The Akula 310 isn’t likely to be seen on city streets in the United States, or even in Europe for that matter, but it gives us a glimpse of what is to come from BMW Motorrad on the small-displacement front.
As you can see, the TVS Akula 310 is quite fetching, getting a strong response from motorcyclists since its debut in February of this year.
As such, TVS is moving up the timeline on the project, with the Akula 310 likely to go into production by the end of this year, as a 2017 model (supposedly renamed as the TVS Apache RTR 300).
This bodes well for BMW fans, who could see soon a 34hp sport bike like the Akula, adorned with the blue and white mark of BMW Motorrad, in their near future.
We know that BMW plans to use the 310cc single-cylinder street bike platform for a variety of machines, with a fully faired sport bike and a small ADV bike widely expected by industry insiders.
The question that needs to be asked though, is BMW (and by function TVS) late to the small-displacement game, where bikes like the Kawasaki Ninja 300, KTM 390 Duke, and soon the Honda CBR250RR push well past the 34hp figure being touted by BMW & TVS?
As fetching as the machine may be – and we do find it to be very attractive – the the sub-400cc segment is heating up internationally, and manufacturers are starting to take their gloves off.
Source: India Car News