TVS has updated its flagship motorcycle, RTR 200 4V in India. The motorcycle is priced at Rs. 97,800, ex-showroom, Mumbai and gets additional features like Auto Headlamp (AHO) and BS IV compliant engine.
The motorcycle does not get any visual updates and only change to the motorcycle has been done in the form of additional features and a new switchgear that misses out on headlamp switch. The new Apache also comes with better Pirelli Sport Demon tyres instead of the earlier TVS Remora rubber.
The Apache 200 4V is powered by 198cc oil-cooled single-cylinder engine that produces 20 BHP of maximum power and 18 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The additional features come in the light of new regulations set by the Indian government that mandates the AHO and BS-IV engines in the new motorcycles. The new rule will take effect from 1st April 2017.
TVS did not mention the availability of top-spec ABS-equipped model yet. The fuel-injected version will also get similar updates and shall be launched soon in the market. The Apache RTR 200 4V competes with the likes of Bajaj Pulsar NS 200, Yamaha FZ25 and KTM 200 Duke. To stay ahead in the market and get an edge over competitors, TVS will have to launch their too-sped model soon.
TVS is also working on its first fully faired model based on the Akula 310 concept. The motorcycle will be the fully faired sibling of the BMW G310R, and it will be launched after the German manufacturer launches their naked model in India. The Akula 310 based motorcycle has been developed with BMW, and it will be launched later this year or early 2018.
BMW has again deferred the launch of G310R in India. The made in India motorcycle will be BMW’s most affordable offering in the country and will be exported the world over from here. As of now, BMW will bring in their global range of motorcycles in April and will later launch the G310R.