The Apache name plate first entered the product portfolio of Hosur-based TVS Motor Company way back in 2006. TVS wasn't a significant player in performance biking sector until then and was known for its commuter motorcycles such as the Victor. With the arrival of Apache, TVS moved ahead quickly and in a short span of time, it brought out Apache RTR 160, Apache RTR 180 and the Apache RTR 180 ABS. The RTR, which stands for Racing Throttle Response, has become the face of TVS' performance motorcycle portfolio over the years and the latest to join the range is the Apache RTR 200 4V. As the name suggests, the Apache RTR 200 4V sits at the top of TVS' product range.
In addition to the attention to detailing given to the flagship model, TVS engineers have also added their three decades of racing experience and technologies in the Apache 200. The result should be an equally track and road worthy motorcycle. We took a ride in the newest TVS offering to find out what makes it special.
Design and styling
After launching the Apache in 2006, TVS gave it a facelift in 2012. However, the changes were just nip and tuck. The new Apache RTR 200 is completely different. It has a more brute-like look with chiselled edges. It is notable that TVS engineers came up with a fresh design without compromising on the Apache theme. The design is inspired from the Draken X21 concept TVS had showcased at the Auto Expo 2014.
The face of the motorcycle looks particularly different. The hunkered down positioning of the headlamp, C-shaped LEDs and blacked out detailing of the headlamp cluster makes it look similar to some of the streetfighter models of Kawasaki. The highlight of the side profile is the fuel tank and split seats. TVS has added some muscle to the 12-litre fuel tank with integrated extensions. The pillion seat is positioned higher, which can be taken off to access a small storage compartment. The LED tail lamp, asymmetrically positioned fuel filler cap, alloy wheels, double barrel exhaust pipe and all-matte paint scheme adds much character to the motorcycle.
The motorcycle boasts of an all-digital instrument cluster. The cluster houses a speedometer, tachometer, odometer, two trip meters, fuel gauge, gear position indicator, clock, top speed indicator, 0-60kph timer and fastest lap-time timer. The overall fit and finish of the motorcycle is impressive. There are no significant panel gaps and the switch quality is also up to the mark. It feels like they will stand the test of time.
Engine and Transmission
The Apache RTR 200 4V is powered by 197.75cc oil-cooled engine available in both carbureted and fuel injected variants. The carbureted version develops 20.3bhp, while the fuel injected versions makes 21bhp at 8500 rpm. In both variants torque output remains the same at 18.1 Nm at 7,000 rpm and engine is mated to five-speed gearbox. The engine is capped by a four-valve head on a single overhead camshaft and that's how the 4V suffix came in the name of motorcycle.
We rode the fuel-injected variant. The engine is a rev happy unit and it has enough low-end grunts and a strong mid-range. It works seamlessly with the five-speed gearbox. The gearshifts are precise and in our ride, we never missed a shift. The response from the engine is clinical and even if you push hard you will feel there is more power in reserve.
Ride, Handling and Performance
Press the switch at the bottom of the right side of the handle; the first thing I noticed is the louder, throatier exhaust note. Twist the throttle and the sound gets accentuated with a nice thrum. Shift to first gear and the motorcycle takes off with ease.
TVS' racing prowess is evident in the ride. The acceleration is brisk and without much stress it reaches up to 10,000rpm. Despite looking like a big motorcycle, the Apache RTR 200 is very light and quick in steering. The direction shifts are quick and the motorcycle gives a lot of confidence to the rider to push hard. Credit goes to the Pirelli tyres. The tyres stick to the ground even at higher speeds. The motorcycle's build quality is impressive. Even when the speed reaches close to 100 kmph there are no vibrations on foot pegs or handle. TVS claims the RTR 200 can achieve 0 to 60kmph in 3.9 seconds.
The motorcycle uses telescopic forks at front and mono suspension at rear. It also uses an all-new frame and engine as a stressed member. The braking is taken care by 270mm disc up front and a 240mm disc at the rear. An ABS version for a premium price is also on the anvil.
Fuel efficiency and Price
For a motorcycle that has the genes for racing, fuel efficiency tends to be less. However, the Apache RTR 200 in its stint with us for close to a week returned a fuel efficiency of 33 to 36 kmpl. The motorcycle has been priced at Rs. 1.07 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
The Apache RTR 200 4V is a sleek package. The motorcycle features a potent motor, superior performance, better ride and handling, functional ergonomics and distinct styling. TVS found the right balance of race-inspired dynamics and daily commuter virtues in the new flagship Apache. The performance motorcycle base segment is slowly moving from 150cc to 200cc now and the Apache RTR 200 4V is a strong contender in this segment beyond doubt.
|Engine||197.75cc, single cylinder, oil cooled|
|Power||21bhp @ 8500rpm|
|Torque||18.1Nm @ 7000rpm|
|Length X Width X Height (mm)||2050 x 790 x 1105|
|Fuel tank capacity||12-ltrs|