The unveiling of the TVS ‘Draken’ concept at the Auto Expo 2014 was met with utter disbelief. How could a company like TVS make something that looked so good? And when we found out that the latest bike in the Apache series was to be based on the Draken’s design, we could hardly wait for it to hit the road. Well now that it’s finally out lets take a look at the new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V.
The newest Apache has an aggressive naked styling but the legacy of its predecessor can still clearly be seen in lot of elements. The TVS Apache RTR 200 has a new headlight taken from the Draken, which fits in very well with the raised and sleek fuel tank to give the bike an angry look. The RTR 200 also has split-seats and a brand new rear-light setup that only add to its naked style. It is a surprisingly comfortable bike which isn’t something you expect in this segment. The rider has an upright position and the clip-on handlebars cause no stress to your wrists even during long rides. Even the pillion seat is quite comfortable unlike the ones present on the Duke and Pulsar 200 NS.
There are a few downsides to it though. For one the exhaust just looks so boring on a bike that’s meant to be anything but that. Another thing is the exposed engine; Unlike the concept Draken in which the engine was partially covered by a Trellis frame, the TVS Apache’s stands out like a botch on an otherwise brilliant look.
There is nothing however, wrong with the engine itself. It’s a newly designed and engineered 200 cc that produces 20.23 bhp and 18.2 Nm. The engine comes in two variants – one with a carburettor and the other with fuel injection. As you can expect the fuel injected one is better performer but you do have to shell out around 20k extra for it, which is an excellent investment if you ask me. The Apache RTR 200 4V itself has 3 models:
- Base model – Carburettor engine, no ABS and TVS tyres for Rs 88,900 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
- EFi model – Fuel-injected engine, no ABS and Pirelli tyres for Rs 1.08 lakhs
- Top-spec model – Fuel-injected engine, ABS and Pirelli tyres for Rs 1.15 lakhs
TVS has finally stepped-up its game with the launch of the Apache RTR 200 4V. It’s good to see someone taking on the KTM-Bajaj duo in the segment that they’ve pretty much dominated with the Duke 200 and the Pulsar 200 NS. Even though the Apache loses out to the Duke in terms of performance, it is at par with the 200 NS and can rcapture some of the market that Bajaj lost when they stopped the production of the NS. And who knows, if this one is a success, maybe TVS will make a road-going bike with the 250 cc engine that is the powerhouse of the concept Draken.
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