The entry-level sport segment, or performance motorcycles need to have a fine balance between power, economy, and styling. Getting this mix right is a very difficult task, but KTM has managed to pull it off. The motorcycle, also dominates the 200cc segment in India.
Over the years, many manufacturers have tried to knock KTM off the top, but to no avail. Now, however, TVS have come up with the Apache RTR 200 4V to take on this segment. The TVS Apache is very well known for it quick power delivery, but how does it compete against the KTM Duke 200 in terms of design, performance, and most importantly, pricing? Let's take a look.
- TVS Apache RTR 200 4V: Rs. Rs. 98,000/- onward
- KTM Duke 200: Rs. 1,50,000/- onward
Note: Both are approximate on-road prices (Delhi)
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is designed aggressively, that is the first thing that would come to anybody's mind. The Apache has a tiny bikini fairing up front and large scoops on the tank, which looks quite similar to the Draken concept TVS had showcased.
The KTM Duke 200 needs no explanation. Minimalistic body work, sharp, angular design, and a tiny bikini fairing to smoothen off the overall design. The KTM Duke has not received any updates in terms of design since its launch.
Engine & Gearbox
The TVS Apache comes with a 197cc, oil-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-stroke engine that produces 21bhp and 18Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox, which helps the Apache do 0 to 60km/h in 3.9 seconds and 0 to 100km/h in 12 seconds.
The KTM Duke 200 is powered by a 199cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-stroke engine that makes 24.6bhp and 19Nm of torque. The Duke 200's engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and matches the Apache in terms of acceleration.
The Apache 200 comes with telescopic front forks, monoshock at the rear, fully digital instrument cluster, service warning lamp, alloy wheels, disc brakes for the front and rear, daytime running lights, and optional Pirelli tyres.
The KTM Duke 200 features upside down front forks, monoshock at the rear, digital meter console, alloy wheels, front and rear disc brakes, and a very useful safety feature that cuts off the engine when the sidestand is down.
Looking at the specs and performance, there is no doubt that the KTM Duke 200 is the winner. It weighs less and offers better performance. But where the TVS Apache has its advantage is with the pricing. Also, TVS will soon roll out the Apache RTR 200 with ABS, which gives the Apache an edge over the Duke.
So, which of the two is better? Well, if you are looking for performance, the KTM Duke 200 is a better choice, but if you are looking for an overall package, the Apache RTR 200 is the right pick.
Apache RTR 200 Images
KTM Duke 200 Images