TVS Motor Company has started the year 2016 in the grandest way possible. The Chennai headquartered company has launched two new bikes – which they are expecting will increase their monthly tally of sales in a huge way. The two new bikes are TVC Apache 200 and TVS Victor.
At the launch event in Chennai, TVS Motor officials revealed that the two new bikes are developed at an investment of INR 300 crore. By Diwali 2016, TVS aims to sell 25,000 units of Victor every month, and 7,000 units of Apache 200 every month, thereby adding 32,000 units every month to their total sales. The company also says that if these figures are achieved, their market share in the motorcycle segment will increase from existing 15.5% to 18% by March 2017.
Speaking about the new bikes, TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is launched at prices ranging from INR 88,990 for the base model to INR 1.15 lakh for the top end variant with optional Pirelli tyres. Based on the X-21 Draken concept, new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is powered by a single cylinder, 197.7 cc air and oil cooled engine capable of 21 PS power and 18.1 Nm torque mated to a 5 speed gearbox. Acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph is possible in 3.9 seconds.
Boasting of a kerb weight of just 140 kgs, the new Apache gets an aggressive stance with split seats, clip on handle bars and LED tail lamps. It is also seen with 270mm roto petal disc brakes in front and 240 mm disc brakes at the rear while it receives telescopic front suspension and mono suspension with gas filled shocks at the rear. Sitting on new Remora tyres clad in 90/90 R 17 tyres in front and 130/70 R17 tyres at the rear. Pirelli tyres are optional, and come at a price of approximately INR 8,000.
TVS Victor is launched at INR 49,990 and will be positioned above the StarCity+. Set to compete against Hero Passion Xpro and Honda Livo, the new TVS Victor in the commuter segment gets a new instrument console with semi digital analogue tachometer along with speedometer, odometer, service indicator and trip meter. Powered by a 110cc air cooled, 3 valve engine offering 9.46 bhp power at 7,500 rpm and 9.4 Nm torque at 6,000 rpm, the engine is mated to a 4 speed gearbox as seen on the StarCity+. TVS Motors claims that with this engine, the new Victor will offer an overall fuel efficiency of 76 kmpl.