Find out whether the newly launched Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 has what it takes to compete with the fully faired TVS Apache RR 310
Royal Enfield launched their flagship offerings the 650 twins recently in India. The 650 twin consists of the Interceptor 650 which is a neo-classic street bike while the Continental GT 650, on the other hand, is a proper café racer. The Interceptor 650 also happens to be the most affordable twin cylinder motorcycle available in India at this moment and faces direct competition with some other rivals like the Kawasaki Ninja 300, KTM Duke 390 and also the TVS Apache RR 310 (if we keep their price point in mind).
In this comparison review, we will be comparing the powerful Interceptor 650 with the flagship TVS offering the Apache RR 310. Both these motorcycles are completely different from each other in terms of their character, the Apache RR 310 is a fully faired sportbike while the RE Interceptor 650 like we already mentioned above is a retro-styled street bike.
But both of these motorcycles are priced almost in the same range(under Rs 3 Lakh mark) which actually makes them each others rival. That said, we will be comparing both the motorcycles in terms of their styling, engine and performance and prices.
TVS Apache RR 310 Vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Styling
Many of you are already aware of the fact by now that the TVS Apache RR 310 shares its underpinnings with the BMW G 310. Somehow we feel that the TVS engineers have taken the styling inspiration of their motorcycle from the Ducati Panigale. There is no doubt in the fact that the RR 310 is one of the best looking Indian motorcycles that you will find on the road today.
The front profile of the motorcycle is dominated by dual LED projector headlights with LED DRLs while there is a windscreen too which is positioned just above the headlamp units. The vertically stacked instrument cluster is definitely looking stylish and provides plenty of information to the rider including lap timer, top speed timer, average mileage indicator, side stand alarm etc.
While towards the rear profile the LED taillamps have been finished in the shape of an inverted Omega. Overall the motorcycle looks proportionate and not overdone which is also its best part. The fit and finish on the motorcycle is also top notch and perhaps a step ahead of its competition.
The Interceptor 650, on the other hand, has a retro appeal to it. The overall minimalistic approach has helped keep the overall styling of the motorcycle clean and as a result, the design looks more matured from the rest of the motorcycles out there. It gets a big round headlamp towards the front while the classic round rearview mirrors, twin pod instrument cluster, wire spoke wheels, twin pipe exhaust helps in maintaining the old retro charm on the motorcycle.
The seats look well cushioned but not exactly comfortable for long rides (however, there are plenty of aftermarket options available as well). What has improved though on this particular Royal Enfield motorcycle is the quality of fit and finish. To be quite honest the overall paint finish, the quality of switchgears and the material used on this motorcycle are of top notch quality which you don’t usually expect from a Royal Enfield motorcycle.
TVS Apache RR 310 Vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Powertrain and performance
The TVS ApacheRR 310 is powered by a 312 cc, single-cylinder liquid-cooled, fuel-injected reverse-inclined motor. This is the same engine which also powers the BMW G310R. This engine has been tuned to generate about 33.5 HP of peak power at 9700 RPM and 27.3 Nm of torque at a rather high 7700 RPM in the Apache.
The engine is paired with a six-speed gearbox. If we talk about performance TVS claims that the Apache RR 310 is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h mark in just 7.17 seconds while it can reach top speed of 160 km/h mark. The motorcycle relies on a 300 mm petal disc brake towards the front and 240 mm petal disc towards the rear for stopping. Dual channel ABS comes as standard with the motorcycle.
The Interceptor 650 on the other hand not only gets a bigger displacement engine but an extra cylinder as well compared to its rival here. The Interceptor is powered by an all-new 648 cc, an air and oil cooled, parallel-twin engine which comes mated to a six-speed gearbox. The engine is capable of producing about 47.65 PS of peak power at 7100 rpm and 52 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm.
To everyone’s surprise, RE has decided to add a slipper clutch as well with the motorcycle which helps in easy downshifts at higher speeds. If we talk about performance, the Interceptor 650 is capable of reaching 0-100 km/h mark in about 6.28 seconds while the motorcycle is capable of reaching a top speed of 168+ km/h mark which is quite impressive according to RE standard.
The motorcycles rely on a 320 mm disc brake towards the front and a 240 mm disc brake towards the rear for stopping. The motorcycle is also fitted with a dual channel ABS safety feature as well.
|Specs||TVS Apache RR 310||Royal Enfield Interceptor 650|
|Engine||Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke, 4-Valve, Reverse Inclined DOHC, FI Engine||4 stroke, Parallel Twin, Single Over Head Camshaft (SOHC)|
|Displacement||312 cc||648 cc|
|Power Output||34 PS @ 9700 rpm||47.65 PS @ 7100 rpm|
|Torque Output||27.3 Nm @ 7700 rpm||52 Nm @ 4000 rpm|
|Gearbox||6 speed||6 speed|
|ABS||Yes (dual channel)||Yes (dual channel)|
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is priced at Rs 2.50 Lakhs (ex-showroom) while the TVS Apache RR 310 is priced at Rs 2.23 Lakhs (ex-showroom).
TVS Apache RR 310 Vs Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Comparison Verdict
We cannot compare both the motorcycles in terms of their styling because like we already mentioned above in this comparison review that both these motorcycles are different from each other in terms of their character. While the RE Interceptor 650 is a retro styled street bike the TVS Apache RR 310, on the other hand, is a fully faired modern sportsbike.
If you love sportsbikes then there is no doubt in the fact that the TVS’s flagship Apache is one of the best fully faired motorcycle that you can buy within a budget but if you love a powerful, not too complicated, retro-styled motorcycle within then there is no better option than the Interceptor 650 at this moment (if we also keep the price point in mind).
When we talk about performance the Apache RR 310 comes nowhere near the Interceptor 650. The RE Interceptor not only gets a bigger displacement engine but also generates more power and torque than the single cylinder Apache. The Interceptor 650 is also a faster accelerating motorcycle than the Apache RR 310.
To conclude things, If you love touring on your motorcycle and want to get your hands on a premium and powerful motorcycle with good fit and finish quality and comfortable riding position then the Interceptor 650 is the best option for you. But if you are young and wants a fast, attractive machine which can turn some heads then you can always opt for the TVS Apache RR310.