TVS Apache RR 310 has finally been launched in India! The wait for this one was long and a nailbiter, since even enthusiasts have been eyeing this motorcycle as a promising one. TVS' flagship motorcycle, the Apache RR 310 will be yours at a fantastic price of Rs 2.05 lakh (ex-showroom) and will be delivered to you by end of December. Considering the hype that has been revolving around it and the way it looks and the power and the price tag, this should be easy to climb the charts in the Indian two-wheeler market. The segment has only a few motorcycles in the country and to say the least, TVS Apache RR 310 is the most affordable of them all. While the direct rival in terms of engine and power would be Kawasaki Ninja 300, however, the Japanese motorcycle is priced a bit too high to able to convince customers why not to buy the TVS. Moving on KTM RC 390, which is considerably more powerful than the Apache RR 310, but then the Apache does promise a lot in the price you pay.
TVS Apache RR 310 draws its power from a 312.2 cc four-stroke, four-valve, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that produces 33.5 hp at 9,700 rpm and 27.3 Nm at 7,700 rpm, paired with a six-speed transmission. This is the same engine that powers the BMW G310R. The Apache RR 310 has a claimed top speed of 160 km/h and is capable of accelerating from 0-60 km/h in 2.93 seconds and 0-100 in 7.17 seconds.
TVS engineers had five key objectives in mind during the Apache RR 310's development, which has resulted in the new TVS motorcycle delivering best-in-class drag coefficient of 0.26, the lowest in the 300cc segment. TVS Apache RR 310 was tested in the wind tunnel to achieve such figures.
Braking is covered by a 300 mm disc up front and a 240 mm one at the back, and is assisted by ABS (anti-lock braking system). For suspension the biggest TVS motorcycle gets 41 mm inverted forks at the front and at the rear, it is fitted with a monoshock.
TVS is targeting present Apache customers to upgrade to the new Apache RR 310. The company claims that the new motorcycle has been designed to cater to daily usage as well as weekend riding or track days. The Apache RR 310 will debut in the One Make Championship next year and Apache owners will now be able to enrol in a three-step racing programme.
TVS Apache RR 310 features a twin projector headlamps, full digital instrumentation with several race-inspired bits, such as a lap timer and timer for 0-60 km/h. It also has a LED tail lamp and turn indicators. In terms of price, the Apache RR 310 competes with KTM Duke 250 and Mahindra Mojo, but it will have the guts to go up against big fish like RC 390, Benelli 302R and Kawasaki Ninja 300.
TVS has had a 35-year long history of racing, the collective knowledge from which the brand claims has been applied in the development of the Apache RR 310. TVS has been profoundly instrumental in motorcycle racing since a long time. Even the TVS 50 Moped, launched in 1982, was tested for racing with track-oriented modifications. Riders attained about 105 km/h back then, marking the beginning of TVS' pursuit in racing.
I admit it was a little upsetting to know that the TVS flagship wasn't going to be called Akula. In pictures, in spy shots, it looked like Akula was a good name that went well with the motorcycle's personality. However, having seen the motorcycle in action on the race track, yep, RR 310 is much better, much more race oriented, much more Apache which we like.