Over the last ten years, the Apache brand has emerged as one of the most proven home grow brands in entry level performance oriented motorcycle segment. The nameplate, which started with the unveiling of a 150cc motorcycle, has spawned into a variety of streetfighters, which somewhat have managed to create new benchmarks when it comes to delivering raw power in a relatively affordable package.
In the last couple of years, TVS had been silent, as there was no new launch under the ‘Apache’ brand. Not now, as TVS has just launched the most powerful motorcycle it has ever developed, the Apache RTR 200 4V. As per TVS’ claims, the new Apache RTR 200 4V is designed on an all new platform, and has been engineered with all new components. But one thing which TVS has managed to retain in the new motorcycle is its philosophy of making a machine which offers the best power to price ratio. Here’s a quick review on the all new TVS Apache RTR 200 V.
TVS has adopted an all new design philosophy for the new Apache RTR 200 4V, which has been designed completely on the lines of the Draken concept which was previewed by TVS at the Auto Expo 2014. The motorcycle looks far more aggressive and outrageous than the erstwhile versions of the Apache, and somewhat looks as if it has been inspired from Ducati’s now-defunct Streetfighter.
At the front, you will be greeted by a very minimalist headlamp, which looks sleek and comes with integrated wedge shaped LED pilot lamps. However, in our opinion, the sleek front face doesn’t goes well with the overall muscular appeal of the motorcycle. It also misses out on the small front tinted visor above the headlamp which usually all other motorcycles have. Though, it successfully manages to enhance the nakedness of the motorcycle.
Moving on the sides, the new Apache RTR 200 4V comes with the same sharp fuel tank with large and pointy fuel tank extensions as that of the Draken concept. The tank is substantially large and the knee recesses can accommodate the riders of all kinds of heights. The bike also comes with a razor sharp engine cowl which is larger than that of the Apache RTR 180. The rear side body cowls are large enough, with the bike coming with stepped split seats. The exhaust pipe on this bike looks distinctive with double barrel pattern, one over the other. At the rear, the Apache RTR 200 4V gets a minimalist LED tail lamp.
The Apache RTR 200 4V is the first motorcycle under the ‘Apache’ nameplate to get a fully digital instrument console, which has readouts for speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip meters, fuel gauge, clock, lap timer, fuel gauge and gear indicator. The rear view mirrors and switchgear have been shared with the other versions of the Apache, which exude quality.
For the Apache RTR 200 4V, TVS has built up an all new engine from the scratch. This four stroke, single cylinder, liquid cooled, 197.75cc engine comes in two guises – carbureted and fuel injected. While the carbureted version of the engine develops 20.05 PS of power and 18.1 Nm of torque, the fuel injected version of the same engine gushes out 21 PS of power and 18.1 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
As for the engine, TVS has managed to fulfill the expectations of the fans of Apache, by making it a scorcher of a mill. The figures may not be as enthusiastic as that of its competitors, but on the tarmac, the engine manages to surprise you with its immense power delivery down the rev range and in the higher rev range as well. For the Apache RTR 200 4V, TVS claims a 3.9 sec duration for the 0-60 kmph run and 12 sec for the 0-100 kmph run, which is impressive.
TVS has equipped the new Apache RTR 200 4V with the best of hardware the motorcycle could have ever got. The bike comes with a conventional set of hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear, with the Apache RTR 200 4V being the first ever road-going version of TVS’ motorcycle to sport a rear monoshock. As like other Apaches, the ride is tuned on a stiffer side to provide a sportier set of dynamics.
As for the handling characteristics, the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V manages to bring a huge smile on your face with the flexibility offered by its double cradle split synchro stiff frame. The bike comes equipped with a 270mm petal disc brake at the front and a 240mm petal disc brake at the rear, with an optional ABS too provided on board. With this, the new Apache RTR 200 4V gets the best braking setup in its segment.
For TVS, creating products with stupendous package to price ratio is not a new affair, and with the new Apache RTR 200 4V, it has only managed to raise its own high set standards. The new Apache RTR 200 4V has been priced at Rs. 91,660 for the carbureted version, while the fuel injected version is supposes to be launched at a later stage in the price bracket of Rs. 1.10-1.15 lakh.
The new Apache RTR 200 4V can be availed in one of the seven different colors on offer – matte red, matte yellow, matte white, matte black, matte grey, white and black.
Since its launch, the KTM Duke 200 has been ruling the 200cc segment of roadsters undisputedly, with the bike offering state of the art hardware, sweet chassis, sweeter engine and big bike appeal. However, the Apache RTR 200 4V comes at a much lower price than the Duke 200 and offers slightly more value for the amount of money you spend on the machine.
Though, if you are one who prefers and values exotic equipment and are into hardcore performance, the Duke 200 still will charm you more, as it offers slightly higher power at 25 PS, while at the same time, it has been blessed with steel braided lines for the brakes, WP sourced suspension which includes upside down telescopic forks at the front, trellis frame, backlit switchgear, and a lot more comprehensive instrument console – an equipment list long enough to force you to splurge more dough in its favor.
Over the last four years, TVS was silent in the performance bracket of motorcycles with almost negligible updates to the Apache brand. However, with the new Apache RTR 200 4V, TVS has silenced all its critics by offering a marvelous product in a very affordable package. The bike instantly impresses you with its streetfighter stance which is aggressive to the core, while at the same time, it doesn’t misses out on the required pedigree by offering stellar performance from its all new engine and the proficient dynamics. Over all, the new Apache RTR 200 4V is for you, if you are in a hunger of more for less.