After the unveil of the first bike from the TVS-BMW tie-up at the 2016 Auto Expo, the Hosur based bike maker has announced that it will introduce the production ready motorcycle, Akula 310 by March 2017. According to various media reports, “We will launch the first product from the TVS-BMW tie-up by February or March 2017,” said SG Murali, CFO, TVS Motor. The Akula 310 is expected to be priced under Rs 2 lakh, ex-showroom, which will enable it to compete with the KTM RC 390.
The TVS Akula 310 is a fully faired version of the street naked BMW G 310 R, which was also showcased at the Auto Expo and is due to be launched in India soon. Although the Akula 310 and the BMW G 310 R are motorcycles of different genres, they share some critical components. The common components include the engine, chassis and swing-arm among others. The engine produces 34 hp of power and 28 Nm of torque in the BMW G 310 R and the performance figures are expected to remain the same for the TVS, although the gearing could be a little different in favour of quicker acceleration.
The Akula 310 will have upside-down front forks and a monoshock at the rear. The motorcycle will feature 17-inch wheels with soft compound Michelin tyres and dual-channel ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as standard fitment. Braking will be courtesy a petal disc setup at the front and the rear.
When launched, the Akula 310 will compete with the likes of the KTM RC 390 and the upcoming Benelli Tornado 302. Although in terms of power, the Akula is behind the KTM RC 390, the Austrian motorcycle has enjoyed dominance in its segment due to a sub-Rs 2.5 lakh price tag and a rich feature list. With the Akula 310 expected to be priced under Rs 2 lakh, buyers looking at a fully-faired motorcycle apart from the KTM could get inclined towards it.