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TVS Apache RR 310 Vs KTM RC 390: Specs, Price, Features and Which One is a Better Sports Bike?

A comparison between TVS Apache RR 310 and KTM RC 390 based on specifications and the features they offer.

Ayushmann Chawla | News18.comAyushmannChawla

Updated:December 14, 2017, 2:03 PM IST
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TVS Apache RR 310 Vs KTM RC 390: Specs, Price, Features and Which One is a Better Sports Bike?
TVS Apache RR 310 vs KTM RC 390
With the launch of TVS Apache RR 310, competition on high-performance motorcycles has increased in the Indian market. With the Apache RR 310, there is now another option available for buyers who are looking for a bike that is powerful and won’t burn a hole in the pocket. KTM RC 390 too has been a well sought after bike in this segment.
Following is a comparison of the two bikes based on specifications and the features they offer:

Design and Features:-

TVS Apache RR 310
TVS Apache RR 310. (Image: Manav Singa/News18.com) TVS Apache RR 310. (Image: Manav Singa/News18.com)

The latest offering by TVS is built on race-spec Trellis frame and the suspension duties are handled by KYB upside down inverted forks at the front and a KYB mono shock setup at the back. The brake on offer is a 300mm disc being worked on by Bybre callipers on the front and there’s a 240mm disc brake at the back. The new Apache RR 310 comes with a digital instrument cluster, upside-down forks at the front and clip-on handlebars. The bike also comes with dual channel ABS system, just like its sibling – the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V.

KTM RC 390
KTM RC 390. (Image: KTM) KTM RC 390. (Image: KTM)

The KTM RC 390 utilizes the Trellis frame chassis as well and the suspension on this bike is handled by WP USD forks at the front and WP monoshock at the back. The brake on offer is a 320mm disc brake at the front and there’s a 230mm disc brake at the back. KTM has given the RC390 Metzeler tyres and Apart from the the clip-on handlebars, the RC 390 also features a sharper steering angle. The bike also comes with a digital instrument cluster.

Power:-

TVS Apache RR 310
TVS Apache RR 310. (Image: Manav Sinha/News18.com) TVS Apache RR 310. (Image: Manav Sinha/News18.com)

Apache RR 310 is powered by the same engine that is used in the BMW G310 R. The 313 cc single-cylinder, four-valve, DOHC engine churns out 34 bhp at 9500 rpm and develops a peak torque of 28 Nm at 7500 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. With a top speed of 160 km/h, the new Apache RR 310 can sprint 0-60 km/h in just 2.93 seconds.

KTM RC 390
2017 KTM RC390. (Photo Courtesy: KTM) 2017 KTM RC390. (Photo Courtesy: KTM)

The latest KTM RC 390 is powered by a 373.3 cc single-cylinder liquid cooled, fuel-injected engine that produces 43.5 PS of maximum power at 9,000 rpm and 36 Nm of peak torque at 7000 rpm. The engine on the KTM RC 390 is also mated to 6-speed gearbox. The bike by Austrian manufacturer can attain a top speed of 179 km/h.

Looks:-

TVS Apache RR 310
The TVS Apache RR 310's Bi-LED headlamps give it a lot of character. (Photo: Manav Sinha/News18.com) The TVS Apache RR 310's Bi-LED headlamps give it a lot of character. (Photo: Manav Sinha/News18.com)

Based on the Akula 310 concept that was showcased at 2016 Auto Expo, the new TVS Apache RR 310 takes inspiration from a Shark and hence the name ‘Akula’ which is Russian for Shark. The bike gets twin LED projector headlamps and a low-nose-high-tail design. The rear of the bike boasts of the devil's horn-shaped LED taillights. The fairing on the sides and faux vents placed near the separation of the split seats adds to the sporty character of the bike.

KTM RC 390
KTM RC 390. (Image: KTM) KTM RC 390. (Image: KTM)

The latest KTM RC 390 looks quite similar to its predecessor but gets a new exhaust system with a stainless steel underfloor pre-silencer and a rear aluminium absorption silencer containing the catalytic converter. The black and orange graphics on the 9.5-litre fuel tank and fairings provide a bold look to the bike. At the front, just like its siblings, the bike gets LED DRLs, twin projector headlamps and LED tail lamps.

Verdict:-

TVS Apache RR 310 may have raised the bar for the Indian bike manufacturers but it still lacks behind the Supersport by Bajaj's Austrian arm. The KTM RC 390 caters a very specific audience and is a good choice if you are looking to buy race/performance oriented bike under Rs 3 lakh in the Indian market. On the other hand, TVS Apache RR 310 will give you a bit of both the worlds, it can be used as a daily commuter and can give a tough competition on the race track as well. If you look at the bikes from price perspective Apache is definitely a bike made for the Indian market and is priced very competitively, at Rs 2.05 lakh (ex-showroom) you can't demand for more.

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| Edited by: Ayushmann Chawla
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