TVS Apache RTR 310 is here, starting at Rs 2.43 Lakhs

The TVS Apache RTR 310’s engine, the same one you’ll find in the Apache RR 310, packs a punch with 34 PS of power and 27.3 Nm of torque. TVS and BMW’s partnership is bringing us their fifth collaboration, the TVS Apache RTR 310. It’s the second bike from TVS based on the 310 platform. This bike is the flagship of the Apache lineup, and it’s quite different from its tamer BMW counterpart, the G 310 R.

Now, let’s talk money. TVS has played a winning card with the pricing. The Apache RTR 310 comes in three standard versions and three build-to-order options. Prices start at Rs. 2,42,990 for the Arsenal Black (no quickshifter), Rs. 2,57,990 for the Arsenal Black (with quickshifter), and Rs. 2,63,990 for the Fury Yellow (all prices excluding taxes). You can also add the BTO Dynamic Kit for Rs. 18,000 or the Dynamic Pro Kit for Rs. 22,000 on top. If you want the Sepang Blue color, that’s an extra Rs. 10,000. When you compare it to its BMW rival at Rs. 2.85 lakh, the Honda CBR300R at Rs. 2.77 lakh, and the KTM 390 Duke at Rs. 2.97 lakh (all prices excluding taxes), the Apache RTR 310 is a steal. But watch out for the Triumph Speed 400.

Now, let’s talk looks. TVS has really nailed the design on this one. The front of the bike is a radical departure from their usual style, and it reminds us of the TVS X electric scooter. This new design is a game-changer for the brand.

The fuel tank looks sharp and sporty, and the tank shrouds give the bike a muscular look. Those fat USD forks in the front add to the dramatic effect. Speaking of drama, the twin LED headlights with DRLs give the bike an aggressive and mean character. It’s a bit reminiscent of the Kawasaki Z1000. TVS is sticking to their “Restless To Race” and “Restless To Play” ethos, and it shows in the ergonomics. The clip-on handlebars and precise footpeg placement balance spirited riding and everyday comfort. The subframe and body panels give the Apache RTR 310 an aggressive overall look. At the rear, you’ve got LED tail lights and turn indicators in the tire hugger. The split seats look comfortable, and they even have seat heating and cooling for extra comfort.

Under the hood, the 312.2cc single-cylinder engine with a 4-valve head and liquid cooling remains unchanged but slightly up-tuned. It delivers 35.6 PS of power at 9,700 RPM and 28.7 Nm of torque at 6,650 RPM. You’ve got four riding modes to play with – Urban, Rain, Sport, and Track. Plus, there’s a slipper clutch and ride-by-wire for precise throttle control. The exhaust system is the same as the outgoing model. But there’s a new instrument cluster with a square display, a departure from the vertical smartphone-like unit on the previous model. This 5″ TFT screen comes with all the SmartXonnect features from the brand, including music and GoPro connectivity.

The list of features just keeps growing. You get cruise control, ventilated seats (a first in the motorcycle world), a bi-directional quick shifter, dynamic brake lights, TPMS, and much more. There’s even a 6-axis IMU that enables advanced riding aids like corner cruiser control, wheelie control, cornering traction control, and more. You can control your music, get notifications, and use navigation right from your bike. And if you want more, there’s a BTO program with adjustable suspension and additional kits in the Dynamic and Dynamic Pro packs. It’s a game-changer for sure!