One of the biggest and the most pleasant surprise of the 2016 Auto Expo was the TVS Akula – a motorcycle based on the jointly-developed platform with BMW. TVS officials announced that it will be launched in the ‘early’ part of 2017 at its unveiling.
Even when I had a word with them, they repeated the same tentative timelines. In the meantime, a speculative report claimed that Akula (which could be called as Apache 300 commercially) would be launched in India within this fiscal ie before 31st March 2017! You can read the story here…
While we continue to monitor developments on this, PT TVS’ (Indonesia’s TVS arm) Corporate Communication official Rio Aditya Putra has told Otomotifnet.com that they will launch Apache 300/Akula between April and July 2017 (in Indonesia). This is the first time an official has zeroed in on a time frame of Apache 300’s launch. So, ideally, Indian launch should, indeed, take place earlier, within this span of three months between now and March 2017.
Akula is being extensively tested on our roads and the production version comes with changes like – a G 310R-like exhaust canister, raised clip-ons (resulting in a relatively upright posture), proper dual headlamps etc. It will continue to use the basic silhouette of the concept motorcycle and will be powered by the 313 cc liquid cooled engine of the G 310R roadster, albeit with some changes.
And with Apache 300’s launch, with Bajaj following up with the production Pulsar SS400, the game in the higher sports segment will become fiercely competitive! You can check out a detailed preview with key pointers of Akula here.