Just yesterday, we were wondering whether the frequently spotted TVS street fighter test mule is the Indian automaker’s version of the BMW G 310 R or a new Apache RTR 200. But now we have reasons to believe that it is actually the latter.
The TVS Apache RTR 200 will be pitted against the popular KTM Duke 200 which currently doesn’t have a direct challenger. Rushlane has learnt that TVS’ naked motorcycle has been engineered to outperform its Austrian foe in each and every aspect.
The Apache RTR would be quicker than the Duke 200 in 0-60 kmph sprint which is expected to be dispatched in under 3.5 seconds. The engine specs are still under wraps but the fuel injected 200 cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine with oil-cooler would pump out more power and torque than the KTM. If we were to guess, around 26 PS and 22 Nm of torque look more like it. In comparison, the Duke 200 is delivers 25.4 PS and 19.2 Nm of torque. The new TVS’s sophisticated exhaust canister is likely to voice out a bass-rich note, like the Mahindra Mojo. Transmission is taken care by a 5-speed unit.
Visually, the TVS Apache RTR 200 will borrow design cues heavily form the sharply styled Draken Concept. Massive tank extensions, a mean looking headlamp, LED taillight and fully digital instrument cluster are the salient visual elements of the bike. ABS will be on offer as an option.
Launch will most likely take place at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo in February 2016.