The Indian giant, TVS had landed in the two wheeler segment for the first time in 1980. After that gradually his business grew, and the company started manufacturing motorcycles and commercial production together with Suzuki in 1984. During this time Suzuki produced some of the best motorcycles like Samurai, Shogun and Fiero.
The flagship model of TVS is inspired by Suzuki Fiero. TVS flagship’s name is TVS Apache RTR. RTR means racing throttle response. It can also be attributed to the introduction of the initial craze of racing bikes in India.
TVS sold this bike a lot and last year the company had introduced the Apache’s 200 cc version in the market. Even before the arrival of this bike in the Indian market, its demand is quite high. Let’s have a look on the 2017 TVS Apache RTR 200V Review in India.
Model Tested: Apache RTR 200 4V Fuel Injection (FI)
- RTR 200 4V carburetor: Rs 88, 990
- RTR 200 4VFI: Rs 1.7 Lakh
TVS Apache 200V Design and Look
Killer, this word sounds perfectly accurate, when you look at this bike’s sharp liqueurs and angular lining between the wheels. The design of the new RTR 200 is similar to the old Apache DNA, but it has been designed in a new way that makes it different.
Its split seat and offset fuel caps make four moons in its design. TVS has relied on Dracon Concept to create this new model, which was showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo. Other noteworthy design components are boomerang-shaped LED DRLs, the sharp fuel tank extensions, off-set fuel tank, matte paint finish and the Batman logo-type grab rail play their part in distinguishing the RTR 200 from the crowd.
If you look at the two aspects of designing, then your eyesight on the RTR goes back as the motorcycle is equipped with sharp fuel tank and a new double barrel exhaust. Daytime running lights are also given in the Apache RTR 200.
TVS Apache 200V Engine and specification
The Apache RTR 200V is equipped with a 198cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder, oil-cooled engine that comes with Ram air Assist, a segment first. The motorcycle comes with two versions including carbureted and fuel injected (EFI). EFI is much better than carbureted powerhouse as it offers slightly better performance compared to carbureted mill. The Fuel injected powerplant has been developed by Bosch. The engine churns out the maximum power of 20.7bhp at 8500rpm and peak torque of 18.1Nm at 7000rpm. The engine is mated to five gear box that transfer the power to the rear wheel.
- Engine: Single Cylinder, Four Strokes
- Displacement: 197.9 cc
- Cooling: Ail and Ail Cooled
- Power: 21 bhp
- Torque: 18 newtons meter
- Gearbox: 5 speed manual
- 0 to 60 kilometers per hour Speed: 3.9 seconds
Performance, Riding and Handling
As you sit on this bike to drive this motorcycle, its comfortable seat gives you space for the best riding position. This motorcycle is suitable for drivers whose are between 5.5 feet and 6 feet. As you sit on this bike, you become high on the Confidence Level. As soon as you put keys in it, there is a full digital meter in front of you that inspires you to move forward. As its engine starts, its strong exhaust tone gives the idea of bike performance.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V has a race-ready KYB monocoque and front telescopic fork which also improves its suspension on the bad roads. Suspension of bike affects most during high-speed cornering. It is credited to the Pirelli Tires mounted in the top variant, which maintains the grip even during high-speed cornering and braking. Riding the Apache RTR 200 is a great experience. Its handle bar position also helps a lot. On the open road you can easily run it from 90 to 100 kilometers per hour. Increasing the speed ahead, the pressure on the engine is felt. Vibration is minimal and talk about mid range acceleration, this bike is the best. The initial speed grows fast enough and its gearbox is as smooth as butter. The other thing we notice while driving it is that it would have been better if TVS provided this bike with 6 speed manual gearboxes. Its engine does not seem capable of high speed.
Breaking duties are managed by the disc brakes at both ends. It has petal disks which are 270 mm at the front side and 240 mm at the back side. Its brakes are quite tight. When it launched, it had been launched without the ABS (anti-breaking system) which saves you from accident and bike sliding on the wet road. However, the firm has launched the TVS Apache 200V with ABS in June 2017.
TVS Apache 200V Mileage
Balancing balance between performance and economy in the Mileage 200 cc segment is a challenge. Thus mileage counts as a key factor in this segment. Apache RTR 200 gives 30 miles per liter of mileage and it is better mileage 200cc segment. It remains almost on Mileage Highway and city streets.
TVS Apache 200V Highlights
- Mileage: 30km/l
- Fuel capacity: 12-liters
- Front reserve brake: 270mm disc
- Rear brake: 240mm
- Front Suspension: Telecoscopic
- Rear Suspension: Monocochet
- Weight: 148kg
- Saddle Height: 800mm
- Ground Clearance: 180mm
- Wheelbase: 1353mm
Apache 200 4V gets digital instrument panel meter that holds various information including Odometer, Two Trip Meter, Clock, Gear Shift Indicator, Gear Indicator and Service Reminder and Speedo console that show the speed of the bike. There are also top speed recorders, lap timers, short distance recorders etc. The most interesting thing is that as soon as you turn it on by keys, the race on message starts appearing. Its electric part is completely perfect.
Fit and Finish
TVS has worked hard to give a perfect finishing to the bike’s design and it looks like too. However, the plastic used in motorcycle, could have been of even better quality. The plastic on the side panel is not of very good quality. The second, speedometer’s working is not good as it comes very quickly on the Zero, while the bike is running in slow speed. Also, its side stand position is also not correct. There is a possibility of an accident when standing in it
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Colors
The bike is available in seven paint schemes that are mentioned below:
- Matte Red
- Matte Yellow
- Matte White
- Matte Grey
- Matte Black
TVS Apache RTR 200V Price
The carburetted version has been priced at INR 88,990 while the FI version will be sold at price of INR 1.08 lakh.
Features and drawbacks of TVS Apache RTR 200 4V
- Attention to Detail
- Smooth engine
- Bike handling
- Plastic quality
- 6 short of Joe Gear
- No Side Indicator
- Side stand position
TVS Apache RTR 200V has a competitor, named KTM Duke 200 in the Indian market. However, Apache challenges the KTM in the price, while the KTM Duke turns Apache into performance.
Verdict: Opt or Not?
As we see the Competitor of the Apache 200V in the 200 cc bike segment, then here is only single bike, KTM Duke 200. However, Apache 200 has enough for its buyers. In the design it gives a collision to the Duke 200. Overall, Apache RTR 200 is a good choice. If you ask us whether to pick this bike from the 200 cc bike segment it will be right, so our answer is yes.