FZ 25 vs Apache RTR 200 4V Comparison Review

Published on: Jan 29, 2017
TVS Apache RTR 200 4v vs Yamaha FZ 25 Comparison Review :


Pricing & Features:
The Yamaha FZ 25, costs 1.30 Lakh Rs. on road, Delhi. This makes it 26,000 Rs more costlier than top end (Fuel injected) variant of Apache RTR 200 4V which retails at a price tag of 1.04 Lakh Rs. on road Delhi, while its Carburated variant costs 98,894 Rs. on road Delhi. In terms of attributes, both machines offers an impressive list of features like Tubeless Tyres, LED tail-lamps, Front & rear disk brakes, rear Mono-shock suspension, Digital instrument cluster. But the RTR 200 4v have an added safety advantage of ABS with RLP Control over the FZ 25 but Yamaha has indicated that they may add ABS later if made compulsory as per the govt. norms. It also gets
Race-spec soft compound Pirelli Tyres which provides exceptional grasp over tarmac while the FZ 25 trade-off with MRF rubbers which are again a good set of tyres but not as better than the Pirrelis's. The RTR also gets race tuned KYC Mono-shock's at the rear for added plush in city conditions as well as on race tracks.


Price, On Road, Delhi:
Yamaha FZ 25: 1.30 Lakh Rs.
RTR 200 4v (Carb with Tvs Remora Tyres) : 98,894 Lakh Rs.
RTR 200 4v (EFI with Pirelli Tyres) : 1.04 Lakh Rs.


Performance & Tractability:
The RTR have a refined 200cc motor which gives it a solid mid-range power delivery & helps in outstretch of 0-60 in a mere 3.9 seconds due to its well balanced split cradle chassis which also assist it to growl at the tracks as well. The exhaust note from the double barrel hose sounds sweet and give it a hunky touch. On other hand the FZ25 has a higher capacity engine than the RTR making is more athletic than the former and its best in class 20Nm of torque gives a sense of vigorous punch which could be felt on the Highways while overtaking. As the engine of the FZ25 gets heated over, it tends to perform more robustly and lunges you to push the throttle hard. The FZ25 will certainly put a delight on a keen riders face.    


Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton):Yamaha FZ25 - 141, RTR200 4v - 142 (difference 2%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton):Yamaha FZ 25 - 135,  RTR200 4v- 122


Power (PS@rpm): FZ25 - 20.9@8000,RTR200 4v - 21.0@8500
Torque (Nm@rpm): FZ25 - 20.0@6000,RTR200 4v - 18.1@7000
Kerb Weight (kg): FZ25 - 148RTR200 4v - 148 (CARB), 148.5 (EFI)

Displacement (cc): Yamaha FZ25 - 249 ,RTR200 4v - 197.5

Fuel Efficiency:
The Yamaha FZ 25 has an ARAI certified mileage of 43 kmpl, compared to RTR's 40 kmpl. Also Yamaha have an advantage of Blue Core technology which not only helps in increasing the mileage figures but also improves the combustion and accordingly the performance of the FZ 25.


ARAI Mileage (kmpl) : FZ25 - 43 , RTR200 4v - 40

Fuel Cost (for usage of 60,000 km): FZ25 - 1.30 Lakh, RTR200 4v - 1.41 Lakh

Reliability & After Sales Service:
Tvs has a lengthy way to go , to match the marvelous reliability provided by Yamaha. They are one of the best when it comes to the overall quality and trust build over the years by this Japanese marque. Yamaha's bond become even more stronger when you see the legendary Rx100's and Rd350 running on our roads in tip-top condition in today's era, this certainly shows their class. While Tvs products suffers from few quality issues due to some of the economy parts used to provide excessive cost cutting in its overall price.
Both of these brand have a significant after sales records where Tvs excels in having sheer network reach of its touch point across the country and Yamaha shines in outclass customer satisfaction. Though the service cost of Yamaha is a bit heavy than that of Tvs due to its higher labor charges and expensive parts, but the Yamaha makes up as it has better resale value than Tvs.

Resale Price (after 5 - 7 years & 60,000 km):
FZ25 - 65,000 Rs.
RTR200 4v - 42,000 Rs

Total Cost of Ownership (Price + Fuel Cost - Resale Price):
FZ25 - 1.95 Lakh
RTR200 4v - 1.99 Lakh

Handling & Ride Quality:
The RTR has a lusty hold on the road , at both city and the highways. All hail to its exquisite chassis and the clip-on handlebars that provide effortless maneuverability in the dense traffic conditions in the city. The Race tuned KYC mono-shock at the rear eats up the bumps with ease and provide plush ride quality to the rider. It also handles exceptionally through the corners because of the stellar Pirelli Tyres which offers great confidence everytime you touch your knee down.
FZ25 has a remarkable command over the road as its riding ergonomics are by far the best in the segment. The handle bars and seat height are well coordinated to match the riding dynamics and provides brimful supremacy to the rider. The diamond frame chassis is sharply engineered and holds the line of the body, making it agile and nimble while roll and wider sets of tyres let it go swiftly over the bad patches.


Tyre Size:
Front: FZ25 – 100/80R17, RTR200 4v – 90/90R17
Rear: FZ25 – 140/70R17, RTR200 4v – 130/70R17


Wheelbase (mm): FZ25 – 1360, RTR200 4v – 1353


Comfort & Ergonomics:
Both, the FZ25 and the RTR have well cushioned seats for the rider while decent seats for the pillion as the pillion seat is a bit high, therefore it will be little difficult for some of the pillion occupants. The ergonomics of the FZ25 are better than the RTR as the gear and brake foot-pegs are placed precisely and provide great control while riding. 


Seat Height (mm): FZ25 – 795, RTR200 4v - 800

Verdict:
The RTR200 4v is an excellent machine for city commutes and some track fun while the FZ25 has superior riding dynamics and much more refined and powerful motor than the RTR. Though the FZ25 is certainly behind the RTR in terms of safety measures but Yamaha might add ABS anytime soon on the FZ25. Higher cost of the FZ25 over the RTR is justified as it has gone one step ahead by providing best in class power outputs which are apt enough to outrun its rivals. Yamaha's strong brand value will definitely attract the buyers and the raw feel that it offers to the dedicated biking community is conclusively matchless.

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