TVS Motors has just launched a new flagship sports bike – the Apache RR 310S. Developed with extensive track racing inputs and technological assistance from BMW Motorrad, the new motorcycle sits right at the very top of TVS Motors’ range, and is priced at INR. 2.05 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi.
The Apache RR 310S is powered by a 313 cc, four-stroke engine with liquid cooling, an additional oil cooler, fuel injection, twin overhead camshafts and four valves. The short stroke (80 mm bore and 62 mm stroke)motor puts out 34 PS of peak power at 9,700 rpm while peak torque is rated at 27.3 Nm, coming in at 7,700 rpm.
A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, with 8 clutch plates handling torque transmission. TVS claims a quick 2.93 second 0-60 Kph run, a 7.17 second 0-100 Kph sprint, while top speed is an even more impressive 160 Kph. The motorcycle uses a newly developed trellis frame that’s said to be stiff yet very light. The bike tips scale at 169.5 Kgs.
Suspension bits are the most advanced yet for a TVS motorcycle, what with upside down Kayaba front forks and an adjustable, gas charged monoshock rear. Disc brakes on both the wheels are of petal-type, for better heat dissipation. ABS is standard, so is RLP (rear wheel lift-off protection). RLP is a unique safety feature that ensures that the rear wheel doesn’t lift-off even during very hard braking. Both tyres on the road even during hard braking translate into shorter stopping distances, and of course, better safety. The fully faired bike gets a drag-coefficient of 0.26, which TVS claims are best-in-class. An 11-litre fuel tank is standard.
Other impressive bits about the bike include hazard lamps, a 15 function instrument cluster with readouts for lap times, top speed, average fuel efficiency and instant fuel efficiency, a gear shift light, a side stand alarm and twin LED projector headlamps. Needless to say, this is the sharpest looking motorcycle that TVS has ever-built and something that’s got to go to match the show.
The TVS Apache RR 310 shares a lot with the G 310 R when it comes to chassis and components. This includes the alloy wheels, exhaust system, golden-finished KYB front forks and rear monoshock that are set up on the stiffer side. The bike also features a trellis frame with a bolt-on subframe. While there is no difference in the rake and trail of the Apache and G 310 R, the wheelbase is 10mm shorter, at 1365mm, and the seat height is 25mm higher, at 810mm, in the former. The ground clearance is also decent at 180mm. The TVS Apache RR 310 sports 110/70-17 front and 150/60-17 rear Michelin tyres.
Bookings will open soon, and deliveries will begin by the end of this month. The Apache RR 310S competes with the KTM RC390 but is priced much cheaper given that the latter costs Rs. 2.34 lakh rupees. However, the KTM RC390 is much faster and more powerful.