TVS Apache RTR 310 vs 2024 KTM 390 Duke vs Triumph Speed 400: Specification Comparison

  • Sep 18, 2023
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We analyze how does the new breed of sub-400cc nakeds fare against each other on paper

The last few months have seen three major launches from prominent manufacturers in the sub-400cc segment. Triumph got the ball rolling with the Speed 400 in the month of July. TVS launched its first 310cc streetfighter a couple of weeks back and then shortly after, KTM launched the all-new manic 390 Duke in India.

But this begs the question “How do these three bikes fare against each other, on paper?”.



TVS Apache RTR 310

2024 KTM 390 Duke

Triumph Speed 400


312cc, reverse-inclined, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine  

398cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine

398cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine


35.6PS @ 9,700rpm (Sport, Track & SuperMoto mode), 27.1PS @ 7,500rpm (Urban & Rain mode)

46PS @ 8,500rpm

40PS @ 8,000rpm


28.7Nm @ 9,700rpm (Sport, Track & SuperMoto mode), 27.3Nm @ 7,500rpm (Urban & Rain mode)

39Nm @ 6,500rpm

37.5Nm @ 6,500rpm





The all-new KTM 390 Duke is the most powerful bike among the three with the highest power and torque figures, as seen above. For an enthusiast who’s looking for the best performance-oriented experience in the sub-400cc segment, then the 390 Duke ticks all the boxes. 

The RTR 310 eekes out 35.6PS from a 310cc motor and redlines at 9,7000rpm, which means it will be very rev-happy. But, the Speed 400 gets a bigger motor and delivers higher power and torque figures at a cheaper price point. 

Also, both the 390 Duke and the Apache RTR 310 get a quickshifter while the Speed 400 doesn’t. But in the RTR 310, it is also only available with a premium of about Rs 15,000 over the base variant while it is available as standard in the 390 Duke. Also the RTR 310’s base variant is itself Rs 9,900 costlier than the Speed 400 and with the quickshifter, it becomes dearer by about Rs 24,900.



TVS Apache RTR 310

2024 KTM 390 Duke

Triumph Speed 400


Trellis frame 

Steel trellis frame 

Hybrid spine/perimeter frame

Front suspension

41mm upside-down (USD) fork

43mm WP Apex open cartridge fork with compression/rebound adjustability (150mm suspension travel)

43mm upside down big piston fork with 140mm suspension travel

Rear suspension

Preload adjustable monoshock

WP Apex separate piston offset monoshock with five-step rebound adjustability with preload adjustability as well (150mm wheel travel)

Preload adjustable gas charged monoshock with 130mm wheel travel

Front brake

300mm petal disc brake 

320mm disc with radial caliper

300mm disc with four-piston radial caliper

Rear brake

240mm petal disc brake

240mm disc with floating caliper

230mm disc with floating caliper

Front tyre



110/70 R17

Rear tyre



150/60 R17

All three bikes are pretty similar in terms of their suspension and brake setup with the 390 Duke getting a slightly larger disc at the front which will give it better stopping power. Also, the 390 Duke and the Speed 400 get thicker forks than the RTR 310 which will help in absorbing bumps more efficiently. 

As standard, the 390 Duke gets rebound/compression adjustability at the front and rebound/preload adjustability at the rear while the Speed 400 and the RTR 310 get preload adjustability at the rear. The Apache RTR 310 does get a fully-adjustable front and preload/rebound rear suspension setup but it is only available as part of the Dynamic Kit that’ll cost you an extra Rs 18,000. 

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The KTM 390 Duke comes equipped with H-rated Metzeler M5s while the Speed 400 comes equipped with W-rated Apollo H1s. The TVS Apache RTR 310, on the other hand, comes equipped with Michelin Road 5 tyres which offers superior grip than the Metzelers and the Apollos.



TVS Apache RTR 310

2024 KTM 390 Duke

Triumph Speed 400





Ground clearance




Fuel tank capacity

11 litres

15 litres

13 litres

Seat height


800 mm


Kerb weight




Dimensions-wise, all three bikes are very similar except for the kerb weight. The KTM 390 Duke is the lightest among them and develops the highest power and torque figures, the combination of which should result in the most gnarly riding experience. Also, the 390 Duke and the Speed 400 get larger capacity fuel tanks, which means less fuel stops while riding in the city and also while touring. 



TVS Apache RTR 310

2024 KTM 390 Duke

Triumph Speed 400

Instrument Console

5-inch TFT 

5-inch TFT 


Bluetooth connectivity




Riding Modes

Track, Urban, Rain, Sport and Supermoto

Street, Rain and Track


In stock form, the all-new KTM 390 Duke is the most feature-rich bike among the three with three ride modes, dual-channel ABS, cornering ABS, supermoto mode, cruise control, launch control and Bluetooth connectivity with music control, incoming calls alerts and turn-by-turn navigation. 

But if you add the Dynamic Pro Kit in the TVS Apache RTR 310, then the streetfighter gets equipped with an extensive list of features like 6-axis IMU for cornering ABS, cornering traction control, cornering cruise control, wheelie control, slope dependent braking control and rear-wheel lift off protection. The Dynamic Pro Kit also adds a climate controlled rider’s seat with three levels of heating and cooling options. But the impressive list of features cost a premium of Rs 22,000 over the standard bike.

Price & Verdict

TVS Apache RTR 310

2024 KTM 390 Duke

Triumph Speed 400

Rs 2,42,990

Rs 3,10,520

Rs 2,33,000

(all prices ex-showroom)

The TVS Apache RTR 310’s base variant doesn’t come with a quickshifter. Adding that will cost you an additional Rs 15,000. The adjustable suspension setup, tyre pressure monitoring system and brass coated chain are available under the Dynamic Kit which comes at a premium of Rs 18,000 and the Dynamic Pro Kit on top of that will set you back an additional Rs 22,000. So, the fully-kitted out TVS Apache RTR 310 with all the bells and whistles will cost you Rs 3.04 lakh, which is only about Rs 6,000 cheaper than the all-new KTM 390 Duke. 

The KTM 390 Duke is the costliest among all the three bikes but its Rs 3.10 lakh price tag is justifiable because it offers the best performance along with an extensive list of features as standard. The Triumph Speed 400 provides great value for money for the level of performance it offers along with a decent list of features, if not impressive, at a very affordable price tag. 

For an enthusiast looking for a performance-oriented bike under Rs 2.5 lakh, then the base variant of the TVS Apache RTR 310 will be a good option. But for those craving pure performance, the new KTM 390 Duke is by far the best sub-400cc Indian bike you can buy right now. 

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