TVS Apache RTR 200 FI, ABS launch teaser was in fact for something else
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TVS Apache RTR 200 FI, ABS launch teaser was in fact for something else

The range-topping version of Apache 200 comes with FI, ABS and optional Pirelli tyres.

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Earlier this week, TVS Motor Company’s Facebook page shared a teaser image with the title ‘Something Exciting is Coming Your Way!’ The teaser image had a Apache 200 featured, this led us to believe that they are in fact going to launch the Apache 200 with FI and ABS.

What added to the belief was the fact that earlier this year TVS had confirmed on facebook that they will launch the much awaited Apache 200 FI ABS in the 3rd quarter of 2017. Considering that September is the last month of the 3rd Quarter, the teaser was most likely for the launch of Apache 200 FI ABS.

In addition to that, they have also launched a new site (https://www.tvsapache.com/rtr-200-abs) for Apache FI ABS, which is different than the standard Apache 200 Carb site (https://www.tvsapache.com/rtr-200). All this pointed towards the launch of Apache 200 FI ABS. But that is not the case.

What was the teaser for?

Sadly, all these indications were not pointing towards the launch of new Apache 200 FI ABS. TVS Motor Company has updated their facebook page with a new post which announces the launch of a new website – The official TVS Motor Company blog – https://www.tvsmotor.com/blog/. Some of the TVS fans, who were also awaiting for a bike launch, expressed their displeasure in the comments.

Its been a long wait. First announced back in January 2016, the TVS Apache RTR 200 FI with ABS is yet to be launched in India. There is no exact reason as to why the launch has been delayed. It could be because of high demand for Apache 200 in export markets. Considering only the ABS+FI variant is exported, TVS is catering to the export demand as of now. Implementation of BS4 could have also resulted in delay.

TVS Apache RTR 200 Engine Specs

Engine197.75cc, single cylinder, SI, 4 stroke, Oil Cooled
Maximum Power20.23 BHP @ 8500 rpm
Maximum Torque18.1 NM @ 7000 RPM
CoolingOil Cooler with Ram Air Assist
Fuel SystemCarburettor (KEIHIN CV) / Electronic Fuel Injection (Optional)
Transmission5 MT

The fully loaded variant comes with FI and dual channel ABS (with optional Pirelli tyres). Standard features include front and rear disc brakes with dual channel ABS, fully digital instrument console, clip-on handle bars, LED pilot lamps, LED taillights and split seats.

The FI variant was reportedly spied at a dealer. It can be seen with an extra panel. Circled in red.

TVS Apache RTR 200 is powered by a 197.75 cc single-cylinder 4-V engine which is mated to a 5-speed transmission. The carb version delivers 20.5 PS at 8,500 rpm and 18.1 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. The fuel injected variant makes 21 PS at 8,500 rpm while the torque output is identical to that of the carb variant.

TVS Apache RTR 200 Dimensions

Length2050 mm
Width790 mm
Height1105 mm
Seat Height800 mm
Ground Clearance180 mm
Wheelbase1353 mm
Kerb/Wet Weight148 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity12 litres

Though the difference in output figures is meagre on paper, the FI-equipped engine is smoother and more responsive in real world conditions. It has a better acceleration, and a much smoother performance. In numbers, the Apache 200 with FI does 0-60 kmph in 3.9 seconds, while the one with Carb does it in 3.95 second. 0-100 kmph is achieved in 12 seconds by both motorcycles. The motorcycle targets young riders who are looking for an affordable set of wheels that can handle commuting and touring equally well.

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The Apache RTR 200 FI produces 0.5 PS more than the carbureted version.

TVS Apache RTR 200 Tyres & Brakes

Front Tyre90/90 R17 (TVS Remora) / Pirelli (Optional)
Rear Tyre130/70 R17 (TVS Remora) / Pirelli (Optional)
Front Wheel1.85 x 17-inch
Rear Wheel3.50 x 17-inch
Wheel TypeAlloy Wheels (10-Spoke)
Tubeless TyresYes
Front Brake270mm Petal Disc
Rear Brake240mm Petal Disc
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)Optional

There might be a bump in price as well. At the time of Apache 200 Carb launch back in Jan 2016, TVS had announced that the price of FI variant will start from INR 1.15 lakh, ex-Delhi. But this might not be the price when it is officially launched.

TVS Apache RTR 200 Performance & Mileage

0-60 kmph3.95 secs
0-100 kmph12 secs
Top Speed127 kmph
Mileage (City)30 kmpl
Mileage (Highway)40 kmpl
Mileage (Combined)35 kmpl

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