After nearly five months of having been launched, TVS’ flagship motorcycle, the Apache RTR 2004V, is now available in Maharashtra and is being delivered to customers. A slow ramp up from a small production capacity is understood to have delayed the roll out of the keenly anticipated RTR200 4V. The Apache family has a keen following in India and while testing it around Mumbai and Pune, we were constantly stopped and questioned by motorcyclists regarding its availability. The Apache RTR 2004V boasts a new 197.8cc engine and is available in three guises – Carburetted, Carb+ Pirelli tyres, or fuel-injected and shod with Pirellis.
This delay is also likely to impact the roll out of the faired version and we can expect the X21 concept-derived design to make its debut in the first half of 2017. But before that, will come the wildly exciting fully faired 310cc sportsbike based on the TVS Akula concept. This is expected to be launched towards the end of 2016 after the arrival of its mechanical sibling, the BMW G310R, which was spotted testing in India recently. Expect the G310R in October and the Akula by December. Hopefully TVS doesn’t miss an opportunity then and rolls out the Akula India-wide in one go. Prices for the TVS Apache RTR 200 start at Rs 88,542 (ex-showroom, Mumbai).