The Hosur based automaker, TVS Motor Company has been working on the new Apache RR310 for quite some time now. It showcased the Akula concept at the 2016 AutoExpo and received overall applauding response from the audience. But recently it was revealed that the new bike will not be named ‘Akula’ but instead will carry on the ‘Apache’ legacy forward and hence be making a deeper connect to the already well-established Apache fan base in India. TVS Apache series is not new in the Indian market and the last installment in this series was seen not long back in the form the Apache RTR 200 4V, which is a naked motorcycle like every other Apache seen till date.
The reason why the new flagship Apache looks promising is because of the fact that it is derived out of the same engine as seen on the new BMW G310 R and BMW G 310 GS. After the BMW-TVS alliance, Apache RR310 will be the first product to roll out in India as any launch affirming news on the rest two BMW bikes is still awaited.
Indian bike market has accepted the KTM brand with arms wide open, and hence Bajaj has been selling these bikes in decent numbers. The closest competitor to the Apache RR 310 will be none other than the KTM RC 390. The RC has been the most affordable single-cylinder supersport motorcycle in India, and both RC 390 and RC 200 have been widely famous in the country. Both retails at very intelligent prices, thus making the products highly potent against all of the competition.
The RC 390 is pompous about almost everything from its power to weight ratio, features or its race-derived riding dynamics, which makes it quite an exceptional product in its segment. But talking about the Apache RR 310, it is powered by the BMW engineered 313cc single-cylinder engine pumping out a healthy 34bhp of maximum power and 27Nm of peak torque. The numbers might not be enough on paper when compared to RC but the real difference will only be seen in terms of delivery in the real-time riding conditions (though it will be tough to beat its European competition).
The RC 390, unlike its smaller sibling, is offered with quite a few bells and whistles such as LED DRLs, ABS, Slipper Clutch and now also ride-by-wire throttle control for a precise gas response. On the other hand, the Apache RR 310 is expected to be offered with a bunch of similar features such as ABS, LED DRLs and projector lamps, vertically stacked full-digital multi-information display, more information will be available only once the bike gets launched on 6th December.
What can you expect on the pricing part?
The company will have to price the bike in the bracket of Rs 1.7 lakh to Rs 2 lakh to make it competitive against its truest competition in the form of KTM RC 390, and even the Duke 250 which sits right under the Rs 2L bracket.