TVS has taken the wraps off the new Apache RR 310, their offering into the entry level supersport segment as the motorcycle goes on sale for Rs. 2.05 lakh, ex-showroom. First shown at the 2016 Auto Expo as the Akula 33 concept, the Apache RR 310 is the first product for TVS from their alliance with BMW Motorrad in India.
Built on a trellis frame, the Apache RR 310 makes use of TVS’ rich racing heritage that spans nearly 35 years. The styling and design cues are quite stunning yet functional as the bike has undergone severe wind-tunnel testing to develop a drag co-efficient of 0.26, the least in the class TVS claim. The rear subframe is bolted on to main trellis one and the tail design bears similarities to its younger naked sibling – the Apache RTR 200 4V – yet the side shrouds and tail light make it all the more enticing.
At the heart of it is a 312.2cc single cylinder 4-valve DOHC motor mounted in the reverse configuration with the exhaust port towards the rear of the motorcycle. While this configuration is conducive for off-road motorcycles (like the BMW G 310 GS), here the layout helps the motorcycle in better volumetric efficiency by making use of the ram air intake. The engine makes 33.5bhp and 27.3Nm. This coupled with a kerb weight of 169.5kilos helps the bike reach sixty from standstill in 2.93 seconds and reach a top speed of 160kmph, TVS claim.
The pricing of Rs. 2.05 lakh is bang on between the KTM RC twins which are on sale for Rs. 1.72 lakh for the 200 and Rs. 2.25 lakh for the 390. To know more on how the Apache RR 310 stacks up on paper against the RC twins and the other rivals, check here. You can also check out what ed Sirish had to say after spending a day out at TVS’ second home – the MMRT – here.