The 2020 TVS Apache RR310 Is Here!
- Jan 30, 2020
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TVS has been one of the few bike makers who has consistently brought a concept and new models to the Auto Expo over the last few editions. However, the Hosur-based brand is not going to make it to the Auto Expo 2020. Yet, we can expect some new products from TVS in 2020. And no, we aren’t talking about BS6 versions of its existing models.
The TVS Zeppelin was unlike anything that we had seen from TVS before. TVS has been a performance-oriented brand and to see it venture into the cruiser segment was quite surprising. Thankfully, it retained the brand’s sporty genes as the Zeppelin concept was more of a power cruiser, something like a Ducati X-Diavel, than a traditional one. And it looked beautiful, to say the least.
The Zeppelin was showcased with a 220cc single-cylinder engine, a bored out version of the motor that powers the Apache RTR 200 4V. What was different with the power unit was a special addition called E-Boost. Basically, the engine starter motor gives a small boost of torque when you want it. Staying true to the spirit of cruiser motorcycles, the power was transmitted to the rear wheel by means of a belt drive.
While the concept saw features like a bio-electric key (uses fingerprint recognition) and HD dash cam, it is unlikely that these will make it to the actual production-spec bike. We expect TVS to bring the Zeppelin by mid-2020 with a price tag of around Rs 1.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
TVS has had a good history of turning concepts into reality. The Draken and Akula are proof of that. Will we see the Creon on our roads? That’s quite far fetched, especially given that the Creon will still be radical in 2020. But we expect TVS to showcase its electric scooter this year and there are good signs why 2020 is the year.
Firstly, TVS-backed Ultraviolette Automotive has shown a promising future with the F77. TVS will definitely have learned from its exploits to put it to good use on a scooter platform. Secondly, with the likes of Bajaj and Ather gaining steam in the electric space, it would be foolish of TVS to miss out on being an early adopter.
The most likely solution that we think is going to take place is that TVS might bring an electric version of one of its current underbone-chassis scooters, mostly the Jupiter. An electric version was spotted a few years ago in Bengaluru and the time is ripe for TVS to go electric.
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