The TVS Apache has a good history of being a fast, nimble motorcycle that straddled commuting roles as well as the idea of a small, sporty motorcycle. The new Apache RTR 200 4V shows that TVS not only learnt a lot from the RTR experience but that they were able to push the idea to a whole new level of excellence.
This begins with the clear design intention that recognises that a large chunk of riding time for a rider in this class is spent on the street. TVS R&D decided to tune the 200cc engine, now with 4 valves, for useable torque rather than outright horsepower. TVS engineering has traditionally been a strength for the company, and on the RTR 200 it shines through. The engine is refined and composed and very, very hard to fault. It produces effortless performance on the street, and when we took it to the racetrack, it impressed one and all with its sheer ability to handle whatever we threw at it.
The powertrain is backed up by a chassis that is just the right balance between agility and stability. Cornering as well as quick direction changes are accomplished with great control and precision, and the mid-corner stability is excellent as well. Credit must go to both the TVS Remora and the Pirelli tyres the TVS comes with.
This potent combination comes wrapped in smart, sharp new skin, excellent details and features which rounds out class-leading product excellence in our books. And of course, the TVS is priced well as usual.
We knew the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V was excellent when we tested it and that it would be a top contender for the award. We were wrong! The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is the winner. It is the CNBC-TV18 OVERDRIVE Bike Of The Year! And then all of you underlined how highly we all think of the motorcycle by voting it our Viewer's Choice Bike Of The Year, too! (Here is the complete list of winners.)
A look at the winners from the previous years