TVS - Three Variants of Apache in Development suggests Rumours!
Snapshot: Draken concept to insipre three new Apache's in 2015!!
Ever since the Auto Expo 2014 showed the Draken concept by TVS, the entire countries biking fraternity has been desperately waiting to see the light of the day for that absolutely gorgeous motorcycle. The much loved Apache series from TVS needs a proper retouch to fight out with its new competition from the likes of Suzuki with their lovely Gixxer 160. The Draken concept sounds and looks like a perfect platform for the makeover of the Apache series.
News has emerged online, revealing some of the major details of the upcoming TVS performance bike. The report states that the details have emerged directly from TVS’ headquarters in South India which currently has three new Apache models currently under development. The best thing about the news is the fact that the new Apache's are heavily inspired from the Draken concept and the models have been codenamed as the X16 (160cc), X18 (180cc) and X21 (200cc).
The report further states that the new Apache X21 will get an all aluminium engine and will be tuned to produce 30+ PS of power, while the displacement could be well over 210cc. The newly developed engine will be paired to a 6-speed transmission and will be bolted on to a lightweight frame and swingarm. To be a street-fighter, the new Apache 200 will get Michelin soft compound tyres with a 140-section rear tyre; split seats and a first-of-its-kind mobile charging point, while the pricing is expected to be around Rs. 1.5 lakhs. ABS will be offered as standard on the model.
Furthermore, talking about the TVS Apache 160 and 180 models, as per the report, both bikes will get a power bump by 10 percent, a lightweight swingarm, Michelin soft compound tyres (for the 180cc version), mobile charging point and Combi-Braking system akin to the one found on Honda bikes. None of the details are confirmed at this point but do seem plausible as TVS is ensuring to put a lot of hard work on the flagship series.
With a segment almost completely dominated by the KTM-Bajaj offerings and rest of the field also present in their own capacity, TVS surely needs to level up by a huge margin to leave its mark in the segment. Though the company won’t launch a 250cc bike as the same is being developed in collaboration with BMW Motorrad, which we expect will also be based on the same Draken concept but will and should arrive with more exotic equipment levels than the TVS ones to justify its pricing and BMW Motorrad name plate.
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