TVS Apache RR 310 vs KTM RC 390 - Spec Comparo

Praveen M

Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.

TVS Motor Company has recently launched its flagship faired performance motorcycle, the TVS Apache RR 310. Its chief competitor in the segment is the KTM RC 390.

TVS Apache RR 310 First Ride Review Paddock shot
The bike features a reverse-inclined engine for better mass centralization.

The TVS Apache RR 310 is essentially a production version of the TVS Akula 310 concept which the company showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. While the design of the motorcycle is undoubtedly sporty, the riding ergonomics are forgiving when compared to the RC 390. The KTM on the other hand, compensates its shortcomings with dollops of power. Let’s see how they fare against each other on paper.

Specifications TVS Apache RR 310 2017 KTM RC 390
Engine 312.2 cc single cylinder DOHC engine with liquid cooling and fuel injection 373.2 cc single cylinder engine with liquid cooling, Ride-by-wire and fuel injection
Maximum Power 34 PS at 9,700 rpm 43.5 PS at 9,000 rpm
Peak Torque 27.3 Nm at 7,700 rpm 36 Nm at 7,000 rpm
Transmission 6-speed with negative back-rack gears (for quicker shifting and preventing false neutral) 6-speed with slipper clutch
Front Suspension 41 mm Kayaba upside down cartridge fork 43 mm WP upside down front fork
Rear Suspension Kayaba Mono tube floating piston gas assisted shock absorber WP monoshock
Front Brake 300 mm petal disc with ABS and RLP 320 mm disc with ABS
Rear Brake 240 mm petal disc with ABS and RLP 230 mm disc with ABS
Front Tyre Size 110/70-R17 M/C 54H Tubeless Michelin Street Sport 110-section Metzeler Sportec M5
Rear Tyre Size 150/60-R17 M/C 66H Tubeless Michelin Street Sport 150-section Metzeler Sportec M5
Fuel Tank Capacity 11 litres 10 litres
Weight 169.5 kg, kerb 147 kg, dry
Seat Height 810 mm 820 mm

While the RC 390 makes 9.5 PS and 8.7 Nm more with its 61 cc bigger engine, the RR 310 makes up with its linear power delivery. This would be appreciated by rookie riders who are learning to ride on the track. While the two motorcycles feature top-spec cycle parts, the RR 310 gets 1-litre bigger tank, which theoretically translates to more riding range. However, the bike is heavier than the RC 390, and hence the latter enjoys excellent power to weight ratio.

2017 KTM RC 390 right side
The 2017 RC 390 comes with a side-slung exhaust to comply with BS IV emission norms.

Also Read: India-made 2017 KTM RC390 unveiled for the US market

The RR 310 has 10 mm lower seat height, which makes it comfortable for shorter riders. The overall ergonomics of the RR 310 make it suitable for both daily riding and track taming, while the KTM is ideal as a secondary bike for weekend fun. At INR 2,31,097, the RC 390 is approximately INR 26,000 more expensive than the RR 310 (costs INR 2,05,000, both ex-showroom). While the RC 390 has ample power, the RR 310 gets killer looks, LED lighting system, and a rider-friendly dynamics.

TVS Apache RR 310 - Image Gallery

2017 KTM RC 390 - Image Gallery

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