When will it launch? This is the question that almost everyone waiting for the TVS Akula sportsbike is asking. TVS Motors now has an answer. Second half of the financial year, they’ve said. So, that means the launch timeframe of this much-awaited bike has just shifted to any time between October 2017 to March 2018.
Here’s official word from a TVS Motors employee,
I agree there has been a delay in the (Apache 200) FI version. But we are on track for the Akula launch in the second half of this financial year.
And TVS is likely to give the bike a new name as well – Apache RR 310S. This information comes on the back of TVS’ regulatory filing, where it indicated that the new bike’s market name would be Apache RR 310S.
Meanwhile, the Apache 310’s launch has been much delayed. First, it was said to launch in January 2017, a timeline which was then pushed to mid 2017. The motorcycle, which was showcased as a concept at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo may finally be ready to roll onto Indian roads.
The bike shares its engine with the BMW G310 R, which is already on sale in markets abroad. TVS builds the BMW bike in India, and exports it to countries around the globe. On the BMW, the 310 cc, four stroke, liquid cooled-single cylinder motor makes 34 Bhp-28 Nm.
Torque transmission happens by means of a 6 speed manual gearbox. It remains to be seen if TVS will use the engine in the same spec on the Apache 310, or if it’ll detune it for the Indian market. Meanwhile, ABS is something that’s expected to be standard on the new Apache 310.
The bike will be TVS’ flagship model, and also the most expensive one ever launched by the brand here. Test mules have shown some blistering speed and acceleration numbers – The Apache 310 was even caught on camera doing close to 160 Kph.
If they are carried over to the production models, the Apache RR 310 S will be one of the fastest full faired India-built motorcycles. Coming to prices, expect to pay well within 2 lakh rupees for the new bike.