TVS Akula 310 concept made global debut at the 2016 Auto Expo. TVS Akula (means Shark in Russian) is a fully faired concept based on the BMW G310R motorcycle which made its global debut in November last year.
The production-spec TVS Akula, which we believe is going to be christened TVS Apache RTR 300 upon launch, has begun road testing. TVS plans to launch the bike in India by early 2017. Once launched, it will compete with the likes of KTM Duke 200, Mahindra Mojo, Honda CBR250RR, etc. Price is expected to start from INR 1.5 lakh, ex-showroom.
The overall design of TVS Apache 300 has been inspired from the flagship BMW sportsbike, S1000RR. Some of the features / highlights of the prod-ready Akula are – brakes from Bybre (front 300mm 4 pistons), ABS from Continental, suspension from KYB, ECU by Magneti Marelli.
The concept which was shown by TVS at the Auto Expo had a lot of carbon fiber body parts. This was done so as to keep the weight of the bike minimum as it was a racing concept. But, there were no plans for launching the Akula 310 production spec variant with carbon fiber parts, as it will increase the price of the bike considerably.
But the response TVS has received from the showcasing of Akula 310 with carbon fiber fairing has been nothing less than phenomenal. This has resulted in the management contemplating into thinking about launching Akula 310 with carbon fiber fairing when it is launched. TVS is aiming at retaining about 75% of the parts of the concept on the production-ready Akula.
Power to the TVS Akula 310 comes from a 313 cc single cc liquid cooled FI engine which will deliver 34 PS power and 28 Nm torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission and claims to deliver a mileage in excess of 33 kmpl on board the G310R.