The Apache series from TVS has been a legendary name in the sub-200 cc segment and has been doing well right since its inception. The company registered strong sales numbers on the back of two models, the Apache 160 and 180. However, with thing becoming increasingly competitive in the segment, TVS came up with Apache 200 4V in 2016, a bet that took the company a long way into registering strength in the market.
Around two years following the launch, the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 made its debut and features enhanced visuals, something that Apaches always excelled in. Moreover, the sharper graphics, inspired by TVS Racing, brought the RTR 200 to be one among the best-selling in the range.
If you want to know what brought the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition such an amazing response, real along.
The design that speaks
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V has an exceptional design, arguably the best in the segment (though this point is very subjective). The highly attractive headlamp area, with horn-like LED pilot lamps, adds to the glory. The Race Edition 2.0 even gets the flyscreen windshield up front given as standard.
Walk to the sides and you will love the chunky fuel tank with a racing stripe running along the centre. The fuel tank lid is a little offset, courtesy the racing stripe. The clip-on handlebars make for a very sporty riding experience. However, despite having a split seat, pillion comfort is at the highest. The rear gets LED tail light as well.
The important bits
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 gets the same full-digital instrument cluster from the standard. The display has information like 0-60 kmph recorder, a lap timer, top speed recorder and a gear position indicator. And very rightly so, the console is probably the most feature-rich in the segment.
The motorcycle rides on 17-inch wheels where the front has 90 mm tyre while the rear has a 130 mm rubber. Being sourced from TVS Tyres (Remora) itself, they offer good grip and stability.
The mechanism under the hood
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 gets its power from a 197 cc single-cylinder 4-valve engine. The total power output reads at 20.7 bhp at 9,000 rpm while the peak torque sticks at 18.1 Nm at 7,000 rpm.
The engine is made to be revved hard but the low and mid-range are just superb. However, with a 5-speed gearbox, the lack of a sixth gear affects the top range and the engine fails to some extent.
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V has been quite the best selling model in the 200 cc naked bike segment and competes directly against the KTM Duke 200, Bajaj Pulsar S200 and the new Hero Xtreme 200.
But considering the Apache 200 price and features, it turns out to be the most amazing buy.
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