The BS6 200cc air-cooled motor gets fuel-injection. The power output of 20bhp still peaks at 8500rpm, but the torque has gone down marginally and now makes 16.8Nm at 7500rpm. The interesting bit here is that TVS has managed to make this engine more refined. It still has a bit of crudeness but it manages to exhibit some respectable smoothness as well. The power delivery continues to be linear and with a strong mid-range, the bike behaves well on the highways. The vibes on the bike have reduced drastically. It becomes prominent post 8000rpm and could be felt on the pegs and the handlebar.
No changes have been done to the five-speed gearbox. The gear ratios are the same and so is its usage experience. The suspension setup on the new Apache RTR 200 4V is slightly on the sportier side. But the Kayaba units don’t break anyone’s back nor does the bike struggle when ridden over some potholes. It looks like TVS wanted to keep the race DNA intact even though the bike will majorly be used for commuting.
TVS has introduced a radial tyre at the rear and it is not an ordinary one. It’s the Protorq which Vikrant loved when he raced it on a race track. It performed extremely well in city roads too, especially during the rains. Like most of the other aspects of the bike, the brakes have gotten better too. The power and bite are really good. The feel on the lever, however, continues to lack a bit. The ABS system works flawlessly. There was a panic brake moment, but the bike simply took care of it without any drama.