After an excruciating 20 month long gap, TVS is now set to launch the Apache RTR 200 FI ABS in India.
UPDATE – When TVS teased the image of the Apache on their official Facebook page, we all thought that they will be launching the Apache RTR 200 FI ABS. However, that is not the case. The company is merely launching a new blog on their website which will have some tips & tricks, maintenance guides, etc. So, all of you waiting for the Apache RTR 200 FI ABS, you might just have to wait a bit more!
Generating a lot of hype from the sculpted design language, TVS Motor Company launched the Apache RTR 200 after much anticipation at a starting price of Rs. 88,990/- (ex-showroom, Delhi). Apart from ABS and Pirelli tyres, the company had promised a Fuel Injected version as well. Sadly, the promises literally took ages to turn into reality and prospective buyers were left wanting. After a delay of close to 20 months, TVS has released a teaser of the Apache RTR 200 FI ABS on their Facebook page hinting that the launch date is nearing.
While it is speculated that the delay in the Indian launch is due to demand in export markets and the hurdle of BS4 compliance faced earlier this year, TVS is infamous for taking its own sweet time to launch products in the Indian market. The FI version is faster as well as more refined. Meanwhile, TVS has also launched the Apache RTR 200 FI ABS website.
Powered by a 197.75cc oil-cooled engine, the FI version produces 20.71 BHP of power at 8500 RPM and 18.1 Nm of torque at 7000 RPM. The single-cylinder engine utilizes four valve technology to offer better refinement and comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox. It takes around 13 seconds to crack the 100 km/hr mark and hits a top speed of 129 km/hr. The FI version can be had in a choice of TVS or Pirelli tyres, with a dual-channel ABS as optional on each of them.
Braking duties are held by petal discs at either ends, while the optional ABS system helps prevent wheel locks. The addition of FI and ABS will certainly fill the void in the Apache RTR 200 series. However, the delay in launch was a huge turn-off for prospective buyers, which might limit the true potential of this formidable package.
Apache RTR 200 FI ABS
– ABS and FI version teased for Indian markets, official website launched
– Pirelli tyres and dual-channel ABS optional on both fuelling systems
– Same engine, produces slightly more power than carb version
– Rivals the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS, KTM Duke 200 and Yamaha FZ25