The Apache and G310 GS cousins share lots of components which include switch gear, brakes and wheels and they are also manufactured in same TVS plant
BMW Motorrad is planning to expand its portfolio by catering to sub 500 cc segments in emerging countries. The company signed a partnership with TVS to develop and manufacturer new entry level bikes. The new partnership was important for both companies as KTM-Bajaj collaboration became a huge success around the world.
BMW and TVS targeted two different types of customers as the German manufacturer would keep the premium position while TVS would focus on mass market. The first product developed by two companies were BMW G310R and G310GS which made its global debut in 2015. BMW handled engineering part of new product and production by TVS.
Even though there were some concerns about, whether TVS could match the quality of BMW or not, the final products were built to global standards of German manufacturer. The adventure bike segment was witnessing good growth in India and emerging markets thanks to the popularity nurtured by high end Triumph and Ducat advs.
The entry-level adventure bike based on G310 R was revealed at the 2016 EICMA. The G310GS became so popular around the world thanks to its design theme, which is similar to premium adventure bikes in BMW Motorrad portfolio. Even though these bikes were manufactured in India, the launch was delayed for domestic market as developed markets got preference.
TVS was planning to introduce a higher cc variant of Apache and the company took the same engine from G310R and GS as base for the development of Apache RR 310. Both bikes share same engine but TVS engineers tuned the Apache to have higher top speed and suspension is also completely different.
The Apache and G310 cousins share lots of same components which include switch gear, brakes and wheels, and they are also manufactured in same plant. But TVS launched Apache RR 310 ahead of G310 brothers in India. BMW delayed the launch as they want to increase dealerships and service centres as G310 twins are much more affordable than other bikes in its portfolio.
BMW will officially launch G310R and G310 GS later this month and we are expecting premium pricing while TVS Apache RR 310 is priced at Rs. 2.05 lakh (Ex-Showroom). The 312 cc single cylinder engine of RR 310 produces 34 hp of power at 9,700 rpm and 27.3 Nm of torque at 7,200 rpm. This engine is mated to 6 speed gearbox.
The G310 twins are also powered by same engines but produce 34 hp of power at slightly lower 9,500 rpm and 28 Nm of torque at higher 7,500 rpm. The gearbox is same 6 speed unit. The difference between RR310 and G310GS are the looks, riding characteristics, suspension setup, wheelbase, turning circle and wheels.
Both bikes also come with ABS system as standard feature. BMW G310 GS doesn’t have a direct rival in India until KTM Duke Adventure 390 arrives next year while G310R will compete with KTM Duke 390. Compared with its super sport cousin, the entry-level GS will cost around Rs. 1 lakh in premium we suspect.