TVS Apache RR310 First Ride Review
- Dec 6, 2017
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After years of anticipation, the TVS Apache RR 310 a.k.a the ‘Akula’ is finally here! But has it worth the wait? We list down it's top five features for you to make a better assessment.
The all-new TVS Apache RR 310 is an absolute stunner! According to the Hosur-based manufacturer, the Apache RR 310’s design was inspired by sharks. From the looks of it, the motorcycle certainly resembles the apex predator. The first full-faired motorcycle from TVS has a front-heavy design and a sharp, steeply rising tail section.
There are some small but interesting details such as the tricolour decal on the windshield and a red-painted side stand mounting bracket. The RR 310 can be had in two colour options - red and black with white racing stripes that are sure to turn heads.
The manufacturer has paid extra attention to the aerodynamic front. The Apache RR 310 has spent hours in the wind tunnel to achieve a drag coefficient of 0.52cd, making it the slickest motorcycle in its segment aside from the Kawasaki Ninja 300.
At its heart, the TVS Apache RR 310 packs the same 312.2cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled powertrain that powers the BMW G 310 R. Power figures are in sync with the BMW too, with 34PS of peak power being generated at 9700rpm and 27.3Nm of torque being developed at 7700rpm. However, the power and torque figures are developed 200rpm earlier in the rev range. TVS also claims a 0-to-60kmph acceleration time of just 2.93 seconds and a top speed of 160kmph, which is 15kmph more when compared to the G 310 R's claimed a top speed of 145kmph!
TVS was able to achieve this because of a marginally taller final drive ratio with 17 teeth front sprocket and a 42 teeth rear, compared to BMW's 16-40 setup. Along with it, the ECU has also been re-tuned to increase the rev limiter by 200rpm. Taking all these factors into account, the new Apache will certainly blow some hats off when it passes by.
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At the front, the Apache RR 310 gets a tall windscreen and dual-LED headlamps. The instrument cluster is an all-digital, vertically designed unit that displays plenty of information like speedometer, tachometer, odometer, two trip metres, fuel gauge, fuel consumption, clock and a 0-60kmph lap timer. TVS has equipped the Apache RR 310 with clip-on handlebars that are slightly raised for a comfortable, yet sporty riding position.
For safety, the company has employed dual channel ABS unit as standard. Along with it, the 17-inch alloys come wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sports tyres (Front - 110/70 R17 and Rear -150/60 R17). The shark fin-like rear end houses a bell-shaped LED tail lamp that adds to the sporty styling.
Mechanical Components -
The trellis frame has been carried over from the BMW G 310 R with the only notable change being the rear subframe, which has been modified to suit the RR 310’s sports riding posture. This has also allowed the (split) seat to be bumped to 810mm. The suspension duties on the Apache RR 310 are handled by KYB inverted front forks and a monoshock with a preload adjustable unit at the rear. It has been stiffened up for handling corners better.
The bigger sprockets and identical chain length have contributed in pulling the rear wheel further in, which has resulted in a wheelbase of 1365mm, which is a 10mm less than the G 310 R. Braking duties here are handled by a 300mm front petal disc and a 240mm rear petal disc. The Apache RR 310 tips the scale at 169.5kg (kerb) and has a ground clearance of 180mm.
At Rs 2.05 lakh (ex-showroom), the Apache RR 310 has been priced very competitively. TVS has assured that bookings will commence in a few days with deliveries scheduled to start by the end of this month.
At this price point, the latest Apache rivals with the KTM RC 390, which is priced at Rs 2.34 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
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