Now, the 2020 Apache RR 310 continues with the 312cc, single-cylinder, four-valve engine as the previous models. While TVS has revised the engine, the six-speed transmission continues to be as clunky as the earlier variants especially in the lower gears.
However, the real game-changer is the inclusion of ride-by-wire throttle. This has enabled TVS to equip the motorcycle with ride modes- Urban, Rain, Sport, and Track that can be changed on-the-fly with a touch of the arrow up button on the switchgear. These modes give the motorcycle different personalities by altering throttle response, ABS intervention, as well as power output.
In the Urban mode, the engine produces 25.8bhp and 25Nm of torque. The torque is concentrated lower down in the rev range for easier riding in slow-moving traffic. The motorcycle becomes much more tractable and is completely unfazed even at 30kmph in the fifth gear. While the Urban mode restricts the top speed to around 134kmph, it also allows for economical fuel consumption. The Rain mode also offers the same power and torque output although with restrictive throttle response and additionally sensitive ABS. The rpm limiter light also flashes post 60kmph to keep speeds in check.
The Sport mode is true to its name and delivers a quicker throttle response. However, the Apache RR 310’s full potential is unlocked in the Track mode. While the engine delivers 34bhp and peak torque of 27.3Nm in both these modes, the ABS intervention is dialed down even further in Track mode. And here, the RR 310 feels like an unleashed animal. The revs surge faster, the engine feels livelier, and the throttle is even more precise and responsive. With nothing holding it back, the Apache RR 310 is capable of achieving a top speed of around 168kmph.
Slowing things down from those speeds isn’t as daunting as the brakes seem to be improved. Although, increased feedback from the lever would be much appreciated. Nevertheless, the new and grippier Michelin Road 5 tyres also contribute to the improved braking on the 2020 model. These tyres, which cost around Rs 11,600 a pair are a major upgrade over the previous Michelin Pilot Sport rubber in terms of wet grip and handling.