The Apache RR310 combines the visual charm of a supersport with an aggressive yet liveable engine sourced from BMW
TVS Motor Company’s flagship RR310 was released in the market after a huge buzz created during 2016 Auto Expo when the Akula concept debuted. Meeting expectations of the customers, the deeply impressive supersport has showed results on the sales table as it outsmarted KTM’s highly popular 390 series in March 2018. About 983 units of the Apache RR310 were sold last month which is 267 deliveries more than what its direct rival RC 390 and Duke 390 combined to achieve.
The Apache RR310 combines the visual charm of a supersport with an aggressive yet liveable engine sourced from BMW. It sits in the middle of the track-biased RC390 and the ultra-fined Yamaha YZF-R3 with sensible pricing. It is worth noting that the Hosur-based manufacturer recently hiked the price of RR310 by Rs. 8,000 and it costs Rs. 2.23 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). It derives power from a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 313 cc engine developed which is also utilised in the upcoming BMW G310R.
It is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 34 bhp at 9,900 rpm and 27.3 Nm of peak torque at 7,700 rpm and mated to s six-speed transmission. Built on stiff space frame chassis, the RR310 is claimed to accelerate from zero to 60 kmph in just 2.3 seconds. On the other hand, the KTM Duke 390 is more powerful and uses a 373 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine and churns out 44 PS of peak power and 37 Nm of peak torque.
KTM introduced substantially updated Duke 390 last year and its engine has been tuned for better refinement and immediate power and torque delivery compared to the previous version. The Austrian street fighter takens design inspiration from its bigger sibling Super Duke 1290 and incorporates sharp and aggressive styling with large bifurcated LED headlamps, LED turn indicators, a naked Trellis frame and muscular fuel tank.
Despite receiving a whole bunch of technologies in its last update like ride-by-wire throttle, slipper clutch setup, enlarged 320 mm front disc brake, switchable ABS system and new exhaust the RC390 is enduring a tough competition from the newest member of entry-level supersport segment, the Apache RR310.