TVS Akula 310, the company’s first fully-faired sports motorcycle is almost here. It has been up in the news for a pretty long time and has been spied being tested on many occasions. The motorcycle will be carrying the racing genes in it and will be a fierce competitor in its segment.
Having said that, the sub-500 cc sports motorcycle segment also has the Kawasaki Ninja 300, which is one of the most inspiring motorcycle in its range. The Ninja has been Kawasaki’s most successful brandings in India and has developed a widespread craze right since its inception on the Indian soil.
The sub-500 cc segment is highly competitive since we are having quite a lot of motorcycles getting down there. However, once the TVS Akula 310 (AKA TVS Apache 310) is launched, the battle will become deadlier and choosing one over the other might be confusing. So here, we talk about all of the upcoming TVS Akula and Kawasaki Ninja and see which one of them would be the better one to choose.
Which one looks better?
The TVS Akula 310 looks distinctly different than the one that was displayed as a concept. The motorcycle has taken a much chunkier form under production and looks enormously big. Pair up this massive beast with a clip-on handlebar and you will get a motorcycle with one of the best ergonomics and an apt centre of gravity. This would, of course, mean that cornering at top speeds would be an absolute delight.
But hold on for a second. The Kawasaki Ninja is nothing short of a genius when it comes to riding dynamics. The Ninja is equally high in aerodynamics and sporty stance, albeit leaner. And save for the last, the Ninja comes with a Bottom-Link Uni-Trak suspension at the rear and hydraulic telescopic suspension in the front, as opposed to upside down fork in the front and monoshock at the rear.
The engine mechanism
The TVS Akula 310 will be powered by a 310 cc, single cylinder engine with fuel injection technology. The motor will be capable of making a maximum power of 34 bhp along with a peak torque of 28 Nm. The transmission duties will be done by a 6-speed gearbox.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is also powered by a smaller capacity engine. The 269 cc double cylinder engine is, however, more powerful than the one in the Akula, making a maximum power of 39 bhp along with a peak torque of 27 Nm. The transmission duties will be done by the same 6-speed manual gearbox.
Despite having a smaller engine, the Ninja can make more power than the Akula due to the double cylinder engine. However, the Akula will boost on a higher acceleration if not on the top speed.
Is the TVS Akula 310 worth the wait?
Of course, it is. No, I am not contradicting anything. The only reason why the TVS Akula 310 could be preferred over Kawasaki Ninja is that it is expected to be extremely affordable, much more than any other motorcycle in this segment.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is a little too expensive in this range and this is the exact reason why it has not been as popular as KTM. It has an exclusive showroom price of Rs. 3.6 lakhs, whereas, the new TVS motorcycle might see price tag between Rs. 1.5 lakhs and Rs. 1.8 lakhs.