TVS launched its first fully-faired motorcycle, the Apache RR 310 in the Indian market at a drooling price tag of Rs 2.05 lakh, ex-showroom. The motorcycle looks stunning and also comes loaded with features and is priced competitively.
TVS claims that the Apache RR 310 is a perfect track weapon and also a sports tourer with a relaxed riding posture. The immediate rival for the Apache RR 310 is the segment leader, KTM RC 390. So how does the Apache RR 310 fair against the KTM RC 390? Well, let's find out in this detailed comparison.
The Apache RR 310 sports a fresh, sharp and edgy design which is based on the Akula 310 concept. TVS has tested the motorcycle in wind tunnel, and it reflects in the design too. The front profile features twin headlamps and ram air intakes right beneath them. The large windscreen renders a superbike look to the Apache RR 310.
The fairing is neatly designed and integrated with the muscular fuel tank, with quite a few edges and creases. The rear end of the motorcycle looks busy and good at the same time. The raked tail features a devil's horn-shaped LED tail light which looks spectacular.
The KTM RC 390 is one of the most uniquely designed motorcycles in its segment. It stands apart from the crowd with its quirky design. The front end of the motorcycle is razor sharp with the dual projector headlamps.
The fairing of the KTM RC 390 is not as quirky as its front profile and gels well with the overall design. When viewed from the rear, the RC 390 looks like a proper track machine with the exposed trellis frame, raked tail and sleek LED tail light. The overall design might be an overkill for some, but it reflects the character of being a track focused motorcycle.
Overall Design Rating
TVS Apache RR 310 - 8/10
KTM RC 390 - 7/10
Engine Specifications & Gearbox
Powering the TVS Apache RR 310 is a BMW-engineered 312cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine producing 34bhp and 28Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox. It is also India's first reverse-inclined engine.
The KTM RC 390 draws power from a 373cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine churning out 43bhp and 36Nm of torque. The engine is coupled to a 6-speed gearbox.
Technically speaking, the KTM is an ultimate powerhouse with its high compression ratio engine, which delivers a sudden surge of power. On the other hand, the Apache RR 310 also packs a punch and the reverse-inclined design aids in mass-centralisation. The KTM RC 390 has a better top-end compared to the Apache RR 310.
Overall Engine Rating
TVS Apache RR 310 - 7/10
KTM RC 390 - 9/10
TVS has loaded the Apache RR 310 with a whole lot of features, and undoubtedly it is their best motorcycle to date. The motorcycle is equipped with bi-LED projector headlamps with DRLs, LED tail light and a fully digital vertically stacked instrument cluster with a lap timer, gear shift indicator, real-time mileage display and much more.
The Apache RR 310 also gets premium cycle parts such as upside down front forks and monoshock suspension from Kayaba and radially mounted 300mm front disc and 240mm rear disc from Bybre. Dual-channel ABS is offered as standard. The fairing of the motorcycle also features gills to deviate the hot air blown from the engine away from the rider.
The KTM RC 390 too comes with all the bells and whistles and gets few segment-first features such as ride-by-wire throttle, slipper clutch and adjustable levers. The digital instrument cluster is loaded with information. The motorcycle gets USD forks up front and monoshock suspension set up at the rear.
The KTM RC 390 comes with a bigger from disc measuring 320mm up front and 230mm disc at the rear. Dual-channel ABS comes standard.
Overall Features Rating
TVS Apache RR 310 - 7/10
KTM RC 390 - 9/10
The TVS Apache RR 310 is launched with a competitive price tag of Rs 2.05 lakh, ex-showroom which is Rs 20,000 less than the KTM RC 390. The RC 390 is priced at Rs 2.25 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi).
The KTM RC 390 might be expensive by Rs 20,000, but it gets few extra goodies such as slipper clutch, ride-by-wire throttle and adjustable levers and more importantly a bigger engine. On the other hand, the Apache RR 310 is the most value for money motorcycle in this segment.
The newly launched TVS Apache RR 310 looks fresh, powerful and the pricing is icing on the cake. The KTM RC 390 has been in India for quite some time, and the design feels a bit dated. The RC 390 is an outright track machine, whereas the Apache RR 310 can perform on the track and also doubles up as a sports tourer for your weekend getaways.
If you are on a budget and looking for an entry-level sports tourer, Apache RR 310 is the motorcycle to go. But if you are looking for outright performance and don't mind spending another Rs 20,000, the KTM RC 390 perfectly fits the bill.