The new TVS Akula 310 we know will be called as the Apache RR 310 S.
The company has now registered the motorcycle giving this name on the patent document.
TVS Akula 310 concept made global debut at the 2016 Auto Expo and now is slated to launch sometime in July 2017. Until now, we knew that the new bull out of the TVS cage was all getting prepped up for the big fight and was tainted to be called as the Akula 310 or as the Apache RTR 310 in India.
TVS went ahead and filed a patent on this new 310 a week back, and in the document submitted, we see that the company has called it as ’TVS APACHE RR 310S’. Doing so, they have moved away from the RTR “Racing Throttle Response" naked brand to a brand new RR nameplate for the fully faired motorcycles.
|The patent document showing TVS calling it as Apache RR 310S|
TVS Motor Company is the third largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India, and the Apache has been the company’s flagship brand since its launch in 2006. The nameplate, which started with the unveiling of a 150cc motorcycle, has spawned into a variety of streetfighters, which somewhat have managed to create new benchmarks when it comes to delivering raw power in a relatively affordable package.
Now, a brand new fully-faired 310 cc sports bike is getting all dressed up for the big party.Replacing the flagship Apache RTR200 is this APACHE RR 310S developed with BMW Motorrad. Based on the G310 platform, the Akula carries over the suspension unit, chassis, brakes, radials and the exhaust. Wearing a full fairing silhouette, first ever at TVS, it’s got aggressive styling and stance that could make any contender sweat.
The Apache RR 310S will get a full production ready paint job that will include gloss and matte finishes in Blue and Black. They are also seen equipped with the vertical LCD digital instrument pod, similar to that seen on the concept seen during the 2016 Auto Expo. Unlike the concept model, the production unit will not see any carbon fibre components in its body panel.
The front adorns one of the largest windscreens seen in the segment and under it goes the dual pod Auto Headlamp projector unit that comes with a running strip of DRLs’ too. We are not sure if the projectors run on LED or not, but the beam looks white and strong. However, the side indicators and the rear bullhorn tail lights get LED treatment. It could as well be the best looker amongst its contenders when it comes to the front. It sees a tall and slender tank unit, which is quite unique in the way it carries its design.
We will leave that to contemplation until a clear production unit is spotted post launch. The exhaust unit is also replaced with a more conventional cannister that has a polished aluminium end caps to qualify with BS-IV compliance. As seen on the spy unit, this TVS makes use of USD gold anodised forks along with gold brake callipers. Overall, TVS is aiming at retaining about 75% of the parts of the concept on the production-ready Apache RR 310S.
This Apache RR 310S is powered by a 313cc single cylinder engine jointly developed by BMW, also used in the G310. This engine will deliver 34 bhp at 9,500 rpm, with a 10,500 rpm limiter, and a stated maximum torque of 28 NM at 7,500 rpm. Clutch action is light but misses out on a slipper clutch, probably the reason why the idling is at 1500rpm ruling out rear wheel chatter on the overrun. Euro 4-compliant catalyst whispers rather than booms. But that is of course only below 5000 rpm.TVS claims that the Akula will come with a high rev peak capability. The wind tunnel tested bike gets a space frame chassis and also supports closed loop 3-stage catalytic converter.
The expected price of this machine will be ₹1.8 lakhs and upwards. It’s won the best concept bike award and the production units include features like the Dorsal fin and heat management gills, full digital speedometer, Clip-on handlebars, LED bull horntail lamp, Pirelli beefy tyres, 41mm KYB USD forks and ByBre (Brembo’s Indian subsidiary) 300mm radial callipers with dual channel ABS.
TVS had, a while ago, revealed about its launch in Indonesia in the first half of 2017. Working on a somewhat similar frame as the KTM-Bajaj, TVS took the jump with BMW Motorrad. This joint venture will benefit TVS by bringing in investments and expertise to further broaden their R&D capability to improve on existing projects and bring in new innovations across their product lineup.