TVS Apache RTR 310 vs KTM 250 Duke: Specifications Compared
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TVS Apache RTR 310 vs KTM 250 Duke: Specifications Compared

Reviews by Team Drivio | Mar 27, 2024

The TVS Apache RTR 310 is heavily loaded with features 

  • In fact, its big TFT console has features that even some big superbikes in India don’t 
  • The KTM 250 Duke, on the other hand, gets a reverse LCD console
  • Interestingly, both bikes have almost brand-new engines as well 

Since the debut of the TVS Apache RTR 310, there has been a flurry of comparisons between this formidable RTR and the latest iteration of the KTM 390 Duke. However, we argue that such comparisons may overlook a more apt rival for the Apache RTR 310 – the new generation KTM 250 Duke. In terms of performance capabilities and pricing, the Apache RTR 310 aligns closely with the KTM 250 Duke rather than its more powerful counterpart, the 390 Duke. Therefore, if you find yourself torn between these two aggressive streetfighters, here is our recommendation on which one to opt for:

TVS Apache RTR 310 vs KTM 250 Duke: Designs

On the technological front, it boasts a 5-inch TFT instrument console equipped with connectivity options for your smartphone, helmet communication device, and GoPro. Additionally, it incorporates features such as music control, voice assist, incoming call alerts, SMS alerts, and the capacity to store up to 3 documents such as your registration certificate and driving license. Notably, turn-by-turn navigation with What3words integration is also integrated.

A notable feature is the climate-controlled seats, offering both heating and cooling functionalities for enhanced comfort. TVS presents three customizable kit options for the Apache RTR 310:

  1. Dynamic Kit (Rs 18,000): This includes adjustable front and rear suspension, a tyre pressure monitoring system, and a brass-coated chain.
  2. Dynamic Pro Kit (Rs 22,000): This 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.
  3. Colour Kit (Rs 10,000): This provides the Sepang Blue colour option, inspired by TVS' 40-year racing heritage, in addition to the blue, white, and red colour option.

It's evident that the 250 Duke draws inspiration from its bigger sibling, the 390 Duke. Sporting a design reminiscent of the 1290 SuperDuke, it features muscular tank shrouds and an upswept tail section, along with a revamped two-piece seat compared to its predecessor. 

The fuel tank has also been upsized to a 15-litre capacity, mirroring the 390. However, there are two distinguishing factors that set the 250 Duke apart. Firstly, its colour schemes; in addition to the orange and grey combination, the motorcycle is available in a white and orange variant with orange wheels. Secondly, the headlamp configuration differs. While it boasts a full-LED setup, the 250 Duke lacks the LED DRLs present on the 390, and the entire unit appears comparatively smaller as well.

TVS Apache RTR 310 vs KTM 250 Duke: Engines

SpecificationsTVS Apache RTR 310KTM 250 Duke
Engine312cc engine249cc engine
Maximum Power35.6PS31.27PS
Maximum Torque28.7Nm25Nm
Transmission6-speed6-speed

Fitted with the Dynamic Kit, our bike provided us with an opportunity to test the RTR 310 equipped with adjustable suspension at both the front and rear, along with a TPMS and a brass-coated chain. Given Thailand's well-kept roads, we'll reserve our final assessment on ride quality for the time being. 

Nonetheless, the bike handled the minor rough patches we encountered adequately. It maintained stability but displayed a hint of inherent firmness, leading to a somewhat jittery and active ride experience on uneven concrete road sections.

TVS Apache RTR 310 vs KTM 250 Duke: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

SpecificationsTVS Apache RTR 310KTM 250 Duke
Front suspensionInverted ForkInverted Fork
Rear suspensionMonoshockMonoshock
Front tyre17-inch wheels17-inch wheels
Rear tyre17-inch wheels17-inch wheels
Front brakeDisc BrakeDisc Brake
Rear brakeDisc BrakeDisc Brake
ABSDual-channelDual-channel

When it comes to handling, the new RTR from TVS embodies the brand's distinctive characteristics – it's light, responsive, predictable, and effortlessly manoeuvrable. This renders it an exceptional choice for a road sport bike, feeling perfectly suited for tackling winding roads during weekend excursions.

We also put it through its paces on the track, and while it delivered a decent amount of enjoyment, it's not the type of bike that excels under extreme pressure. The Michelin Road 5 tyres provide impressive grip, but you may eventually reach the limits of cornering clearance, particularly if you're a taller rider who needs to adjust positioning on the bike.

TVS Apache RTR 310 vs KTM 250 Duke: Dimensions

In the realm of performance, the engine delivers power in a well-dispersed manner. It exhibits tractability at lower revs, smoothly escalating into a gratifying mid-range, and sustaining robust performance throughout the upper range. 

The shorter gearing enhances agility, particularly in urban traffic scenarios. TVS has fine-tuned the mapping, intake, and exhaust systems, leading to a slight augmentation in power and torque. Remarkably, the exhaust now emits a deeper and more melodious tone compared to the RR310, which previously had a somewhat harsher sound profile.

Navigating through tight spaces feels effortless with the new 250 Duke exhibiting notably enhanced agility. The inclusion of the new MRF Brace tyres has significantly improved the bike's handling dynamics. The W-rated tyre set provides commendable grip and represents a substantial upgrade from the previous MRF tyres.

Moreover, the updated suspension setup on the new Duke, featuring an off-set pre-load adjustable rear shock, contributes to a decently plush ride, effectively dampening undulations and bumps on the road surface. However, when encountering larger bumps and bridge joints, the 250 Duke's suspension setup may feel slightly stiff. Nevertheless, riding with a pillion passenger enhances comfort, as the bike adeptly mitigates the impact of road imperfections.

TVS Apache RTR 310 vs KTM 250 Duke: Prices

PriceTVS Apache RTR 310KTM 250 Duke
Ex-showroom DelhiRs 2.43 lakh onwards Rs 2.39 lakh 

TVS has priced the Apache RTR 310 at Rs 2.43 lakh onwards. Now while that sounds reasonable in itself, when you factor in things like the optional adjustable suspension, quickshifter and other things, that brings the Apache’s prices closer to the Rs 3 lakh and hence closer to the 390 Duke’s price. 

KTM, on the other hand, has priced the 250 Duke at an incredible Rs 2.39 lakh, both prices ex-showroom Delhi. That pricing does sound nice and even more so when you factor in the fact that the bike received a tiny price hike over its predecessor, one that was less than Rs 1,000. 

Verdict

With the Apache RTR 310, TVS is targeting a broader audience with its 310cc platform. It integrates several appreciated elements from the RR310 while introducing a plethora of new features. However, it also inherits some inherent drawbacks. After seven years, it appears that TVS and BMW might need to contemplate moving beyond this engine, as it is starting to fall behind the competition in terms of power and refinement.

For those considering this bike as their primary choice for long-distance travel and versatile riding, it does possess certain limitations in this regard. However, if you're seeking an attractive and exhilarating city bike packed with features and capable of delivering an enjoyable ride on twisty roads, the RTR is well-suited for such purposes. It even offers some distinctive features and bragging rights to enhance its appeal.

In our assessment, the new 250 Duke offers excellent value for money. Priced at Rs 2.39 lakh, ex-showroom, KTM has maintained the motorcycle's pricing from the previous variant despite the enhancements.

It strikes a perfect balance between the 200 Duke and the 390 Duke, not just in terms of pricing but also in performance and features. With the updates, it has become even more versatile—the lower seat height would attract a broader audience, while the engine delivers ample punch to keep riders engaged. Moreover, its array of features is impressive and well-rounded. One would hardly find themselves wanting for more with what this bike offers. Additionally, its enhanced aesthetics make it appear more imposing and appealing.