Tuesday, July 8, 2008

TVS is gearing up to offer four new two-wheelers this fiscal.

The RTR is here in its Fuel Injected avatar powered by a 159.7cc fuel injected engine, a first in this category that can pump up 15.9 ps at 8500 rpm and a peak torque of 13.1Nm at 6500 rpm. The RTR FI is TVS's attempt to strengthen its position in the premium segment, nicely priced at Rs 64,990 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

Lots of goodies on this bike like a blue backlit speedometer that introduces data logging another first in the category. Data pertaining to the last three zero to sixty timings and the last three top speeds are logged and displayed on the speedometer. This is a nice touch for the speed junky. The bike's new retractive tank scoop and open chain case ad to the already lethal looks of the RTR.

The RTR FI features a microprocessor consisting of an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) made up of sensors, a fuel pump and an injector. The ECU receives the data from sensors, processes it and delivers optimum fuel metering and ignition timing. TVS claims that the bike can reach a top speeds at 120kmph, can zip to 60kph in 4.8s and 100kph in 17.7s.

With most Japanese motorcycle giants trying to out-do each other in the high-end performance segment in India, TVS is planning to concentrating on the entry class segment. The firm is planning to launching two new motorcycles in the 100cc and 125cc and two new scooters. “We will introduce a few models this year, let’s say two scooters and two motorcycles,” said H.S. Goindi, head (marketing) of TVS Motors. “As far as our sales strategy is concerned, we will focus on the lower segment, which will help generate volume. On the other hand, our portfolio will also consist of premium bikes,” said Goindi.

Theres a lot happening in the Indian motorcycle scene. It's a little late but definitely a welcome change. What say?

For more on the RTR click here.

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