Lets face it, TVS it seems, has been taking it slow in recent years, with just minor design changes in their Apache range and the launch of Phoenix 125 sometime ago, TVS hasn’t really set the pulses racing in a long long time.
With the brilliant news of TVS – BMW Motorrad collaboration, everyone had expected serious stuff and news to come out soon. But then, TVS has a tendency to do things in a different way, and it is their calculated approach that has brought us brilliant segment defining products like the Apache’s and the Scooty’s.
The silence from the TVS stable also means, something big is surely coming. Here we would like to talk about a few models we expect TVS to bring in 2015.
TVS Draken-X21 Concept – The Draken Concept was probably the most captivating motorcycle of the Auto Expo 2014. It just ticks every possible right box, this concept. Absolutely gorgeous to look at, Draken with its bulges, mean minimalistic looks, anodised gold coloured trellis aluminium frame, on a white body, just makes the Draken look like a supermodel.
The engine specification are equally sumptuous too, with a 250cc Single, Short –Stroke producing a delicious 39 HP and 23 NM. With a kerb weight around 135 kg, and such specs this stunner fro TVS promises to be a hoot to ride. Knowing just how brilliant TVS bikes are to handle, the Draken when launched will only up the ante for the Hosur based manufacturer.
We believe, that the Draken Concept when (IF) launched will have the moniker of either BMW-Motorrad or the stickering of the TVS – BMW Motorrad JV. It is highly unlikely that it will be badged a TVS, since TVS has a fairly established Apache brand in the country and we have been hearing about the TVS Apache 250 since a long time now. We expect it to retail closer to the prices of the KTM Duke 390 – around 1.70 lakhs INR (Ex- Showroom).
TVS Apache 250: it has been coming for a long long time now. With Zei Germans coming on board, and the Draken – X21 concept shown (which looks heavily inspired by the BMW Roadster previewed earlier this year after the Auto Expo 2014). We expect the TVS Apache to become a reality in 2015, and for the sake of keeping the accounts men happy, it should share the engine with the Draken, albeit in a slightly detuned state of tune. The new Apache should continue with the RTR (Race Throttle Response) nomenclature.
Known for their incredible handling and sharp styling, the Apache RTR 250 will go head to head with the Pulsar 200 NS and the KTM Duke 200. We also expect, TVS to bring completely faired versions of their premium offering eventually, to compete with the KTM RC 200 and the upcoming Bajaj Pulsar 200SS, because lets face it, faired bikes are more sought after here in India, giving a better poser value. We expect it to retail around 90,000 to 1.1 lakh INR (Ex-Showroom).
TVS Graphite Based Scooter: Graphite, when previewed at the Auto Expo was a looker, inspired by the stealth fighter, the Graphite has a very futuristic design. We had been expecting TVS since some time to bring a racier scooter in the market, and a model based on the Graphite might just be the one.
TVS says that ‘It’s (Graphite’s) class leading sports performance and handling is an upshot of the rich legacy of TVS Racing’. The list of promised features includes automated manual transmission technology (AMT) with paddle shift, inbuilt immobilizer, smart electronic keys and LCD console display. We expect TVS to introduce a premium, performance oriented scooter based on the Graphite platform which will appeal to the younger audience who like form with functionality.
Expect it to be priced along the likes of the Vespa products in the country, around 70,000 INR (Ex- Showroom).
Also, the Victor as has been confirmed by TVS is infact coming back, the superhit product from TVS stable might come soon, we are expecting that it will have 125 cc unit from the Phoenix and should have features to compete with the market segment leader, the Discover Series from Bajaj Auto.
We, are still to get any specific confirmation from TVS, but following the pattern of how things have been evolving, we hope that 2015 will be the year TVS fights back for its lost ground in the Indian market with these products.