According to KN Radhakrishnan, president and CEO of TVS Motors, the first TVS-BMW JV’s developments are progressing according to initial plans and the first product will be ready in the next 3-6 months. The top official also announced that the new TVS Victor and a premium high-performance bike will be launched within the first two quarters of 2015-16 financial year.
New TVS Victor
The TVS Victor will make a re-entry in an all-new avatar
After a long sabbatical, TVS is all set to introduce the popular Victor nameplate which has earned a solid reputation in the entry level commuter segment. Though the nameplate had presence in 100 and 125 cc space in its previous avatar, its successor would be catering only to the smaller displacement segment.
TVS’ existing 110 cc air-cooled engine that does duty in several models like Star City, Star Sport+, Max4R, Scooty Zest, Wego and Jupiter is expected to power the new Victor as well. To be positioned bellow the Start City, the upcoming TVS commuter will prioritize fuel economy.
The product was initially supposed to be launched last year but the solid performance of the existing models kept the Hosur-based two wheeler maker busy.
TVS-BMW 300 cc bike
TVS-BMW JV’s first product is expected to be a 300cc naked bike (image: TVS Draken X-21 concept is used for representative purpose only)
A naked prototype of the TVS-BMW motorcycle codenamed K03 was recently spied in Europe for the first time. Rumored to be powered by a 300 cc liquid-cooled engine, the K03 platform would spawn naked, super sports (fully faired), Adventure tourer derivatives, all of which will be available in both TVS and BMW versions.
We think, the premium high performance motorcycle mentioned by Mr. Radhakrishnan is the TVS’ own version of the 300 cc naked sportsbike. Not much is known as of now but expect the performance and equipment level to match that of the KTM Duke 390.
TVS also sees an opportunity in expanding the Apache’s lineup in the future
In addition to these two products, the top official also stated that there is an opportunity to expand the existing Apache, Jupiter and other model lines.
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