As BMW Motorrad’s manufacturing partner in India, TVS is responsible for the G 310 R (RM26,900) as well as the G 310 GS (RM29,900), Motorrad’s entry into the sub-500 cc category for naked sports and adventure bikes, respectively. After much speculation whether a full-fairing sports bike would be issued, TVS has just launched the 2018 TVS Apache RR 310, priced at 2.05 lakh rupees (RM12,939).

Based on the BMW Motorrad G 310 series machines, the Apache RR 310 takes the 313 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder that produces 34 hp and 28 Nm of torque, places it in a trellis frame and wraps it in sports bodywork. TVS claims the new Apache will do 0-60 km/h in 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 160 kmh.

First teased as the “Akula” – meaning shark in Russian – two years ago, the Apache RR 310 has been designed with an eye to track performance, and draws on the company’s 35 years of track experience. Suspension duties on the RR 310 are taken care of by Kayaba, with a gold-anodised 41 mm upside-down fork, and pre-load adjustable monoshock.

Braking is done by Brembo, with its in-house budget brand Bybre, with a four-piston calliper in front clamping a 300 mm disc, and single calliper in the rear with a 240 mm disc. Inside the cockpit, a single vertical monochrome LCD screen displays all the necessary information, and a prominent shift light is included on the right side of the instrument pod.

A pair of LED projector headlights adorn the front fairing, supplemented by LED DRLs, along with LED lighting in the tail section. There are two colour options for the 2018 TVS Apache RR 310 – red and matte black, with delivery in TVS India showrooms expected to begin this month.

During the launch, a TVS spokesperson said that a RR 310 race series, called the RR Cup, will be launched to encourage RR 310 owners to take the bike to the limit in the safety of a racetrack. It was also reported by NDTv that the TVS Apache RR 310 will be launched in international markets where TVS has a presence.