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BS6 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V review, road test

23rd Jul 2020 3:10 pm

The RTR 200 4V gets a notable update. We test its competency.

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TVS ensured that our first experience of the BS6 Apache RTR 200 4V was on their test track in Hosur, and the impressions were good. However, for a motorcycle to be successful in a country that has only three racetracks, it is far more important it ticks the right boxes on the road. So, to see how it fares, we’ve given the RTR 200 V4 our full road-test treatment.

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The one big change is at the front, where TVS has designed a flatter, wider and more contemporary headlamp. Not only does this full LED headlight work well with the rest of the design, its throw of light is sufficient in the dark as well. What will certainly take some getting used to, though, are the DRLs that look like raised eyebrows. The rest is very familiar, and while general all round quality is good, the finish of the plastic around the DRLs and speedometer are a little underwhelming. 

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New LED headlamp works well, but the design is not for everyone.

Another cosmetic change the Apache has undergone is to the graphics. The BS6 model has outlines of red with carbon-fibre finish inlays, instead of the solid red graphics seen on the earlier model. While the decals bring in some freshness, the current white and black base colour options look a little dull. Brighter, racier colours like yellow, red and blue will work nicely on this design.

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New graphics use red outlines with carbon-fibre finish inlays.

 

We were glad to see that TVS has managed to meet the BS6 emission norms without meddling with the RTR 200’s sporty character. The 197.7cc, oil-cooled, single-cylinder still loves to rev and continues to deliver that solid mid-range punch. TVS says that the engine revisions include using a new lightweight piston, and while the power figure remains unchanged, there is a slight 1.3Nm drop in torque. Despite this, the BS6 RTR 200 managed to go from 0-60kph in 3.99sec and from 0-100kph in 11.74sec. These figures are quite close to those of the carburetted BS4 model.

As fun and revvy as this engine is, what’s unfortunate is that vibrations creep in through the handlebar and footpegs at around 7,000rpm and get stronger as you approach the redline. And that leads us into another issue we’ve had with this bike since its inception - the lack of a 6th gear. On the highway at 100kph, you’ll find yourself right in the rev range where the vibes begin to make themselves felt. A sixth cog would have made this a much nicer highway machine, but for now, you’ll still enjoy its punchy performance in urban confines. Nonetheless, the BS6 Apache delivers impressive fuel efficiency figures of 44.7kpl on the highway and 41.4kpl in the city.

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BS6 update has added a bulky catcon on the header pipe.

 

​The updated RTR 200 is 2kg heavier than the model it replaces and not a lot has changed when it comes to its dynamics. The KYB fork and Showa monoshock continue to deliver that supple but comfortable ride quality on the road. Having experienced the race bike, which used a very similar setup, it's safe to say that this feedback-rich, double-cradle frame will take on corners like nobody's business. However, that being said, some may find that it is a little too agile.

While the RTR continues to use the grippy TVS Remora tyre at the front, it now gets an even grippier new dual-compound radial rear tyre called the Eurogrip Protorq Sport SR as standard. The brakes have always been a sore point with the RTR 200, and while they aren’t bad, they could still use more bite and feel. It would have been nice to see TVS switch to a 300mm front disc, but it's still the 270mm unit that you get. The bike now gets a dual-channel ABS system; it works well, but it tends to engage a little early so you need to get used to the feeling of a pulsating lever under hard braking.

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Braking is adequate, but a larger disc would improve the performance.

 

One of the biggest new features is the Glide Through Technology (GTT). This uses the fuel-injection system to inject a small amount of fuel to allow the bike to crawl forward in 1st and 2nd gear with no throttle inputs once you let out the clutch. This helps in bumper-to-bumper traffic and makes daily commuting a little less fatiguing.

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Screen can now also show lean angle using your phone’s sensors.

As before, the RTR 200 gets TVS’ Smart Xonnect technology that made its debut on the Ntorq. This pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth to display incoming calls, number of unread messages and even the battery level of your paired phone, all on the bike’s LCD screen. What’s new is that the RTR 200’s system uses the phone's gyro sensors to display your lean angle.

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Smartphone connectivity enables navigation readouts on the display.
 

With its BS6 update, the RTR 200 4V has become costlier by Rs 13,000, taking the price to Rs 1.27 lakh, and unlike earlier, only one version is available now. This may seem very expensive, but its nearest rival, the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 costs an almost identical Rs 1.28 lakh. 

As has become the unfortunate trend, motorcycles are getting more expensive, but TVS is trying to offset this with equipment like a slipper clutch, dual-channel ABS and Bluetooth connectivity. These features are hard to come by at this price point, and that makes the RTR 200 good value for money. The Apache holds on to its identity, and while it’s still not the best high-speed highway cruiser, it makes up for it by being a fun yet fuel-efficient package. 

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PRICE Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Ex-showroom - Delhi Rs 1.27 lakh
ENGINE Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
No of Cylinders 1
Cubic Capacity (cc) 197.7cc
Cooling System Oil-cooled
Fuel Delivery System Fuel-injection
Bore/Stroke (mm) 66 x 57.8mm
Max Power (hp @ rpm) 20.5hp at 8500rpm
Max Torque (nm @ rpm) 16.8Nm at 7500rpm
Power to Weight Ratio (hp/tonne) 133.9hp per tonne
TRANSMISSION Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Gearbox Type Manual
No of Gears 5
Dimensions & Chassis Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Weight (kg) 153kg
Wheel base (mm) 1353mm
Ground Clearance (mm) 180mm
BRAKES Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Front Brake Type Disc
Front Brake Size (mm) 270mm
Rear Brake Type Disc
Rear Brake Size (mm) 240mm
SUSPENSION Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Front Suspension Telescopic fork
Rear Suspension Monoshock
WHEELS AND TYRES Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Front wheel (inch) 17
Front Tyre 90/90-17
Rear wheel (inch) 17
Rear Tyre 130-70-R17
ACCELERATION Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
0 - 10 kph (sec) 0.46s
0 - 20 kph (sec) 0.92s
0 - 30 kph (sec) 1.53s
0 - 40 kph (sec) 2.24s
0 - 50 kph (sec) 2.95s
0 - 60 kph (sec) 3.99s
0 - 70 kph (sec) 5.31s
0 - 80 kph (sec) 6.89s
0 - 90 kph (sec) 9.05s
0 - 100 kph (sec) 11.74s
BRAKING Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
60 - 0 kph (mts, sec) 19.16m
EFFICIENCY Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
City (kpl) 41.40kpl
Highway (kpl) 44.76kpl
Overall (kpl) 43.08kpl
Overall Range (kms) 516.9km
BS6 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V review, road test
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