Launched: 2016 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is here
The much awaited and frenetically speculated all-new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V got launched in India today and TVS takes everyone by surprise by offering it at a starting price of Rs. 88,990 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base carburettor, non-ABS model only. The 2016 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V gets enhanced and is being offered with increased power-to-weight ratio. The fuel injected variant with Pirelli tyres and dual-channel ABS are available as options, the prices of which have not been confirmed. The ABS version will not be sold initially.
After a gap of almost 8 years the flagship model is back with a bang with a promise to offer increased power and performance belted out from the new engine. Adorned with a new design and an upgraded mechanical package, it will compete head-on with the offerings in 150-200cc segment.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V looks revamped and elegant with entirely new, sharp and curvy design which has been inspired from the X21-Draken concept. The nose tapering down and the tail pointing up design along with the along with big sculpted fuel tank and edgy fenders, is indeed work of an art. It has split seats, large engine cowl; the headlight cluster although looks similar to the outgoing model but is comparatively sleek and hassled DRLs.
Meanwhile, there are other beguiling features too like wavy alloy wheels, clip-on handlebars, twin-tip exhaust mufflers, crinkly alloy wheels and most strikingly golden front forks. The cruiser puts into use an all-digital instrument cluster that is laden with information which includes shift light, gear indicator, service reminder etc. The new Apache 200 will also have a mobile charging slot.
Engine and Performance
The 2016 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V derives power from the new air and oil cooled, SOHC engine having 4-valves. The 197.5cc single-cylinder engine bangs out 20.5 PS at 8500 RPM (carburettor model), 21 PS (fuel injected model), and torque of 7000 RPM and is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. It gets the tried and tested motor of RTR 180 but has a bigger bore – 66 mm and stroke- 57.8 mm and lounges at 1400+200 RPM. The new Apache 200 also gets an electric starter.
TVS Motor Company claims that the street-fighter is better than its rivals as it rides 4.6 km/hr faster in 3 seconds. The 2016 TVS Apache 200 does a 0- 60 km/hr in a time frame of 3.9 seconds with 130 km/hr top speed. Talking about the carburettor model, it can hit a top speed of 128 km/hr, while the Fuel-injected model rides at 129 km/hr. For the carburettor model, 0-60 km/hr comes in 3.95 secs, whereas for the Fuel-injected model does it in just 3.90 seconds. It takes 12 seconds to reach 0-100 km/hr and just 0-2 seconds to hit a speed of 38 km/hr.
Mechanical and Technical Specifications
On the mechanical front, TVS Apache RTR 200 puts into use telescopic forks in front and monoshock suspension setup (borrowed from KYB) at rear. The braking performance is delivered from petal disc brakes with 270 mm in front and 200 mm in rear; the optional dual-channel ABS is available in both carb and FI variants. The bike rides on TVS Remora tyres specially developed for this motorbike which is 90/90/17 (front) and 130/70/17 (rear); everything combined adds to a kerb weight of 148 kgs (additional 0.5 kgs for FI model). Pirelli tyres are also sold as option.
The street-fighter is 2050 mm long, 1105 mm tall and 790 mm wide, it has 1353 mm of wheelbase and 180 mm of ground clearance. The seat is mounted at a height of 800 mm while the capacity of the fuel tank is 12-litres (reserve 2.5-litres). The TVS Apache 200 comes installed with a 60/55W h4 bulb with LED position lamp that stays ON all-time.
The 2016 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V may not have been appreciated by all, but it certainly has managed to bring in worthy upgrades. The effective power to weight ratio and cooling system are important titbits from partner BMW. Available in six colour options- black, white, matte black, silver, red and yellow, the cruiser is ready to give tough competition to Honda CB Hornet 160R, Bajaj Pulsar AS 200, Yamaha FZ V2.0 and the likes.