TVS Motor Company is finally all set to launch its flagship motorcycle Apache RR 310 (Akula) after making us wait for almost two years. The bike was first showcased as a concept model at the 2016 Auto Expo. The TVS Apache RR 310 has been manufactured using the experience of TVS Racing that has been present in the arena for 33 years now. The pricing of the most awaited motorcycle of the year, TVS Apache RR 310 (Akula) will play a major role in India in deciding its fate. One thing which is sure is that the motorcycle will be the most affordable full-faired sportsbike that one can buy in the 300 cc + segment. That, however, is not why one should expect any sort of functional compromises. The KTM RC 390 that has been on the throne since long will also finally have some nail-biting competition. So, here is how both these machines fare against each other on paper.
TVS Apache RR 310 vs 2017 KTM RC 390: Engine specifications
The TVS Apache RR 310 shares its powertrain with the BMW G310R and comes fitted with the same 313cc engine that propels the Bavarian roadster. The liquid-cooled, single-cylinder mill comes mated to a six-speed transmission, churning out 34 hp of power and 28 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the KTM RC 390 gets a larger displacement 373cc motor that is good for producing 43 hp of power and 36 Nm of torque and is enabled with ride-by-wire technology. Gearbox in the KTM RC 390 is also a six-speed unit and it gets an additional slipper clutch for easy and safer downshifts at high speed.
|Apache RR 310||2017 KTM RC 390|
|Type||Single cylinder, liquid-cooled||Single cylinder, liquid-cooled|
|Power||34 hp||43 hp|
|Torque||28 Nm||36 Nm|
|Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)||Yes||Yes|
|Full digital instrumentation||Yes||Yes|
|Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)||Rs 1.8 lakh (expected)||Rs 2.34 lakh|
TVS Apache RR 310 vs 2017 KTM RC 390: Braking, suspension and tyres
The TVS Apache RR 310 has been equipped with a 300mm disc brake upfront along with a 240mm disc at the rear, linked to the company's ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System). The suspension system comprises of 41mm upside down forks at the front along with a monoshock at the rear. The motorcycle rides on 110/70-R17 front and 150/60-R17 rear tyres with black alloy wheels. The KTM RC 390, on the other hand, gets its braking done with the help of 320mm disc brake up front along with a 230mm disc brake at the rear with a standard ABS. The motorcycle comes equipped with WP inverted forks at the front along with WP monoshock at the rear. The RC also comes with 110/70-R17 front and 150/60-R17 rear tyres with alloy wheels just like the TVS.
TVS Apache RR 310 vs 2017 KTM RC 390: Features
The TVS Apache RR 310 has been bestowed with a lot of interesting features like dual projector headlamps, disc brakes at both ends with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), LED tail lamp and turning winkers and a fully digital instrument cluster. On the other hand, the KTM RC 390 too, gets all these features and an additional benefit of a slipper clutch. Furthermore, the motorcycle gets ride-by-wire technology that ensures a crisp throttle response with seamless power delivery.
|TVS Apache RR 310||2017 KTM RC 390|
|Suspension front||41mm upside down||43mm upside down|
TVS Apache RR 310 vs 2017 KTM RC 390: Pricing and Our Take
There is a lot of hope from enthusiasts regarding the pricing of the TVS' flagship Apache RR 310 (Akula) and it is expected to launch at a price tag nearing Rs 1.8 lakh (ex-showroom). If the company manages to stick close to the expected pricing, KTM surely will come under pressure from the domestic two-wheeler maker. The RC 390 is currently available for sale in India at Rs 2.34 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). There is no denying the fact that the KTM here is more powerful and feature rich out of the two but the Apache can do the trick for the company if it is priced well. Now, all that remains to be seen is how the TVS Apache RR 310 (Akula) performs on the tarmac and whether it can live up to the hype or not. We'll let you know the same in a matter of few days as we'll be riding the motorcycle.