Jan 17, 2010

8 Auto Expo 2010 Coverage: TVS Motors

TVS puts on display ABS kitted Apache RTR 180 @ Auto Expo 2010.. and yes some cool concepts (as usual).

TVS had its regular production models like the Flame, Scooty Pep+, Scooty Streak etc. on display at this year's Auto Expo. Also on display was a Hybrid (petrol + battery powered) Scooty Streak. In fact test rides were being provided to select guests on the Hybrid Scooty Streak, just outside the TVS Pavilion. It therefore appears that a hybrid two wheeler from TVS is very much a production reality. Way to go TVS.

But the center of attraction at the TVS Pavilion during this year's Auto Expo were the recently launched 110 cc Jive (with the clutchless gear shift mechanism) and the Wego scooter. These two models were kept at the center of the TVS Pavilion.. and according to TVS big bosses, the focus of TVS in 2010 would be very much on these two models. So much for over enthusiastic rumours of a 200(+) cc Apache RTR.

ABS on Apache RTR 180

Apache RTR 180 with ABS @ AutoExpo 2010

But bike enthusiasts need not be totally dissappointed. TVS did show an ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) kitted Apache RTR 180. The bike looked every bit like a regular RTR 180, but to differentiate it and to announce that "ABS" has been kitted on the bike, the bike had a sticker on the front fender which read "ABS". The bike was also given cool looking Golden Colored Alloys and Suspension parts.

A few years back, ABS units used to be heavy and cumbersome to be used on two wheelers. But these days it has been made compact enough to be used on two wheelers. In fact many international 2 wheelers now come with an ABS either as standard or as an option. If launched, TVS would be the first 2 wheeler manufacturer to put an ABS on a two wheeler in India.

But then the big question would be: "ABS? Great..!! But at what price..??"
My price point: Rs. 5,000 for the ABS Kit.


Pro (Performance/r]Racing) Kit for Apache RTR

RTR Performance Kit
TVS also displayed a Pro (Performance enhancing) Kit on a Apache RTR 180. Now a similar kit was shown during the 2008 AutoExpo, but still it hasn't been made available to the bikers. Even this time there was no mention of any launch dates for this Pro Kit. Anyway, this kit is supposed to be used only on "Closed Circuits" (Race Tracks).. and installing one would in all probablity would void the warranty on your bike.

TVS also put on display two of its race bikes. One was the "Group B" RTR 160 and the other a 250 cc motocross bike. According to what I have gathered, though this 250 cc motocross bike is named as "RTR 250FX", the bike actually has imported engine and parts.



TVS Hammerhead "Quad Concept"

As far as I remember, TVS have had a history of showing some cool looking concepts during the last few AutoExpo's. Even this year TVS did show a few concepts like the Qube 2.0, which is the second version of the Qube hybrid scooter shown during the 2008 Auto Expo. But what really caught my eye this time is an aggressively styled "Quad Concept" named "Hammerhead".

TVS Hammerhead Concept

Quads are quite popular as a recreational vehicle especially in the developed parts of the world. Even though I am all sold out on the aggressive looks of the Hammerhead, the real world possibility of riding this Quad in India is quite distant according to me. The low profile tyres and the "Pulsar" like hump of the fuel tank on the Hammerhead indicates that this concept was meant to be driven on smooth/paved roads. But then could this be registered for road use in India..??

Nevertheless, the Hammerhead does look delicious.

TVS Hammerhead Concept



More Photos:

ABS on Apache RTR 180TVS-ABS-Info




TVS Motors @ AutoExpo 2010: (Photo credits: Motorbeam.com, motoroids.com, Team-Bhp.com, Indiaautomotive.net)

Apache RTR 180 with ABS @AutoExpo 2010 TVS Jive @ AutoExpo 2010 TVS Flame and Apache RTR @ Auto Expo 2010
TVS Hammerhead Concept @ AutoExpo 2010 TVS Qube 2.0 @ AutoExpo 2010 TVS Scooty Streak Hybrid @ AutoExpo 2010
TVS RTR 250FX @AutoExpo 2010TVS Apache RTR 180 with Performance Kit @ AutoExpo 2010Race Spec TVS RTR 160 @ AutoExpo 2010





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8 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Whats the use of good looking concepts if they never make it into production? Waste of time

Sundip

Sajal said...

With every release of the Apache's, it's growing on my liking list!! The ABS implementation on the new Apache 180, is the first true blue ABS implementation available in India, with it's proper software and hardware to support the functionality (unlinke the chineese Hydrolic ABS currently available in the market)!! And top of that, stunters can mannually stwitch ABS of this bike incase they decide to show some bike histrionics ;)

@Sundip,

You know what... the concepts are basically to give you a glimps what the future, 3-4 years down the lane would be like..... for example the QUAD concept.... before it goes into production and hits the road... a hell lot of things need to be considered... given the lunatic Government regulations we have in our country.

Anonymous said...

@Sajal,

I agree that that's the idea of showing concepts during auto expo. But can anybody tell me any of the concepts that TVS showed at any auto expo and has made it into a real production model?

- Sundip

Sajal said...

hehehehe..... I guess the concepts of TVS are not radical for the government to digest but are so radical that TVS finds it hard to implemente ;)

But I'm sure in the near future TVS is gonna emerge as a major performance machine giant alongside Bajaj.... be it in collaboration or totally home kindered tech.... the future is gonna be very exciting for us Bikers.

Anonymous said...

Sad that TVS will concentrate in catering to commuters only. What about bigger and powerful bikes?

ravi said...

Now that the auto expo 2010 is also over..!! wen r dese rumours about the PRO kit oficially brought into the market ? IRRESPONSIBLE TVS SALES...YAMAHA is already launched their offical DAYTONA RACING KIT with a good looking SILENCER..but how long wil the APACHE TRIBE have to WAIT ??????

Anonymous said...

Sad that TVS will concentrate in catering to commuters only. What about bigger and powerful bikes?

Anonymous said...

@Sajal,

I agree that that's the idea of showing concepts during auto expo. But can anybody tell me any of the concepts that TVS showed at any auto expo and has made it into a real production model?

- Sundip

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