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Niche bike maker Royal Enfield has opened its first exclusive brand store in Melbourne as part of its growth strategy in Australia. The company, which aims to be a leading player globally in mid-sized motorcycle segment (250-750cc), currently has 25 dealerships across the country.

The exclusive brand store at Melbourne showcases the company’s complete range of motorcycles, apparel and accessories under one roof. “Australia represents one of the most important matured markets for Royal Enfield and we are already witnessing an upward growth in the market, a testimony to which is the 63 per cent growth we have received in the first three quarters of 2016, compared to same period last year,” Royal Enfield President Rudratej Singh today said in a statement.

The growth will be fuelled by the company’s close proximity to the customer through over 25 dealerships across the country, exclusive brand store and evocative product range, available at accessible price points that will appeal to motorcycling enthusiasts, he added.

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The Himalayan was launched in Australia last month

“We are looking at key cities in Australia to expand our distribution network, in addition to a strong aftermarket network and infrastructure to ensure full service support to our customers in the region,” Singh said. The store would house not only Royal Enfield’s motorcycle range, but also its complete range of apparels and accessories, that includes purpose-built protective riding gear and moto inspired urban protection gear. It is a full-service dealership that is equipped with service and aftermarket capabilities as well, the company said.

“We believe that our future growth will come from markets such as Australia with huge potential for our evocative, all purpose, and middle-weight motorcycles,” Rudy said.

As a part of the company’s ‘city strategy’ it now has 19 exclusive brand stores outside India, in places like Milwaukee, London, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Bogota, Medellin, Dubai, Jakarta, Bangkok and Melbourne. “The Melbourne store also follows this global retail identity and we are confident that it will set new benchmarks in motorcycle retail in Australia,” Rudy said. Only last month, Royal Enfield also launched the all-new Himalayan in Australia at the Melbourne Auto Expo.

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upcoming-cars-in-2016-827_827x510_51456125835With 2015 having brought some much needed cheer to the Indian automotive industry, carmakers will be looking to carry forwards their momentum into the new year. The general sentiment in the industry is a positive one, especially since the initiation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India campaign which aims at increasing foreign investments in India. As a result, more and more foreign automakers are spending big in India which should see localisation, productivity, job opportunities and export figures soar. The Auto Expo saw record footfall and a host of upcoming vehicles were displayed which indicates that the thriving Indian auto industry is set to grow in leaps and bounds over the next couple of years despite tighter emissions regulations coming in to play in order to combat the alarming pollution levels.

2015 did end on a blip as the automotive industry was rocked by a series of emission scandals both in India and internationally. This includes Volkswagen’s use of emissions cheating devices in its diesel offerings sold all over the world as well as the ban on sales of diesel cars with engine capacities more than 2,000cc in New Delhi. Nevertheless, carmakers are surging ahead with their launch plans to ensure that 2016 is as successful if not more successful than 2015. Here’s a list of the top 10 upcoming cars expected to launch in India this year.

1. Tata Zica / Tata Zica Sedan

The Tata Zica (codename: Kite) is an exciting new product that is scheduled to be launched in March by the Indian carmaking giant. The car was first unveiled in January and ran into some unforeseen trouble with its name as the name Zica, derived from ‘Zippy Car’, bears an uncomfortable resemblance to the ‘Zika’ virus that continues to spread across the world. Tata has announced that in order to avoid compromising the brand’s image by going forwards with such a controversial name, the Zica will in fact be renamed before it becomes available for purchase. The new name is likely to be one of the following three: Adore, Civet or Tiago.

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Tata Zica Hatchback

The car’s contemporary design and well thought out interiors seem to tick all the right boxes, especially if launched at a competitive price point. A subcompact sedan version of the hatchback will also arrive in India this year. The Tata Zica Sedan was showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 bearing the codename Kite 5. Tata’s new hatchback will slot in between the smaller Tata Nano and larger Tata Bolt hatchback whereas the Zica Sedan will sit below the Tata Zest in the company’s product line. Both cars are expected to share powertrain options. The Zica will be available with a choice of 3-cylinder petrol and diesel engine units. The 1.2-litre petrol Revotron engine, also used in the Bolt  and Zest will pump out 83bhp and 114Nm of torque whereas the 3-pot, 1.05-litre diesel unit can make 67bhp and 140Nm of torque.

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The Tata Zica Sedan (codename: Kite 5) was showcased at Auto Expo 2016

The Tata Zica will come fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission although an AMT version is also likely to arrive in the future. The hatchback will compete with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio andHyundai i10 and should cost between 3.5 lakh and 5 lakh. The Tata Zica Sedan will rival the upcoming Volkswagen Ameo, Ford Figo Aspire, Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Honda Amaze, and Hyundai Xcent and should cost 4.5 lakh – 5.5 lakh.

Tata Zica Launch: March, 2016

Tata Zica Expected Price: 3.5 lakh – 5 lakh

Tata Zica Sedan Expected Launch: October, 2016

Tata Zica Sedan Expected Price: 4.5 lakh – 5.5 lakh

2. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza subcompact SUV made its highly anticipated global debut at Auto Expo 2016 and is expected to arrive in showrooms by the end of this fiscal. The Vitara Brezza has witnessed a very good market reaction upon its unveiling owing to its contemporary styling. The subcompact SUV will enter a very popular segment that currently features the Mahindra TUV300 andFord EcoSport. The EcoSport in particular will be its main rival given the immense success that it has enjoyed thus far.

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The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza made its global debut at Auto Expo 2016

The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza will arrive with a solitary powertrain option. The car will be powered by a 1.3-litre diesel engine goof for 88.5bhp and 200Nm of torque. The car will initially arrive with a 5-speed manual gearbox although an AMT offering is also a possibility. In terms of cost, the car is expected to come bearing a ballpark figure of around 6 lakh to 9 lakh.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Expected Launch: April, 2016

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Expected Price: 6 lakh – 9 lakh

3. Renault Duster

The facelifted Renault Duster is all set to be launched in India this upcoming March. The new car hasn’t undergone too many major visible changes barring the addition of a twin slat chrome front grille, hawk eye cluster headlamps, a silver skid plate and bullbar-like setup at the front. The side profile remains relatively similar and features flared wheel arches, new gunmetal-finish alloys, kayak roof rails and electrically adjustable ORVMs with turn indicators. The rear too maintains the old car’s shape and proportions but the addition of new waterfall LED tail-lamps make it look more premium.

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The New Renault Duster Facelift with AMT was showcased at Auto Expo 2016

On the insides too, the new Renault Duster facelift has been updated with the addition of soft touch materials, anti-pinch power windows, a navigation equipped infotainment system, automatic climate control, and redesigned seat covers. In terms of electronic aids, Renault has fitted the car with a cruise control system with a speed limiter as well as an ECO mode for improved efficiency during city commutes.

Also Read: Renault Duster Facelift to Be Launched in India in March 2016

Mechanically, the powertrain options have remained the same which includes a 1.6-litre petrol unit and a 1.5-litre diesel engine available in 2 states of tune; an 84bhp/200Nm version as well as a 108bhp/245Nm variant. The big announcement though has been that the diesel variant will now be available with an EasyR AMT gearbox. AS yet it is still uncertain as to which state of tune of the diesel engine wil come mated to the new EasyR autobox. Prices are expected to remain relatively unchanged although the AMT version may cost around 1 lakh more than the manual version.

Also Read: Renault Duster AMT vs Hyundai Creta AT vs Mahindra Scorpio AT: Spec Comparison

New Renault Duster Expected Launch: March, 2016

New Renault Duster Expected Price: 9.5 lakh – 15 lakh

4. Volkswagen Ameo

In an event prior to the Auto Expo, Volkswagen globally unveiled its made-in-India, made-for-IndiaVolkswagen Ameo subcompact sedan after which the car was showcased at the German manufacturers pavilion at Auto Expo 2016. Based on the Polo hatchback, the Ameo is the company’s first compact sedan offering in India and also boasts of the highest percentage of localisation in Volkswagen’s Indian product portfolio.

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Volkswagen Ameo subcompact sedan

In terms of looks, the car is very similar to the Polo, particularly at the front. The square tail-lamp clusters at the back are similar to those found in the Polo and new Vento. Engine options are the same as those found on the Polo which includes a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel option. The gearbox too has been carried forwards from the Polo as the Ameo will come with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 7-speed DSG autobox which will be available on the diesel variant.

Also Read: Auto Expo 2016: Volkswagen Ameo Subcompact Sedan Makes Global Debut in India

Volkswagen Ameo Expected Launch: August, 2016

Volkswagen Ameo Expected Price: 5.5 lakh – 8.5 lakh

5. Skoda Superb

Czech carmaker Skoda is launching the new-look Superb in India on 23 February, 2016. Updated features include Skoda’s new look butterfly grille, a more angular design language, sharp crystalline shaped head-lamps with DRLs, and LED tail-lamps. The cabin has been worked on as well with the addition of an improved audio system, high-quality plastics and more interior space thanks to its 28mm longer wheelbase.

The all-new Skoda Superb

The new Skoda Superb is based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform resulting in the car weighing 75kg less than its predecessor. Visibly, the car takes a bunch of design cues from the Skoda Vision C concept which was showcased at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The Superb is likely to arrive with the same engine transmission options as the Octavia i.e., a 1.8-litre petrol unit that makes 177.5bhp and a 2.0-litre diesel unit that churns out 141bhp.

Skoda Superb Expected Launch: 23 February, 2016

Skoda Superb Expected Price: 22 lakh – 28 lakh

6. Tata Nexon

Tata unveiled the production ready iteration of its upcoming Nexon subcompact SUV at Auto Expo 2016. Developed on the X1 platform, the good looking and well proportioned car will be positioned between the Zest and Safari Storme in Tata’s range. The car’s design both on the inside and outside, borrows heavily from the Zica hatchback.

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Tata Nexon Subcompact SUV

Upon its launch, the Tata Nexon (codename: Osprey) will compete with the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV300, and upcoming Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The car was initially thought be powered by a Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre diesel unit that currently powers many other hatchbacks like the Swift, although new reports have suggested that Tata is planning on fitting it with a more powerful 1.5-litre diesel unit. This punchy new engine is good for 108bhp and 260Nm of torque and will likely come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. A 1.2-litre Revotron petrol option will also be available. The engine currently features on the Tata Zest and churns out 89bhp and 140Nm of torque.

Tata Nexon Expected Launch: October, 2016

Tata Nexon Expected Price: 7 lakh – 10 lakh

7. Tata Hexa

Tata is all set to create chaos in the people carrier market when it launches is Innova Crysta competitor called the Tata Hexa. On the outside, the car looks to be a heavily reworked and better styled version of the Tata Aria. Upon its launch, the Aria replacement will sit above the Safari and will become the Indian manufacturer’s flagship model in India.

Tata Hexa Tuff Concept

The Tata Hexa features a muscular design template, Tata’s signature honeycomb mesh front grille, a redesigned air dam, and projector head-lamps. The sporty element to its styling is further accentuated by its horizontal LED tail-lamp clusters, huge wheel arches with rubber wrapped 19 inch alloys sat inside them, and blacked out door pillars. The cabin features a host of intelligent driver aids, an intelligent media system, premium quality materials as well as 2 individual bucket seats in the middle row. The 6-seater Hexa SUV comes equipped with ESP, ambient lighting, 6 airbags, auto head-lamps, and rain-sensing wipers.

Power is derived from a 2.2-litre diesel unit sourced from the Safari Storme VARICOR 400. The engine makes 154bhp and 400Nm of torque and is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Tata Hexa Expected Launch: Mid-2016

Tata Hexa Expected Price: 13 lakh – 18 lakh

8. Toyota Innova

The 2016 Auto Expo saw the long awaited new-look Toyota Innova Cryst break cover in India. The updated model is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform and is lighter than the outgoing version. The Toyot Innova Crysta features a completely re-done front end with swept back head-lamps, a new front grille, LED DRLs and new fog-lamps while the rear end gets a new bumper along with updated tail-lamp clusters.

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New Toyota Innova Crysta

Inside the more premium cabin, the new Toyota Innova will include a host of bells and whistles including an intelligent touchscreen multimedia system with inbuilt navigation. Power will be provided either by a 2.0-litre petrol or a newly developed 2.4-litre diesel engine unit, the manual versions of which put out 137bhp/183Nm and 147bhp/342Nm respectively. A 6-speed automatic gearbox will be available on diesel variants in which torque has been upped to 360Nm.

Toyota Innova Expected Launch: May-June 2016

Toyota Innova Expected Price: 10 lakh – 16 lakh

Also Read: Toyota Innova Crysta: 11 You Need to Know

9. Maruti Suzuki Ignis

Auto Expo 2016 saw Maruti Suzuki unveil its upcoming Ignis subcompact crossover-SUV. Set to compete in a relatively new segment of sub-4 metre SUV-styled cars, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis will maily compete with the recently launched Mahindra KUV100. The car features tall proportions and a heavily stylized front fascia which includes large U-shaped LED DRLs in the head-lamp units that are infused with the front grille.

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Maruti Suzuki Ignis

Based on the details obtained from the Japanese-spec model, the Ignis’ SUV-like traits should include flared wheelarches, a 180mm ground clearance, and Suzuki’s All Grip AWD system. Electronic features will include a USB and Bluetooth equipped media system, Suzuki’s adaptive Dual Camera Braking System (DCBS), lane management system, hill decent control, and camera equipped front and rear parking sensors. ABS and EBD will be available as standard as will dual front airbags. Power will be sourced from its 1.3-litre engine although a 1.2-litre offering may also be in the pipeline. Transmission duties will likely be performed by either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT unit. At the expo, Maruti Suzuki confirmed that the Ignis was likely to arrive during the festive season.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Expected Launch: October, 2016

Maruti Suzuki Ignis Expected Price: 4 lakh – 5.5 lakh

10. Honda BR-V

Japanese manufacturing giant Honda showcased its compact SUV contender called the BR-V at Auto Expo 2016. The Honda BR-V will be launched in India sometime around June, 2016. The BR-Vs form is visibly based on the extended Brio platform and features multiple design elements borrowed from Honda’s current range of vehicles such as the Mobilio, Jazz and City. Capable of seating 7, the compact SUV will compete against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and Maruti Suzuki S-Cross.

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Honda BR-V compact SUV

The Honda BR-V is powered by the same set of engines that drive other Honda offerings like the City and Mobilio. Engine options include a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel unit mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic transmission box. The petrol unit makes 117bhp and 146Nm whereas the diesel puts out 99bhp and 200Nm of torque. Its features list will include dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Assist, and Hill Start Assist.

Honda BR-V Expected Launch: September, 2016

Honda BR-V Expected Price: 9 lakh – 13 lakh

 

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About Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen will also bring in its premium SUV, Tiguan, to India. The SUV will most likely make its Indian debut at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo. Based on the company’s MQB platform that also underpins other Volkswagen Group cars like the Skoda Octavia and Audi A3. The India-bound model will most probably be a 7-seater.

Volkswagen Tiguan Preview

Volkswagen revealed compact SUV Tiguan at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year in September. The new generation model is inspired from the Cross Coupe GTE and will be launched in India this year. With the new model, Tiguan will succeed into second generation, while the first generation version was rumoured to be launched in India but it could not be materialized. Safety features likely to be employed in the SUV are Front Assist City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, Lane Assist, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System among others.

Volkswagen Tiguan Exteriors

Underpinning Volkswagen’s versatile MQB platform which will also be the base for upcoming cars like new Passat and Octavia, the SUV will measure 60mm longer, 33mm lower and 30mm wider than the outgoing version. Even the wheelbase has been upped by 77mm measuring 2,681mm. Volkswagen claims new Tiguan to be 50 kgs lighter than the current gen model.

Volkswagen Tiguan Interiors

With changes made to the wheelbase, space inside the cabin for occupants will be substantial. As per Volkswagen’s claim the knee room at rear is up by 29mm and boot capacity has also been increased by 145 litres measuring 615 litres. A five-inch monochrome touchscreen is expected to be seen in the entry level variant, whereas the high-end trims could get an 8-inch display with support navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink etc.

Volkswagen Tiguan Engine specification & Transmission

VW may roll out Tiguan in various petrol and diesel engine options for global markets, but Indian market is likely to get the 2.0 litre diesel motor outputting 148bhp.

Volkswagen Tiguan Competition

The premium entry level SUV segment is seemingly swelling in size. As Tiguan enters Indian market it will have to fight with potential competitors like new Ford Endeavour, new Toyota Fortuner and Chevrolet Trailblazer.

Volkswagen Tiguan Expected Price

Volkswagen is eyeing local assembling for the upcoming SUV to bring down the cost significantly, hence we may expect a price tag ranging between Rs 25 lakh to Rs 30 lakh.

Volkswagen Tiguan Expected Launch

Volkswagen is expected to launch Tiguan in India in February 2016.

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TVS Victor – the name ring a bell? The Victor was the flag bearer of the Hosur-based two wheeler manufacturer’s commuter motorcycle line-up a decade ago. The old TVS Victor, when launched in 2001, did almost the unthinkable for TVS Motor Company. A refined, yet frugal engine, as well as comfortable ergonomics and good ride quality made the TVS Victor immensely popular.

Also Read: TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Review

During the time it was in production, the TVS Victor developed a loyal fan following, and even dented sales of the market leader in the commuter motorcycle segment. Rising competition, and a slew of new products in the same segment however saw the Victor brand eventually discontinued in 2007. History lessons apart, the Victor is a very important brand for TVS and one, which now the two-wheeler manufacturer has again revived, in a fresh, new product in the 110cc commuter motorcycle segment.

Indeed, the 2016 TVS Victor, has a lot of expectations riding on its – er, handlebars. The new Victor however, is not just a facelift or a “tweaked” and upgraded version of the old model. TVS says the company did considerable market research to understand what the target customer seeks in a new commuter class 110cc motorcycle. So, the development of a brand new product claiming several best in class features and technology was begun. And those efforts show in the result.

Looks & Design

The 2016 TVS Victor is refreshingly new. The overall design speaks out high quality – full proportions and a muscular silhouette point to the contemporary styling of the bike. Sharp creases run along the length of the body and complemented by smart graphics create an essence of a ‘premium’ commuter motorcycle.

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A modern part-analog, part-digital speedometer takes pride of place in the cockpit. Although not over-the-top hi-tech, the instrument panel is neat and offers good readability. Switch gear is of decent quality too, although the engine kill switch has been given a miss. Instead, that switch has been swapped for the hazard lights. The short and stubby exhaust muffler looks good and supposedly engineered for better performance and efficiency.

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The single piece seat is wide and long and there’s been considerable thought and research given to its design and development as well, says TVS. The result is a claimed best-in-class comfort for both rider and pillion. The large clear lens headlight too has been designed keeping in mind the voice of the customer. Although we didn’t get a chance to check its effectiveness, the headlight is also said to give best-in-class illumination, both on low and high beam. Then of course, the rear end gets a sleek look with a softly rounded grab rail and a smart looking hexagonal tail lamp flanked by clear lens indicators.

Engine and Performance

The most significant change however, is in the heart. The all-new single-cylinder, air-cooled, 110cc engine from the company’s Ecothrust series makes 9.46bhp at 7,500rpm and 9.4Nm of peak torque at 6,000rpm. What’s worthy of mention here is that TVS has designed the engine with a unique combustion chamber oil cooling jacket around it, making for better performance, better NVH levels and very good throttle response.

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The engine starts with a mild note and performance is par for the course. Initial pick up is quite impressive and so is in-gear acceleration. What is noteworthy is that refinement levels are quite commendable – and are clearly evident at speeds between 55-70kmph – speeds normally where such commuter bikes will eventually be ridden. That’s not to say that the 2016 TVS Victor is not capable of higher speeds.

At the TVS Motor Company test track in Hosur, we managed to hit a top speed of 94kmph. And for a 110cc engine, there is no sense of harshness or vibrations even at higher rpms. The TVS Victor can easily cruise steadily between 70-80kmph, without breaking a sweat or even letting the rider get any sense of the engine feeling strained or protesting from high-speed riding.

Ride, Handling and Brakes

Ride quality is on the softer side – again to cater to the customer voice. But the TVS Victor offers a supple and comfortable ride. Whether going through undulations on the road surface or even over broken terrain – the likes of which we subjected the bike to at the test track – the Victor took everything in its stride without protest or giving any sense of losing its composure.

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Although not meant for sporty riding, the TVS Victor manages to put a smile when put through the paces of the test track. The chassis doesn’t get in the way of sporty riding and offer surprisingly good handling, even when cornering hard. The new TVS Remora tyres – which are said to offer reduced rolling resistance yet significant improvement in wet grip – offer impressive grip. Braking is handled by a 240mm petal disc up front and a 110mm drum at the rear. Overall braking is quite effective and offers confident stopping power from the combination.

Verdict

The 2016 TVS Victor is positioned at the premium 110cc segment – and it will compete against the likes of the Honda Livo and the Hero Passion XPro. The new TVS Victor is without doubt a well-rounded product, with little to find fault in. How it fares against the competition is another story and we will of course do a full comparison review soon.

Where the TVS Victor could have seen some more improvement is perhaps in the overall design and styling – making it more desirable for the consumer it caters to. But then there is always that customer in this segment who likes the design to be a little understated than brash and young. And that is where the Victor with its simple, yet elegant looks, will have its bases covered well.

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The new TVS Victor is priced at a very 49,490 (ex-showroom Delhi). What you get at that price is a very good 110cc commuter motorcycle – one that will meet most of your requirements – great looks, refined motor, comfortable ride and very good fuel efficiency. Will it revive the magic the Victor brand did for TVS? Not easy to predict. But from all indications, this Victor is certainly going to be a winner, at least for us.

Photography: Rahul Kapoor and Preetam Bora

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TVS Motor Company’s Apache series held its ground in the performance-oriented 150-180cc bike segment in India for a while now. The latest addition to the Apache line-up here, the new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, aims to further fortify the company’s performance products in addition to taking the performance pedigree of the Apache series a notch higher for the TVS Motor Company.tvs-apache-rtr-200-4v-827_827x510_51453287268The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, in a way, breaks new ground for the company – taking the first definitive step towards hi-performance motorcycles. Labelled as being inspired by motorcycle racing and designed for the racing enthusiast, the RTR 200 4V offers a great package- with aggressive looks, usable performance and even racing diagnostics in its instrument panel. We put the bike through its paces at the TVS test track in Hosur.

Design and Features

Overall, the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V doesn’t look radically different from its siblings – the Apache RTR 160 and the Apache RTR 180. But the Apache 200 does seem to have been given a leaner, meaner and sleeker look, yet with all the muscle and cuts expected from a performance naked.

The chiseled fuel tank has sharp shrouds at both sides which serve a dual purpose – enhance the sporty looks, but more importantly to direct air flow towards the spark plug to aid in cooling.

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The all-digital speedometer is a first for any TVS bike and offers a long list of read-outs that includes the usual speedo, odo, tacho, fuel level, and trip meter as well as a service reminder, gear shift indicator, low battery indicator, lap timer and top speed read out. The clip-on handlebar is made of forged aluminium, allowing weight saving of around 1.5kg.

The split seats not only look good, but offer good comfort, both for pillion and rider. The rear side panel tapers off to a nice LED taillight, topped off by a sporty looking split grab rail. Brakes comprise of a single 270mm petal disc up front and a 240mm disc at the rear. ABS will be offered as an option soon. Overall, the Apache RTR 200 4V is an aggressively good looking motorcycle – be it in terms of overall silhouette or the minutest of details and high quality features.

Engine and Performance

The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is powered by an all-new, 198cc, four stroke, oil-cooled engine, that is available in a carburetted as well as a fuel-injected variant, making around 20bhp of power at 7000rpm and 18.1Nm of torque at 7000rpm. The engine is from a new family of TVS-engineered power plants which feature an oil-cooled combustion chamber and ram air assist cooling, a first in its class.

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Start up the Apache RTR and the engine settles into a deep idle. Rev it up, and the throaty, full bodied sound of the exhaust note will immediately impress you. The exhaust, named the Double Barrel by TVS, has been engineered to produce a meatier and bassier note, and has been tuned for delivering optimum performance.

The five-speed gearbox shifts with precision, and what also impressed us is the strong mid-range of the Apache 200’s engine, complemented by the throaty growl from its exhaust. The numbers on paper don’t seem much to go ga-ga over, but the Apache 200 certainly provides entertaining performance, though a little more punch towards the top end of the rev band would have been the icing on the cake. The carburetted engine sounds great but our pick would be the fuel-injected mill, which offers fantastic power delivery and throttle response – nice and linear.

Ride, Handling and Braking

The Apache 200 4V’s suspension consists of high quality race-tuned KYB monoshock and front telescopic forks offering very good shock absorption, even over broken patches and road undulations.

What’s more impressive is the taut handling of the bike, even while cornering at high speeds. Of course, the Pirelli rubbers on the top variants offer even more confidence and grip, be it while cornering or braking.

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Braking is handled by petal discs at both ends – a 270mm disc at the front and a 240mm at the rear. Dual channel ABS with rear lift prevention control will be available too by March. Despite ABS being absent on the test bikes that we rode around the track, braking was progressive and with sufficient bite to not worry about skidding or losing traction, also thanks partly to the excellent rubber.

Variants and Market Positioning

The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V has been priced at 88,990 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the base carburetted version with TVS Remora tyres. Pirellis are available as an option at an extra cost of around 7,000. The EFI versions will cost between 12,000-15,000 more and the top of the line ABS variant, once available, will be priced at around 1.15 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)

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Braking is handled by petal discs at both ends – a 270mm disc at the front and a 240mm at the rear. Dual channel ABS with rear lift prevention control will be available too by March. Despite ABS being absent on the test bikes that we rode around the track, braking was progressive and with sufficient bite to not worry about skidding or losing traction, also thanks partly to the excellent rubber.

Variants and Market Positioning

The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V has been priced at 88,990 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the base carburetted version with TVS Remora tyres. Pirellis are available as an option at an extra cost of around 7,000. The EFI versions will cost between 12,000-15,000 more and the top of the line ABS variant, once available, will be priced at around 1.15 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)

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