The TVS Apache has been around for a while now, and has come a long way from where it first started. Way back in 2007, it was launched with an air-cooled, single cylinder, 150cc engine and today, loads of updates and refreshes later, it is available with a 160cc or a 180cc engine, in Carburettored or Fuel-Injected forms. This is real good progress, but now it is starting to wear-off in the face of new competition.
The low-capacity, performance biking segment is now officially the fastest growing motorcycle segment in the world, and the center for this growth is right here in India, the largest two-wheeler market in the world! This segment is now flooded with options for buyers, and is attracting a lot of attention. Because of this, TVS is finding it tough to compete with the higher capacity bikes like the KTM Duke 200, Honda CBR 250R etc. What TVS now needs is, a higher capacity motorcycle of their own, and this is what we will be getting with the new Apache.
It is a known fact that the next-gen TVS Apache was scheduled to be launched by the end of this year, and we were all expecting a good bike from TVS, as it has to do better than the current Apache, in order to meet competition, and boy were we right! TVS is headed in just the right direction, reports have now emerged that the next-gen Apache will be powered by a 250cc engine.
TVS had displayed the Draken concept at the Auto Expo held in Delhi earlier this year, and the concept was powered by a 250cc liquid-cooled engine among many other cool features, and now it shouldn’t come as a surprise to us when these reports state that the new Apache will be powered by the same engine, with just a few changes. What changes you ask? well, the Draken concept’s 250cc powerplant packed 39 HP and 23 NM of torque, and we don’t think these numbers would make it to the final production line, the Apache will get a de-tuned version of this 250cc engine, but features like liquid-cooling will be retained.
Even though they have a collaboration with BMW Motorrad, The next-gen Apache would be designed and developed entirely by the TVS engineers and will be drawing a lot of inspiration from the Draken concept. Many features of the Draken concept are expected to filter down to the next-gen Apache. We’re talking about features like the LED tail-lamps, offset rear mono-shock and the upside-down forks up front.
Once launched, the next-gen TVS Apache will have bikes like the Pulsar 375, Honda CBR 250R, KTM Duke 200 and Hyosung GD 250N for competition.
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Source – Zigwheels.com