Watch as the TVS Apache RR 310 takes on the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 in a top speed run on video
The TVS Apache RR 310 is the flagship offering from the South Indian two wheeler major, and is also the most powerful and fastest motorcycle that the brand has ever built. Likewise, the Interceptor 650 is one of the fastest motorcycles that Royal Enfield has produced in India. So, when both these motorcycles face off in a top-end run, who will win? This is exactly what you’ll find out in the video lined up below. You are going to be more than surprised to see how the Apache RR 310 performs. Whether it’s due to a better rider or something else, you will find out soon.
As the video indicates, the TVS Apache RR 310 rockets off right from the start, and holds its own until the 160 Kmph mark, when the higher cubic capacity of the Royal Enfield Interceptor finally takes over and allows the motorcycle to come ahead. But in an everyday scenario, the Apache RR 310 will be a quicker bike although the Interceptor 650 will run it very close. Such top-speed runs are academic and don’t really matter in the real world, where roll-on timings, spurts of acceleration through the gears and more nimble handling are more important factors. By this yardstick, the TVS Apache RR 310 is a very competitive bike but it just can’t match the sheer comfort and usability that the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 brings to the table.
The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 is a a lot more relaxed while being nearly as quick as the Apache 310. It’ll be the easier bike to live with on a day-to-day basis. The Apache RR 310 has a more aggressive riding position, and will suit those who like to ride hard, both in their commutes as well as the occasional highway run or track day. The motorcycle is one of the best looking sub-Rs. 3 lakh offerings in India, and looks like a 600cc bike while standing still. It’s got the big bike vibe, and this is a major selling point of the Apache RR 310, of course apart from the fairing it’s offered with. The Interceptor 650 on the other hand, is just slightly larger than the other Royal Enfield motorcycles that the brand sells, and is a great upgrade for those who have been riding the likes of the Classic 350/500 and the Thunderbird twins.
Talking power and torque numbers, the Apache RR 310 has 34 Bhp-27.3 Nm outputs produced high in the rev range, at 9,700 rpm and 7,700 rpm respectively. The single cylinder engine is paired to a six speed manual gearbox with slipper clutch, is liquid cooled and fuel injected and gets a four valve-DOHC head. The Interceptor on the other hand gets a 647cc twin cylinder four stroke motor with a 270 degree crank, 4 valve head, a single overhead camshaft and a 6 speed manual gearbox with a slipper clutch as standard. The Interceptor’s 650cc motor makes 47 Bhp and 52 Nm, lower in the rev range at 7,250 rpm and 5,250 rpm respectively. The Interceptor 650 is priced at Rs. 2.37 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi while the Apache RR 310 sits at Rs. 2.27 lakhs.