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TVS Apache RTR 200 4V vs Yamaha FZ 25: Which One Performs Better?


Do the additional goodies make the RTR 200 4V better than the FZ 25?

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Despite two-wheeler prices being on the rise, the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V remains one of the most value-for-money propositions in the market today. One of the main reasons behind this is that TVS has been updating the bike regularly, recently equipping it with adjustable suspension (a segment-first feature). We got a chance to take the RTR 200 4V for a spin, and we were wowed by it. We also rode the Yamaha FZ 25, one of the most affordable 250cc motorcycles in India (and one that’s priced much like the RTR 200). While compiling the V-Box data, we noticed some interesting differences between the numbers of the two bikes. Here are our observations: 

Acceleration

 
 

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Yamaha FZ 25

0-60kmph

4.37 sec (Sport)

4.84 (Urban)

3.94 seconds

0-100kmph

12.23 sec (Sports)

14.91 sec (Urban)

11.32 seconds

30-70 kmph 

5.57 sec (Sport)
5.69 sec (Urban)

4.79 seconds

40-80 kmph 

7.34 sec (Sport)
7.55 sec (Urban)

6.08 seconds

The FZ 25 proves that there is no replacement for displacement. Compared to the RTR 200 4V, it’s almost a second quicker to a ton (and 0.4 seconds faster to 60kmph). The surprising fact is that both motorcycles actually make roughly the same power. But it is the higher torque figure and better state of tune (peak power kicks in 1,000rpm earlier than the RTR) that gives the edge to the FZ 25. Consequently, it is also a second quicker in the 40-80kmph roll-on, which corresponds to easier overtakes in the city.

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Braking

 
 

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Yamaha FZ 25

100-0 kmph

50.70m

52.44m

80-0 kmph

29.46m

31.67m

60-0 kmph

16m

17.97m

Braking has always been the Achilles heel of the Apache RTR 200 4V. However, TVS has improved the bike’s braking performance, and it shows here. The RTR 200 4V outperforms the FZ 25 in all braking tests by about 2m, despite employing a smaller front disc. The credit here goes to better braking hardware and grippier tyres on the new bike. 

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Fuel Efficiency

 
 

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Yamaha FZ 25

City

47.61kmpl

50.33kmpl

Highway

49.80kmpl

42.42kmpl

As you can see, the Yamaha FZ 25 is more fuel-efficient within city limits, thanks to its shorter gearing. But, things change on the highway; at an average speed of around 65kmph, the 200 4V was more efficient than the FZ 25 by a little over 7kmpl. We reckon that with the ‘Urban’ mode on, the RTR can match the FZ 25 for fuel-efficiency. 

All in all, we see that the Apache RTR 200 4V is snapping on the heels of the FZ 25, even outdoing it in certain aspects. The pricing? While the Yamaha costs Rs 1,52,100, the TVS retails at Rs 1,32,070 (both prices, ex-showroom Delhi). Which one would you go for?

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