- The TVS Akula 310 was spotted testing for the first time ever
- The Akula was showcased as a concept at the 2016 Auto Expo
- The Akula will be TVS’ iteration of the much awaited BMW G 310 R
While the much awaited BMW G 310 R will be making it to India only next year, TVS Motor Company is certainly keeping things exciting for its fans having commenced testing of the Akula 310 that was recently spotted testing for the very first time in complete camouflage. The TVS Akula 310 was the bike maker’s showstopper at the 2016 Auto Expo this February and received a rave response for its highly impressive design, built with TVS’ 33 years of experience in racing. The Akula also holds the credit for being the Hosur based company’s first ever fully sports bike, which interestingly will be sharing its underpinnings with the G 310 R.
It was rather unexpected that TVS would commence testing the Akula 310 so soon. The positive reviews at the expo have fast-tracked the company’s development plan it seems, which certainly is a plus for the patiently waiting enthusiasts. The TVS Akula 310 is touted to be Indian manufacturer’s iteration of the BMW G 310 R. Being jointly developed by TVS-BMW, the Akula will be using the 310cc single-cylinder engine from the smallest Bavarian Motorrad, but could be tuned differently in terms of power output. On the G 310 R, the motor churns out 34bhp and 28 Nm of torque. Like the BMW, a Trellis frame will also underpin the Akula.
Compared to the supersport concept we at the expo, the production ready TVS Akula will get a host of changes. While the first set of spy shots showcase a similar design, you can point out the dual projector headlamps and LED indicators. Other interesting bits that we expect to see are USD front forks and a rear monoshock, Pirelli tyres, side mounted exhaust, dual-channel ABS, clip-on handlebars, all-digital instrument console and a whole lot more. From the spy images, you can make out that the Akula has an aggressive riding position, which certainly means the bike will be at home on the track and will directly lock horns with the KTM RC range. The carbon fibre bodywork that we loved on the concept though won’t make it production.
It is possible that TVS could retain the Akula nameplate on its new flagship offering, which means shark in Russian or the company could extend the Apache moniker on the full faired offering and rebadge the model as the Apache RTR 300. In either case, it will be a giant leap for TVS and something that will push the manufacturer in the premium motorcycle class effectively. That said, a highly competitive price tag is expected on the Akula, possibly under the 2 lakh mark, which will see the latest entrant – Bajaj Pulsar CS400 being launched next month. More details on the production-spec Akula is expected in the following days, while we suspect the launch to only happen by next year.