TVS Motor enters superpremium motorcycle segment with Apache RR 310
TVS Motor Company, a leading manufacturer of two-wheelers and three-wheelers, has launched TVS Apache RR 310 at Rs 2.05 lakh (ex-showroom) signaling the company’s entry into the superpremium segment, both in domestic and international markets.
The TVS Apache RR 310 embodies the first offering resulting from the technical collaboration between TVS and BMW Motorrad. The RR 310 shares the same platform as the BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS. Although the Indian made BMW bikes have been launched internationally nearly a year ago, in India it will be available in June 2018.
TVS Apache RR 310 boasts of superior performance and riding dynamics, combined with a powerful, expressive design. Sudarshan Venu, Joint Managing Director, TVS Motor Company said, “The launch of TVS Apache RR 310 marks a major milestone, as it ushers in a new era at TVS Motor Company. Our endeavour is to fulfill the aspirations of discerning customers by offering highquality, technologically-innovative products. The TVS Apache RR 310 is the most advanced and exclusive offering in our product portfolio, as it is a manifestation of 35 years of learnings from the race track, coupled with cuttingedge technology. We are confident that customers will find it to be a perfect combination of race craft technology and riding dynamics.”
KN Radhakrishnan, President & Chief Executive Officer, TVS Motor Company said, “Driven by our promise of delivering more to customers than their expectations, TVS Apache RR 310 is the beginning of our breakthrough into the super-premium category. We started building our premium brand - Apache RTR with 150cc and succeeded in raising the customer aspirations with 180cc and 200cc bikes. TVS Apache RR 310 is another step in our effort to deliver beyond customers’ expectations and to offer them a chance to upgrade from premium to super-premium category. TVS Apache RR 310 is a testimony to our Racing DNA and R&D capabilities, positioned to fulfill the ever-growing aspirations of the new age customers globally.”
The TVS Apache RR 310 gets a 312cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, 4-valve, liquid-cooled engine that churns out 34 PS@9700 rpm and 27.3 NM@7700 rpm. The engine is
mated to a 6-speed super-slick gear box that offers a precise and sharp race-shift experience. The motorcycle boasts of a top speed of 160 kmph, and acceleration from 0-60 kmph in just 2.9 seconds, mainly due to an advanced aerodynamics package that promises the lowest coefficient of drag in this segment.
The Apache RR 310’s aerodynamic design comes from the shark. The designers at TVS have put in a lot of hard work to make the RR 310 the most streamlined motorcycle in its class with the best COD (coefficient of drag). The bike has an aggressive stance with twin LED headlamps at the front. The full fairing and the step seat complete the super sport look. The upside down (USD) front forks with radial brake caliper with 300-mm petal disc rotor, the aerodynamic front mudguard and the five-spoke wheels with a cast alloy swingarm add to the look of this motorcycle.
The liquid-cooled DOHC fourvalve motor is over-square. This short stroke engine has a bore of 80 millimetres and stroke of 62.1 mm and delivers 34 PS at 9,700 rpm and 27.3 Nm of torque at 7,700 rpm. The engine splits horizontally and has white metal shell bearing for the connecting rod and the main bearings. This is like a car engine. It makes the engine compact and increases the rigidity of the crankcase.
The engine is tilted backwards with a reverse cylinder-head with the intake at the front and the exhaust at the back. The front facing intake port helps in ram air induction to increase the air-flow in the inlet port at high speed. The power is delivered via a wet multi-plate clutch and a six-speed gearbox. The engine unit is tilted backwards for better weight distribution.
The engine is housed in a tubular trellis chassis with a bolt-on subframe. The front USD forks are a cartridge-type unit by KYB and the rear suspension has a die-cast aluminium swingarm with a KYB monoshock unit with monotube floating piston technology. Stopping power is provided at the front by a 300-mm petal type disc rotor and a radial four-piston Bybre caliper. Rear braking is taken care of by a 240-mm petal disc rotor and Bybre caliper. The final contact between the RR 310 and the tarmac is provided by Michelin 110/70 R17 front and 150/60 R17 rear tyres.
The instrument panel is all-digital unit with a vertical rpm display, speedometer, temperature gauge, fuel level indicator, gear indicator and an on-board computer that provides lap times and race diagnostics. All the lights are LED, from the BI-LED headlamps to the rear tail-lamp for enhanced stiffness in straights, and flex for dynamic cornering capability, that result in best-in-class riding dynamics. The motorcycle uses a unique reverse inclined DOHC (double overhead cam) engine with LCOC (liquid-cooled oil coolant) technology. This facilitates a compact layout for an ideal powerto-weight ratio and better mass centralisation.
The TVS Apache RR 310 is equipped with a race-inspired vertical speedo-cum-tachometer with 18 racing tell-tale diagnostics, and a comprehensive post-ride analysis. The motorcycle is fitted with first-inclass bi-LED twin projector head lamps for maximum reach and visibility. It is also outfitted with Michelin Street Sport tyres, and is the first sub-500cc motorcycle to use these.
TVS Apache RR 310 sports a fullyfaired, sporty design with superior ergonomics to ensure maximum ride comfort. The Thermal Management System on the motorcycle is fitted with a special gill profile to shield the rider’s leg from engine heat, and aids better heat dissipation. To accentuate the handling and ride experience, the TVS Apache RR 310 gets the Race Spec KYB Suspension that is tested and tuned by MotoGP experts. Both, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system, will be available as standard on the TVS Apache RR 310. The motorcycle comes in 2 impressive colours – Racing Red and Sinister Black.
1. Trellis frame contributes to precise handling and visual appeal
2. High quality die-cast aluminium swingarm adds to rigidity of the bike
3. Rear subframe looks tight and displays TVS’ racing heritage
4. Vertical infocluster looks smart; slotted yoke points to premium build quality and attention to detail
5. Shark-inspired visual cues are evident; almost a miniature Panigale