It appears like Indian motor enthusiasts are finally getting closer to the launch of the much-awaited TVS Apache RTR 200. TVS has been testing its soon-to-be launched Apache 200 on the Indian roads for quite some time now, and the model has been caught on camera countless times.
The latest report on Rushlane indicates that the Apache RTR 200 will outshine its main rival, the KTM 200 Duke in terms of performance. The report indicates that the new Apache, with advanced engine, will reach 60kmph from standstill in 3.5 seconds. This is primarily calculated with the touted 200cc, single-cylinder, 4-valve, liquid-cooled engine with 25-30bhp of power. On the other hand, the KTM 200 Duke develops slightly lesser 24.7bhp and 19.2Nm of torque, which makes the Apache RTR 200 faster on papers.
BMW seems to have played a pivotal role in shaping the Apache 200. The cooling system for the engine is sourced from BMW. The design will be inspired from the Draken X21 concept that TVS showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. It will feature a razor sharp design with chiseled edges. The new Apache will employ telescopic front forks, while rear gets mono shock suspension. All-digital instrument cluster, LED tail lamps and split seats are the other additions.
Additionally, the Apache 200 will get a pair of sleek indicators, clip-on handlebar and headlamp with LED daytime running lights to enhance the sportiness. There will be a regular model and an ABS equipped variant on offer. The motorcycle will be pitted against the KTM Duke/RC 200 and the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200.
Now ahead of its expected launch in India on 20 January, the motor buffs at Carblog India have managed to get their hands on the specification list of the TVS Apache 200. According to this leaked data, TVS Apache RTR 200, which draws inspiration from the TVS Draken X21 concept, will be powered by a single cylinder 200 cc air-cum-liquid cooled 4 stroke engine that is tuned to dish out a power of 25.6bhp and peak torque of 22Nm. The engine will come mated to a five speed gearbox.
Built on a Double Cradle Synchro Stiff chassis, the front suspension will be taken care of by telescopic forks while rear suspension is done via adjustable monoshock. The motorcycle will sit on 17 inch alloy in the front and rear and the stopping power will be handled by a 270 mm Petal Disc at the front, while the rear gets 250 mm Petal Disc. We also hear that TVS could offer the option of Pirelli tyres for the buyers.
Other features of TVS Apache RTR include fully digital speedometer, split seats with grab rails, 3 step adjustable clip-on and lap-timer.
In yet another development, TVS Apache has been caught on camera once again, this time by AutoCar India. All this while the bike was caught testing clad in a blue cloth, but in the latest spy shots, which are doing the rounds on the internet, TVS Apache is seen with a different camouflage. The Apache RTR 200 has certainly borrowed a lot of features like fat fuel tank and alloys from Draken concept.
Expected to be pitted against KTM Duke 200 and Bajaj Pulsar 200NS, TVS Apache RTR 200 is rumoured to be priced at around Rs 85,000-95,000 in India.