TVS Mo­tor en­ters su­per­premium mo­tor­cy­cle seg­ment with Apache RR 310

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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

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