TVS Apache 310 (Akula) launch delayed – To happen by March 2018
The much awaited TVS Apache 310, popularly known as Akula, launch has been delayed, yet again.
Showcased as a concept earlier last year at the 2016 Auto Expo, TVS Apache RR 310 S (Akula) was to be launched by Jan 2017. But that did not happen. Then it was said, middle of 2017. That too did not happen. Later it was revealed by company’s facebook page that launch will take place in 3rd quarter of 2017. That too has not happened.
Now BikeAdvice reveals that TVS plans to launch the bike in the second half of this fiscal year. Surprisingly, TVS says that they track to launch the bike. Launch is to take place in between the period from October 2017 to March 2018. Considering TVS’s track record when it comes to launching products in the performance segment, it might very well take place in the last month of financial year 2018.
Fans across India have been waiting for the Apache 310, which is powered by a BMW engineered 313cc engine. To be named Apache 310, it is believed to be an equally good machine inside the city, as well as on the highway. Earlier, a video showing Akula cruising on highway at 175 kmph had gone viral, and now this new video manoeuvring inside tight city spaces shows its all round strength.
New photos clearly shows how the riding posture will be of the TVS Apache 310. The posture is as sporty as it is comfortable for long rides, with not much weight falling on the shoulders, or on the back. The way the bike has been designed this way, is to make the rider comfortable when he / she wants to go on a long distance road trip. At the same time, the position of foot pegs, the larger fuel tank with recess for your thighs, makes the Apache 310 equally capable when you are in the mood to attack a race track.
New TVS Apache 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.
Upon launch, the Apache 310 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 a 313 cc single cylinder liquid cooled engine generating 34 hp and 28 Nm. It has a top speed of 175 kmph (speedo indicated). Once launched, Apache 310 will lock horns with new Bajaj Dominar, KTM Duke 390, Mahindra Mojo, and so on. Expect price to be in the INR 1.8 lakh range.