TVS Apache RR 310 vs Bajaj Dominar 400 vs KTM RC390 vs Duke 250

TVS Apache RR310 comparison

The TVS Apache RR 310 has been launched in India for a price starting from Rs. 2.05 lakhs. Unlike previously thought, the bike gets premium pricing and will compete directly with KTM’s RC390.

It comes with BMW G310R’s engine and is thus closer in output to the bikes below.

The Mahindra Mojo is left out because we’ve already done a spec comparison of it with the Dominar earlier. It’s also worth noting that, being a sportsbike, none of the above bikes (except RC390) are in its segment . The Honda CBR250 has not been updated to BS-IV compliance yet.

TVS Apache RR310 | What we love and what we don’t

 

TVS Apache RR 310 vs KTM RC390

TVS Apache RR 310 vs KTM RC 390

The KTM RC390 is arguably one of the best sportsbikes available under Rs. 5 lakhs. Being made in India, it is also a very value-for-money offering, priced near Rs. 2.35 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The TVS Apache RR310R is the bike’s first direct competition since its launch and this makes for a very interesting comparision.

Design: The TVS Apache RR 310 gets an aggressive design language that mimics bigger sportsbikes. The KTM RC390 on the other hand is quirky and slim. In a competition purely based on appearance, we’d pick the Apache over the RC.

Overall fit and finish feels better on the Apache as well. Bi-LED headlamps and beautiful LED taillights are its standout features.

Specs: The Apache RR310 gets race-spec components and overall feels minutely better equipped than the RC390. The TVS get 300mm/240 mm petal disc brakes while the KTM has normal 320/230 dic brakes. Dual channel ABS is provided on both bike, as is USD forks and rear monoshock (KYB on Apache, WP on KTM).

Engine & performance: Engine is where the RC390 really shines. It comes with a 373cc engine that produces 9 PS more power than that of the Apache (43 PS over 34 PS). This a very significant numbers and TVS could struggle head-to-head. However, the Indian manufacturer has done a wonderful work on the bikes body (through extensive aero testing) and the gap between their performance should be low.

Ride dynamics: The KTM RC390 is very comfortable on the track. Its engine is peppy and has adequate power. However the bike struggle in normal road conditions, and stiffer suspension and uncomfortable pillion make longer rides painful. The Apache RR 310, on the other hand, has a smoother suspension set-up. It is not as good as the RC390 on tracks but is definitely better on normal road conditions.

Price and verdict: The KTM RC390 is priced higher than the Apache RR310R. Though it lacks power, the Apache more than makes up the deficit with lower pricing, better design and high quality components. Though, most people would probably end up buying the Apache for its looks alone.

 

TVS Apache RR 310 vs Bajaj Dominar 400 vs KTM Duke 250 design

Apache 310 vs Dominar vs Duke

All three bikes fall in to different segments but it’s easy to see which the best looking one here is. The TVS Apache RR 310 takes inspiration from the gorgeous Akula concept and looks stunning. It gets twin bi-LED projector units at front, sharp fairing and an aggressive seating position.

The KTM Duke 250 looks sharp and aggressive, but it’s hard to compete with a faired model in terms of looks. The Bajaj Dominar 400 has equally impressive design and we’d have to rate both of them on par, below the Apache.

TVS Apache RR 310 vs Bajaj Dominar 400 vs KTM Duke 250 Engine, performance

All three models have very similar power figures but the Apache has the advantage extra faring and improved aerodynamics. Powering the Apache RR 310S is a single cylinder, 313cc engine producing 33.6 BHP at 9700 rpm and 28 NM at 7700 rpm. The Dominar 400 comes with a 373.3 cc, single cylinder mill producing 35 HP @ 8000 rpm and 35 NM @ 6500 rpm while the Duke is powered by a 248.8 cc mill producing 29.58 BHP @ 9000 rpm and 24 NM @ 7500 rpm.

The Dominar has a clear power and (massive) torque advantage but it is tuned more for touring. The Apache offers outright better performance.

Bike Displacement Power Torque Transmission
TVS Apache RR 310S 313cc 33.6 BHP 28 Nm 6-Speed
Bajaj Dominar 400 373.3 cc 35 BHP 35 NM 6-Speed
KTM Duke 250 248.8 cc 29.58 BHP 24 NM 6-Speed

 

TVS Apache RR 310 vs Bajaj Dominar 400 vs KTM Duke 250 features

Apache RR 310S vs competition
The TVS model has no dearth of features and it comes with gold coloured USD front forks, dual channel ABS, projector headlamps and Michelin tyres. The Duke 250 lacks ABS and comes shod in MRF tyres, but it does get Slipper clutch. The Dominar 400 is provided with dual channel ABS as optional and standard telescopic forks up front.

TVS Apache RR 310 vs Bajaj Dominar 400 vs KTM Duke 250

The TVS Apache RR 310 is the costliest one on this list, priced at Rs 2.05 lakh. The Duke comes in second with a price tag of Rs. 1.73m lakhs but it lacks ABS. The Dominar is most affordable at Rs 1.38 lakh starting price (Rs 1.52 lakh for ABS) of the Dominar.

All three of the above bikes fall in to different motorcycle segments and is thus hard to compare on anything other than their common power outputs.

 

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