TVS Apache RR 310: Racing Spirit for Everyday Fun
Priced at INR 2.05 Lakhs (Ex-Showroom); deliveries to begin by end of December 2017.
The latest and the most-hottest addition so far to the 2018 year in the country´s motorcycle scene is the TVS Apache RR 310. The much-awaited performance bike from the home-grown bike maker, whose story began from the TVS Akula 310 concept a couple of years ago, is an all-new offering in the segment. With promising package and competitive pricing, the RR 310 is likely to spruce-up the heat in the segment, by taking on Benelli 302R, Kawasaki Ninja 300, and KTM RC 390.
Design wise, the new Apache RR 310 is brute and intimidating, but not as we imagined from the impressions of the Akula concept. But one can notice a balanced approach in the way the whole body is crafted. There is high impetus on aerodynamic styling. The LED projector head lamp and taillights are sharp-looking, while the nose down-tail up design presents an aggressive impression for the motorcycle. The RR 310 will be available in two paint shades – Racing Red and Sinister Black.
What´s underneath the RR 310 is interesting. It uses an identical Trellis frame as the BMW 310 R, as both the bikes utilise the same platform. TVS claims that the light weight trellis frame offers higher stiffness, improved dynamism at higher speeds and ease of manoeuvrability to wade through the city traffic. Yet, the riding position is slightly relaxed unlike its competitions, thanks to the rear-biased foot pegs and high clip-on handlebars.
Powered by a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 312.2 cc single-cylinder DOHC engine, the unique reverse-inclined design and compact layout is said to improve its productivity. It is paired to a 6-speed transmission, and generates 34 PS of max power at 9,700 rpm and 27.3 Nm of peak torque at 7,700 rpm. Although the engine is similar to that of BMW 310 R, few unique changes have been carried out to make RR 310 stand apart.
The company claims that the new Apache RR 310 can hit 0-60 kmph in just 2.93 seconds, while 0-100 kmph in 7.17 seconds. The top speed is pegged at 160 kmph, thanks to a custom ECU used in this bike. The bike features 41 mm USD fork suspension up front and a monoshocker for the rear, sourced from Kayaba. Brakes includes a 300 mm single petal disc and 240 mm petal disc at front and rear respectively, assisted by dual-channel ABS.