TVS Motor Company Strengthens Peru Presence With Three Products


TVS has launched the TVS Apache RR 310, the TVS NTorq 125 and TVS Apache RTR 160 4V in Peru, with a state-of-the-art flagship showroom in Lima.




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R Dilip, Senior VP – International Business, TVS and Minhaz Khoja, Director, Indian Motos

TVS Motor Company has launched three premium two-wheelers in Peru, and also inaugurated a state-of-the-art showroom in Lima. The flagship motorcycle from the Indian two-wheeler manufacturer, the TVS Apache RR 310, along with the premium 125 cc scooter, TVS NTorq 125 and the premium 160 cc motorcycle, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V have been introduced for the Peru market. TVS has also inaugurated a new state-of-the-art showroom in Lima, offering sales, service, spares and other facilities for TVS bikes in partnership with the company’s local distributors – Indian Motos.

“We are optimistic about strengthening our presence in the Peru market with the help of our distributors Indian Motos. In our six-year association, they have helped establish our brand in the country especially in terms of three-wheelers. Today, we are delighted to launch three new products and open a state-of-the-art showroom in Peru. The TVS Apache RR 310 is the most advanced offering in our product portfolio – a manifestation of our racing heritage and cutting-edge technology. With TVS NTORQ 125, we have developed an attractive product for the youth of Peru as the scooter is a great package of performance, style and smart features and finally TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is a stylish proposition, boasting of our racing pedigree,” said R Dilip, Senior Vice President, International Business, TVS Motor Company.


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Indian Motos is the local distributor for TVS products in Peru and has been associated with the Indian two-wheeler brand for over six years. Indian Motos also distributes TVS two-wheelers to over 170 sales points across Peru. TVS is one of the leading two-wheeler exporters from India, and exports the company’s products to over 50 countries in South Asia, Africa and Latin America. In the current financial year alone, TVS has exported nearly 2.5 lakh two-wheelers so far.

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TVS Rolls Out 50,000th BMW G 310 Series Motorcycle From India Plant


The 50,000th motorcycle to be produced is the BMW G 310 R, while the company also produces the G 310 GS and the TVS Apache RR 310 based on the same platform.




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BMW Motorrad Head, Dr. Markus Schramm & KN Radhakrishnan, Director & CEO, TVS, with the BMW G 310 R

The first product to come from the BMW Motorrad and TVS Motor Company collaboration was the 310 cc platform and the company has achieved a production milestone of 50,000 for the new motorcycles. TVS announced that the company has rolled out the 50,000th unit of the BMW 310 cc motorcycle from its Hosur plant. The motorcycle was rolled out in the presence of  Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad, and Mr. KN Radhakrishnan, Director & CEO, TVS Motor Company. TVS-BMW produce three motorcycles based on the 310 cc platform including the BMW G 310 R, BMW G 310 GS and the TVS Apache RR 310. The 50,000th motorcycle to rollout is a G 310 R.

Also Read: Year End Discounts On The BMW G 310 R & G 310 GS

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The BMW G 310 R was first unveiled in late 2015 while exports commenced in December 2016

Commenting on this milestone, Mr. KN Radhakrishnan, Director & CEO, TVS Motor Company, said, “Today is a significant milestone in our journey with BMW Motorrad. Over the course of this six-year partnership, we have had an opportunity to create a common learning platform for both the companies resulting in the creation of aspirational products for the global market. It is heartening to see BMW’s foray into sub 500cc segment meet with positive response across the globe. We are delighted to be a part of this success story.”

Adding to that, Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad said, “Six years back, we took a crucial step with the decision to enter into the sub 500cc category in partnership with TVS Motor Company. In them, we found a perfect partner who have always stood for high quality and technology. We are delighted that we are rolling out the 50,000 unit of our 310 series motorcycles in less than two years. This reaffirms our decision to offer BMW Motorrad quality-led premium products for the sub 500cc segment.” 

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The BMW G 310 GS offers a comfortable ride and glides over all kinds of surfaces with poise

The TVS-BMW collaboration was first announced in April 2013 with the partnership to spawn sub-500 cc motorcycles for global markets. The BMW G 310 R was the first product to be revealed in late 2015, which was followed by the G 310 GS in 2016 and the Apache RR 310 is 2017. While the BMW motorcycles went on sale globally in 2016 itself, the India launch only happened earlier this year.

Exports for the BMW G 310 R and the G 310 GS commenced in December 2016 and the are sold in over 90 countries. Both bikes draw power from the 313 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine tuned for 34 bhp at 9500 rpm and 28 Nm of peak torque at 7500 rpm. The motor comes paired with a 6-speed transmission, and uses 41 mm USD forks up front with a monoshock setup at the rear. Braking performance comes from a 300 mm disc up front and a 240 mm disc brake at the rear. The bikes get dual-channel ABS as standard.

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The Apache RR 310 mixes BMW’s engineering with TVS’ racing DNA

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The BMW G 310 R is priced at ₹ 2.99 lakh, while the BMW G 310 GS is priced at ₹ 3.49 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom). For those wanting to pick either of the motorcycles, the company is offering year-end discounts and benefits of up to ₹ 70,000, which include cash discounts, free insurance and reduced interest rates and more.

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TVS Radeon Road Test Review


The Radeon is an all-new 110 cc commuter motorcycle from TVS and the company is hopeful of generating volumes in the all-important 110 cc segment. But is it a good option? We spend some time with the new TVS Radeon to see what exactly it offers.




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The TVS Radeon uses the same engine as the TVS Star City Plus

The 110 cc commuter motorcycle segment in India is highly competitive. All players have multiple models in this segment and with the launch of the Radeon, TVS too has four models which include the Sport, Start City Plus and the Victor. The TVS Radeon is positioned between the Sport and the Star City Plus and TVS believes the Radeon will provide the push that the company needs in order to grab a larger slice of the pie.

Also Read: TVS Radeon: All You Need To Know

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Looks and design

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(The styling of the TVS Radeon is somewhat similar to that of the Hero Splendor Plus)

Plain, simple and staid! That’s how we would describe the design of the TVS Radeon. The overall silhouette of the Radeon does resemble the largest-selling commuter motorcycle in the segment, the Hero Splendor, particularly the rear section.

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That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the styling could have been more contemporary, and it does look all too common, and a bit dated, even though the details are modern. There are a few details which add just the right amount of flash to the motorcycle. The brown seat, the champagne gold engine cover and the knee pads on the fuel tank along with the chrome bezel on the headlamp make the bike look stylish. Nothing over the top, here!

Also Read: TVS Radeon vs Rivals: Specifications Comparison

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Then you also have a strip of LED daytime running lamp at the bottom of the headlamp, which sums up the modern bits on the bike. There is an old-school twin-pod instrument console which offers basic information but is fully analogue and offers good readability. Overall, it is a decent looking motorcycle and that should work with the intended target audience. What really impressed us is the fit and finish on the bike. The build quality is solid and the plastics along with the paint are done well too.

Engine and performance

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The TVS Radeon uses the same 109.7 cc single-cylinder air-cooled motor from the TVS Star City Plus but gets an all-new single-cradle tubular frame. The engine makes 8.3 bhp at 7,000 rpm and peak torque of 8.7 Nm at 5,000 rpm. The engine itself is quite smooth and offers peppy performance, for a 110 cc motor. The motorcycle stays the happiest between 40-60 kmph. Rev the engine harder and slight vibrations creep in, but it isn’t bothersome. The exhaust note too is better than most other 110 cc motorcycles. Overall, the Radeon offers good performance and it doesn’t mind sitting at 60 kmph for long durations either. TVS claims fuel efficiency of 69.3 kmpl and with a fuel tank capacity of 10 litres including reserve, the motorcycle has a real world range of over 650 kilometres on a single tank.

Ride and handling

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Tipping the scales at 112 kg, the Radeon loves to filter through traffic. We like the agility that the motorcycle offers. One of the reasons for it is the firm suspension. It is a bit too hard for our liking but then it aids in good handling too. Undulations and broken tarmac does not pose a problem but potholes and speed breakers could give your spine some workout. TVS offers what it calls ‘Synchronised Braking Technology’ on the Radeon, which works on the same premise as Honda’s combi-brake system, although TVS could have offered a front disc brake as optional fitment! The Radeon rides on 18-inch wheels shod with tubeless tyres, and the bike has a ground clearance of 180 mm, which is more than sufficient to deal with regular day-to-day obstacles on the commute.

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The upright seating position and the seat itself is quite comfortable, making it easier for putting in long hours of in-city riding. The seat height too is in sync with the average height of Indian riders, making it accessible for most buyers.

Verdict and Pricing

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The TVS Radeon is priced at ₹ 48,990 which is in-line with its rivals such as the Hero Splendor Plus, Honda CD 110 Dream DX and the Bajaj Platina ES 100. The 110 cc motorcycle segment is very competitive and quite important too as it plays a big role in generating volumes. The TVS Radeon is a quality product and is definitely worth consideration if you are looking to get a commuter motorcycle for yourself. The only thing which is a tad disappointing is the slightly outdated design. But in all, the TVS Radeon certainly is a well-built and well-engineered commuter workhorse, and that’s reason enough to consider it.

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Two-Wheeler Sales November 2018: TVS Registers 27 Per Cent Growth


TVS Motor Company registered a growth of 27 per cent in its overall two-wheeler sales, selling 3, 19,965 units in November 2018 in comparison to 2, 51,965 units sold in November 2017.




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TVS’ overall exports grew by 24 per cent in November 2018

TVS Motor Company registered a growth of 27 per cent with sales increasing from 251,965 units in November 2017 to 319,965 units in the month of November 2018. The total two-wheeler sales of the company was 3, 07,142 units in November 2018 as compared to 2, 43,323 units in November 2017. Domestic two-wheeler sales registered a growth of 28% from 2, 03,138 units in November 2017 to 2, 60,253 units in November 2018. The scooters sales of TVS grew by 43 per cent from 78,397 units in November 2017 to 1, 11,763 units in November 2018. Motorcycle sales grew by 29 per cent with sales increasing from 93,202 units in November 2017 to 1, 19, 883 units in November 2018.

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TVS’ total exports grew by 24 per cent from 47,207 units registered in the month of November 2017 to 58,476 units in November 2018. Two-wheeler exports grew by 17 per cent increasing from 40,185 units in November 2017 to 46,889 units in November 2018. The three-wheeler sales of the company grew by solid 48 per cent increasing from 8,642 units registered in November 2017 to 12,823 units sold in November 2018.


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Aravind KP Joins Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team For Dakar 2019


Having fully recovered from injuries sustained during the PanAfrica Rally, Aravind KP joins the Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team for his third outing.




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Aravind KP made his Dakar debut in 2017 with the Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team

Aravind KP has been announced as fourth rider to join the Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team for Dakar 2019. Aravind’s name has been announced after the rider recovered completely from his injuries sustained in the PanAfrica Rally earlier this year. In his third outing at Dakar, the 33-year-old joins Michael and Adrien Metge as well as Enduro Champion Lorenzo Santolino at Sherco TVS. Aravind has also been training in Spain and will be riding the Dakar-spec RTR 450 motorcycle across one of the most gruelling rally in the world.

Speaking on his third outing at Dakar, Aravind KP said, “Dakar is the ultimate challenge for any racer and I am glad to be a part of it for the third consecutive time. I thank TVS Racing and Sherco for believing in me and giving me another opportunity to fulfil my dream of finishing the rally. The past 10 months has been a journey of ups and downs but I have focused on my fitness and recovery to ensure I am ready for Dakar.  The next one month will be crucial to my preparation and I will be going to Morocco to train with my team mates. Both Michael and Adrien have been extremely supportive during my recovery time and have kept me motivated along with my TVS Racing family. Conquering Dakar 2019, is my single focused goal for now and I am determined more than ever to finish the Rally.”

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Aravind joins the Metge brothers – Michael & Adrien, and Lorenzo Santolino at Sherco TVS

TVS Racing – Team Manager, B. Selvaraj said, “I am happy that Aravind KP is returning to Dakar with full energy and vigour. We are very confident  given his experience in the international racing arena and Dakar in particular, he will be able to perform well. The team has worked hard on the race strategy and is focused on maintaining consistency all through the race. We are competing with four best riders in the team and are very confident of a top 10 finish.”

Aravind made his Dakar debut in 2017 and has participated in the subsequent year as well. With more experience under his belt, the rider is all set to conquer some of the most difficult terrains. Unlike the previous editions though, the 2019 Dakar rally will be held only in one country – Peru, starting from Lima, and crossing the terrains of Pisco, San Juan de Marcona, Arequipa and Moquegua. The rally will be held between January 6 to 17, 2019 and will be covering a total distance of 5000 km. Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team says its confident of a top 10 finish at Dakar 2019.

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Philips LED TVs Formally Launched in India; Range Includes Smart TVs, HDR Plus Support


TPV Technology, the official brand licence partner of Philips Television and Audio business in India, has launched seven models of smart and LED TVs. The new range of Philips TVs covers screen sizes from 22- to 65-inch. There are also smart TV models that run Philips’ Saphi operating system. Further, there are variants featuring Ambilight technology and come with HDR Plus. The top-of-the-line models in the Philips TV family sport OLED+ TVs. The range starts at Rs. 9,990 and will go on sale in the country through online and offline channels by mid-December.

The new Philips TV range starts with the 5400 series (22PFT5403S) that comes with a 22-inch full-HD panel at Rs. 9,990. Also, it includes 4200 series (32PHT4233S) at Rs. 17,990, 5800 series (32PHT5813S) at Rs. 22,990, 5800 series (43PFT5813S) at Rs. 42,990, 6100 series (50PUT6103S) at Rs. 66,990, 6100 series (55PUT6103S) at Rs. 79,990, and 6700 series (65PUT6703S) at Rs. 1,49,990. All the new Philips TVs will be available through online and offline channels. The current retail presence is spread across over 35,000 stores with more than 200 distributors. The company is also touted to have a robust after-sales network and is planned to more than double its service centres count by the end of next year.

Among other models, the new Philips TV range has the 65-inch 65PUT6703S/94 as the largest model. It features 3-sided Ambilight technology, which uses LED lights from the back of the television to deliver a perfectly tuned ambient lighting. There is also a dedicated ‘Ambilight music mode’ that syncs with the music to offer a virtual sound and light show experience. The TV also has an indirect light mode to turn the panel into a mood-setting lamp.

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In addition to the flagship model, the Philips TV range has smart TV models under the 5800, 6100, and 6700 series that run Saphi operating system. The entire Philips TV range also features Pixel Precise HD image processing engine that is claimed to optimise picture quality to deliver crisp images with high contrast. The 6100 and 6700 series models in the new family additionally have HDR Plus to enhance image results. There is a ‘Micro Dimming’ software that as per the company claim analyses the picture in 6,400 different zones and adjust it accordingly. Furthermore, the Philips TVs have DTS HD support to optimise sound processing.

“Followed by the new range of LED TVs, we also plan to launch our global flagship TV models including the OLED+ TVs and Ambilight 6700 Series in more screen sizes in the future,” said Arun Menon, Country Business Head, Philips Branded Television and Audio, TPV Technology India, in a press statement. “India has been identified as a focus market for Philips TVs. There is a strategic plan to regain market share in India by growing our existing, strong sales and distribution network in audio that will cater to televisions also. We will realign and expand our service network to ensure best in class service experience for the Indian consumer.”



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Anticipatory Bail Granted To TVS Group Chairman Venu Srinivasan In Idol Theft Case


The Madras High Court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to TVS Motor Chairman.

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The Madras High Court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to TVS Motor Chairman Venu Srinivasan, who has been arrayed as a suspect in an idol theft case.

A special division bench of Justices R Mahadevan and PD Audikesavalu also granted relief to Tamil Nadu chief sthapati (sculptor) M Muthiah and former commissioner of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department P Dhanapal.

However, the court refused relief to the department’s additional commissioner N Thirumagal.

The issue pertains to three missing antique idols from the famous Kapaleeshawarar Temple, Mylapore.

Based on a complaint from a devotee, claiming that idols of Rahu, Kethu, and peacock Amman were missing from the temple, the idol wing CID had registered an FIR against Srinivsan and others.

Apprehending arrest, they had moved the court, seeking anticipatory bail.

While allowing the applications moved by Srinivasan, Muthiah and Dhanapal, the bench dismissed the one moved by Thirumagal.

“Three joint commissioners of the department have given written statements confirming the direct link of Thirumagal in the missing case,” the bench said.

On the destruction of documents pertaining to these idols and the ‘Kumbhabhishekham’ conducted in the temple in 2004, at which point the idols allegedly went missing, the court said one of the joint commissioners who deposed before the idol wing has said that Thirumagal approached the commissioner of the department, seeking permission to destroy the documents but it was rejected.

Another joint commissioner has stated that she witnessed Thirumagal destroying the documents.

When questioned, she informed the officer that the commissioner had permitted her to do so, the court said.

This apart, ‘archagars’ (priests) had seen Thirumagal replacing new idols in place of the antique idols and they had even refused to perform puja for the new idols, the court said while rejecting the bail plea.

Opposing the relief granted to the other three, the idol wing submitted that it would be difficult for the wing to secure the trio if during inquiry Thirumagal reveals evidence proving their involvement.

To this, the court said that under such circumstance, the wing was always at liberty to approach the court to cancel the bail granted.

“Even tomorrow you can approach us with concrete evidence and we will cancel the bail,” the bench said.

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Flipkart Sale on Google-Certified Android TVs Kicks Off Tonight: Top Offers


Flipkart is hosting a sale in association with Google on the occasion of World TV Day, which is on November 21. The sale kicks off at 12am IST (Midnight) tonight, and lasts till Sunday, November 25. In the sale, the e-commerce giant will be hosting exchange offers on Google-certified Android TVs, including models from brands like Xiaomi, Sony, Onida, iFfalcon, TCL, & MarQ. During the Flipkart TV sale period, exchange offer discounts up to Rs. 28,000 will be available.

The 55-inch Mi LED Smart TV 4 Pro, priced at Rs. 49,999, will get the maximum exchange offer available of up to Rs. 28,000 discount during the Flipkart sale – taking its final price post exchange to Rs. 21,999. The 40-inch iFfalcon Certified Android FHD Smart TV on the other hand gets an up to Rs. 8,000 off on exchange, offer on exchange, bringing its Rs. 19,999 price to Rs. 11,999.

During the Flipkart World TV Day sale, the 43-inch Vu Official Android 4K Smart TV will get up to Rs. 18,000 off on exchange, bringing its Rs. 29,999 price down to Rs. 11,999 during the Flipkart sale. The MarQ by Flipkart 43-inch Certified Android 4K Smart TV will get up to 18,000 off on exchange, bringing its Rs. 27,999 down to Rs. 9,999.

The 49-inch iFFALCON Certified Android FHD Smart TV will get up to Rs. 20,000 off on exchange, making its effective price Rs. 7,999 – down from its Rs. 27,999 listing price. The 58-inch Onida Google Certified 4K Smart TV gets up to Rs. 28,000 off as well, taking its Rs. 54,999 price down to Rs. 26,999 during the Flipkart sale.

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2019 TVS Apache RTR 180 Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 84,578


The 2019 TVS Apache RTR 180 comes with refreshed race inspired graphics, new instrument console, crash guard with frame sliders and more.

One of the first motorcycles to get dual-channel ABS in India, the TVS Apache RTR 180 has been updated for the 2019 model year. The 2019 TVS Apache RTR 180 is priced at ₹ 84,578 for the standard version, while the Apache RTR 180 ABS is priced at ₹ 95,392 (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi) and comes with a host of upgrades including refreshed graphics, new console and better crash protection. There are more cosmetic upgrades, while the mechanicals remain unchanged on the offering. The update is part of TVS’ celebrations as the Apache series hit the three million sales milestone earlier this year.

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Upgrades on the 2019 TVS Apache RTR 180 include new race inspired graphics, crash guard with integrated frame sliders, Alcantara-like finished seats, and a forged handlebar end weights. The instrument cluster has also been revised and gets a white back-lit speedometer with dial-art. The motorcycle is available in five colours – Pearl White, Gloss Black, T Grey, Matte Blue and Matte Red.

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(The 2019 TVS Apache RTR 180 gets new colours, graphics and Alcantara-like finished seats)

Under all the new bits, the updated TVS Apache RTR 180 continues to use the 177.4 cc over-square, 2-valve, single-cylinder engine tuned for 16 bhp at 8500 rpm and 15.5 Nm of peak torque available at 6500 rpm. The motor is paired with a 5-speed gearbox, and has a company claimed top speed of 114 kmph.

Suspension duties are handled by telescopic forks up front and gas charged dual shock absorbers at the rear, while braking power comes from disc brakes either end with ABS as optional.

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With the MY2019 update, the TVS Apache RTR 180 is good the next couple of months till a comprehensive new model goes on sale. Slotting between the RTR 160 and 200, both of which are all-new offerings, the 180 retains the old design of the Apache series that many still find appealing.

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Hero Xtreme 200R Vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Comparison Review


The Hero Xtreme 200R is the latest 200 cc motorcycle to hit the market, and Hero MotoCorp rightly thinks it’s better late than never, to join the party that is the 200 cc motorcycle segment. After all, it’s one of the fastest growing motorcycle segments right now, which the commuter crowd seems to have taken a shine to! Now, both the Hero Xtreme 200R and the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V are primarily made for in-city duties – the daily commute, to be precise, but with some ‘extra’ displacement, and extra performance thrown in. And they should be fairly fuel efficient not to burn a hole in the pocket, yet have the extra grunt to move forward with urgency when the light turns green.

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Also Read: Hero Xtreme 200R Road Test Review

Both bikes have 200 cc engines, both have sharp looks, relatively speaking, and both bikes are slap bang in a segment which has seen first time buyers, and a lot of 125-150 cc owners upgrading to as well. The comparison then is natural, to choose which one is the better of the two, not just in performance and features, but as an overall value for money product. But it may not be as simple as it sounds. After all, the quintessential buyer in this segment may not be primarily looking at sporty dynamics or sharp design. It should be a wholesome product, one that is reliable, easy on the pocket, and well-built. So, here goes then.

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(The Hero Xtreme 200R gets understated styling, but it will appeal to a wider set of buyers)

Design and Features

Design-wise, the Hero Xtreme 200 R does look well-built and stylish, especially from the rear three-quarters angle. My favourite part is the tail section, and it tapers off to a neat looking LED tail lamp, and the bike looks very neat and classy – full marks to the Hero designers there. It’s only when you start looking at the bike in its entirety, you begin to start criticising. Now, don’t get me wrong here. Looks are subjective, and the understated looks of the Xtreme 200R will certainly find appeal among a wide audience, but I’m not really a fan of the big “Xtreme” graphics on the fuel tank; they look a little loud for my liking. And viewed head on, the Xtreme 200R’s face certainly is more suited to a 125 cc commuter than a proper 200 cc with ‘performance’ credentials.

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(The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V looks more stylish, sleek and well built with a digital console adding more features)

The part digital-part analogue instrument panel does the job well, and has a handy side-stand down indicator, but it looks a generation older, and it also misses out on a gear position indicator. Same is the case with the headlight with the LED pilot lamps; there’s nothing to complain about it, but it looks a tad commuter-ish. Overall, the Hero Xtreme 200 R’s styling isn’t exactly exciting, but not everyone wants a sporty looking bike, and but those looking for something stylish and edgy may be disappointed with the plain Jane design of the Xtreme 200R. Naturally, the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is the one which looks more stylish, sleeker and looks better built. The Race Edition version of our test bike looks even more edgy, and in the black and red colour combination, it does look like a proper fast machine, even when standing still.

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(The design of the Xtreme 200R is not overly muscular, but exudes a good build quality)

200 4V also gets a full-digital speedometer, and it gets whole lot of features, including a gear position indicator, a top speed indicator, and even a lap timer! Plus, the Apache 200 4V Race Edition gets dual-channel ABS, on both wheels, while the Xtreme 200R only gets a single-channel ABS, on the front wheel. Overall fit and finish of both bikes are good, but it’s the TVS which feels solid and better-built amongst the two.

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(While both bikes use a 200 cc single-pot mill, the engines have very different characteristics)

Engine and Performance

Both bikes are powered by 200 cc single-cylinder engines, and both engines are almost of the same displacement – just under 200 cc. But that’s where the similarities end. The Hero Xtreme 200R is powered by an air-cooled, single-cylinder, two-valve engine, and it puts out 18.1 bhp of maximum power at 8,000 rpm and 17.1 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. And surprise, surprise, it’s a smooth and refined engine, at least in city speeds. The mid-range is strong, acceleration is smooth and it feels quick from the get-go; in fact, the Xtreme 200R feels quicker to accelerate till about 70 kmph. It’s only when the rev counter goes upwards of 7,000 rpm when the Hero Xtreme 200R feels out of breath and takes time to reach triple digit speeds. Out on the highway, 115 kmph is achieved, but the engine is neither happy at those revs, nor does it feel enthusiastic about getting to those speeds.

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(The Apache RTR 200 makes more power and torque, and can happily sustain higher speeds)

The Apache 200R also gets a 200cc engine, but this one is a 4 valve engine and it makes marginally more power and more torque, – around 20 bhp at 8,500 rpm, and 18.1 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm. So, slightly more power and slightly more torque, at slightly more revs. The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V feels more eager, the engine revs freer, and it’s got a higher top speed as well. The tone arrives without drama, and the TVS will happily stay at those speeds without the engine feeling stressed out or strained.

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(The Xtreme 200R offers a pliant and stable ride, while the Apache RTR 200 4V is the better bike around corners)

Ride, Handling, and Braking

The Hero Xtreme 200R’s ride quality is quite plush, and comfortable. It tackles road undulations, broken patches, and even the occasional gravel road pretty well. In fact, the Hero feels more comfortable while sailing through potholes and broken terrain; the suspension absorbs most bumps pretty well. On the handling front too, the Hero Xtreme 200R remains planted and stable, and easily handles the urban jungle and all kinds of traffic conditions with remarkable poise. There’s nothing to complain about the Xtreme 200R’s handling on any count within the city. And the brakes, despite being single-channel ABS, seem to offer more bite and more progression on the lever.

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(Hero Xtreme 200R surprised us with its in-city performance)

It’s only when you compare the Hero with the TVS that it begins to become apparent that the Apache RTR 200 4V is the sportier handler of the two. The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is intuitive in its handling and will forgive many aggressive moves with its taut road manners. On the flip side though, the Apache’s ride is slightly stiffer than the Xtreme 200R, so, it doesn’t tackle bad roads as good as the Xtreme 200R, but that helps the Apache 200 handle much better. It’s more eager to take on corners with confidence, and the brakes, despite a dual-channel set-up, don’t seem to bite as hard as the Hero’s and shave off speed so quickly.

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(The Hero Xtreme 200R is a well rounded package and cheaper too, but the Apache 200 definitely is the more fun motorcycle)

Verdict

It’s a close one, this comparison. On the features and spec list, it’s still the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V which comes on top. It’s a better performer, and in my opinion, a better-looking bike as well. But the

Hero Xtreme 200R may be understated, a tad sober looking, but still does everything quite well. And if you look at the prices of both bikes, variant to variant, the Hero Xtreme 200R is at least ₹ 20,000 less expensive than the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V. But, while the Apache gets dual channel ABS, Hero only gets ABS on the front wheel. Although there’s no complaint as far as braking performance goes, the lack of ABS on the rear wheel does mean that it tends to lock up and skid under hard braking.

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The TVS also gets a standard slipper clutch, and it looks sleeker, edgier and meaner as well. Well, there is a base variant TVS Apache RTR 200 4V as well, without ABS, but even that one is ₹ 7000 more expensive than the ex-showroom price of the Xtreme 200R. So it boils down to what you are looking for really. On the performance and styling front, it’s the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, which is ahead on all counts, but on a more practical note, the Hero also makes a very good case for itself. It’s got a better service network, easy availability of spares, and a lower price tag, and that makes it a very compelling product to consider!

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