The TVS Akula concept was first showcased at 2016 Auto Expo held in Greater Noida. Since then, the Akula concept had been heavily anticipated and there were lot of rumours and discussions, quite a while, regarding its launch date. However, it has been confirmed that the bike will be launched in the name of TVS APACHE RR310 on 6th December, 2017.
APACHE RR310 is the second offering resulting from the TVS-BMW Motorrad partnership. It is the most powerful, fastest and the first fully-faired motorcycle from TVS motors. The overall design of the motorcycle is based on the first offering from Indo-German venture i.e. BMW G310R. It seems TVS took its own sweet time with the bike before revealing the launch date of the bike. Hence, it is expected that the bike will have the ‘wow-factor’. The bike is powered by a 313 cc single cylinder, liquid cooled engine which produces 34 bhp and churns out a maximum torque of 28 Nm. TVS might consider tuning the engine to suit the sportsbike dynamics. The powertrain utilizes a 6-speed gearbox. The top speed of the bike will be somewhere in the range of 150-160 kmph.
The Akula concept showcased at 2016 Auto Expo was loaded with features like carbon fibre built, stiff space frame chassis, radial calipers aluminium sub frame, etc which may or may not be retained on the production model as TVS plans to launch the motorcycle with a penetration pricing strategy. Also, the bike will be manufactured locally at the Chennai facility of TVS motors in order to keep the price in control. Some of the notable features on the bike are split projector headlamps, LED DRLs & taillight, vertical (digital) instrument cluster, USD forks in front, disc brakes in front and rear, etc. The bike will be available in ABS as well as non-ABS variants and will be priced as INR 1,90,000 and INR 1,70,000 (ex-showroom) respectively.
The APACHE RR310 will compete against Yamaha R3, Benelli 302R, Kawasaki NInja 300 and KTM RC390. The bike will be showcased at 2018 Auto Expo and the bikes’ deliveries are expected to commence from first week of January.