The TVS Apache 200 gets a neatly design fuel tank while the mechanicals are a mix of old and new with the new 200cc engine being oil-cooled with no fuel-injection on offer.
With just days left for its official unveil, the TVS Apache 200 has been finally caught testing, losing some of the camouflage, showing its clean lines wrapped in vinyl of course. Nevertheless, the latest images give a clear idea of how the styling has shaped up with influences from the Draken concept more evident than ever. Most noticeable of all is the headlight with LED DRLs that immediately conveys of its Apache lineage, courtesy of the bikini fairing.
Clip-on handlebars can be confirmed at this point on the production spec TVS Apache 200 while the bike gets buffed alloy levers and an all-digital TFT instrument console. The fuel tank is muscular in appearance with a flat lid and gets deep indents to accommodate your thighs. Further, the extension panels on either side of the tank continue up to the engine adding a tough appearance to the street-fighter. You also get a perfectly sized engine cowl below while we particularly like the W-shaped grab handles and split seats.
In addition, the TVS Apache 200 uses a lightweight alloy for the foot pegs, mounts and other bits in order to save weight while the bike rides on 10-spoke alloy wheels finished in black that are wrapped in 90/90/R17 front and 130/70/R17 rear TVS SriChakra tyres. Pirelli tyres will be reportedly offered as optional but could be reserved just for exports. Under the sheet metal, a single downtube tubular steel chassis underpins the new Apache with a box section steel swingarm. It is believed that BMW played an important role in the development of the new model while also supplying the cooling system for the same.
Talking about the mechanicals, the latest speculations suggest the flagship TVS Apache using a 200cc single-cylinder, air and oil-cooled, 4-valve, SOHC petrol engine that is a derivative of the 180cc unit seen on the Apache RTR 180. The motor has been tuned to produce 26 PS with a rev limit of 9000 RPM and is paired to a 5-speed gearbox. The bike weighs 140 kgs offering a decent power-to-weight ratio. Braking performance comes from 270 mm front and 250 mm rear petal discs. Performance figures aren’t out yet, but going by the specifications, the new TVS will be putting up a good fight against the KTM Duke in the segment at a very attainable price tag.
Spy Pictures Source – AutocarIndia.com