Back in January 2020, this key sales driver of TVS Motor Company was updated to meet BS6 compliance. Features were enhanced, so was the engine along with minor retouches across the body.
Hero MotoCorp is yet to ride in the BS6 variant of Xtreme 200S, while Yamaha R15 lends more towards performance. The thrilling KTM 200 attracts young, energetic, and 1.5 times the asking amount. Spec-sheet versus price shows Pulsar NS200 and Apache RTR200 4V neck and neck.
So, here are five reasons why Apache RTR200 4V in BS6 guise is the right machine to put your money on and two reasons why a few rivals may make more sense:
1. A looker: With balanced proportions and bulked-up front end, unarguably, Apache RTR200 scores well in terms of design. The gloss black unit, in particular, demonstrates sportiness, thanks to bold tank design, sporty graphics, and minimal step-up seat. The aggressive light cluster looks even better with the boomerang-shaped LED stripes on top.
2. Updated features: The digital instrument console looks the same, yet packs more functionality than before. Thanks to an updated Smart Xonnect, the Apache displays lean angle, turn-by-turn navigation, race telemetry, call/SMS alert and a few other parameters.
3. Ride it comfortable: Under the stubby built is supremely refined BS6-complaint, fuel-injected, 198-cc motor, which isn’t quickest yet brings out a very unique character. The power delivery is linear with a decent mid-range torque, and the grunt tapers off at around 8,500-rpm. The clutch pull is light and the race-tuned slipper clutch with assist function is light to operate. Add to that an upright posture and mildly rear-set footpegs, zipping through city crowd is effortless.
4. Stopping power: Not just the BS6 iteration, Apache RTR200 brakes have been highly dependable throughout. The double-disc set up with dual-channel ABS (anti-lock braking system)
5. What is GTT? : This could have been quite unassumingly added under the engine. However, for the sake of exclusivity, TVS gets full marks for the glide through technology (GTT). The motorcycle glides under zero throttle input at low speeds even when you take your hands off the clutch, ensuring the RTR doesn’t come to halt. Spending a long time in start-stop traffic feels much relaxed now.
TVS Apache RTR200 4V, after in the Hero Xtreme 200S, is the most affordable in the segment. The eagerly quick and nimble to potter through, TVS Apache RTR200 4V depends on a 5-speed gearbox. What if TVS supplied a 6-way, much like the bigger Apache RR310. Why should you think twice before investing in RTR200:
1. While Apache RTR200 4V is easy on the pocket, the list of hardware is not as exhaustive as KTM Duke 200.
2. Among the entry-level sporty commuters, TVS Apache RTR200 4V is a smooth ride on highways. The oil-cooled motor helps the motorcycle cruise at triple digits. Also, a full tank of gas will take you over 550 kilometres. That said, the stepped seat with integrated grab rails is a slight downer for the pillion rider.