It’s quite odd to have a comparison between the 250 cc motorcycle and 200 cc motorcycle. The reason we are having a comparison between these two bikes is because of the pricing. Both these bikes do come at similar pricing having a price difference of less Rs 10,000-15,000 which is quite unusual considering the displacement difference. Nevertheless, we will see which bike offers better value for the money. Now with the BS6 there will be a slight increase in the price but keeping that aside we will take look at the engine and the performance of the bike. Let’s find out which bike offers more value for money.
First, let’s talk about design. The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V comes with quite edgy and aggressive design language. It gets full LED headlamp with LED pilot lights. The taillamp at the rear is also an LED unit. The bike comes with huge tank design and we have to say that the tank fairing looks way cleaner than most of the motorcycles in India. The engine guard or belly pan also enhances the overall design language. The offset fuel cap and dual-barrel exhaust pipe make the bike even sportier.
Now coming to the Yamaha FZ 25, it also gets all-LED headlamps and LED DRLs. The taillight is also an LED unit, however, the taillamps on both the bikes appear to be similar at the first glance. The tank fairing is extended much forward. The exhaust pipe comes with silver finish on it, which matches the FZ lineup. The upcoming 2020 FZS 25 will be getting the brush guard or handguard, sun visor to improve its tour ability.
Coming to the real game of these motorcycles which is, of course, the engine. The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V comes equipped with a 197 cc single-cylinder, fuel-injected, oil-cooled engine. The engine produces around 19.9 bhp max power and 16.8 Nm of peak torque. The engine is then mated with the five-speed gearbox and slipper clutch. The claimed 0-60 acceleration is less than 4 sec which is quite impressive.
On the other hand, FZ 25 BS4 comes with the 249 cc single-cylinder, fuel-injected, air-cooled engine. The engine produces around 20.3 bhp max power and 20 Nm of peak torque. However, we can expect some drop in power in the BS6 update. The engine is mated with the five-speed gearbox but misses out on the slipper clutch. The claimed 0-60 acceleration is less than 3.5 sec which is 0.5 sec earlier than Apache RTR 200 4V. The FZ 25 has proven that it has got better acceleration due to better low-end torque.
Hardware and features
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V sits on 17-inch wheels. The suspension duty of the bike is done with telescopic suspension at the front and monoshock suspension at the rear. The suspension is tuned by the Showa that is well suited for most of the Indian road conditions. The bike comes with dual-channel ABS as a standard feature. The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V gets a fully digital instrument cluster. The cluster can be connected to a smartphone with the help of Bluetooth connectivity to get the call notification and turn by turn navigation. We can also view various bike stats on the mobile app such as lap time, lean angle, etc. One more interesting feature of the Apache RTR 200 4V is its crash notification system.
On the other hand, Yamaha FZ 25 also gets telescopic suspension at the front and mono-shock suspension at the rear. The braking duty of the bike is done with the help of disc brakes for both wheels which is then assisted by dual-channel ABS. The FZ 25 also sits on the 17-inch wheels. The instrument cluster is a fully digital negative display unit but misses out on smart connectivity feature. The bike gets side stand engine inhibitor which is also a nice inclusion.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V comes at Rs 1.27 lakhs (ex-showroom) while the Yamaha FZ 25 BS4 comes at Rs 1.35 lakhs (ex-showroom). However, the BS6 2020 FZ 25 will have a hike of Rs 8-10,000, the prices are yet to be revealed. It seems that both bikes do judge their price tag. Nevertheless, you will definitely have to pay more for that extra power and torque. Other motorcycles that do come in similar pricing includes Bajaj Pulsar NS 200, KTM Duke 125, Yamaha MT-15.