has scope for improvement.
Yamaha FZ25: The Yamaha FZ25 is a good option for someone looking at a daily runner that can be doubled up as an able tourer on the occasional highway jaunts. Yamaha’s legendary reliability, good performance from the motor and stylish design make it a great package. Yes, it does command a premium over the TVS Apache RTR 200, but it is well worth the extra moolah.
TVS did make us wait for a very long time for the Apache RTR 200, but patience always has its rewards. Exciting performance and engaging handling dynamics along with the sharp styling will attract young buyers. The comfortable riding posture along with supple ride quality makes it a strong contender in the entry-level performance bike segment.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is available in 8 Colours :
Sharp styling will appeal to youngsters, Best ride quality in its segment, Quick acceleration and impressive performance
ABS still hasn’t been offered as an option, Front brake lacks progression, Heavy clutch makes riding in traffic difficult
With huge improvements in style, performance and handling, the Apache RTR 200 comes across as a refined, well-finished entry-level performance motorcycle that's also priced well, and, though a bit late to the party, is a worthy upgrade for RTR 180 owners.
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