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TVS Apache RTR 200 4V 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Technology, Features and Mileage

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer Jan 09 2020 Share this blog

TVS wanted to provide its audience with a thrilling riding experience with its Apache lineup. So, it's safe to say that after 14 years, they are riding high on that tide. TVS has put in a lot of effort to perfect their performance-oriented Apache line-up. 2020 sees the addition of connected-technology to this set of motorcycles along with a lot of other upgrades.

The 2020 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V gets this makeover and it's in the best iteration ever. The facelifted Apache gets upgraded to meet the new Stringent BS6 norms which have broken down the strongest of motorcycles in terms of performance. Now priced at Rs. 1,14,550, the RTR 200 4V is pricier than last year.

2020 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

It takes on the likes of Yamaha FZ 25, Bajaj Pulsar NS200 and Hero Xtreme 200R to win the hearts of Indians and it surely has the firepower to back it up. But we are people who love products that offer the maximum value for its price. Does the 2020 Apache live up to this expectation and how does the competition fare against it? We break it down for you and help find the triumphant one of this lot.

Pros

  • Loads of modern technology features including many segment-first ones

  • Beefy Exhaust note

  • Rear radial tyre for better-spirited riding

  • BS6 Regulations didn’t steal the POWER

  • Smart Xonnect gives way for a unified riding experience

Cons

  • Adds more weight

  • Adds a premium of Rs. 10,000

  • Pillion comfort isn’t the best for its category

What’s New

  • Smart Xonnect system

  • New graphics for a revamped look

  • Full LED Headlamps

  • Segment First GTT technology

  • Rear Radial Tyres

  • Rear tyre hugger

What’s at the heart of 2020 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V?

What is the power source of All-new Apache RTR 200 4V?

The Apache series of motorcycles from TVS have always been about accessible performance. The 2020 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V stays true to this ideology and the onslaught of BS6 norms have done very little damage to the performance. Power is very slightly down and so is the torque but that’s just on paper. Once you twist the throttle, there is no variation whatsoever. The oil-cooled engine holds on pretty well and the strong mid-range torque also makes the Apache a very competent touring machine.

2020 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V engine

The highlighting feature of Apache RTR 200 4V is its bassy exhaust note which has gotten better with the 2020 iteration. Standardisation of fuel injection has made the power delivery linear and precise. The instant response when you twist the throttle is noteworthy and improves the riding experience. There are no vibrations from this motor even at higher RPMs.

Motorcycle

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

Yamaha FZ 25

Hero Xtreme 200R

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 1,14,550

Rs. 1,14,355

Rs. 1,36,680

Rs. 91,900

Engine 

197.75 cc Oil Cooled Single Cylinder O3C Engine(BS6)

199.5 cc Liquid Cooled Triple Spark Single Cylinder Engine

249 cc Air-cooled SOHC engine

199.6 cc air-cooled single-cylinder OHC engine

Power 

20.25 bhp

@ 8500 RPM

23.17 bhp

@ 9500 RPM

20.61 bhp

@ 8000 RPM

18.14 bhp

@ 8000 RPM

Torque

18.6 Nm

@ 6700 RPM

18.3 Nm

@ 8000 RPM

20.0 Nm

@ 6000 RPM

17.1 Nm

@ 6500 RPM

The only other competitor that provides such a balanced performance character is the Yamaha FZ 25. Both of them are highly capable machines both for short sprints as well as those long rides. But the added premium and 50 cubic cm of engine volume doesn’t bring about any noticeable bump in performance. Bajaj Pulsar 200NS is more of an excited school kid who wants candies, abrupt in performance. Hero’s offering is the most sober one of the lot.


How quick is the Apache from 0-60?

The fuel injection makes acceleration a pleasing affair. Twist the throttle and you’ll be treated to a soothing symphony of a bassy exhaust note and vanishing tarmac. The MRF Nylogrip tyres help put all of the engine’s power on the road without any loss.

2020 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V accelerating

It tops out at 128 kmph which is not class-leading and that is due to the added weight and sober nature of the engine. But the early torque curve helps it achieve 60 kmph much quicker. The 5-Speed gearbox is timed healthily and you won’t feel the need for extra gear. 

Motorcycle

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

Yamaha FZ 25

Hero Xtreme 200R

Engine

197.75 cc Oil Cooled Single Cylinder O3C Engine(BS6)

199.5 cc Liquid Cooled Triple Spark Single Cylinder Engine

249 cc Air-cooled SOHC engine

199.6 cc air-cooled single-cylinder OHC engine

Transmission

5-Speed

6-Speed

5-Speed

5-Speed

0-60 kmph

3.95 s

3.61 s

3.37 s

4.6 s

Top Speed(kmph)

128

136

134

114

The wider torque band gives Apache its linear acceleration which makes the motorcycle more tamable. The Bajaj Pulsar NS200 varies largely in this as the high revving engine demands you to be aggressive. If your touring companion owns a Yamaha FZ 25, then the journey would be very much alike as both the motorcycles showcase similar characteristics.


How bitey are the brakes on this Apache?

You needn’t worry about braking in the Apache RTR 200 4V as it is as sharp as its body lines! The dual-channel ABS makes sure to keep your confidence at 100% and activates when needed, in a linear manner. The rear ABS also comes with anti-lift which helps vastly in case of hard braking.

The unique design of disc rotors helps in better dissipation of heat. This keeps the braking in full form even after a few laps on the track or the backroads. The added kerb weight doesn't fiddle or change the braking performance.

Motorcycle

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

Yamaha FZ 25

Hero Xtreme 200R

Front / Rear

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

270

300(single-channel)/280(dual-channel)

282

276

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

240

230

220

220

Kerb Weight(kg.)

151

154(ABS)/152

(Double Disc)

152

149

80-0 kmph(m)

38.03

30.11

30.02

42.65

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Dual-Channel

Single-Channel

Dual-Channel

Single-Channel

The linear brake action keeps the actuation sober but when it comes to braking distance, it suffers. The difference is not much but can change the rider’s perception. TVS has given its performance offering the smallest front rotors of this lot. Ironically, rear ones are the largest which also helps in better braking at corners.


Does the 2020 Apache provide an efficient ride?

TVS has invested a lot of time and effort to build this sweet machine and they didn’t leave any table unturned, even efficiency. The double-barrel exhaust system was made keeping efficiency in mind as much as its note. Apache RTR 200 4V has a fine blend of performance and efficiency. It returns an overall mileage of almost 40 kmph which is very impressive for the amount of torque it delivers.

2020 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V dual barrel exhaust

The lighter engine components also contribute to the mileage numbers. TVS has coated the cylinders with a layer of Molybdenum disulphide. This particular coating is called nanofriks coating. This reduces dry friction which in turn helps the piston to move freely and thus improve both efficiency and performance.

Motorcycle

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

Yamaha FZ 25

Hero Xtreme 200R

City(kmpl)

37.0

32.4

40.2

38.2

Highway(kmpl)

41.0

39.7

45.4

43.2

Overall(kmpl)

39.8

36.0

43.0

39.9

Fuel Capacity(Litres)

12

12

14

12.5

The Apache has a 12 litres fuel capacity which is cleanly tucked behind that chiselled fuel tank. This sums up for a decent riding range that will be sufficient for your urban needs and a weekend ride is also a no-frills agenda for this TVS.

How well does the Apache tackle our road conditions?

Is the RTR 200 4V as sharp a handler as it looks?

Ten years of development on the race track has fared us with a unique handling motorcycle from TVS. It can change its character at will as the Apache RTR 200 4V can be a hoonigan on the track and when it’s not flexing its muscles, a daily commuter. The wider power band enables it to take situations calmly and thus make it adaptable.

2020 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V handling

The beefy front forks and rear mono-shock do a good job of detaching imperfections on the road from the rider. This instils confidence for the rider and amplifies it in corners as well, thanks to the radial rear tyre. It helps you build up more speed at corners and doesn’t lose its composure. High speed runs also doesn’t make you feel the jitters and so is an apt companion for touring. You can flick the motorcycle and it will change directions without any hesitation.

Motorcycle

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

Yamaha FZ 25

Hero Xtreme 200R

Chassis 

Double-Cradle

Perimeter

Diamond

Diamond with engine as stress-member

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

90/90-17

100/80-17

100/80-17

100/80-17

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

130/70-17

130/70-17

140/70-17

130/70-17

Front Suspension

Telescopic with hydraulic dampers

Telescopic with Anti-friction Bush

Telescopic Forks

Telescopic Forks with anti-friction bush

Rear Suspension

KYB sourced 5-Step adjustable Mono-Shock

Nitrox mono-shock absorber with canister

Monoshock

7-Step adjustable Monoshock

We say that the Apache RTR 200 4V is a unique handler because the Yamaha FZ 25 is also a dual-purpose motorcycle which can commute as well as tour. But Yamaha couldn’t find balance in its handling department, as the FZ 25 has a heavy front section which makes riding through thick traffic, tiresome. TVS, on the other hand, can fit in many shoes.


How comfortable will the rider be on the Apache?

TVS has not fiddled much with the already relaxed seating of the Apache RTR 200 4V. However, it is noteworthy that the seat material has improved in quality which helps. You sit upright with a slight tilt towards the front which keeps you relaxed and thrilled at the same time! The clip-on handlebars are wide and don't impose much strain on your hands and shoulders. The footpegs are positioned a bit behind so that the riding triangle is maintained. The seating is apt at 800 mm as riders of varying heights will not find it difficult to hop on.

2020 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V sculpted tank

Many impressive additional bits add to the riding comfort. TVS’s very own Anti-Reverse Torque(AR-T) Slipper Clutch keeps downshifts butter smooth and eliminates the fuss of depressing the clutch lever. This is very useful on racetracks and in quick reaction demanding situations.

Motorcycle

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

Yamaha FZ 25

Hero Xtreme 200R

Seat height(mm)

800

805

795

795

Ground Clearance (mm)

180

169

160

165

Kerb Weight(Dry)(kg)

151

154(ABS)/152

(Double Disc)

152

149

Starting System

Self

Self

Self

Self and Kick

GTT is another in-house segment-first feature which stands for Glide Through Traffic. (Pretty straightforward!). This piece of tech allows you to crawl the motorcycle without using the throttle. It works till the third gear and up to speed of 38 kmph. This is a very needy and useful feature for your daily traffic nightmare and also helps you extend the clutch life.

How sharp does the Apache RTR 200 4V look?

What are the Cosmetic upgrades in the 2020 Apache?

The minimal changes that the 2020 Apache RTR 200 4V has endorsed is heavily focused on emissions and aesthetics. The visual changes are limited to the graphics and redesigned headlamps. But these two changes hugely vary the outlook.

2020 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V LED Split-headlight

It now flaunts a full LED headlamp set up with a vertical split design. This unit is housed in an aggressive cowl which is highlighted byLED DRLs at the top corners. Another subtle change is the slightly wider engine cowl due to the addition of a pre-catalytic converter which has increased the downpipe’s diameter as well. The rearview mirrors are redesigned and have an edgy appeal. The graphics are now more dramatic with sharp lines and a lot of carbon fibre texture. Even the rearview mirrors have it on its cover. The rear tyre now gets a hugger to keep that dirt off your beautiful motorcycle. Other than that, it is mostly carried forward from 2019.


Aesthetic Features

  • Unique LED DRLs

  • Wide rear tyre

  • Blacked out engine

  • Alloy wheels

  • Underbelly cowl

  • Semi-cowled tank shrouds

  • Unique looking and sounding double-barrel exhaust

  • Split LED headlights

  • Split seats

TVS has designed the Apache with sharpness in mind and “TVS Racing” on front fender reminds you of the Apache RTR 200 4V’s breeding grounds and the heritage it carries.

Motorcycle

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

Yamaha FZ 25

Hero Xtreme 200R

Length (mm)

2018

2017

2015

2062

Width (mm)

790

804

770

778

Height(mm)

1105

1075

1075

1106

Wheelbase(mm)

1353

1363

1360

1337

Kerb Weight

151

154(ABS)/152

(Double Disc)

152

149

The other edgy looking motorcycle in this lot is the Bajaj Pulsar NS200. But even the Pulsar fails to bring the amount of drama present in Apache. TVS has kept the wheelbase short for quick and better manoeuvrability. The low kerb weight despite BS6 modifications is impressive and kudos to TVS for sticking to its base formula of a thrilling ride.

What are the distinguishing technology features on the Apache?

TVS won’t let the extra Rs. 10,000 go in vain as the amount of upgrades just keeps getting interesting. TVS has bundled the Apache RTR 200 4V with all the essentials needed for a modern sports motorcycle, but there is more. You get a full LED headlight unit which flaunts the trending split setup, TVS’s in-house GTT technology for ease of riding and a very quick Slipper clutch.

2020 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Smart Xonnect

It also gets a very intuitive and modern TFT instrument Cluster that also houses a DOT MAtrix screen. This screen is the communication mode for Smart Xonnect. This feature was first introduced in TVS Ntorq 125 and now is slowly making it to all the other models. This helps the rider to seamlessly connect a smartphone to the system via an application. It then allows you to use maps, get notifications and some impressive features like lean angle and crash alert. It is a very smart move from TVS to include this piece of tech to its line-up.  

Motorcycle

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

Yamaha FZ 25

Hero Xtreme 200R

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 1,14,550

Rs. 1,14,355


Rs. 1,36,680

Rs. 91,900

Features

Turn by turn Navigation

Single Channel ABS

Monocross rear Suspension

LED DRLs


Crash Alert

Underbelly engine protection cowl

LED Headlamps and Taillamps

7-Step adjustable rear mono-shock 


Lean Angle mode

Nitrox rear mono-shock suspension

Multi-information LCD Instrument Cluster

Rear radial tyre


Smart Xonnect for a connected ride

Triple Spark engine

Midship Muffler

Blue backlit Digital Analog instrument cluster


Optional Pirelli tyres

Split-seat

Dual-Channel ABS

Split Grab rail


KYB suspension setup

Underbelly Exhaust system

Fuel Injection System

Carburettor system


Slipper clutch

Rear Tyre Hugger

Tubeless tyres

MRF sourced Nylogrip Zapper tyres

As visible from above, TVS has induced Apache RTR 200 4V with a host of segment-first and rather unique features that make it tough for the competition to hold up. The amount of features it provides us with is well worth the explanation for the added premium of Rs. 10,000.

What are the Safety features at your disposal?

Safety features are plentiful in this race machine. TVS has equipped it with a dual-channel ABS which also has Anti-Lift off. This system makes sure to control those surprise wheelies. The slipper clutch also helps you maintain the line and not lose control in corners.

2020 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Dual-Channel ABS

The Smart Xonnect system also has a few safety features in it. The Crash Alert system is one which sends an SOS message to three of your contacts listed in the application in case of a crash. The LED DRLs and headlight will make your presence known from afar for oncoming traffic. The features are summed up below.


Safety Features

  • Daytime Running LED DRLs and headlight

  • Dual-Channel ABS with Anti-lift off

  • Crash Alert System

  • Slipper Clutch

  • Gear Position Indicator

How does the Competition add up?

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V vs Bajaj Pulsar NS200


2020 Bajaj NS200

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 is the direct competitor to the Apache in terms of pricing and performance. The pulsar does have a few extra horses but that doesn’t outclass Apaches’s riding dynamics and dual personality. TVS has also loaded its offering with a host of features that throws the NS200 out of picture. Bajaj has a lot of catching up to do and TVS has nailed it again this time. We would take the sharp and potent RTR 200 4V over the pulsar.


TVS Apache RTR 200 4V vs Yamaha FZ 25


2020 Yamaha FZ25

The FZ 25 syncs with Apache RTR 200 4V in character. This is the only competitor of the lot that can showcase both urban and touring capabilities without any compromise. Performance figures are also similar but the Apache RTR 200 4V provides a much more involving experience because of its meaty exhaust note and meaty mid-range. The FZ 25 is potent for sure but the Apache does it better and is cheaper as well.


TVS Apache RTR 200 4V vs Hero Xtreme 200R


2020 Hero Xtreme 200R

Hero has also pitched in their choice of poison with the Xtreme 200R. It is a very energetic ride for the price point. But for a 200cc motor, the 200R is mediocre in performance and driving dynamics. It's high time that Hero accepted that the Indian Biking Community has come a long way. They are still in the dilemma that greater fuel efficiency figures can win people over. It surely would, for sub-150cc motorcycles, but is not so true for 200cc and above. TVS offers exploitable power along with a well-balanced riding character that isn’t down on efficiency. We choose the TVS here for its well-rounded offering.

Should you buy the Apache RTR 200 4V?

The Apache RTR 200 4V is TVS’s most pampered child. It got all of the care and love and in return surely paid off with an irresistible bundle of performance, riding dynamics, modern technology and that unmistakable exhaust note. The BS6 onslaught bought about a challenge for TVS and they overcame it with no-sweat. The 2020 Apache RTR 200 4V is as powerful as ever and provides the same thrill in a revamped avatar.