TVS Apache RTR 200 4V BS6: Old vs New Real-world Performance Compared
Just how much of an improvement have the latest updates made to TVS’ flagship naked?
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V has always had an excellent price-to-features ratio, thanks to its timely and key updates. TVS’ most recent update has probably made the 200cc naked better than ever. If you have read our road test review of the 2021 model, you would know just how rewarding the experience is. But just how much better is it against the outgoing model? We’re letting our test numbers paint a picture for you.
Both motorcycles use the same BS6-compliant, 197cc single-cylinder motor. However, the 2021 RTR 200 4V features an improved state-of-tune and makes marginally more power and torque than the bike it replaces. The torque curve is flatter with improved bottom-end performance and a healthier mid-range. As a result, the new RTR 200 4V is over 1.5 seconds quicker than the older BS6 model.
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On paper, the braking hardware seems to be exactly what it was, the only addition being the span-adjustable levers. But boy were we impressed with its new braking prowess! TVS has tweaked the internals of the RTR’s braking setup, allowing it to stop 5m earlier than the previous model. That’s not it; its stopping distance from 80kmph is 2m less than that of the better-kitted TVS Apache RR 310 BS6!
The 2020 model of the RTR 200 4V returned 3kmpl more, which, when coupled with the same 12-litre fuel tank, enabled you to ride 36km more (well, theoretically, at least). The ‘Urban’ mode is claimed to offer better fuel-efficiency, but it is likely that you will get bored with the dull engine response soon and switch to ‘Sport’ sooner.
On the highway, though, the 2021 RTR 200 was able to stretch its legs comfortably at 85-90kmph. As a result, the bike extracted 7kmpl more, thanks to better fuelling and a more free-revving motor.
In summary, the 2021 RTR 200 4V is not only better on paper but outperforms the older model in all aspects. Not to forget, all these improvements come at just Rs 3,000 more, making the 2021 model an excellent value-for-money proposition.