Excitement levels run amok as the production version of the TVS Akula 310 gets spotted testing on public roads for the first time! The prototype, which is fully camouflaged, was spotted by a DriveSpark reader on the Bangalore Hosur road, and bears a temporary Karnataka registration. TVS has already confirmed that the Akula will enter production, but not before 2017.
The images give a hint of the new headlamp design that’ll give the face-less, track focused concept a new visual identity from the front. Positioned on either side of the headlamp cluster will be LED pilot lamps, that are placed above the frontal, ram air induction vents which look to have been retained from the concept. However, their purpose, in production guise, could be solely cosmetic. Nothing more can be concluded on dissecting these spy images, apart from a straighter handlebar, but we’re sure better images will pore in due course.
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The production version will give the bare, lacquered carbon-fiber finish from the concept a miss, while track specific bits like the lightweight, race exhaust and the gyro cam at the back will also have to go. Instead, there’ll be conventional paint-jobs, preferably in matte finishes, donning a fairing done up with either ABS plastic or fiberglass. A production friendly exhaust system and a tail section with a registration plate holder, along with the obligatory mirrors, saree guard and indicators will complete the picture of the production-spec Akula.
With full carbon-fiber bodywork, a trellis frame cradling a race-spec engine with four valves and dual overhead cams, the TVS Akula 310 gave the average Indian motorcyclist hope when it was showcased at the Auto Expo earlier this year. That 310 cc single cylinder, liquid cooled engine is based on the BMW G310R’s motor, where it is rated at 34 bhp and 21 Nm. Suspension, brakes and wheels are also shared with the Indo-German streetfighter, also due in India in early-2017. The TVS Akula 310 even took top honors as the best concept bike showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. The number 33 up front commemorates 33 years of TVS racing.