Hosur-based bikemaker, TVS has launched the 2019 Apache RR 310 in India at Rs 2.27 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). At this price point, it commands a premium of Rs 2625, which we must say is pretty nominal given the update. Here’s what’s changed and what hasn’t with the new-gen model.
What’s Changed -
It now gets a slipper clutch
We’d be lying if we said it wasn’t a long time coming. The 2019 Apache RR 310 now becomes the second-only TVS bike to come equipped with a slipper clutch, after the Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0. This will allow the riders to downshift aggressively without letting the rear wheel lock. Additionally, it also comes with an assist function which, according to TVS, results in reduced clutch effort. But, more on that in our first ride review.
But wait, owners of the older RR 310 don’t need to fret, as TVS has confirmed that it can be retrofitted to the previous generation bike as well.
Comes in an all-new colour
In order to differentiate it from the older model, TVS has introduced an all-new Phantom Black paint scheme for the motorcycle. We have to say this new glossy paint scheme looks distinctively different from the earlier ‘Racing Black’ paint scheme, which it replaces. Take a closer look though, and you’ll notice that the ‘35 years of TVS racing’ sticker is now missing.
What Hasn’t Changed -
Similar design as before
TVS hasn’t tinkered around the design at all. Not that we’re complaining. It continues to sport the similar “Shark-inspired” design as before, with a front-heavy look and a sharp, steeply rising tail section. Small details such as the tricolour decal on the windshield and the red-painted side stand mounting bracket can be seen here too.
Same engine as before
Powering the motorcycle is the same 312.2cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which makes 34PS of peak power and 27.3Nm of torque at 7700rpm. TVS claims a 0-60kmph time of just 2.93 seconds and a top speed of 160kmph. However, our tests reveal even more impressive numbers, with the 0 to 60kmph sprint achieved in just 2.86 seconds and 0-100kmph time of 7 seconds. In terms of “Kitna deti hain?”, the RR 310 managed a fuel efficiency of 31kmpl in the city and 35.9kmpl on the highway. We did put the Apache RR 310 through a real-world test and here’s what we found -
Same underpinnings too
Suspension duties continue to be taken care of by KYB inverted front forks and a monoshock with a preload adjustable unit at the rear. Braking hardware consists of 300mm front petal disc and a 240mm rear petal disc. The Apache RR 310 tips the scale at 169.5kg (kerb) and has a ground clearance of 180mm.
Back in March, TVS offered a complimentary update for all existing Apache RR 310 owners. These upgrades were focused on improving day-to-day rideability and extracting more refinement out of the engine. And yes, these have been carried over to the 2019 model as standard.