Showcased as a concept earlier this year at the 2016 Auto Expo, TVS Akula 310 is expected to be launched in India by March 2017. Post this, the bike will be launched in Indonesia, claims local media. As per reports, production is set to commence later next month.
Already spied testing on Indian roads, the new Akula 310 is expected to be called Apache 300 upon launch. New TVS Akula 310 concept is based on the BMW G310R naked bike. It is part of the JV, which will see BMW-TVS launch range of new motorcycles in the sub 500cc segment.
As per Stephan Schaller, CEO, BMW Motorrad, the engineering of this new range of motorcycles has been 100% done by BMW. This means, the Aluka 310 will have BMW engineering at its core. Until now we have already seen two bikes from BMW – G310R and G310GS. Akula 310 is the third product.
It will be the most powerful TVS motorcycle to be launched till date. TVS claims that the Akula is a result of their over 34 years of experience in racing (TVS Racing). Design of the Akula is inspired from killer sharks. Interestingly, it is also the reason why the concept was named Akula (in Russian, Akula means Shark).
Powered by the same 313 cc single cylinder engine of BMW G310R. The motor delivers 34 hp and 28 Nm torque via a six-speed manual transmission. Features on offer aboard TVS Akula concept includes race-spec aluminium TRELLIS sub frame, race tuned engine, gill vents in the front for thermal efficiency, muscular fuel tank, twin LED projector lamps, dual channel ABS, Pirelli tyres, split seats, stubby silencer, USD front fork, mono shock rear, digital instrument console, etc.
With the Akula entering road test phase, it seems that TVS plans to launch the Akula first in India, rather than the BMW G310R. Once launched, Akula 300 will lock horns with new Bajaj Dominar.