There’s a new Apache in town! It’s called the TVS Apache RTR 310 – a naked streetfighter motorcycle that gets rid of all the fairing from the RR310. There’s been a lot of buzz around this motorcycle for quite a while, and now it can be yours, starting from Rs 2.42 lakh (ex-showroom), going all the way upto Rs 2.63 lakh (ex-showroom) for the top-end variant. Furthermore, TVS is also offering kits under the Built-To-Order (BTO) platform, which we will get to in a bit. Let’s get to the talking point straightaway.
Here’s what will entice most of you, as the TVS Apache RTR 310 gets plenty of features, some of which are even segment-firsts. This includes cruise control, climate control seat with heating and cooling (yes, you read that correctly!), five riding modes (including a Supermoto mode which lets you deactivate rear ABS), a 5-inch instrument TFT cluster which not only packs the usual navigation and smartphone connectivity, but it also comes with GoPro connectivity, voice commands, and smart helmet connectivity as well. Not only that, it gets a bunch of electronic rider aids, such as cornering ABS, cornering traction and cruise control, wheelie control, rear lift-off control and a slope-dependent control system, which basically controls braking performance and vehicle posture while riding downhill. Oh, and for those of you who forget about checking your tyre pressure from time to time, there’s also a tyre-pressure monitoring system on board.
What powers the TVS Apache RTR 310 is the same 312.12cc liquid-cooled engine, packing 35.1 bhp and 2.92 kgm of torque. This engine is paired to a six-speed transmission and not only does it get a bi-directional quickshifter, it also gets a slip-and-assist clutch. TVS claims a top speed of 150kmph and and 0-60 kmph time of just 2.81 seconds. That’s faster than me trying to decide what to have for lunch!
The TVS Apache RTR 310 retains the trellis frame from the RR310, but the subframe is a revised, aluminum one. The suspension comes courtesy of KYB, with USD forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear, both of which receive varying levels of adjustability on one of the kits called the Dynamic kit. The front suspension is fully-adjustable, while the rear monoshock can be adjusted for preload and rebound damping.
If you take a look at the TVS Apache RTR 310, you might think it has been inspired by a certain Italian motorcycle, but we’ll let you be the judge of that. However, based on pictures, it is safe to say that the RTR 310 retains that Apache DNA of sharp, precise styling. The bodywork exposes the trellis frame and most of the mechanical parts, while the rear section is rather raised up. The exhaust pipe has been lifted straIght off of the Apache RR310. There will be three colour options available – Fury Yellow, Arsenal Black, and Sepang Blue.
Now to the pricing and variants. The TVS Apache RTR 310 range begins with the Arsenal Black variant which is priced at Rs 2.42 lakh (ex-showroom), and it does not get the quickshifter. If you want the same colour with the addition of a quickshifter, it will set you back by Rs 2.57 lakh (ex-showroom), and the Fury Yellow variant will cost you Rs 2.63 lakh (ex-showroom). TVS is also offering three BTO kits – the Dynamic kit (Rs 18,000), the Dynamic Pro kit (Rs 22,000), and last is the Sepang Blue, which can be had for Rs 10,000 extra over the cost of the motorcycle. The Dynamic kit will get you the semi-adjustable rear and fully adjustable front suspension, along with the tyre-pressure monitoring system, while the Dynamic Pro kit will get you the bunch of rider aids that we spoke of above.
With so much kit and capabilities on offer, it is clear that TVS is preparing itself against its orange rival from Austria, which is due to bring in the new-generation Duke sometime soon. Meanwhile, we will be back with our review of the TVS Apache RTR 310 real soon, so stay tuned and follow our social media handles!