There was once a time when South India based two wheeler maker TVS looked poised to dethrone Bajaj in the performance bikes segment of the fast developing Indian bike market. However, the game has moved on since then and Bajaj has upped the ante with the Pulsar 200NS.
The Apache series of bikes, which started life with a 150cc motor and later graduated to 160cc and 180cc, is definitely a potent challenger to the Bajaj Pulsar 150 and 180. There have been plenty of rumours about TVS planning to come up with a high displacement variant of the Apache to take on the likes of the Bajaj Pulsar 220 and the 200NS. The latest rumour to have emerged on these lines is that TVS 220/250 is undergoing tests at the Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (VRDE) at Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.
The TVS Apache 220/250 might be launched towards the end of the new fiscal and would become the flagship model in the bikemaker’s product portfolio.
The Apache 220/250 would sport a full fairing that should please the Indian bike buying crowd. Powering the big daddy of all Apaches could be an oil cooled engine instead of a liquid cooled unit. The bike is expected to come with a sticker price of lesser than INR 1.3 Lakhs. The bike will get ABS and fuel injection. The bike will also get an all disc brake setup with petal discs at both the ends. Safely expect the bike to have decent handling and ride quality.
We just can’t wait to have a rendezvous with the bigger than ever Apache.