TVS Motor Company is the third largest two wheeler manufacturer in the country. Today, at an event in Chennai they made some really big announcements, and also unveiled two important motorcycles. The two motorcycles are TVS Apache 200 and the TVS Victor.
The two new motorcycles from TVS have been developed at an investment of INR 300 crore. Though TVS did not reveal the break-up, it is believed that Apache 200 is the one which entailed the most investment.
Powered by a new 197 cc single cylinder engine, new TVS Apache 200 is now the flagship product in the TVS line-up. To go on sale later in February 2016, in a phased manner, starting with major cities in South India; price of the new Apache starts from INR 88,990, ex-showroom, Delhi.
To be offered in two variants, one with dual channel ABS and the other without ABS, TVS did not reveal the price of the top-end variant, but did say that it won’t cross INR 1.15 lakh mark, even when you include optional Pirelli tyres.
Speaking about sales, TVS Motor expects that Apache sales to touch the 7,000 units per month mark by Diwali 2016, which is also when the bike would have been successfully launched across all their dealerships in the country.
With no Pulsar NS 200 on offer, TVS Apache 200 in a way fills a void in the segment. Closest competition is from Bajaj AS 200. Here is a brief on-paper comparison between the specs of Apache 200, Pulsar AS 200 and Duke 200.