TVS Motor Company will launch their much anticipated 300cc motorcycle, the Apache RTR 300 by December this year, reports say.
The TVS Apache RTR 300, previously called as Akula 310, was unveiled at the Auto Expo 2016 and had created quite a lot of hype with its shark-like resemblance and aggressive design. Moreover, the upcoming TVS Apache RTR 300 has also been teased on the company's twitter handle, confirming that the new 300cc bike is up for launch very soon.
It is the next bike, after the well recieved RTR 200 4V, to be released from TVS's stable.
It will compete against the brutish KTM 390 Duke, the still brilliant Ninja 300, Honda's tried and tested CBR250R and the sublime Yamaha R3.
Russian for shark, Akula takes styling cues from the marine predator, visible in the heat management 'gills' and the dorsal 'fin' used in the under-tail section. Countless hours spent in wind-tunnel testing has resulted in the Akula's fluid shape. The bodywork is completely made up of carbon-fibre and is supported by a stiff aluminium trellis frame.
TVS said that the backbone architecture has been borrowed from the upcoming BMW G 310 R, which was co-developed with TVS. Cycle parts also include track-tuned USD front fork, cast-alloy swingarm mounting the rear monoshock, radial calipers and steering damper.
One of the most interesting bits on the Akula has to be the front and rear-mounted gyro cameras. These can make for some stellar on-board videos, catching the action up close and also helping riders catch mistakes and get valuable feedback in improving lap times.
Although only a project for the time being, the Akula not only pays tribute to TVS' rich racing heritage but also gives us a glimpse into the future models, especially their version of the G 310 R.
The TVS Apache RTR 300 will be company's top product in the line-up, with the upcoming bike to get a 313cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine producing peak power of 34bhp and peak torque of 28Nm, mated to a six-speed gearbox.
The TVS Apache RTR 300 will rival the KTM RC 390 and the upcoming Hero HX250 in the market.