This is Indian brand TVS’s new Apache RR310S. It might not be relevant to many of us, but given that the baby sportsbike is based on BMW’s G310R and built in the same factory, it could be considered a preview of a future BMW G310RR.
TVS is BMW’s Indian manufacturing partner and is already responsible for producing the G310R and G310GS models.
It has developed the upcoming Apache RR310S from its own Akula concept bike, but all the mechanical bits are straight from existing BMW models.
The engine, frame, wheels, swingarm, forks and brakes are all identical to those on the BMW G310R. So even if BMW never opts to make a G310RR sportsbike, the Apache RR310S is exactly that in all but name.
TVS is expected to officially release the RR310S in India imminently. The bike has been spotted testing on Indian roads, but the image here, sourced from the firm’s design patent, gives an advanced look at the machine undisguised for the first time.
While there’s no confirmation that BMW is entering the small sportsbike class, it makes a lot of sense. Kawasaki’s age-old – and soon to be replaced – Ninja 300 still sells well, and BMW’s deadly rivals from across the Austrian border, KTM, churn out RC390 and RC200 singles by the thousands with the help of their Indian partners at Bajaj. The new World Supersports 300 class supporting WSB is aimed at adding even more interest to the category.
By Ben Purvis