TVS and BMW Motorrad co-developing a twin-cylinder motorcycle - Report

09/05/2019 - 12:46 | ,   | Prashant Singh

The Apache RR 310 is unable to meet its sales target, but that hasn't demotivated TVS from further expanding presence in the performance segments. If a fresh report from MotorBeam is to be believed, the company is working on a twin-cylinder model with BMW Motorrad.

Tvs Apache Rr 310 Side View
K. N. Radhakrishnan, President, CEO and Additional Whole-Time Director, TVS Motor Company, had confirmed last month that the company is working on a new model with BMW Motorrad.

Seeing the increasing appetite for expensive motorcycles priced from INR 1-3 lakh (ex-showroom) in India, companies like Royal Enfield (with its 650 twins) and KTM (with its upcoming 790 Duke) are working on expanding their line-up in India, while Kawasaki has been in the game for a long time with its Ninja range. What TVS will be essentially trying to do is develop a twin-cylinder engine with technical guidance from BMW Motorrad. And for it to really hit the bull's eye, the new twin-cylinder engine will have to be cost-effective, allowing the future models to have a bearable price that Indian two-wheeler enthusiasts would be willing to pay for a TVS bike.

Also, another point to be focused here is that currently TVS doesn't have a frame that can support this development. Since BMW doesn't have a fitting mid-capacity platform which can be used by TVS, it will have to be built from ground up and that will cost years. Hence, the chances of the twin-cylinder model even in concept form making a debut at the 2020 Auto Expo are slim.

TVS Apache RR 310 Black detailed review right side
Chances of the twin-cylinder model even in concept form making a debut at the 2020 Auto Expo are slim.

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We strongly believe the engine developed would range somewhere in the 500 cc-650 cc displacement segment and may be used on different platforms for the upcoming higher capacity TVS bikes. And so, you can safely expect a number of mid-displacement twin-cylinder motorcycles to appear from TVS starting next decade. These new bikes will likely appeal to a specific class of buyers who are willing to spend at least around INR 3 -4 lakh (ex-showroom) on a motorcycle.

[Source - MotorBeam]

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