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TVS Draken Concept Points To Apache RTR 250


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When TVS launched the Apache in 2007, it became an instant hit, replacing the Suzuki Fiero and starting a huge fan base. TVS upgraded the Apache from 150 to 160 and also brought out the 180 but further progress was halted. Everyone was expecting more powerful versions of the Apache to come, including a 200 and a 250. That did not happen and every Auto Expo has been disappointing for RTR fans as the company never showcased anything worth a second glance. At the 2014 Auto Expo, things were different, taking centre stage was the TVS Draken Concept.

The TVS Draken Concept (codenamed X21) points to the future direction of the Apache. TVS Motor’s press release clearly states “TVS Draken-X21 is also an indicator of what to expect from the next generation Apache RTRs in terms of form and emotion.” We all know about TVS’ tie-up with the big daddy of 2-wheelers, BMW Motorrad and the first product will be launched in 2015, likely to be a 500cc bike. TVS can’t rely solely on BMW and the Draken Concept is proof that the Hosur based manufacturer is working hard to re-kindle romance with Apache fans.

The TVS Apache 250 is likely to be launched in the next 18 months and will draw heavy inspiration from the Draken. It will be a naked bike, weighing less thanks to the use of an aluminium trellis frame. This chassis is sure to give the Apache RTR 250 stellar dynamics. The 250cc, single-cylinder, 4-valve liquid-cooled engine showcased on the Draken outputs an unbelievable 38.50 PS of power and 23 Nm of torque, expect the same to be tamed on the Apache 250 with around 30 horses on tap.

TVS will continue to target the urban youth with the Apache 250 and the design will evolve from the current Apache. The Draken gets some interesting bits like a full LED headlamp with DRLs, active matrix digital console, bar end mirrors, ABS, petal discs, 120 mm front tyre, 160 mm rear tyre, offset monoshock, reverse free flow exhaust, race ergonomics, etc. Expect some of these features to make it to the Apache 250, which is likely to be priced under Rs. 1.50 lakhs.

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  • Ben February 14, 2014, 1:57 pm

    38bhp is really stunning from a 250cc bike. But the time gap is too high. Hx250 will steal all the sales. But I can’t believe these power figures from Indian manufacturers. They are hard hitting. Let’s wait and watch the drama when they arrive. Hope both Hero and Tvs maintain good quality in their bikes.

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    • Jai February 15, 2014, 11:25 am

      Its a dream that HERO 250 will steal the sales. It will never. It is just an another ZMR.

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  • Sushrut February 15, 2014, 8:00 am

    TVS, just like TATA is showcasing only concepts for past couple of years without anything serious being launched. RTR, although a good bike lacks the visual bulk required for bike in excess of 200cc engine. The fuel tank of draken is almost similar to current RTR and if TVS took so many years to develop this concept only to take 18 months more to launch it, then there is something seriously wrong. Hero has really shown what can be done in short period of time with some real launches happening in near future.

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    • Faisal Khan February 15, 2014, 10:12 am

      Hero has also shown concepts, no signs of launch soon.

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  • Asif February 16, 2014, 8:41 am

    The horsepower figures are result of a highly oversquared engine, which generates immense heat and is less reliable, engine should also generate a comparative torque figure 23nm is less afterall we pay for acceleration not for top speed.

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  • Arnab March 16, 2014, 9:45 am

    250 cc and 38 bhp!!! Even the ninja doesn’t have :o

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    • RJ April 13, 2014, 10:34 pm

      the kawasaki ninja has 42 bhp buddy..

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      • vishnu April 19, 2014, 11:50 pm

        ninja carry’s only 27.62 BHP @ 9700 rpm

        but this carry’s 38.5 BHP @ 12000 rpm

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  • mohd.akram khan March 28, 2014, 7:37 pm

    My favourite bike is apache
    Please launch soob

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  • Rahul bajaj April 20, 2014, 10:06 pm

    TVS is stupid. They will be washedout from the market soon. They are nowhere in the list of top 5 bikes.. moped market is also over.. You will find only venu srinivasan riding draken

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    • Saagar Deshpande May 30, 2014, 11:59 am

      You must be a Bajaj Pulsar Fan, look, you even copied their Name :P

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  • irshad khan April 22, 2014, 4:35 pm

    my favrite bike is apache

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  • amit sharma April 25, 2014, 6:55 pm

    my also favrite bike is apache. and when he launch

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  • Raavan May 5, 2014, 7:36 am

    TVS is GREAT…
    the best bike makers..
    for Indian made bike LOVERS…
    Other country bike makers are fear about THE GROWING TVS…
    I love indian made technology.. Always…

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  • rajesh May 23, 2014, 8:28 pm

    very nice

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    • Ankush June 19, 2014, 5:37 pm

      This bike is superb looking. I really want to buy it but up to 1.5 lacs its too costly.
      this bike should be at 90000 to 110000 but not more than 1.10 lacs.

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  • Raavan July 11, 2014, 9:45 pm

    1.5lak is really reasonable price man..
    Bcoz its not yamaha r15(faired 150cc bike)
    new generation tech and
    its carry 250cc engine and low weight design for get more horse power in performance. . .
    Its just concept also. .
    An original bike is coming soon…
    Steal the eyes of all..
    Bcoz its not tvs machine…
    Tvs + BMW machine..
    Gud partnership…
    Best wishes to success…

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  • praeep July 15, 2014, 6:38 pm

    Tvs darken is soo good looking

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