Ather 450 Apex First Ride Review: VERY Exciting!
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Ather 450 Apex First Ride Review: VERY Exciting!

Reviews by Team Drivio | Jan 24, 2024

The 450 Apex unfortunately, looks almost exactly like the other Athers

  • The Apex pushes out 7kW, instead of the 450X’s 6.4kW
  • Ather has finally tuned the 450 Apex to reach a top speed of 100kmph
  • With a range of 157km, the 450 Apex is also quite usable in the real world

Ather Energy has embarked on an unconventional approach by testing their latest creation, the 450 Apex, on a go-kart track. Positioned as a special edition and the most performance-oriented iteration of the 450 model, the Apex maintains a nearly identical hardware package to the 450X. However, subtle software and minor hardware tweaks aim to enhance its speed and agility.

Ather 450 Apex: Design & Features

Distinguishing itself from the 450X, the Apex boasts transparent side panels, revealing the meticulously crafted hybrid aluminum frame. The body panels are adorned in a distinctive Edium blue color with a satin finish, complemented by orange wheels. Limited to a single color option, the Apex aims to make a visual impact on the road.

The Ather 450 Apex comes equipped with a comprehensive all-LED lighting system. Its advanced features include a 7-inch touchscreen TFT instrument cluster that seamlessly integrates with the Google Maps navigation suite. Additionally, the scooter boasts a cutting-edge Warp+ Immersive UI for an enhanced user experience. Practicality is not compromised, as the Ather 450 Apex offers a spacious 22-litre underseat storage for added convenience.

But on the whole, the TFT usage experience remains similar to the 450X. If you liked the way the 450X is in terms of intuitiveness and ease of usage, you will like the 450 Apex too. That said, if you didn’t like the 450X, we suspect the feeling will continue over to the 450 Apex too. 

What we particularly loved though, was the new switchgear. We had already seen this new generation switchgear on the 450S but it looks even better on a premium scooter like the Apex. it has great tactility and provides great feedback in terms of touch and feels properly premium. It definitely feels like a big step-up from the older switchgear. 

Ather 450 Apex: Motor

Specifications  Ather 450 Apex
Motor3kW (peak)
Top Speed100kmph
Battery3kWh
Range157km

While maintaining the 3.7kWh battery capacity, the Apex elevates performance with a peak power increase from 450X's 6.4kW to 7.0kW. The implementation of the Warp Plus mode allows the Apex to achieve a top speed of 100kmph. Software and algorithmic revisions to the Ather drive controller (ADC) contribute to a 30% improvement in 40-80kmph acceleration, a 2.9-second 0-40kmph acceleration time, and consistent acceleration up to 80kmph.

In Warp Plus mode, the Apex delivers a range of 75km, matching the standard Warp mode. The Magic Twist regenerative braking system claims to handle nearly 75% of braking duties in the city, offering enhanced efficiency and control.

Ather 450 Apex: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

SpecificationsAther 450 Apex
Front SuspensionTelescopic fork
Rear SuspensionMonoshock
Front Tyre90/90-12
Rear Tyre100/80-12
Front brakeDisc brake
Rear brakeDisc brake

In real-world conditions, maintaining speeds of 40-50kmph, disengaging the throttle triggers a progressive and swift deceleration of the scooter. Even as the throttle is released to a complete stop, a residual play remains, allowing riders to forcefully engage further deceleration and bring the scooter to a complete halt. This nuanced approach proves to be less abrupt and more efficient compared to other regenerative braking systems encountered thus far.

The Magic Twist feature exhibits enhanced effectiveness in real-world scenarios, offering a smoother and more controlled deceleration process. This improved functionality contributes to a superior braking experience compared to conventional regen braking systems.

While the Magic Twist feature demonstrates notable advancements, relying solely on it may pose a degree of risk unless riders thoroughly familiarize themselves with its nuances. As with any innovative braking system, a cautious approach is recommended to ensure a safe and seamless integration into one's riding style.

Ather 450 Apex: Dimensions

The Apex exhibits robust performance on the track, showcasing brisk acceleration and strong motor pull, particularly during corner exits. Replicating stop-and-go scenarios on a traffic-free road reinforces the scooter's agility at speeds under 70kmph. The Magic Twist regen system, while initially challenging to adapt to on the track, promises efficient braking in urban environments.

Ather 450 Apex: Price

ModelPrice (Ex-showroom)
Ather 450 ApexRs 1.89 lakh

Ather has priced the 450 Apex at Rs 1.89 lakh, ex-showroom, excluding FAME 2 subsidy. The brand hasn’t applied for FAME 2 and given that the subsidy will soon cease to exist, it only makes sense for the brand to not be dependent on it. 

Verdict

Priced at Rs. 1.89 lakh (ex-showroom), the 450 Apex commands a premium of around Rs. 30,000 over the 450X Gen3 with Pro Pack (varies based on state subsidies). Ather scooters, known for their likeable features, prompt acceleration, and advanced technology, position the 450 Apex as an enticing limited-edition choice. However, considering the incremental benefits, the 450X Gen 3 with the Pro Pack remains a compelling alternative for those seeking a high-performance e-scooter without the premium price tag.