BMW G 310 R BS6 vs TVS Apache RR 310 BS6: Spec Comparison
Both motorcycles share the same motor and similar price tags. We find out which one is better on paper
BMW has launched the BS6 variants of its G 310 R and G 310 GS in India. Along with an updated motor, the two bikes receive a significant price cut. The new pricing puts the G 310 R on par with the TVS Apache RR 310 BS6. Both these motorcycles share the same motor and underpinnings but cater to different riding styles. Which one is the better buy? We do an on-paper comparison the find out:
Also read: TVS Apache RR 310 BS6 Road Test Review
Both motorcycles share the same liquid-cooled and fuel-injected motor, down to identical bore, stroke and compression ratio. However, changes in the ECU tune result in the BMW making slightly more peak torque than the TVS. Even the peak power outputs are available earlier in the rev range. Also due to the lack of fairing, the G 310 R weighs less than the Apache RR 310, resulting in a better power-to-weight ratio. So, we could expect the BMW G 310 R to be quicker than its TVS cousin, but manufacturer numbers suggest the Apache RR 310 has a higher top speed. Since both feature identical gear ratios, this could be down to the difference in final sprocketing.
Both motorcycles now receive refinement updates as well as ride-by-wire throttle for more precise fuelling. The BMW G 310 R, however, misses out on the three rider modes the TVS Apache has received as part of its BS6 updates.
While the BMW G 310R is expected to be quicker than the TVS Apache RR 310, the faired sports bike offers higher top speed and multiple riding modes.
Both motorcycles share the same underpinnings, save for the tyres. While the G 310 R continues to use the same Pilot Street radials as before, the BS6 Apache RR 310 gets more premium Michelin Road 5 radials. The Road 5s offer fantastic grip and in our braking tests helped reduce the braking distance significantly. Besides new tyres, the Apache RR 310 now gets ABS with two modes.
In terms of underpinnings, it is the Apache RR 310 that stands out.
The BMW’s longer wheelbase should offer better stability on the highways. Both come with the same 11-litre fuel tank which does not do that well when it comes to range. In terms of accessibility, it is the BMW G 310 R that has the edge owing to its significantly low seat height and kerb weight.
The TVS Apache RR 310’s feature list is rather impressive. It gets a new colour TFT instrument console with different displays for each of its four rider modes. In Sport and Track mode, you get 100 percent power output i.e. 34PS. In Urban and Rain mode, power drops to 25.8PS at 7600rpm. It also gets varying levels of ABS intrusion depending on the mode. The Bi-LED headlamp unit has been carried over. It features a twin-projector setup that does a fantastic job of lighting up the road ahead.
While the BMW G 310 R now gets an LED headlamp, it continues to use the same digital LCD instrument console as before. Compared to the Apache, the BMW’s console offers basic information like speed, engine rpm, fuel level, km reading as well as readouts for the clock and gear position indicator. Both motorcycles now get adjustable brake and clutch levers.
When it comes to features, the TVS Apache RR 310 BS6 is the clear winner.
The lower-spec BMW G 310 R undercuts the TVS Apache RR 310 by Rs 3,000. Its lightweight nature, easy accessibility and fantastic build quality make it a superlative offering. The significant price cut also means you now have to spend less to get a BMW motorcycle. That said, the Apache offers better features and also comes with premium tyres. It isn't too behind in terms of build quality either. So when it comes to value, the TVS Apache RR 310 BS6 offers more bang for your buck.