Apache RTR 180 and the new Apache RTR 200 – these motorcycles essentially share the same heart but the half-a-decade gap between the two bikes have changed a lot in how the latter feels. The RTR 180 ABS was launched in early 2011 making it the country’s first ABS-equipped motorcycle. Developed in close association with Continental this dual channel ABS was certainly a novelty back then.
Moving on to 2016, TVS rebores the existing engine and produces a world of difference! The extra breathing space gives the bike improved power which translates into a much better performance. The DNA of both the Apaches remain the same and here we list what separates the two in 8 pointers…
Apache 200 vs Apache 180: Differences
- The new Apache 200 gets 4 PS of added firepower and 2.6 Nm of better torque.
- It also gets an oil-cooler (similar to Pulsar 220) which decidedly keeps things under control. There are 2 extra valves as well.
- Apache 200 also gets Fuel Injected (make Bosch, type – closed – loop) variants in addition to the carb’d variants. Apache 180 is only offered with a carburettor. For the carburetted variants, TVS is using the Keihin CV carburettor on the Apache 200 whereas the Apache 180 comes with Mikuni BS29.
- Both Apache 180 and 200 come with dual-channel ABS and they are both made by Continental and feature Rear Lift-off Protection (RLP).
- One of the major difference between these two bikes are the tyres. Not only does the Apache 200 sport fatter (130 section rear) tyre, it gets the option of Pirelli rubber (Diablo Rosso at the front and touring oriented Angel GT at the rear). Even the Remora tyres (also made by TVS) are soft compound and offer real good grip. Apache 180 comes with TVS Srichakra tyres which we have never liked.
- While Apache 200 is 35 mm shorter in length the wheelbase has been extended by 27 mm.
- Apache 200 also becomes the first TVS motorcycle to sport a monoshock setup at the rear. Apache 180 makes do with the traditional dual-shock absorbers.
- The Apache 200 is 9 kg heavier than its smaller sibling but the increased output has helped it achieve a better power to weight ratio.
- Apart from all these, Apache 200 gets a bigger rear disc brake, has 15 mm higher ground clearance and looks more modern.
Apache 180 vs Apache 200: COMPARO SHEET
Apache 200 vs Apache 180: Price
Apache 180 is offered only in two variants. So, for all the betterments the Apache 200 carb gets over it, you will need to pay approximately Rs 12K more or approximately at the price of the 180 ABS, you get the entry Apache 200 non-ABS trim. For the extra greenies you shed you get higher performance, better suspension, improved handling, grippier tyres and an overall a newer bike!
And then, you obviously have many options to customize and buy the Apache 200 variant which suits you. If this has made you zero in on the 200, here we have an update on its deliveries and start of sales!