We, at AutoColumn, have always liked the TVS Apache RTR160 and RTR180 for their peppy engines and sharp handling characteristics. However, while the TVS Apache bikes have been loved and respected for great handling and their high-performance engines, there is no running away from the fact that these motorcycles look dated in comparison with the new competition, such as the Bajaj Pulsar 200NS. Hence, it doesn’t come across as a surprise that the South Indian bike manufacturer has decided to ready a new, high displacement Apache model, along with a set of updates for the existing motorcycles in the Apache line up.
Today, we’ve got some new details on the ‘next big thing’ from the Hosur based motorcycle manufacturer. It is being reported that the TVS Apache 250 would be launched early next year and before that, also coming our way would be an updated RTR180. The source of this exciting information has been cited as a someone “playing an active role in the development of these bikes.” The same source also goes on to say that the new TVS Apache 250 launch date will be on 14th January 2015 and that TVS has no plans of launching a 350cc model before the year 2016. The TVS Apache 250 and RTR180 will have a Honda-esque Combi Braking System. Another brake upgrade would come in the form of a new ABS system, which is being tested on the current RTR180. It is also likely that the RTR160 would get the same combi braking system, but as an optional extra. Vibrations have always been an issue on the Apaches and it seems like the manufacturer has taken notice of this drawback and is hence planning to employ new balancers to minimize the vibes on the new crop of Apaches. Also, the rather average TVS Tires will be shown the door in favour of new soft compound tires from Michellin. It is also being reported that the upcoming TVS Apache 250 will display respectable track manners, all of which means that it could be a direct challenger to the likes of the KTM RC200. The front mudguard, indicators, foot-pegs, rear disc brake assembly and handlebar grips for the Apache 250 will be carried over from the RTR180.
The new bike could be launched for a price of Rs 1.35 lakhs. Stay tuned to AutoColumn for more updates on the upcoming bike.
Source – 99cars