Today, Honda launched the BS6 version of their petrol City sedan and compared to BS4, the new model has a price hike of merely INR 15,000. Now that is for a comfortable sedan. Recent information available on the internet is suggesting that the TVS Apache RR 310 when launched with the BS6 engine will have an astronomical price hike of nearly INR 39,000. We think to help customers accept this price hike, TVS might also be planning to introduce new features on the RR 310 with the BS6 update.
As of now with the BS4 engine, the TVS Apache RR 310 for reference has an on-road price tag of INR 2,59,130. From 1st January 2020 when the BS6 model arrives, the pricing would be INR 2,98,000 on-road. That is an increment of INR 38,870. At this price, finding value from this motorcycle becomes difficult. As we know, the TVS Apache RR 310 shares its engine with the BMW Motorrad G 310 R & G 310 GS, which is produced at the TVS plant in southern India.
Now, we don’t know the specifications yet, but given the trend and looking at the overall industry which has moved from BS4 to BS6, there could be an increased in weight and also reduction in power & torque figures. So with performance going down, a massive price hike does not help the cause. Of course, meeting the new emission norms is for the greater good.
Right now, the TVS Apache RR 310 comes powered by a 312.2cc, single-cylinder, 4-valve, liquid-cooled, reverse inclined petrol motor producing 34 PS of power @ 9700 RPM and 27.3 Nm of torque @ 7700 RPM matched to a 6-speed gearbox with the recently added slipper assist clutch.
The Apache RR 310 is the most ambitious project from TVS so far and is a fully faired sportsbike which does not have any competitor directly based on engine capacity, but it slots right in between the Honda CBR250R and the KTM RC 390.