TVS has finally launched its new Apache RR 310 at Rs 2.05 lakh (ex-showroom). The KTM RC 390 rival is the brand’s new flagship and it shares more than just the motor with the BMW G 310 R. Here’s all you need to know about TVS’ latest performance-focused machine.
1. Design evolution
The RR 310 started life as the Akula concept showcased at the Auto Expo 2016. Two years have done little to take away the essence of the concept. The motorcycle has a stunning design while keeping a not-in-your-face appeal. At the front, you get twin-LED headlights and a decently-sized windscreen, both of which are flush-fitting. The fairing panels are sharp but devoid of overtly dramatic slashes and ducts, making the RR 310 really good-looking. The motorcycle also has neat Omega-shaped LED tail-lamp. The bike is a quite large in person, but TVS has done well to ensure that it doesn't look disproportionate or distasteful. Fit and finish are excellent, as is the choice of materials used. TVS has also spent around 350 hours in the wind tunnel and claims the best aerodynamics in its class.
2. Engine and transmission
The RR’s 312.2cc, single-cylinder, DOHC engine produces 34hp at 9,700rpm and 27.3Nm at 7,700rpm while being paired to a six-speed gearbox. Similar to the BMW G 310 R, the engine is a reverse-inclined unit which has helped position the engine further forward and lengthen the swingarm. The motor is essentially a liquid-cooled unit, assisted by an oil coolant and an oil/water heat exchanger, which should provide optimal performance without the typically expected heat levels. TVS has their own engine management system, on this bike and is also running a different-sized rear sprocket.
3. Goody bag of features
The RR 310 gets a unique, vertically-stacked speedometer that takes some getting used to but proves to be highly informative. The cluster displays a speedometer, tachometer, gear-position indicator, a fuel-efficiency read-out, range and a clock. It also features a readout each, for the average speed, 0-60kph timings as well as a lap timer. Other features include the bi-LED projector headlight (which TVS claims offers best in class performance) and dual-channel ABS, both of which come as standard. TVS also has a patent-pending hot air deflector that intends to divert heat downwards and away from the rider's legs. It's a clever idea in a segment where perceived heat is a common complaint; we're keen to see how it functions, in the real world.
The RR 310 is a performance package that’s significantly more exciting than anything TVS has offered, before. The engine isn’t distinctly loud and has a refined and premium sound to it with a nice intake sound. The throttle response is crisp and easy to modulate, but the actual throttle action is a little on the heavy side. The engine is happy to gain revs as you require; but it offers its power in a highly linear fashion that builds cleanly from a strong mid-range. TVS claims a 2.93sec run from 0-60kph and a top speed just upward of 160kph – which are impressive figures. The best we saw on the digital speedo was just upwards of 145kph at MMRT in Chennai, so given enough room, the claimed 160kph top speed should be achievable. Handling is fairly light and very sure-footed with excellent stability coming from the chassis. The bike feels natural to corner hard and is friendly enough to allow mod corner corrections, if required. Braking performance is strong and reassuring, as well and the ABS intrudes only under extreme braking – and even then, in a fairly smooth manner. All-in-all, the RR 310 stands out for being properly fast, yet friendly and accessible.
5. What will it be like to live with?
The Apache RR 310 is a motorcycle that overflows with TVS’ philosophy as a ‘race on Sunday, sell on Monday’ manufacturer. It goes on to prove that good things come to those who wait. At Rs 2.05 lakh, ex-showroom, TVS has positioned itself on the premium side and what you get is a stunning motorcycle that's both contemporary and fast, in addition to being easy to ride. While TVS is positioning this bike strongly on its track credentials, we also believe it has the potential to be a friendly street bike – definitely more so than its Austrian competition. The suspension has a sophisticated, well-damped feel without bordering on feeling too stiff and crashy. The seat-height is friendly, as well and most riders shouldn't find this to be a problem. Even the riding position is not overly committed, but the pillion seat is similar to the high perch seen on the Yamaha R15 and it comes without comprehensive grab handles. Overall, there's good potential for the RR 310 to be a fast, yet comfortable and friendly street bike. We can't wait to carry out a full road test.
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