Before the Auto Expo, at the media ride of Apache 200, I had a word with TVS officials and they specifically hinted that they are working on something bigger and the Auto Show will spill the beans. Among other motorcycles, they did showcase that “something bigger” and Akula 310 is what they called it, which, in Russian, means shark!
Let us take a quick preview of the concept motorcycle which will spawn a production version very soon.
Akula 310: Key Pointers
- Akula 310 is based on the platform jointly developed by TVS-BMW. BMW has carved two versions – the roadster G310R and Adventure G310GS and both of them have been officially confirmed for this year (link to report). Probably owing to India’s fascination towards ‘faired’ motorcycles, TVS chose the sports version. While G310R is a production ready motorcycle, Akula will go though many changes before it is ready for production and closer-to-production test mules are already on test on our roads. (Check latest spy pic)
- Specific details of the engine were not shared but Akula will be powered by the same 313 cc single cylinder engine of the G310R. How much detuning will it get is a point of interest!
- TVS officially shared that Akula is powered by a quick-shifting 6 speed gearbox.
- They also confirmed that it is wind tunnel tested.
- List of features (of this concept) include – radial calipers, USD Forks, light-weight carbon fibre bodywork, full functional digital speedo, steering damper, gyro camera (despite the angle of the lean of the motorcycle, the camera remains perpendicular to the gravity of earth to provide proper horizontal shots) etc.
- When launched, Akula will rival the upcoming Pulsar RS/SS 400 and many others and this platform will spawn motorcycles of different genres as well which may include adventure sports, streetfighters etc (on TVS badging).
From what we can observe from the test mules that have been spotted so far, Akula gets…
- a new exhaust sourced from G310R against the Akrapovic-like of this concept.
- The tail is now more complete and the rear seat has been kept high.
- The motorcycle continues with the same golden coloured chunky upside down forks.
- The interesting 5-spoke alloy wheels from the family also continue.
- Seating posture is more aggressive than Pulsar RS200, however, the clip-ons, when compared with RC390 are high-set.
- A clean registration plate holder has been introduced
TVS Akula / Apache 300 Launch
According to the word given to us, TVS has plans to launch the production version of Akula 310, which could be called as Apache 300, towards the early part of this year (2017). We believe it may get delayed to the middle of the year.
Akula 310 : Pictorial View – First Look
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