KTM Duke 390 vs. TVS Apache RR 310 | Battle Of Performance Beasts

KTM Duke 390 was just awarded the bike of the year title earlier this week and it truly deserved it. However, we just think that it was all due to the TVS Apache RR 310 coming a little late to the party. The new flagship from the Chennai based company has all it takes to stay on top of the competition and hence we decided to pitch it against the KTM Duke 390 to see who wins the battle of the performance beasts.

TVS Apache 310 RR vs. KTM Duke 390: Looks

The KTM Duke 390 belongs to a series of naked bikes from the Bajaj co-owned company whereas the TVS Apache RR 310 is the first fully faired motorcycle. The Apache looks both menacing and has the stance that one looks for in a 2 Lakh Rupee motorcycle. The Duke 390 on the other hand is painted in orange like any other KTM bike and appeals more to the enthusiast generation. It is matter of personal choice on this front as none of the bikes look anything less than compelling.

TVS Apache RR 310 vs. KTM Duke 390: Performance

The TVS Apache RR 310 is essentially the BMW G310R which was co-developed by both the companies together. The bike makes a total of 34PS along with 27.3Nm of torque from the single cylinder 312cc engine. These figures might be impressive but when put to comparison with the KTM Duke 390’s 43.5BHP and 37Nm of torque look nothing but feeble. KTM has been on the forefront in the 200-500cc segment in India when it comes to performance and the 390 Duke is a testament to that.

TVS Apache RR 310 vs. KTM Duke 390: Features

The TVS Apache RR 310 ABS and fully digital instrument cluster but misses out on enthusiast essentials like slipper clutch. The KTM Duke 390, on the other hand, uses this opportunity to appeal to the enthusiasts by offering them what the Apache just cannot. The Duke 390 gets ABS and slipper assist clutch along with KTM’s ride by wire technology. The TVS machine, on the other hand, makes up for it with a lap timer, speed recorder and extensive fuel details on the screen.

TVS Apache RR 310 vs. KTM Duke 390: Price

The TVS Apache RR 310 might not be able to beat the KTM Duke 390 but at the price the bike comes at what it offers makes better sense. At a price difference of 35,000 Rupees in India, the Apache comes at 2.05 Lakhs and tries to appeal to the commuter who wants street presence as well as fun where as the Duke 390 targets only the enthusiast who looks for the sheer pleasure of riding.

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