The TVS Apache RR 310, the flagship model from TVS Motors, has been a thrilling presence on the streets for nearly six years. However, TVS has decided to take things up a notch with the introduction of the Apache RTR 310, a stripped-down version of the RR 310. This new offering isn’t just a cosmetic makeover; it’s packed with segment-leading features and comes at a more budget-friendly price compared to its sibling. We had the privilege of taking this machine for a spin through the bustling streets of Bangkok and even tested it on a racetrack. Here are our initial impressions.
Designed to Turn Heads
The standout feature in the design department is undoubtedly the headlamp unit. Unlike the RR 310, the RTR 310 ditches the fairing and sports a headlamp with two sleek LED DRLs. The main lights are separated by a striking black element, giving it a distinctive look. With three color options, the RTR 310’s Fury Yellow variant bears a striking resemblance to Bumblebee from Transformers. One notable feature TVS has incorporated is dynamic lighting, where the headlamp’s brightness adjusts automatically based on your riding speed. If desired, you can also disable this feature from the menu.
This motorcycle is a head-turner, no doubt. TVS has opted for a sharper design language, evident in the fuel tank’s aesthetics. Even the split seats exude angularity and modularity. On the sides, the engine remains subtly hidden behind the exposed frame and plastic design elements. While the RTR 310 may draw comparisons to other naked bikes from certain angles, its overall proportion and freshness stand out.
A new instrument cluster
5-inch Colorful Instrument Cluster
TVS has equipped the Apache RTR 310 with a 5-inch TFT multi-color instrument cluster, reminiscent of the RR 310, albeit with a horizontal orientation. This orientation change enhances legibility and displays a wealth of information. You can navigate through the menu using the switches on the left side of the handlebar. The display offers a plethora of information and customization options, including ride modes that alter the display theme. You can even toggle features like traction control, headlight illumination, climate seat configuration, and more.
A more powerful engine
Under the hood, the Apache RTR 310 houses the familiar 312.12 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, but with slightly increased power and torque outputs, thanks to a remapped ECU and minor exhaust tweaks. It now boasts 35.1 hp and 28.7 Nm, a 1.5 hp and 1.4 Nm bump over the RR 310. While you might not immediately feel the increased output, the RTR 310’s 5 kg lighter weight and sharper responsiveness make a noticeable difference. Maneuvering through city traffic on this bike is a breeze. Switching lanes and taking turns feel effortless.
However, there’s a minor downside: vibrations creep in at higher RPMs. As you approach 6000 RPM, you’ll feel vibrations through the handlebars, footpegs, and even the seat. Cruising at 80 kmph in sixth gear is smooth, as the bike hovers around 5500 RPM. It would have been ideal if this smoothness extended to triple-digit speeds as well.
Comfort and Handling
During our 40 km ride on city roads and highways, we found the RTR 310’s riding position more relaxed compared to its faired counterpart. The rider seat offers adequate comfort, and the option to heat or cool the seat makes it more suitable for extreme weather conditions. The seat height is accessible at 800 mm.
On the track, the RTR 310 exhibits greater agility than the RR 310. It’s easier to switch sides and navigate chicanes. The tires offer ample grip once they warm up. Despite the track’s bumps and imperfections, the bike maintains a high level of traction. The short gearing and capable bi-directional quickshifter enhance the riding experience, allowing for smooth gear changes without using the clutch lever. Whether aggressively downshifting on the track or casually cruising on the highway, the quickshifter keeps the bike stable.
TVS claims a top speed of 150 kmph for the RTR 310, but we witnessed a speedometer indicating 160 kmph. Braking relies heavily on the front disc, which provides ample bite to decelerate rapidly from triple-digit speeds to 30-40 kmph within a short distance. The cornering ABS works efficiently, ensuring stability even during trail braking. Unfortunately, the rear brake falls short in comparison. The traction control system can be slightly intrusive when applying power rapidly, but it can be disabled if needed.
Enhancements with Dynamic Pro Kit
For enthusiasts seeking more customization, the Dynamic and Dynamic Pro kits offer fully adjustable front and rear suspension to enhance the RTR 310’s feel and response. TVS also includes Race Tuned Dynamic Stability Control (RT DSC) with the bike, featuring cornering ABS, cornering traction control, rear lift-off control, wheelie control, and more. These features cater to riders who want to push the bike to its limits.
In a competitive 300-500 cc motorcycle segment, the RTR 310 stands out with a starting price of Rs 2.43 lakh (ex-showroom). It’s an attractive option for those seeking a smart and stylish bike for city commutes. The BTO kits offer additional features for those willing to spend a bit more without crossing the Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom) threshold. The only downside at this point is the noticeable vibrations after 6000 rpm. However, the overall package is solid and, most importantly, fun to ride.