Spy shots of the production version of TVS’ Akula 310 conceptbeing tested have been spotted online. The concept that is expected to be namedthe Apache RTR 300, is the TVS Motor Company’s take on the BMW G310R, which was developed jointly with BMW Motorrad.
When it was first displayed at Auto Expo 2016, the Akula 310 was guisedas a track-focused machine, sporting carbonfibre body panels and no headlights, tail-lights, indicators or anything else that might suggest the bike could be road-legal. The production version however looks like it’s ready, or soon will be, to hit the road.
From the pictures, it looks like the RTR 300gets a tall windshield and upside-down front forks and front disc brakes, while it will be safe to assume that it will also featuremonoshock rear suspension, reardisc brakes, two-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) and fully digital instrument panel. It is also our understanding that with TVS’ tie-up with Pirelli to supply tyres for the recently launched Apache RTR 200 4V, this new bike could be shod with Pirelli rubber. However, considering that the BMW G310R has been spotted testing with Michelin tyres, they may even carry over those on to the RTR 300, as the two bikes are very closely related.
The Apache RTR 300 will be powered by the same 313cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine as the BMW G310 R. The engine produces 33.6hp and 28Nm of torque, and is expected to come mated to a six-speed gearbox. That being said, it remains to be seen if the state of tune of this motor will be altered to suit the requirements of the new Apache.
There is no official word on the TVS Apache RTR 300’s launch date, and while we are hoping for the bike to hit showrooms late this year, there’s a good chance that it might actually see release sometime in 2017.
(With inputs from Priyadarshan Bawikar)