The 220cc TVS Zeppelin was unveiled as a concept model at the 2018 Auto Expo. The showstopper falls in the cruiser category of motorcycles, targeting buyers who are in the need of a sports cruiser. After several delays, the earlier reports suggested the brand to launch the Zeppelin in India this year though there has been no information received on the same as of yet. Here are 5 must-know facts about the much-awaited TVS Zeppelin cruiser motorcycle.
5 Must-Know Facts About 220cc TVS Zeppelin
1) First TVS Cruiser Motorcycle – TVS is known for the production of commuter bikes and sportbikes, leaving the cruiser segment empty from the past three decades. The Zeppelin 220 is a typical cruiser motorcycle as it features low seat height, forward-biased foot-pegs, and smaller-than-usual rim size. The cruiser rivals none other than the Bajaj Avenger 220 and Suzuki Intruder 150 while the Jawa Classic 300 and Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 are other indirect rivals for the upcoming motorcycle.
2) New Age Design – The extended fuel tank, sharp tail section, and the raised pillion seat add modern lines to the package. The engine bay is neat, perfectly-filled and highlighted with silver inserts. TVS showcased the concept version of the bike with a belt-drive system, making it the first motorcycle of its segment to carry the feature. The headlight is heavily inspired by a typical modern street machine.
3) Key Components & Engine Details – The 220cc TVS Zeppelin is equipped with premium 41mm USD front forks, full-LED headlight, belt-drive, and grippy Pirelli Sport Demon tyres. The addition of a sporty exhaust system finished in black shade, and the independent tyre hugger makes Zeppelin an eye-candy for the bike lovers though, the production model is expected to skip some of the premium parts to keep the costs under check.
The Zeppelin is expected to be equipped with a BS6-compliant, 220cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine. The same can either be derived from Apache RTR 200’s engine or made from scratch for torque-biased performance. Mechanically, the concept model is good for 20 HP @ 8500 rpm and 18.5 Nm @ 7000 rpm. The engine is mated a 5-speed gearbox. The unique electric-boost system of Zeppelin can help riders achieve more mileage per refill though, the system is not yet confirmed for the production version of the motorcycle.
4) Instrument Console – The console on the Zeppelin is semi-digital, divided through physical breaks for easy differentiation and clean layout. The console has an analogue tachometer, a digital speedometer, an odometer and a fuel gauge. In comparison, the Bajaj Avenger is equipped with an all-digital console while most of the Royal Enfield motorcycles are equipped with an analogue console. As per one of the recent reports, it is being rumoured that the production-spec model of the Zeppelin with come featured with an all-digital instrument console in addition to getting smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth.
5) Launch Date & Expected Price – The official launch of the 220cc TVS Zeppelin is expected to take place by the end of this year or in early 2021. As far as the pricing is concerned, TVS is expected to launch the cruiser with an approximate ex-showroom price tag of around INR 1.40-1.50 lakh in India.
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