Now, proof of the pudding, as they say, is in riding. Full disclosure - we rode the RR only on the race track. So, we won’t be able to comment on its ride comfort, engine heating - or their lack of - or its fuel economy. But, given the hardware on the new bike is essentially the same as the previous bike, we expect the new RR to retain a comfy ride, cool running characteristics, and acceptable fuel economy.
TVS has made a number of changes to the engine, nonetheless. Not so much in design but in parts. Now, they aren’t willing to share what these are. However, what we do know, is that the engine still displaces 313cc. It is still fuel-injected and liquid-cooled. And the new riding modes do make a difference.
In Sport and Track mode, the RR makes a max power of 34bhp. The peak torque is rated at 27.3NM. These figures drop to 25.8bhp and 25Nm in the less potent Urban and Rain modes. The claimed top speed of 160kmph too comes down in these modes to 125kmph. Since we are talking claimed figures, TVS claims the new RR310 will hit 100kmph in around 7.1 seconds, which is plenty quick.
What’s more, the addition of ride-by-wire has helped improve the bike’s throttle response. We love the way the bike responds in Track mode. The RR310 feels more alive now. It dials up the revs quicker, and the drive at corner exits is stronger, helping in getting higher exit speeds. But, the engine hasn’t lost any of its flexibility. Enter a corner in a higher gear, and it will offer enough drive to keep things interesting.
And lest we forget, the engine itself is less vibey now. It is quieter too. Though we still wouldn’t call it refined, it is getting there.