TVS reveals about its Akula launch in Indonesia
But before that, India will see the BMW effect on the Apache
Working on a somewhat similar frame as the KTM-Bajaj, TVS took the jump with BMW Motorrad, especially after their stunt with Suzuki did not quite hit the cord. Both TVS and BMW will be sharing and developing platforms together to distribute products locally and the global stage. 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. In fact, TVS has already showcased a concept, touted to be the flagship motorcycle for the company.
According to OTOMOTIFNET.COM, Mr Aditya Putra from Corporate Communication of PT TVS Motor Company, Indonesia, confirmed to them that TVS plans to bring a new sports product, to Indonesia in the first half of 2017. And we believe it is the Akula 310. The Akula 310 will, however, be christened as the Apache RTR 300 in India.
This brings a broad smile to our face because it is now near to confirm that TVS will launch the Akula/Apache anytime between March and June 2017.
Replacing the flagship Apache RTR200 is this Akula 310 / Apache RTR 300, developed with BMW Motorrad and infusing 33 years of racing experience. 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. It makes use of carbon fibre, aluminium components and sub-frame.
This Akula/Apache is powered by a 313cc single cylinder engine jointly developed by BMW, also used in the G310. This power mill can generate a maximum power of 34bhp @ 9,500rpm while producing a peak torque of 28Nm @ 7,500rpm. 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 ₹2.5 lakhs and upwards. It has won the best concept bike award and features include Dorsal fin and heat management gills, on board gyro cameras, full digital speedometer, steering damper, USD forks and radial callipers.
By the time you will be reading this piece, TVS is already producing a single cylinder G 310R for BMW in their Hosur plant in full swing and is touted to release the product within the next couple of months or so. The Akula/Apache will be launched even before the G310.
On the other side of the two-wheeler scene, Bajaj launched its new flagship, the Dominar 400 and is also in a heavy preparation to launch its Pulsar SS400. This will definitely make the TVS management rethink their strategy and pricing regarding the Akula and it will be interesting to see a fresh breed of machines vying for the top honours.
Source: OTOMOTIFNET via Rushlane