Against the Numbers: TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Specifications Against Bajaj NS 200 and KTM Duke 200

Published On Jan 27, 2016 By for Apache RTR 200 4V at

Apache-RTR-200-4V_3.jpg Each motorcycle is made to a particular specification that the manufacturer sees best for the intent. But of course, there are other factors as well, that help form a decision, primarily to do with the available Tech and resources (money). There are also upgrade programmes in place that are strategically executed depending on the market situation and the level of competition. The 200cc – 400cc segment is becoming the most sought segment year after year, and for good reason, as motorcycle manufacturers are opening up to performance oriented motorcycles to match the increase in their demand. Commuting is slowly finding a new meaning and it’s not just about going from A to B anymore. Last week, the 200cc segment got a new member in the form of the Apache RTR 200 4V from TVS Motor. An all-new motorcycle with a 197.75cc single cylinder engine sporting 4 valves and oil cooling technology for the first time, the RTR 200 is in direct competition with Bajaj NS 200 and KTM Duke 200. While our ride review is on the way, here’s a spec comparison to put things into perspective.Apache-RTR-200-4V_3.jpg The RTR 200 appears to be the least powerful (by a small margin) motorcycle in this category with a 197.75cc engine producing 21PS and 18.1NM of torque. However, the RTR 200 is the closest match to the NS 200. While the power is down by 1.5PS against the NS 200, the torque is almost the same (18.1NM vs 18.3NM). Also, the RTR 200 produces its peak power and torque at 1000RPM lower than compared to the NS 200. This shall make the new RTR feel a bit better in traffic. Also, at 148.5kgs (for the FI), the RTR 200 is 2.5 kgs lighter than the NS 200. Where the RTR 200 loses the most against the NS 200 (and Duke 200 as well) is with its 5-speed gearbox while the other two motorcycles have a 6-speed gearbox. TVS claims the top speed of 129km/h (for the FI variant) which is 6km/h lesser than the 135km/h company-claimed top speed of the NS 200. The difference may not be much; however, depending on the gearing (and the lack of 6th gear) it would be interesting to see how the RTR 200 engine feels nearing its top end. On the other hand, TVS appears to have a clear advantage in the braking department with optional ABS on offer. Secondly, there’s a choice of two tyres – TVS Remora race-spec tyres and Pirelli race-spec tyres. The Pirellis, specifically, would be available as an option and they are definitely better than the MRFs equipped on the Bajaj and KTM 200.Apache-RTR-200-4V_3.jpg The specs tell only one part of the story, though, and we have ridden the RTR 200 during its launch last week. Watch this space for our upcoming extensive ride review of the Apache RTR 200 4V to know how the motorcycle actually is to ride and if it impresses more than the numbers in the spec-sheet. Also Read: Need to know: 5 facts about the new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Also Read: Need to know: 5 facts about the new 2016 TVS Victor 110cc

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