TVS Motors’ legacy continues as it just launched its flagship sportsbike – The Apache RR 310S. It now comes with an extensive track racing inputs and technological assistance from BMW Motorrad.
Bookings will open soon. It competes with The KTM RC390 and is much cheaper than that. It is priced around 2.12 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi. But the KTM is much faster and powerful than The Apache.
It gains power from 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.
It has a six-speed manual gearbox with 8 clutch plates handling torque transmission and 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. Yet more advanced for a TVS motorcycle, it comes with an 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 tires 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-liter fuel tank is standard.
It includes 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. The bike gets a 180 mm ground clearance, keeping Indian conditions in mind, and rides on 17-inch alloy wheels shod with Michelin tubeless rubber (110/70 section at the front and 150/60 section at the rear) made by TVS Tyres.