KTM and TVS have introduced their respective streetfighter bikes in India. The new KTM 390 Duke is priced at Rs 3.11 lakh, while the TVS Apache RTR 310's cost ranges between Rs 2.43 lakh and Rs 2.64 lakh. All are ex-showroom prices. Mechanically, the new KTM bike has a larger engine than the TVS Apache RR 310. A bigger, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled 399cc engine propels the KTM motorcycle, which also features a six-speed transmission, slipper clutch, and quick-shifter. In contrast, the TVS motorcycle is driven by the same 312.2cc reverse-inclined, liquid-cooled motor as the TVS Apache RR 310. If you're looking to buy or upgrade to a new motorcycle, these two models might be your best options. Read on to find out how these two motorcycles stack up against each other on a number of factors.
KTM 390 Duke vs TVS Apache RTR 310: Design
The design aesthetics of both bikes are sleek and muscular. The Apache RTR 310 takes visual cues from many different types of motorcycles. The new 390 Duke, on the other hand, continues the look like the evolution of the second-generation model. Both bikes are built around a main steel trellis frame and a secondary frame made of composite cast aluminium.
KTM 390 Duke vs TVS Apache RTR 310: Features
When it comes to features, both bikes are well-equipped. Functions such as cornering cruise control, climate-controlled seating, and adaptive LED headlights and taillights are all firsts for the Apache RTR 310. Most segment-first capabilities, however, are locked behind the BTO paywall.
The two bikes share other features like a TFT instrument display, riding modes, a quick-shifter that works in both directions, cornering ABS, and traction control. Launch control and wheelie assist are standard on the 390 Duke.
KTM 390 Duke vs TVS Apache RTR 310: Engine
The 2023 KTM 390 Duke is powered by a refined iteration of the 398cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine. This motor has a peak torque of 39Nm at 6,500rpm and a peak power output of 44.25bhp at 8,500rpm when paired with a quick-shifting six-speed gearbox.
Alternatively, the TVS Apache RTR 310 comes equipped with a 312.2cc engine and a six-speed gearbox with a bi-directional quick-shifter. The TVS Apache RR 310 is equipped with the same reverse-inclined engine. The engine's peak power is 35.11bhp at 9,700rpm, while its peak torque is 28.7Nm at 6,650rpm.
KTM 390 Duke vs TVS Apache RTR 310: Price
When compared to the top-end RTR 310, the prices for both bikes are reasonable. The starting price for the base model of the KTM 390 Duke is Rs 3.10 lakh (ex-showroom). The TVS Apache RTR 310, however, comes in four different variants and costs anything from Rs 2.43 lakh to Rs 2.64 lakh (ex-showroom). In addition, it has access to BTO kits, with the Dynamic kit costing Rs 18,000 and the Dynamic Pro kit costing Rs 22,000. Then, for an additional Rs 10,000, you may have the Sepang Blue paint job.