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3 new variants of the TVS Apache to be launched, one might be a 200cc

TVS Draken concept displayed at the 2014 auto expo image 1

The 2015 Apache bikes will be inspired from the Draken concept.

TVS Apache, the flagship model of the TVS group is all set to get a revamp. The TVS group is said to be working on 3 new variants of the Apache, all based on the Draken concept that TVS unveiled in the Autoexpo earlier this year.

The bike have been codenamed the X16, X18 and the X21. It’s been a while since Apache saw an upgrade and we sure are looking forward to see what’s in store for us. The new bikes are currently in the development stage in TVS’s center in South India. No details on the design have been revealed, neither have any bikes been spotted testing.

The X16, X18 and X21 have been named corresponding to its engine specifications. The X16 would sport a 160cc engine, the X18 an 180cc motor and the X21 a 200cc unit. The 200 cc motor will be made completely from aluminum to keep the weight of the bike under check. The 200cc engine will produce a power output of 30 PS and will be coupled to a 6-speed transmission. The frame and swing arm will also be light to keep the overall weight of the bike down. To allow all that power to be used effectively on the tarmac, TVS will provide it with Michelin soft compound tyres with a 140 section rear wheel tyre. The bike will have a mobile charging point and a split seat arrangement. ABS would be offered as standard on this model.

About the X16 and the X18, both of them will have a 10% higher power output than its predecessor. A new lightweight chassis and swing arm are also part of the package. The problem with the vibrations which was a major complaint on the Apache bikes also would be ironed out. These bikes would be equipped with the Combi-braking system, as seen on the current lot of Honda bikes. Mobile charging points and Michelin tyres (for the 180cc) would be available on the bike. Adding the mobile charging points make the bikes more consumer friendly.

TVS is also developing a 250cc bike in collaboration with BMW Motorrad. The company hasn’t confirmed or revealed any details, so expect this bike to take its time to reach the market. Expect the 200cc variant to set you back by a lakh and a half.

TVS Draken Concept displayed at the 2014 auto expo

The Apache 200 will be competing with the likes of the KTM Duke 200 and Pulsar 200NS.

Source – Carblog India