TVS Apache RTR 310: First Ride Review
Article by Drivio | 20th Sep 23
Where this Apache really stands out is in the looks department
- Its 312cc engine makes 35.6PS and 28.7Nm
- Underpinnings include a bright, golden-coloured inverted fork along with a mono shock
- In terms of its TFT console, it packs many world-first features
The 300-400cc motorcycle scene has been buzzing this year with exciting additions like the Triumph Speed 400 and Harley-Davidson X440 in the neo-retro category. But there's more to come in the cutting-edge category. TVS has introduced the Apache RTR 310, a naked counterpart to the Apache RR310 sport bike. Unlike a simple fairing removal and handlebar swap, TVS has gone the extra mile to make this bike stand out:
TVS Apache RTR 310: Design & Features
When it comes to the tech side, it sports a 5-inch TFT instrument console with connectivity options for your smartphone, helmet communication device, and GoPro. You'll also find features like music control, voice assist, incoming call alerts, SMS alerts, and the ability to store up to 3 documents such as your registration certificate and driver's license. Turn-by-turn navigation with What3words is also included.
One standout feature is the climate-controlled seats, offering both heating and cooling for added comfort. TVS offers three customizable kit options for the Apache RTR 310:
- Dynamic Kit (Rs 18,000): Includes adjustable front and rear suspension, a tyre pressure monitoring system, and a brass-coated chain.
- Dynamic Pro Kit (Rs 22,000): Offers Race Tuned Dynamic Stability Control, cornering ABS, cornering traction control, wheelie control, slope-dependent control, rear lift-off control, cornering cruise control, and the climate-controlled seat.
- Colour Kit (Rs 10,000): Provides the Sepang Blue color option, inspired by TVS' 40-year racing heritage, alongside the blue, white, and red color options.
TVS Apache RTR 310: Engine
|Specifications||TVS Apache RTR 310|
Equipped with the Dynamic Kit, our bike allowed us to experience the RTR 310 with adjustable suspension at both ends, which also includes a TPMS and a brass-coated chain. Thailand's well-maintained roads mean we'll hold off on delivering a final verdict on ride quality for now. However, the bike handled the minor rough patches we encountered reasonably well. It maintained its composure but hinted at a bit of underlying firmness, resulting in a slightly fidgety and busy ride on an uneven concrete road stretch.
TVS Apache RTR 310: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes
|Specifications||TVS Apache RTR 310|
|Front suspension||Inverted Fork|
|Front brake||Disc Brake|
|Rear brake||Disc Brake|
When it comes to handling, the new RTR from TVS embodies the brand's signature traits – it's light, natural, predictable, and easy to maneuver. This makes it an excellent choice for a road sport bike, and it feels right at home when attacking winding roads on weekends.
We also took it for a spin on the track, and while it provided a reasonable amount of fun, it's not the kind of bike that thrives under extreme pressure. The Michelin Road 5 tyres offer impressive grip, but you'll eventually run out of cornering clearance, especially if you're a taller rider who needs to move around on the bike.
TVS Apache RTR 310: Dimensions
|Dimensions||TVS Apache RTR 310|
|Fuel tank capacity||11-litres|
In terms of performance, the engine offers a well-distributed power delivery. It's tractable at lower revs, gradually building into a satisfying mid-range, and maintaining strong performance all the way to the top end. The shorter gearing contributes to a nimble feel in city traffic. TVS has made adjustments to the mapping, intake, and exhaust, resulting in slightly increased power and torque. Notably, the exhaust now produces a deeper and more pleasant sound compared to the RR310, which had a somewhat harsher note.
TVS Apache RTR 310: Price
|Price||TVS Apache RTR 310|
|Ex-showroom Delhi||Rs 2.43 lakh onwards|
Prices for the Apache RTR 310 begin from Rs 2.43 lakh onwards, ex-showroom Delhi.
With the Apache RTR 310, TVS is aiming for a broader audience with its 310cc platform. It incorporates several elements we appreciate from the RR310 and adds a plethora of new features. However, it also inherits some inherent drawbacks. After seven years, it seems like TVS and BMW might need to consider moving beyond this engine, as it's beginning to lag behind the competition in terms of power and refinement.
If you were considering this bike as your go-to machine for long-distance journeys and versatile riding, it does have certain limitations in this aspect. However, if you're in the market for an attractive and thrilling city bike packed with features and capable of delivering a fun ride on winding roads, the RTR is well-suited for that purpose. It even offers some unique features and bragging rights to sweeten the deal. It will be intriguing to see how TVS responds to the competition, especially in the face of the Austrian charge on the horizon.