The New Delhi AutoExpo is one of the world’s largest motor vehicle shows, and today revealed why it is increasingly important as a venue for new motorcycle launches. TVS, the Indian motorcycle manufacturing giant that builds the G310 for BMW, presented the Akula, ENTORQ and X21 concepts, casting no doubts about the brand’s future ambitions.
There are few details available but the Akula is based on the G310, but sports an entirely new, carbon fibre sport bike body. The mechanical package appears largely unchanged, except for a carbon fibre exhaust silencer. It is possible that this concept previews a mild sport bike variant in the G310 lineup, that could compete with the KTM RC390.
Also presented was the X21, a retro-modern roadster with decidedly 80’s styling overtones. The concealed headlamp and flattened, one piece fairing/fuel tank look inspired by the iconic 1983 Suzuki. It is unclear if the X21 is anything other than a concept.
The ENTORQ 210 is a lovely contemporary scooter built on a existing 200cc platform. Smooth, contemporary, semi-organic design is much more inline with the latest car styling, which the typical urban maxi-scooter crowd should appreciate. It makes many a Bergman look dated.
India is a fast growing giant in all things, especially technology and motorcycles. Unlike most Asian nations, India prides itself on domestic design and engineering, not only cost effectiveness. This is why Harley-Davidson, BMW and other top tier motorcycle brands have established manufacturing and engineering operations there.
This TVS trio highlight not fantasy products from some contract manufacturer, but the broad capabilities of what is after all, one of the largest original equipment manufacturers in the motorcycle business, on that is larger than its more famous Indian compatriot Royal Enfield by several orders of magnitude.
The next few years will be interesting.