TVS Motor Co announced a new variant of its 200cc Apache RTR motorbike with special ‘race derived’ clutch technology that makes it easier to shift gears. The new model costs about Rs 1,600 extra.
“The ‘A-RT Slipper Clutch’ technology, accentuates the motorcycle’s performance, with 22% reduction in clutch force for quicker upshifts, enabling the rider to achieve better lap times,” the company said, adding that the model was the first in its class to incorporate the feature.
“The technology also aims at ensuring rider safety in highspeed downshifts, avoids wheel-hopping while cornering, and improves vehicle stability with the back-balance torque limiter effect,” the company said.
Compared to the starting price of Rs 93,685 for the existing model, the Race Edition will have a starting price of Rs 95,185.
The fuel injection model will cost Rs 1,07,885 in Delhi, compared to the existing price of Rs 1,06,385.
Besides the improved clutch, the company has made some changes to the styling.
There are changes to the graphics and a new fly-screen (glass above the headlamp).
“The Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 will also sport new racing-inspired graphics, lending the motorcycle a dynamic and aggressive stance. The series now boasts of a fly-screen for enhanced aerodynamics,” it said.
The motorcycle continues to be powered by a 197.75cc single-cylinder motor which is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The engine develops 20.5 PS for the cheaper, carburetor version and 21.0 PS for the fuel injection version at 8500 RPM and 18.1 Nm of torque at 7000 RPM.