Many people expected a lot when BMW Motorrad and TVS Motor Company joined hands to co-develop entry-level performance-oriented motorcycles for India and other global markets. And the results in the form of TVS Apache RR 310, BMW G 310 and BMW G 310 GS proved to be very effective in the approach. While all these three motorcycles were not perfectly fine enough in their first attempts, both BMW and TVS were quick enough to work on the shortcomings and fine-tune them to make them even better products.
Now, BMW has launched the fourth motorcycle based on the same platform, the all-new G 310 RR. One look at the BMW G 310 RR is enough to make you feel that it is a rebadged version of the Apache RR 310, which it is. BMW has tried to distinguish the G 310 RR with the help of different paint schemes and a couple of different mechanical components. Here’s a detailed differentiation of the BMW G 310 RR and TVS Apache RR 310 to make you know the clear winner in the end.
The BMW G 310 RR is available in two colour options – Black Storm Metallic priced at Rs 2.85 lakh and Sport (White with blue and red graphics) priced at Rs 2.99 lakh. On the contrary, the TVS Apache RR 310 is priced at Rs 2.65 lakh for both of its colour options, Titanium Black and Racing Red.
|Model||BMW G 310 RR||TVS Apache RR 310|
|Price||Rs 2.85-2.99 lakh||Rs 2.65 lakh|
(prices mentioned above are ex-showroom, NCR)
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Engine and Chassis
The TVS Apache RR 310 came to the market with a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 312.2cc, co-developed by both TVS and BMW Motorrad. This engine is already powering the G 310 R and G 310 GS from BMW and the Apache RR 310 from TVS. Understandably, the engine has made its way in the BMW G 310 RR as well, without any change in the state of tune from the Apache RR 310. In both G 310 RR and Apache RR 310, this single-cylinder engine makes 34 PS of maximum power and 27.3 Nm of maximum torque.
Both the motorcycles share the same suspension combination of 41mm inverted telescopic forks at the front, cast aluminium dual-sided swing-arm with gas-charged mono-shock at the rear. Both also share the same 300mm front disc and 240mm rear disc, though the Apache RR 310 uses more premium petal discs compared to standard discs in the G 310 RR. Also, while both the motorcycles run on similar tyre sizes – 110/70 R17 front and 150/60 R17 rear, the G 310 RR uses Michelin Pilot Street, while the Apache RR 310 gets sportier Michelin Road 5 tyres.
|Specifications||BMW G 310 RR||TVS Apache RR 310|
|Engine||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 312.2cc||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 312.2cc|
|Power||34 PS @ 9,700 rpm||34 PS @ 9,700 rpm|
|Torque||27.3 Nm @ 7,700 rpm||27.3 Nm @ 7,700 rpm|
|Front suspension||41mm inverted telescopic||41mm inverted telescopic|
|Rear suspension||Cast aluminium dual-sided swing-arm with gas-charged mono-shock||Cast aluminium dual-sided swing-arm with gas-charged mono-shock|
|Front tyre||110/70 ZR17 Michelin Pilot Street||120/70 ZR17 Michelin Road 5|
|Rear tyre||150/60 ZR17 Michelin Pilot Street||190/50 ZR17 Michelin Road 5|
|Front brake||300mm disc, four-piston, fixed caliper||300mm petal disc, four-piston, fixed caliper|
|Rear brake||240mm disc, single-piston, floating caliper||240mm petal disc, single-piston, floating caliper|
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Visually, the BMW G 310 RR and TVS Apache RR 310 share the same stance and body panels, which is why these motorcycles share more or less the same dimensions. Though, surprisingly, BMW claims a width of 767mm for the G 310 RR, which is around 19 mm lesser than the width of the TVS Apache RR 310.
|Dimensions||BMW G 310 RR||TVS Apache RR 310|
|Length||2001 mm||2001 mm|
|Width||767 mm||786 mm|
|Height||1135 mm||1135 mm|
|Wheelbase||1365 mm||1365 mm|
|Kerb weight||174 kg||174 kg|
|Ground clearance||180 mm||180 mm|
|Seat height||811 mm||810 mm|
|Fuel tank capacity||12 litres||11 litres|
Design and Features
The BMW G 310 RR, in true fashion, is a rebadged version of the TVS Apache RR 310. At the front, both of them share the same full fairing, dual bi-beam LED projector headlamp setup with daytime running LEDs, transparent fairing at the top and fairing-mounted rearview mirrors. The motorcycles even share the same fuel tank, tail section with horn-shaped LED inserts for the tail lamp, LED turn indicators, rear fender, rear tyre hugger, five-spoke alloy wheels, red-coloured trellis frame and single exhaust can. The difference comes majorly in the paint scheme options and graphics, which are very different in both the motorcycles.
Both the motorcycles also share the same clip-on handlebars with switchgear and the full-TFT portrait-style instrument console. This display unit in the rider’s cockpit of both the motorcycles gets four different graphics and colourful display modes for the four different riding modes in both of them – Urban, Raid, Sport and Track. In addition to all these features, the TVS Apache RR 310 also gets a TVS Smart Xonnect Bluetooth connectivity system, through which one can operate navigation assist with What3Words, race telemetry, ride planning, telephony and auxiliary dashboard in sync with the owner’s smartphone. Surprisingly, the BMW G 310 RR, despite being the substantially pricier motorcycle of the two, misses out on Bluetooth connectivity.
On paper, the BMW G 310 RR and TVS Apache RR 310 look like the same motorcycle, sharing the same body panels, engine and suspension setups. However, while the brake and tyre sizes too are the same, the TVS Apache RR 310 offers sportier-in-feel tyres and brakes. In addition, the BMW G 310 RR also misses out on the Bluetooth connectivity feature in its instrument console, which is gradually becoming a norm even in more affordable scooters.
Taking all these advancements of TVS Apache RR 310, the fact that the BMW G 310 RR is almost Rs 20,000-35,000 pricier than the former is a fact hard to digest. For the additional premium, you get the more coveted BMW badge, that too at the expense of sportier brakes and tyres and Bluetooth connectivity. Choosing the Apache RR 310 will be a wiser decision here, and it needs only a hardcore BMW fan to pick the G 310 RR out of the two here.