Hero Xtreme 200S 4V vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4V
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Hero Xtreme 200S 4V vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Reviews by Team Drivio | Sep 16, 2023

The Apache RTR 200 4V engine makes a lot of lot more power (but less torque) than the Xtreme’s

  • The Apache RTR 200 4V’s 197cc engine makes a solid 20.8PS and 17.25Nm.  
  • Hero, meanwhile, has tuned Hero Xtreme 200S 4V’s engine to make 19.17PS and 17.35Nm. 
  • The Xtreme has the super sport appeal while the Apache looks the part among streetfighter 

The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V has long been the top pick among 200cc bikes in India. However, Hero has reintroduced the Xtreme 200S 4V with a 4-valve engine. Is the Apache's dominance in danger from this new rival? Let's compare both bikes to find out!

Hero Xtreme 200S 4V vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4V: Design & Features

The new Apache RTR 200 4V sports a stylish LED headlight that enhances its front-end appearance. However, the overall design of the bike remains largely unchanged.

What sets the RTR 200 4V apart are its adjustable levers, customizable suspension components, and three riding modes. It features a digital screen, similar to the TVS NTorq 125, which offers standard trip information, lap timers, smartphone integration for calls and texts, and even map navigation. This screen also provides data on your bike's tilt angle but only when connected to your phone.

On the other hand, the Xtreme 200S introduces a fresh and clean design with sleek lines and minimalistic decals. Hero has opted for a restrained approach to graphics, resulting in a clean and appealing look. The bike's well-balanced front section design contributes to its overall visual harmony, avoiding an oversized appearance.

The modern LED headlight on the Xtreme 200S adds a touch of sophistication to its design. Hero has succeeded in creating a bike that not only looks impressive but is also crafted with precision, showcasing excellence in the Xtreme 200S's design.

Hero Xtreme 200S 4V vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4V: Engine

SpecificationsHero Xtreme 200S 4VTVS Apache RTR 200 4V
Engine199.6cc single-cylinder air-cooled 4-valve SOHC197.75cc oil-cooled engine
Maximum Power19.17PS20.8PS @ 9000 rpm
Maximum Torque17.35Nm17.25Nm @ 7250 rpm
Transmission5-speed5-speed

The Xtreme 200S shares many core components with the Xtreme 200R. It utilizes the same frame, suspension, gearbox, wheels, and tyres. Its power comes from a 199cc engine that delivers approximately 19.17PS of power and 17.35Nm of torque, resulting in a remarkably smooth and jerk-free ride. The five-speed gearbox complements the engine seamlessly, ensuring effortless gear changes and an overall enhanced riding experience.

The suspension setup is also similar to the Xtreme 200R, with telescopic forks at the front and a customizable shock absorber at the rear, allowing riders to make adjustments for improved comfort.

What's impressive about the upgraded RTR 200 4V is its acceleration, which is nearly a second faster to reach 100kmph compared to its BS4 predecessor. This improvement is achieved through the new engine mapping in the 'Sport' mode, which enhances lower-end power while maintaining excellent top-end performance.

Hero Xtreme 200S 4V vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4V: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

SpecificationsHero Xtreme 200S 4VTVS Apache RTR 200 4V
Front suspension37mm telescopic forkTelescopic fork
Rear suspensionGas-charged monoshock Monoshock
Front tyre100/80-1790/90-17
Rear tyre130/70-17130/70-R17
Front brake276mm petal disc270mm disc
Rear brake220mm petal disc240mm disc
ABSSingle-channelDual-channel as optional

Between the two, the Apache offers a more comfortable ride. Its adjustable suspension on both ends handles road bumps admirably. However, on concrete roads, it can get a bit bouncy, causing some bouncing on the seat. One drawback of the RTR in city riding is its seating position. While your upper body can relax, your legs might feel somewhat cramped, especially if you're taller. This can be attributed to the high-up sporty footrests.

In contrast, the Xtreme 200S takes a different approach. Instead of distinct frames and suspension configurations like the XPulse models, it adopts the fundamental structure and suspension elements of the 200R. As a result, it features a similar frame and suspension setup, including 37mm telescopic forks at the front and a unique rear mono shock with adjustable stiffness levels.

Hero Xtreme 200S 4V vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4V: Dimensions

DimensionsHero Xtreme 200S 4VTVS Apache RTR 200 4V
Length2222mm2020mm
Width850mm790mm
Height1258mm1050mm
Wheelbase1410mm1353mm
Ground clearance220mm180mm
Kerb weight149kg152kg
Fuel tank capacity13-litres12-litres
Seat height825mm800mm

When it comes to cornering prowess, the Apache emerges as the clear champion. TVS has adhered to the age-old adage of "Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday" for 38 years, and the handling of the RTR 200 is a testament to this commitment.

The specially designed split-cradle frame of the Apache is engineered for racing, instilling the rider with immense confidence to tackle corners at higher speeds than its counterpart. While chasing the Pulsar on Lavasa's twisty roads, the Apache demonstrated its ability to brake later, navigate corners with agility, and maintain stability throughout.

Thanks to its grippy TVS tyres, the Apache adheres to the road like glue, ensuring no slippage even when encountering bumps mid-turn. If you decide to adjust your trajectory mid-corner, the bike responds quickly and without hesitation. That is something that inexperienced riders will love. The Apache feels very forgiving to ride and even if they enter corners too hot or with the wrong line, correcting it won’t be a big issue, something that even they will be able to do. 

On the other hand, the Xtreme 200S boasts a braking system with a 276mm front disc and a 220mm rear disc, providing ample stopping power. Although we didn't have the chance for extensive track testing, it's worth noting that the bike features a basic ABS (anti-lock braking system) that operates on a single wheel, enhancing safety during on-road riding.

Hero Xtreme 200S 4V vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4V: Price

PriceHero Xtreme 200S 4VTVS Apache RTR 200 4V
Ex-showroom DelhiRs 1,41,250 onwards

Rs 1,40,920 (Single-channel ABS)

Rs 1,45,970 (Dual-channel ABS)

The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is available at an approximate price of Rs 1,40,920 with the single-channel ABS version. However, we recommend considering the dual-channel ABS version, which costs about Rs 5,000 more. Safety is paramount, especially on the unpredictable roads in India.

Hero, meanwhile, has priced the Xtreme 200S 4V at Rs 1.41 lakh, ex-showroom, for which, interestingly, it doesn’t offer dual-channel ABS at all. And that means the Apache’s base variant, with single channel ABS, is actually more affordable than the Xtreme. Not by a big margin but it is what it is. Even if you do want the extra net of safety, it’s a prominent Rs 4,720 over the Xtreme. 

Verdict

The TVS Apache series has consistently earned praise for its striking aesthetics, impressive performance, agility, and top-notch features. The RTR 200 4V model embodies these qualities to a remarkable extent. Furthermore, the addition of new features has further enhanced its appeal. We can confidently state that investing in the Apache RTR 200 4V provides substantial value.

While experienced riders may not notice a significant difference from the riding modes, they undoubtedly offer valuable assistance to beginners or those planning to use the bike on a racetrack. As a minor point of critique, the absence of a sixth gear slightly limits its optimal performance during highway cruising. That said, what more experienced riders will love is the engine and the way the Apache handles. 

While inexperienced riders will find it a very engaging bike, the experienced ones will be able to extract the most out of it and will really be able to exploit the racing DNA that a lot of TVS bikes have from their many decades of racing prowess obviously. So yes, if we had to choose between the two, our preference would definitely be for the Apache.