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TVS Apache RR 310 (Akula) vs KTM RC 390 vs Benelli 302R comparison: Price, specs, features and performance

The Financial Express logo The Financial Express 23-11-2017 Pradeep Shah

So, first things first!. TVS Motor Company is going to launch the highly awaited Apache RR 310 aka Akula 310 on 6th December. This puts an end to almost two years of wait since the motorcycle was first showcased as a concept at the 2016 Auto Expo. One prime reason why the TVS Apache RR 310 is one of the most awaited motorcycles of the year is that it will mark its entry as the most affordable full faired 300cc sportsbike that you can buy in India. Needless to say, the bike will be welcomed by fierce rivals in the segment like the 2017 KTM RC 390 and the Benelli 302R. The Yamaha YZF-R3 is absent from this comparo as it has currently been discontinued. Read on to find out which of the three emerges as the winner.

TVS Apache RR 310 (Akula) vs KTM RC 390 vs Benelli 302R: Engine specifications

The TVS Apache RR 310 aka Akula draws its power from a 313cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled engine mated to a six-speed transmission. The fuel injected mill develops 34 bhp of power and 28 Nm of torque. The 2017 KTM RC 390 in comparison, gets its power from a bigger 373cc engine that is good for developing 43 hp of power and 36 Nm of torque. Gearbox is a six-speed unit that gets a slipper clutch as well. Last but definitely not the least, the Benelli 302R is powered by a 300cc, inline twin-cylinder engine that is paired to a six-speed transmission. The motor produces a maximum power output of 38 hp and 26.5 Nm of torque.

TVS Apache RR 310S (Akula) vs KTM RC 390 vs Benelli 302R: Braking, Suspension and Tyres

The TVS Apache RR 310 or Akula comes fitted with a 300mm disc brake upfront along with a 240mm disc at the rear. The KTM gets bigger brakes in the form of 320mm disc at the front that pairs with a 230mm disc at the rear. The Benelli 302R has 260mm and 240mm disc brakes at the front and rear respectively. All three bikes come with a standard Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and have been assisted with inverted forks at the front along with a monoshock at the rear. The TVS Akula rolls on 110/70-R17 front and 150/60-R17 rear tyres and so does the KTM and Benelli.

Apache RR 310

2017 KTM RC 390

Benelli 302R

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Engine Displacement

313cc

373cc

300cc

Type

Single cylinder, liquid-cooled

Single cylinder, liquid-cooled

two cylinder, liquid-cooled

Power

34 hp

43 hp

38 hp

Torque

28 Nm

36 Nm

27 Nm

Gearbox

6-speed

6-speed with slipper clutch

6-speed

Projector headlamps

Yes

Yes

No

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Full digital instrumentation

Yes

Yes

No

Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs 1.8 lakh (expected)

Rs 2.34 lakh

Rs 3.48 lakh

TVS Apache RR 310 (Akula) vs KTM RC 390 vs Benelli 302R: Features

The 2017 KTM RC 390 has the benefit of a slipper clutch that is absent in the two other motorcycles. While the Akula and RC 390 get a full digital cockpit, the Benelli has to stay content with a digital analog layout. The two bikes also receive projector headlamps that is missing in Benelli 302R. All three motorcycles come with disc brakes at both ends and ABS is also being offered as a standard equipment.

TVS Apache RR 310 (Akula) vs KTM RC 390 vs Benelli 302R: Pricing and Our take

There is no denying the fact that the TVS Apache RR 310 will be the most affordable motorcycle among its rivals mentioned here. The bike is expected to carry with it a price tag of around Rs 1.8 lakh (ex-showroom). The 2017 KTM RC 390 can be yours at a price of Rs 2.34 lakh while the Benelli 302R will set you back by Rs 3.48 lakh and is the priciest of the lot (both prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). Undoubtedly, at this price, the TVS contender will stand high on value-for-money package but at the same time, its rivals here have been manufactured with other priorities in mind. The Akula 310 can be seen as an everyday sportsbike while the KTM is oriented for racetracks and aggressive riding. The Benelli also serves the purpose of a sports tourer and gets a more refined motor, courtesy its twin cylinder configuration. In the end, on pure performance parameters, the KTM RC 390 seems to have a clear upper hand but the TVS Apache RR 310 Akula seems to offer a good balance between power, ease of riding and a competitive price-tag.

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