The BMW Developed TVS Apache RR 310 Launches – And It Looks Great
It’s The Price Of The TVS Apache RR 310 That Really Gets Us Excited Though
The TVS Apache RR 310 has finally debuted in India, and while it’s taken longer to launch than we wanted, it was certainly worth the wait. Now, we know what you’re thinking: “Sure, it looks nice, but it debuted in India and it’s unlikely to ever make it to the USA – so why should we care?” and that’s a perfectly valid question. However, let’s not forget that the TVS Apache RR 310 is powered by the new BMW G310R engine…and the TVS model will give us an exciting glimpse at what BMW has in store for their next small capacity machine: the BMW G310RR. Yes, BMW will be launching their own pocket sized sports model sometime in the near future, and if it shares the same sharp and sexy DNA as the TVS Apache RR 310, then we’re going to want one.
The BMW Developed TVS Apache RR 310 Is Here!
First teased as the Akula concept a few years ago, the Apache RR 310 is essentially a track focused alternative built from BMW and TVS’s G310R platform. In terms of performance specifications, the TVS Apache RR 310 boasts 34 horses and 20 lb-ft of torque from the BMW developed 313cc single cylinder engine. Held in place with the same steel trellis frame found on the BMW G310R but boasting a couple of nifty upgrades like KYB suspension, ByBre (a small subsidiary of Brembo) brakes, dual-channel ABS, LED lighting, and an LCD dashboard too this little racer has a respectable curb weight of 375 lbs and promises quite the wild ride.
But the question everyone has been asking is this: “Is 310cc enough these days?” While there’s a niche for every size of motorcycle out there, the 300cc segment is getting harder and harder to justify in Western markets. Think how 250cc bikes evolved into 300s, and now 300cc bikes are turning into 400cc ones, like the new Kawasaki Ninja 400 that’s been teased, or KTM’s ever-popular 390 range. Perhaps BMW and TVS are a little too late to the 300 party to be relevant? It’s definitely the case in North America, but the story may be wildly different in Europe. It’s certainly not a thing in Asia, where the 300cc segment offers the best measures of sports performance with everyday practicality.
BMW Motorrad are set to release their G310RR in the second half of 2018, and in all probability it will be almost identical to the TVS Apache RR 310. It might be small, but there’s one thing that might tempt you across to this little beauty, and that’s the price. In India, the price has been announced at 2.05 lakh. In US dollars, that’s a very impressive $3,100. Naturally, the BMW version that arrives in Europe and North America will probably be priced higher because of taxes and other reasons…but even so, you’re going to struggle to find a cheaper BMW sports bike…