Almost two years after the Hero Xtreme 200S concept’s debut at the Auto Expo, Hero MotoCorp has finally unveiled its production version, the Hero Xtreme 200R. It competes with the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V.
The Apache is its ideal competitor because other 200 cc bikes in the naked segment have liquid-cooled engines (KTM 200 Duke & Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS). While the Xtreme 200R has commuter design with glammed-up graphics, the Apache has sporty lines hinting at its racing roots. Here’s how the two bikes fare against each other spec-wise:
|Specifications||Hero Xtreme 200R||TVS Apache RTR 200 4V|
|Engine||199.6 cc counterbalanced, with air cooling||197.75 cc counterbalanced, with air and oil cooling|
|Peak Power||18.35 PS at 8,000 rpm||20.5 PS at 8,500 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||17.1 Nm at 6,500 rpm||18.1 Nm at 7,000 rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed, with 114 kmph top speed||5-speed, with 128 kmph top speed|
|Front Suspension||37 mm Telescopic fork||Telescopic fork|
|Rear Suspension||7-step adjustable monoshock||Race-tuned KYB monoshock|
|Front Tyre||100/80-17 Tubeless||90/90-17 Tubeless|
|Rear Tyre||130/70-R17 Tubeless||130/70-17 Tubeless|
|Front Brake||276 mm disc with optional single-channel ABS||270 mm petal disc|
|Rear Brake||220 mm disc||240 mm petal disc|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||12.4 litres||12 litres|
|Kerb Weight||146 kg||149 kg|
|Seat Height||790 mm||800 mm|
|Price||TBA||INR 98,685, ex-showroom Delhi|
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V clearly trumps the Hero Xtreme 200R in terms of performance. It has more power, higher torque, and better top-speed too. The Apache does 0-60 kmph in 3.95 seconds, 0.65 seconds quicker than the Xtreme. This is despite being 3 kilos heavier than the Xtreme, at 149 kg, kerb.
On the other hand, the Xtreme has a relatively relaxed riding position when compared to the Apache. It also enjoys the benefit of a single channel ABS, making it safer than the RTR. However, for better handling, the RTR has the option of Pirelli tyres, and the Xtreme makes do with the MRF units.
Hero will reveal the price for the Xtreme 200R at the Auto Expo next month. The bike will go on sale in April. Expect Hero to price the bike competitively. This would make the Xtreme a good choice for riders looking for the best balance of comfort, affordability and performance.