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2022 KTM RC 390 vs TVS Apache RR 310 BTO vs Kawasaki Ninja 300: Specification Comparison


Here’s how the supersports fare against each other on paper

KTM has finally launched the 2022 RC 390 in India with a revised design, fresh colours and updated electronics, however, it does command a steep premium over the previous model. But how does the India-spec RC 390 fare against its supersport rivals, the TVS Apache RR 310 BTO and Kawasaki Ninja 300, in terms of specs?

Engine

Specifications

KTM RC 390

TVS Apache RR 310 BTO

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Engine

373.27cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine

312.2cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine

296cc, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 8-valve engine

Power

43.5PS @ 9000rpm

34PS @ 9,700rpm

39PS @ 11,000rpm

Torque

37Nm @ 7000rpm

27.3Nm @ 7,700rpm

26.1Nm @ 10,000rpm

Gearbox

6-speed

6-speed

6-speed

The latest iteration of the KTM RC 390 makes the same power figures as its predecessor, but 1Nm more torque. However, this shouldn’t make for big a jump in the performance. That said, KTM has managed to shed some weight on the supersport which should offer a better power to weight ratio as compared to the previous model and its rivals that produce less power and torque, and are also around 20kg heavier.

That leads us to conclude, at least on paper, that the KTM RC 390 takes the win in the performance department with the largest displacement engine and highest power and torque figures of the three.

It is also noteworthy that the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is the only twin-cylinder engine, and should be more refined than the other two supersports.

Underpinnings

Specifications

KTM RC 390

TVS Apache RR 310 BTO

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Frame

Trellis frame with r bolt-on subframe

Trellis frame with bolt-on subframe

Tubular steel diamond 



Front suspension

WP APEX USD fork, 43 mm diameter

Fully adjustable USD fork (Dynamic kit only)

37mm telescopic fork



Rear suspension

WP APEX Monoshock, 10 step adjustable (preload only)

Fully adjustable monoshock

Link-type preload-adjustable monoshock

Front brake

320 mm Disc with Radially mounted calliper

300mm single disc

290mm petal disc, twin-piston calliper

Rear brake

230 mm Disc with Floating calliper

240mm single disc

220mm petal disc, twin-piston calliper

Front tyre

110/70 R17

110/70 R17

110/70 - 17

Rear tyre

150/60 R17

150/60 R17

140/70 - 17

Both the RC 390 and the Apache RR 310 BTO come equipped with a similar USD fork up front, however, the RR 310 gets full adjustability on the dynamic kit, making it more flexible on the racetrack, city limits and touring, whereas the India-spec RC 390 make makes do with a non-adjustable fork. On the other hand, the Ninja 300 gets a telescopic fork up front. All three bikes feature a similar adjustable rear suspension setup, with the RR 310 BTO flaunting 20-step rebound damping and a 10-step preload adjuster.

With the biggest front disc and a radial calliper, the RC 390 clearly features better braking hardware. The Ninja 300, however, gets a twin-piston calliper on not just the front, but on the rear brake rotor as well.

Dimensions

Specifications

KTM RC 390

TVS Apache RR 310 BTO

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Wheelbase

NA

1365mm

1,405mm

Ground clearance

158mm

180mm

140mm

Fuel tank capacity

13.7-litres

11-litres

17-litres

Seat height

824mm

810mm

780mm

Kerb weight

155kg

174kg

179kg

With the highest ground clearance, the RR 310 would make for the most practical and comfortable bike on the harsh Indian roads. However, with a seat height of 780mm, the Ninja 300 would be more accessible for riders of all heights. Making the Ninja 300 a better touring bike is its massive 17-litre fuel tank, which will be useful on long journeys by minimising fuel stops. In this regard, the RC 390 lags a little behind, but makes up for it by being a lighter, agile and more flickable motorcycle. So it should be more fun in the corners.

Features

Talking about features, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 seems outdated as it misses out on a lot of modern day tech like a fully digital instrument cluster with smartphone connectivity and LED headlights, which its rivals flaunt.

In terms of tech the RC 390 comes fully packed with traction control and lean-sensitive ABS, Supermoto mode (switches off rear ABS) and a quickshifter. The RR 310 on the other hand, packs four riding modes (Sport, Track, Rain and Urban), which adjust power and throttle response settings and slipper clutch too. While the Ninja 300 does pack just a slip and assist clutch as well, it still remains the least feature and tech packed bike of the lot.

 

KTM RC 390

TVS Apache RR 310 BTO

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Led lights 

Yes

Yes

No

Colour TFT Screen

Yes

Yes

No

Smartphone Connectivity 

Yes

Yes

No

Price & Verdict 

KTM RC 390

TVS Apache RR 310 BTO

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Rs  3,13,922

Rs 2,65,000

Rs 3,37,000

(all prices ex-showroom Delhi)

With a highly competitive price point, the TVS Apache RR 310 is a completely feature-packed supersport that offers incredible performance and makes for a really attractive package. The 2022 KTM RC 390, although a highly capable and enjoyable motorcycle, commands a really steep premium over its predecessor and we really don’t think KTM has done enough to justify the increase. On the same note, the Kawasaki Ninja 300, is the most expensive bike here with a massive price tag and the least features and tech on offer, which might not make it a very attractive package.

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