Two entry level performance offering from two renowned Indian two wheeler manufacturer

Before I even start let me clarify, no! These two motorcycles are not each other’s rival. While the soon to be launched Bajaj VS400 will be pitched as a sports cruiser the production variant of the TVS Akula (which will most probably be called Apache RTR 300) is a proper faired sportsbike.

The reason why we are actually taking these two motorcycles into consideration is because of the fact that both these motorcycle which will launch along with few other motorcycles during this fiscal year are all entry level performance offerings from their respective brands. Moreover these two motorcycles including the VS and the Akula belongs to two separate Indian two wheeler manufacturer while the rests are all offerings from International brands.

Now that I hopefully cleared my point let us get into the details. The Bajaj VS400 will launch before TVS introduces their new offering actually gets a more powerful engine but expect both the Akula as well as the VS400 will produce almost same amount of power. Both the motorcycle was caught testing on the Indian roads several times. The best part about both these motorcycles is that they both will bring something new for the Indian motorcycle enthusiasts.

So without wasting any more time let us get into the details

INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

Bajaj VS 400 VS TVS Apache RTR 300 (TVS Akula) Which Upcoming Motorcycle Should You Buy Exterior
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Bajaj VS 400 VS TVS Apache RTR 300 (TVS Akula) Which Upcoming Motorcycle Should You Buy Exterior
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We will not be talking about the styling in detail because as you all are already well aware how both these motorcycles will look like in flesh. While the Bajaj Pulsar VS400 sticks strictly to the concept design the TVS Akula concepts production variant lost some aggressive design from the concept and will look little less aggressive and more practical.

The Pulsar VS400 however retained some of the modern features that you probably would have noticed on the concept bike. The production variant too gets the full LED headlamp unit which will be something totally new for this segment. The sports cruiser also gets duel speedometer unit (the second unit placed towards the front of the fuel tank). While the low seat height, huge chiselled fuel tank will give the motorcycle long range. Lastly the plain handlebars and well set foot pegs will help the rider comfortable seating posture during long rides.

On the other hand the TVS Akula which will most probably be called the Apache RTR 300 according to the reports carries over the inverted front suspension setup from the concept. The rear profile looks less angled and more practical. Expect it to get projector headlamps setup (will be first for any TVS motorcycle) and fully digitalised instrument cluster. The riding position will be aggressive unlike the Pulsar VS400.

FEW INTERESTING POINTS ABOUT BOTH THE MOTORCYCLES

BAJAJ PULSAR VS 400 TVS AKULA (APACHE RTR 300)
First in class LED headlamp setup First fully faired motorcycle from TVS
First motorcycle from Bajaj to get duel channel ABS setup Full digitalised instrument cluster
First in segment Duel Speedometer setup Inverted front suspension setup
Most powerful motorcycle from Bajaj Most powerful motorcycle from TVS for the Indian market

POWERTRAIN

Bajaj VS 400 VS TVS Apache RTR 300 (TVS Akula) Which Upcoming Motorcycle Should You Buy Exterior
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Although nothing is confirmed right now but recently a leaked brochure revealed the power output figures of the upcoming Bajaj motorcycle. The VS400 will get the same 375 cc, single cylinder liquid cooled engine which powers the KTM Duke 390. But Bajaj has incorporated their DTSi technology, while special attention has also been given towards the fuel efficiency figures.

As a result of all that changes the same unit now produces around 34.5 Bhp of peak power (almost 10 Bhp less than what the Duke390 produces). While expect it to produce around 30 NM of torque (keeping its cruising character in mind). The engine will be paired to the same 6 speed gearbox. Obviously this unit will be a fuel injected unit as well.

The production variant TVS Akula on the other hand shares the same engine with the BMW G310R which too will launch in India in the coming months. The production variant of the TVS Akula will be powered by 313 cc, 4 stroke, water cooled unit. This unit is expected to deliver around 33.4 Bhp of peak power and 28 Nm of torque. The engine will be paired to a 6 speed gearbox.

BAJAJ PULSAR VS400 TVS Akula (TVS Apache RTR 300)
Displacement 375 cc 313 cc
Power Output 34.5 Bhp 33.4 Bhp
Torque Output 30 Nm (approx) 28 Nm
Gearbox 6 speed 6 speed

EXPECTED PRICE

According to the reports the Bajaj Pulsar VS400 will be priced in between INR. 1.60-1.80 Lakhs (ex showroom) while expect the Apache RTR 300 to be priced under INR. 2 Lakh (ex showroom).

EXPECTED LAUNCH DATE

While Bajaj is planning to introduce the Pulsar VS400 towards the festive season expect the TVS Akula (Apache RTR 300) to make it to the Indian market towards early 2017.

Riju Ganguly
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