To start off, TVS has equipped the Race-spec Apache RTR 200 with high-lift cams and a free-flow exhaust. Furthermore, it has also retuned the carburettor and the intake which has cumulatively pushed the 199cc, single-cylinder, four-valve engine to produce 24bhp; 4bhp more than the stock bike.
And the difference in power shows. The Apache RTR 200 Race Bike, which fits a Race-ECU has been tuned to pack the hardest punch in the mid-range. The lower end has good grunt too but that area is rarely where one will be lurking around on a race track. In terms of top speed, the Race bike isn't much different than the stock version, both maxing out near 137kmph.
Now to the most crucial bit, how does it feel before, mid-way and while exiting a corner? While entering a corner, let's say that braking isn't one of the Apache RTR 200's strongest points. The braking setup on both ends is spongy and lacks bite and feedback. Furthermore, the brakes also tend to show signs of fade after a couple of hot laps. Resultantly, early braking into a corner is the only way to go. Moreover, the motorcycle gets a suspension setup that is slightly stiffer than the standard Apache RTR 200 and a firm suspension always helps mid-corner. The Race-bike holds on to a line and also gives the rider room to correct mid-corner. Exiting the corner, the Apache RTR 200 Race Bike is quick but it doesn't feel as breath-taking as the sound of the free-flow exhaust makes it to be.