Down a few months, the tests began to take place in and around the South Indian regions. A lot of spy shots were taken and the test mule looked amazing. Slowly after the spy pictures, videos started coming out. Videos like the exhaust note of the motorcycle, instrument panel. Some pictures came out where the motorcycle had no coverings and purely looked like the production model.
A few people who I know have ridden the motorcycle and commented that it is one of the best 300cc motorcycles they have ridden till date. Then the pictures of the motorcycle being tested under Dynamo came out. Then we had a rider who owns a Bajaj Dominar 400 riding in a highway spots the TVS Akula and tried his best to chase down the test bike, and my God the video proves that the Akula can't even be chased down by the Dominar 400, questions started rising in the minds of the viewers, what more can the Akula do? Some say that it can top a speed of 175kmph. Rumors even say that the Akula has the ability to do a top speed higher than the KTM Duke 390.
The Akula looks stunning, the twin headlamps with the LED DRLs look marvelous, but I am not a huge fan of the big windshield that TVS has inculcated on it. The split tail lights look marvelous. TVS has been frequently delaying the launch of the motorcycle, just to make more improvements, because this is the first time TVS is launching a 300cc flagship motorcycle and they want to reign the market to the best of their abilities and they want to top the market no matter what it is.
As far the figures are known, it is said that the Akula will be powered by a 313cc single cylinder liquid cooled four stroke engine that produces 34BHP and 28Nm torque. But these are just rough figures. The 313cc mill will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The engine will be similar to the magical engines that BMW produces. The brakes are supposed to be sourced from bybre, ABS from continental, suspensions from KYB and the ECU from Magneti Marelli.
The motorcycle will sport a Dual channel ABS, race spec seating position, clip on handlebars. The Akula will get USD forks for the front end and mono shocks for the rear end. The motorcycle is spotted in two colors, blue and black. The Akula is manufactured in TVS manufacturing unit at Hosur. The motorcycle is expected to give a fuel economy of about 25-35kmpl.
The TVS Akula is expected to be placed at a price tag of under 2 lakh rupees. It can be a strong competitor against the KTM RC 390, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Yamaha R3 and the much awaited first fully faired motorcycle from Benelli the Tornado 302R.
By: Rishath Suresh