New TVS Apache Borrows Design Cues From The Velocity Concept
TVS has been present in the Indian two-wheeler market for a long time now and for a long time, the company has not come up with a product that can give rivals a run for their money in the performance segment. The Pune based company is planning to foray into the 150cc-200cc segment that is largely dominated by the Bajaj Pulsar.
One of the most popular bikes to roll out of TVS showrooms has been the Apache. The upcoming range of Apache motorcycles is one of the most anticipated series ever from TVS (except for the TVS-BMW bikes obviously). Many motorcycle enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for the new range of motorbikes to launch in the country, which is still a while away to say the least. Test mules of the new Apache have been spied on a few occasions and the bike largely seems to be inspired by the Velocity concept that the manufacturer showcased more than four years back at the Jakarta Motorcycle Show.
The current generation TVS Apache is now very old and the bike also has the issue of engine vibrations when revved high. The new Apache is expected to look sportier and sharper as well. A new fuel tank and front headlight cowl will give the bike a completely new appeal. Addition of petal disks on the rear tyre comes as a welcome addition and ABS is expected to be made available as an option at least because even the current Apache 180 gets the same. The new bike will feature an all new 200cc liquid-cooled engine that will be paired to a 6-speed transmission.
A few design elements of the upcoming bike have also been picked up from the Draken concept as well, which in-turn looks quite similar to the Velocity concept. New curved 5-spoke alloy wheels, split seats, LED tail lamps, thicker forks, monoshock suspension and a digital speedometer will also find their way onto the motorcycle. The 200cc engine is expected to be punchy and develop around 28 BHP of power. The new Apache will mainly compete with the likes of the Bajaj Pulsar 200cc variants and the KTM Duke 200 in the market.