The Auto Expo in India isn’t usually an event we would cover, but some interesting machines have turned up in New Delhi. The first one to grab our attention is the TVS Akula 310.
On its own right, the TVS Akula 310 is a sharp looking small-displacement machine, especially when its dripping in carbon fiber (Daddy like). Beneath the skin though, the Akula 310 is exactly the same as the BMW G310R sport bike, which is pretty interesting.
This is because TVS and BMW Motorrad collaborated to bring both models to market; and as such, the Akula 310 gives us an idea of where BMW could be headed next with its 300cc class offering.
We knew that when BMW unveiled the G310R that the small sport bike was just one of several machines to come from the platform. The naked street bike begged for a full-faired sport bike sibling, and the Akula represents that machine in the making.
This arrangement isn’t too far different than what we’ve seen brewing with KTM and Bajaj, another Germanic/Indian connection. With TVS the third-largest manufacturer in India, and one of the ten largest in the world, that’s a potent partner for BMW to have.
The only real detail we have on the TVS Akula 310 is that it will be just shy of 300 lbs at the curb. This makes the TVS Akula 310 is a lightweight proposition for Western buyers.
With both the Akula and the G310R not to arrive in dealerships until much later this year, BMW and TVS have plenty of time to finalize the technical package on their machines, which for right now remains “TBD” for both models.