Regulars here would remember that we recently posted a video of a drag race between a TVS Apache RR310 and Bajaj Dominar 400. In the latest development, the same Youtube channel, which came up with the aforementioned video, has come with a video of a drag race between the TVS Apache RR310 and the KTM 390 Duke.
As you are likely to already know, the Duke 390 enjoys a clear power and weight advantage over the Apache RR310. However, let’s not forget that the flagship TVS product benefits from a full-fairing, which makes it more aerodynamic. It may be noted here that aerodynamics play a vital role at higher speeds and hence, the Apache experiences a lower wind resistance. However, in spite of this major advantage, the RR310 has been seen losing both the drag sessions. This is simply due to the higher power of the 390 Duke. To put things in perspective, the RR310 comes equipped with a 311cc fuel injected motor that outputs 34 PS of maximum power at a 9,700 rpm along with a peak torque of 27.3 Nm at 7,500 rpm. The Duke, on the other hand, sticks out its tongue at the Apache and goes on to produce a maximum power of 43.5 PS at 9,600 rpm along with a peak torque of 37 N⋅m at 7,000 rpm. Also, compared to the Apache, which weighs 169.5 kgs, the Duke 390 tips the scales at 154.2 kgs. Both the motorcycles come with a six-speed transmission.
As can be seen in the video, both the motorcycles hit a v-max of 164 kmph. However, the Duke can achieve the top whack at a lower engine speed (9,800 RPM vs 11,000 RPM of the Apache RR310). The result of this drag race isn’t even slightly surprising. The Apache, being heavier and lower on power, clearly didn’t stand a chance in front of its Austrian adversary. However, it’s the margin with which the KTM outclass the RR310 that surprises us. In spite of being less aerodynamic, the 390 goes on to achieve the same top speed and of course, it’s much quicker, too. The Apache’s only saving grace is its much lower price tag (Rs 2.05 lakh for ABS-equipped RR310 vs Rs 2.39 lakh for KTM 390 Duke).
What do you think of the TVS Apache RR310 vs KTM Duke 390 drag race video we have here?