TVS Apache RR 310 has been very close to our hearts. Ever since it was launched a couple of years
back, we have ridden it on the race tracks of Chennai, we have taken in to the Morni
hills on the foothills of the Himalayas, we have also ridden it in the rains. We
loved the 312.2cc single cylinder / engine that generated a peak power of 34hp
@ 9700rpm and a peak torque of 27.3Nm@ 7700 rpm. The engine was mated to a 6-speed
transmission. The 2020 TVS Apache RR 310 is identical to the 2019 model in terms of engine,
chassis, suspension, brakes, and even power the engine produces. The new engine is, however a BS VI one.
312.2cc single cylinder / 4 stroke,/ 4
valves/ liquid cooled (BS VI)
34hp @ 9700rpm
27.3Nm@ 7700 rpm
Front: 110/70- ZR17
Rear: 150/60- ZR17
Front: USD Fork
Front- 300mm disc
ABS- Dual channel in rain, urban
174 kg (4.5kg more than earlier model)
Rs 2.4 lakh (ex showroom India).
this bike always came with a slipper clutch which is an ideal feature for a
performance bike, it lacked a few basic things and we did emphasise on it.
Let’s check out what the new bike has to offer.
Features & Technology
on the face of it there seems to be no changes to this bike, this new 2020 TVS Apache
RR 310 does get a new colour scheme. Earlier the bike was offered in Racing Red
and Sinister Black colours, but now you continue to get the Racing Red colour
with a white racing stripe, the other colour is Titanium Black. The dual-tone
scheme has gloss black on the fairing and rear section along with matte grey on
the tank and front fairing.
the windshield was one fixed piece but now it is detachable. The windshield can
be detached with the help of an Allen key which is provided by the company. This
means it is easier to clean it the windshield now.
2020 TVS Apache RR 310 gets Michelin Road 5 tyres which are supposed to be good
even in wet conditions. The bike has, however, got heavier by 4.5 kg with a
kerb weight of 174 kg.
new 2020 TVS Apache RR 310 gets a few fresh technology changes that is more
than welcome. It now gets a ride by wire technology. Earlier the accelerator
was connected via a cable to the throttle body. In simple terms, the ride by
wire refers to the absence of mechanical linkage between accelerator and
throttle. Instead, various sensors and actuators (connected by wires) control
the fuel-air supply going to the engine.
is no cable connection between accelerator and throttle. In this system, when
rider twists the accelerator, actuators in the electronic throttle body sense
this movement and change the throttle opening accordingly.
fuel injected engines, the throttle body is the part of the air intake system
that controls the amount of air flowing into the engine, in response to
accelerator. By allowing more air to go into the engine, you allow more fuel
too which is done through fuel injectors controlled electronically. For
gasoline fuel, the stoichiometric air–fuel mixture is about 14.7:1 i.e. for
every one gram of fuel, 14.7 grams of air are required.
thing that is new in the 2020 TVS Apache RR 310 BS VI is the 5 inches TFT screen,
which replaces the old vertical speedo-cum-tachometer. The brightness of this
TFT screen is automatically adjusted and even the night mode can easily be switched
into. You get three types of trip meters. The trip data is also exhaustive like
you can get to know Distance Covered, Average Speed, Total Time Travelled, Top
Speed, fuel consumed, Average Mileage, etc. Through this screen you can also
set a plethora of functions that is given in the widget list. Objects that have
been added to dashboards are called widgets. You can manage the widgets with
these switches on the left side of the handlebar. Interestingly, you can start
your lap time by tugging at the high beam low beam button.
the good news is that now we get four riding modes. These are Rain, Urban, Sport
and Track. One can toggle between the different modes on this screen with the
help of switches. But one thing you need to remember, while toggling between
the different modes, you need to minimise your throttle or the mode would
simply not change. To give you a practical example, when you are riding in a
particular mode, you cannot change to another ride mode unless you twist back
your accelerator to the base level.
TFT screen offers a different kind of display for each ride mode. These unique
ride modes are segment first features. Depending on the mode you set the bike
in, you can experience slow speed crawling (in traffic conditions),
acceleration, fuel economy, braking, safety and stability.
Power and torque too is controlled in these different riding modes. Though the
peak power the engine produces is 34hp and peak torque is 27.3Nm, in the Rain
and Urban modes the peak Power is 25.8hp while peak Torque is 25Nm. In sport
and track mode, you unleash the beast in this machine.
remember, in the Track Mode while it unleashes the full power, it minimises the
ABS response for late braking into corners with confidence and ease. In urban
mode so as to maintain linear acceleration and deceleration, the ABS is
optimised for a quick response with minimal lever pulsation in the Rain
Mode, the ABS deliver the maximum
response with a strong lever pulsation feel.
sport Mode allows sharp acceleration and optimised ABS response.
Bluetooth enabled SmartXonnect system with mobile app offers multiple data
points on post ride analysis, race telemetry including riding pattern, best lap
time, turn-by-turn navigation, call functionality etc. For the gadget lovers,
there is plenty to explore.
Performance & Verdict
Since we rode the bike on normal roads, we
tested it for the different riding modes. The full potential of a track mode
can only be exploited on a track. I was able to experience the different riding
modes on the long stretch of road that I rode on. While Urban and Rain modes
give you a monitored kind of ride feel, where a small red light on the screen
goads you to change to higher gears, the experience is smooth and linear. I
really did not feel any disturbing vibration in any gear. Also keep in mind
that in the urban mode you are not restricted on speed in anyway. There is
enough power to see you well past the 100kmph mark in a jiffy.
the track and sport mode, the red light comes on at very high rpms. I guess the
system is tuned in such a way, it knows that in such modes the rider is bound
to rev up the engine a lot more than in a normal kind of riding. Similarly, I
could also feel the varying response of the ABS kicking in these different
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