Most powerful Bajaj vs most powerful TVS – Check out our TVS Apache RR 310 vs Bajaj Dominar 400 Comparison
Bajaj motors shocked the market with the introduction of the Pulsar back in 2001 and repeated the same with Dominar this year, with the latter being the most powerful product by the manufacturer yet. TVS followed the same with the introduction of the Apache brand back in 2006 and the Apache RR 310 being the most powerful version by the automaker. Which of this Indian product is the best, read our TVS Apache RR 310 vs Bajaj Dominar 400 comparison here to find out the answer
TVS Apache RR 310 vs Bajaj Dominar 400 Comparison – Visual Appeal and Road Presence
The Bajaj Dominar donates the street naked bike segment with the most distinctive feature being the full-LED headlight. The so-called “Infinity Lights” look awesome and perform adequately on both days as DRL and at night. The bike being street naked looks compact and follows the streetfighter design. The Dominar features low profile tyres with the rear one being 150/60 section tyre enhancing the overall appeal. The low slung saddle looks dominating followed by, the LED taillamp that looks menacing at night.
The Apache RR 310 adorns full body fairing hence looking wider and sexier even at standstill. The latest Apache features twin Bi-LED projector headlamps with the auto headlight on as standard. The overall aerodynamic structure of the Apache strikes at first sight and the bike actually looks much costlier than its actual price. Certain design elements of the Apache RR 310 are inspired by the Shark like the front fascia, the side fairing and the fin under the pillion seat. Every corner, line or design element on the Apache RR 310 is purpose-built for enhanced rideability.
TVS Apache RR 310 vs Bajaj Dominar 400 Comparison – Performance
The Bajaj Dominar is powered by a 373.3cc engine borrowed from the Duke 390 and has been returned to produce 35 Ps of power @ 8,000 rpm and a max torque of 35 Nm @ 6,500 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox which features a slipper clutch. The liquid cooled engine features closed fuel injection and propel the Dominar to 100km/h in a company claimed 8.23 seconds. Braking comes from discs at both ends with twin-channel ABS as an option. The front disc brake spans 320 mm while the rear gets 230 mm in diameter.
The Apache RR 310 derives its power from the 312.2cc engine that was developed in conjunction with BMW. The engine features liquid cooling and electronic fuel injection and for a market first, is reverse inclined. The engine produces 34 Ps of power @ 9,700 rpm and 27.3 Nm of torque @ 7,700 rpm pushing the Apache to 100 km/h in just 7.17 seconds. The engine comes mated to a six-speed gearbox which features an 8 plate design eliminating the chance of finding neutral between gears. The Apache RR 310 misses out on assist and slipper clutch altogether. Braking comes from a 300mm petal-type disc at the front and 240mm petal-type disc at the rear with dual-channel ABS as standard.
TVS Apache RR 310 vs Bajaj Dominar 400 Comparison – Chassis and Suspension
The Dominar features a beam type perimeter frame weighing in at 182 kg of kerb weight. The swing arm is made out of steel aiding rideability and the agility of the bike. On the front, the Dominar gets a pair of 43 mm telescopic forks and the rear adorns a multi-step adjustable mono shock. The wheelbase of the bike expands to 1,453 mm and stands 157 mm above the ground. The saddle height of the Dominar sits at 800 mm allowing short riders to plant their feet down easily.
The Apache RR 310 features the next level trellis frame with split chassis. The die-cast swingarm is made out of aluminium which is a segment first, to be followed by the upcoming Yamaha R15 V3.0. The front of the Apache RR features 41 mm inverted cartridge telescopic fork and planting the rear wheel is a mono-tube floating piston gas assisted shock absorber. The use of aluminium and steel in the split chassis has allowed TVS to keep the weight at 169.5 kg while improving rigidity and stability of the bike. The wheelbase on the sports bike expands to 1,365 mm with the saddle height sitting at 810 mm. Surprisingly, the Apache RR 310 adorns a ground clearance of 180 mm, full 27 mm more than the Dominar.
TVS Apache RR 310 vs Bajaj Dominar 400 Comparison – Verdict
The Bajaj Dominar dominated the segment till now but the numbers it makes doesn’t justify anymore. Upon launch, the Dominar was one a kind in its segment and held several segment first features but Apache RR 310 definitely fares above the competition now. The former gains because of its price tag set at INR 1.52 lakh ex-showroom Delhi and that takes the value for money quotient to another level. The Apache RR 310 costs INR 2.05 lakh ex-showroom which puts it in another segment altogether and the added features, quality and aerodynamics proves the sportbike’s worth. Where the Dominar holds more power and torque output on paper, the Apache RR 310 still takes the lead with better acceleration and top speed. The latter’s power delivery is also quite linear and proves beneficial in daily runs. Lastly, both the bikes feature extraordinary performance and features for their price but the Apache RR 310 is a notch above the competition and is the new “Dominator” of the segment.