FROM FACTORY TO THE TRACK
Auto Today|September 2021
We take the new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V on a pilgrimage that has been crucial to the evolution of the Apache brand, right from the TVS factory in Hosur to Chennai’s Madras Motor Race Track

Those who’ve grown up around Indian motorsport have always known that one of the major driving forces for the sport on two wheels has been T VS. Whether on the dirt, hardtop or even on the god-only-knows mixed terrain of Sholavaram, TVS has been right there in the thick of it. Where most came to the track to gain a few PR brownie points, TVS and their racing division TVS Racing has always taken the holistic approach. I’d argue that as a result TVS has got more out of racing than all of the other motorcycle brands in India put together, and proof of that is the Apache brand, which, in a little less than two decades, has grown exponentially to become the most comprehensive entry-level sports motorcycle brand in India.

Ranging from the Apache RTR 160 to the fully-faired track-focussed Apache RR 310, each motorcycle in the range has, without a doubt, the best features, performance, handling and relative price-point for the riding enthusiast. As each year the cycle progresses from the factory in Hosur to the proving grounds of the Madras Motor Race Track where learnings and data are compiled only to return to the factory where improvements are incorporated. And every year, they’ve come back with a better motorcycle. This was TVS’ pilgrimage to excellence, something that’s ingrained in the TVS way of life, and now it was our turn to be a part of it. For us, it was the perfect homage to a brand that we hold in such high regard.

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