TVS has launched a new version of the Apache RTR 200 4V in India that is equipped with a slipper clutch. The bike is available in three variants – Rs. 95185 (Carburetor), Rs. 107885 (EFI) and Rs. 108985 (Carburetor with ABS), (Ex-showroom Delhi).
The motorcycle is termed as Race Edition 2.0 and gets new striking body graphics and a new fly-screen. The new fly-screen looks quite aggressive and it is said to enhance the aerodynamics of the bike. Visually, the changes are limited to these two additions only.
TVS has also added an Anti-Reverse Torque (A-RT) slipper clutch. This is first in the segment feature. The addition of slipper clutch increases the performance of the bike. TVS claims that there is 22% reduction in clutch force for the upshifts, which will allow the rider to post better lap times. The slipper clutch also reduces wheel-hopping while doing high-speed downshifts.
The engine remains untouched with the update. The bike is powered by a 197.5cc, single-cylinder engine that is mated to a 5-speed transmission. In carburetted version, the engine develops a maximum of 20.5 PS while the Fuel Injected version develops 21 PS. The power maximizes at 8,500 rpm. The torque output remains same in both the engines. A maximum of 17 Nm torque at 7,000 rpm is generated.
Arun Siddharth, Vice President (Marketing) – Premium Two Wheelers, International Business & TVS Racing said,
“We build race machines for performance enthusiasts – the TVS Apache series is a testimony to our 35 years of racing heritage. Over the years, we have been at the forefront of setting benchmarks in bringing racing technology to performance motorcycles. The new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0, takes the racing experience up by a significant notch as it is enabled with the ‘A-RT Slipper Clutch’ – a first in this segment. The entire TVS Apache RTR 200 4V range will don the dynamic racing-inspired decals along with a stylish and exclusively designed fly screen which is sure to accentuate the racing stance of the motorcycle thus making it a racing machine like no other.”
Interestingly, TVS recently launched the Apache RR310, which misses out on the slipper clutch. The Apache 200 4V is the first bike from TVS to get a slipper clutch. Now that the brand has launched the slipper clutch-equipped motorcycle, we can expect the Apache RR 310 to get the slipper clutch in the future too. TVS is said to be working on the Apache RR 310 Race edition, which may get slipper clutch and updated body graphics.