Apache 2V BS6 launch should be in the coming weeks as TVS prepares to take on the older-gen Bajaj Pulsars. The 4V:2V sales split is surprising…
TVS has branched its Apache brand in two segments – the naked RTR series and the supersport faired RR. The RR currently only has the Apache 310 whereas the RTR range is now further divided in two sub-segments – the 2 Valve and 4 Valve. TVS sells the older generation Apaches – the 160 and the 180 as 2Vs whereas it has its newer-gen 160 and 200 in the 4V segment.
With the deadline of the very stringent Bharat Stage VI emission norms lurking around, many manufacturers will have to take a call on their older generation motorcycles. At the media ride of the Apache 160 4V and Apache 200 4V BS6, we connected with a top TVS official and inquired about the older-gen models and their futures.
We got an assurance that the 2Vs will also be updated to the Bharat Stage VI emission norms. We got surprised to know that the sales split between the 2V and 4V is roughly 40:60. In numbers terms, it would almost be a lakh units of the 2Vs in the total Apache sales for this financial year so far (between April to October 2019) out of the ~2.4 Lakh units sold!
This further gets substance as the older-gen Apaches were caught under tests in Pune purportedly near ARAI very recently (check spy pics). The 160 and the 180 form the basic Apache range in ths lineup and few months back TVS stripped the 180 off the dual channel ABS it was earlier equipped with and plonked a super-moto ABS which gave it a relaxation in placement (and pricing).
Apache 2V BS6 launch should be soon, in the coming few weeks. These older Apaches will continue the fight against the Bajaj Pulsars which are also getting technically upgraded in their older generation forms.