There were few bikes that turned more heads at the Auto Expo 2016 than the TVS Akula 310. A purely race-focused prototype that heralded 33 years of TVS’ racing legacy, the Akula took centre stage at the TVS stall and promised an upcoming entry-level sportsbike that will take on the likes of Benelli, KTM, and Yamaha. And after making us wait for so long, TVS teased a picture of the bike on their official Twitter page to celebrate ‘Shark Awareness Day’. If you don’t get the connection, ‘Akula’ stands for shark in Russian.
The image shared by TVS also boasts of the impressive technical features found on the Akula. It gets ram air induction, gill-vents for heat for better heat dissipation, a race-spec aluminium trellis frame which is being used on a TVS bike for the first time. All this is possible courtesy of the collaboration between TVS and BMW Motorrad which will also see the launch of the BMW G310R in India.
Capitalising on the technical expertise and experience of BMW, TVS have used a race-tuned version of the 310 cc liquid cooled engine producing 34 bhp that is being used on the G310R. The TVS Akula 310 is still a concept that showcases how advanced the next TVS bike is going to be. But just like the ‘Draken’ concept which underwent a few changes before being launched as the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, the Akula 310 is more likely to hit dealerships bearing the Apache RTR 300 badge.
But regardless of what the bike’s called, it still looks absolutely brilliant. TVS have built upon the fact that it is known as the ‘Shark’ by giving the Akula an aggressive and almost predatory design. The sharp angles and dis-jointed rear frame give the TVS Akula 310 a superbike look. In terms of design alone, the new flagship TVS should have no problem competing against its rivals which include the Yamaha R3, Kawasaki Ninja 300 or even the KTM RC 390 (which doesn’t look all that great to be honest). The power figures aren’t to bad either so it’ll all come down to how the bike rides and going by the time and effort TVS have put into it, we can expect to be quite good.
What do you think about the TVS Akula 310? Is it a good choice for an entry-level sportsbike or would you still stick with Yamaha, KTM and Kawasaki?