With the BS6 deadline approaching, TVS is gearing to launch an updated version of Apache 310 in the Indian market. The prices of this upcoming bike have recently been leaked and if the speculation is right, 2020 Apache 310 will cost around Rs 2.98 lakh on-road. This translates to a roughly 17% increase (around 40k) in the price compared to the cost of the outgoing model.
This is a considerably steep rise and the possible reason behind this hike, besides engine upgrade, is the incorporation of the new instrument console. The vertically placed console on the upgraded version was spotted during the ad shoot and is expected to offer a range of new options to prospective buyers. The new version also comes with new buttons, similar to buttons on KTM Duke 390. All these new integrations are probably the reason behind the steep rise in the prices of the Apache 310.
In its current BS4 form, the bike comes powered by a 312 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine capable of putting out 34bhp along with 28Nm of max torque. Channelizing the power to wheels is a 6-speed gearbox – a unit that also does the duty in BMW Motorrad. Generally, the upgradation of the engine results in a slight decrease in the output as considerable changes in the fuelling system and exhaust configuration of the bike has to be made. BS6 2020 Apache RR310 numbers are yet to be disclosed.
BS6 2020 Apache RR310 is expected to come with different output in its new avatar although a drop in the power and torque figures might not go down well with the riding enthusiasts. This is because the prime rival of Apache 310, Bajaj Dominar 400 got a major increase in output while it shifted from BS4 to BS6 regime. Hence, TVS can’t afford to lower output in the face of its direct rival getting a major boost in performance with BS6 upgradation.
It hasn’t been long since Apache 310 got a facelift in 2019, getting a new Phantom black paint job and much needed a slip and assist clutch. The ex-showroom price of currently selling Apache 310 in India is Rs 2.27 lakh. With competition getting stricter from the likes of Husqvarna and KTM along many others because of the price tag. Who will buy such a expensive proposition is already seen in sales figures as performance is not met and the role of the motorcycle isn’t entirely defined.