2020 TVS Apache RR 310 BS6
The TVS Apache RR 310, the flagship motorcycle from TVS Motor Company introduced a new era of engineering and performance in product development for the Indian two-wheeler manufacturer. With sharp styling, excellent build quality and loaded with features, including a race-tuned slipper clutch, the RR 310 offers an excellent do-it-all motorcycle, for the daily commute, touring and even for racetrack duties. Now, in 2020, TVS has had to update the engine to meet the upcoming BS6 emission regulations, with a slightly higher sticker price.
So, the new 2020 Apache RR 310 not only meets the BS6 norms, but also gets significantly updated, with new features, and new technology, including new tyres, developed in association with Michelin, which are said to offer better grip and handling than before. To sample how different the new bike is, we spent a day hustling the new Apache RR 310 around the Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai, and we have to say this, it’s the same bike, but still feels like an updated model with significant improvements, both on the features list, as well as in how it feels around a racetrack! More on this, below!
The Apache RR 310’s design overall remains the same, as do the dimensions and hardware. But now it’s available in an attractive new “titanium black” colour shade, in addition to the standard gloss red shade, with a blacked out lower fairing. But the most differentiating change on the feature list is a new electronics system, powered by a new throttle-by-wire system, with a choice of four riding modes – Track, Sport, Urban and Rain, with two engine maps.
Track and Sport have the same engine map offering full power, while Urban and Rain have both power and torque restricted. Along with the riding modes are three different levels of ABS settings, developed in association with Bosch, with Rain mode offering the most intervention, while Urban and Sport share a common ABS setting, optimised for quick response with minimal brake lever effort. Track mode, on the other hand, optimises the brake response for late braking into corners. What is also new are the dual-compound tyres, developed in association with Michelin, called the Michelin Road 5.
The new electronics suite can be accessed through a brand new, full-colour, 5-inch TFT instrument panel, designed by TVS, and developed by Continental. The console offers a long list of new information, including a Bluetooth-enabled SmartXonnect system which offers smartphone linking, and displays in-depth post ride analysis and race telemetry including gear shifting points, best lap time, service reminder, as well as performance indicators like top speed, fuel consumption and more. The left switchgear is new, with what are called the control cubes to easily navigate between the riding modes, as well as through the multi-information race computer. Everything else remains the same, including the frame, suspension and cycle parts.