The TVS Akula Is Coming Soon!
Published July 18, 2016
If you fancy a more exotic machine than your run of the mill Kawasaki Ninja 300, KTM RC 390 or Yamaha R3, then this is the motorcycle for you. We’ve mentioned the TVS Akula more than a few times in the past: powered by the very same engine as the BMW G 310R, which was developed in partnership between BMW and TVS, and with a far sportier edge than its Bavarian counterpart. It’s Indian, sure, and that may put off some potential buyers, but TVS has a long and illustrious racing career – combine that with BMW’s faultless level of engineering, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a serious racing bike, that shouldn’t be discounted.
We’ve already seen an advanced prototype of the TVS Akula concept, and we were seriously impressed – the concept model came with an incredible array of features that you wouldn’t normally associate with such a small bike. For the full prototype details, take a look at our previous article on the Akula. But enough about what we already knew… TVS have recently sent out a tweet showcasing a production version of the Akula, hinting at a release later on this year. While it will only be available in India to begin with, we really hope that it makes its way across to us here in the US.
It has also been reported that the TVS Akula will probably lose its name. “Akula” actually means “shark” in Russian, but many people are speculating that it will be re-branded as the “Apache 300 RTR” instead. Sadly, the name isn’t the only thing it’s set to lose. The original prototype was wrapped in a carbon fiber fairing, with numerous carbon fiber accoutrements, and it seems that the production version will lose the exotic wrappings – completely understandable, of course, but a shame nonetheless…
The Akula/Apache will retain its awesome USD front forks, its sporty rear monoshock, the two channels of ABS, and its fully digital instrumentation. The BMW designed six speed, 313cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder engine also remains exactly the same, producing 34 hp at 9,500 rpm and 28 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm.
There’s no word on price yet, save for some speculative figures from the Indian automotive press. Since the 300cc (and around) market is such a competitive one, you can bet that TVS are aiming towards the cheaper end of the spectrum.
It may never arrive on US shores, but it’s interesting to see exactly what could be possible with the BMW G 310R platform… grab a fairing kit, and turn that miniature German roadster into a feisty sports bike. That’s what I say!