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These are the first pictures of the TVS Apache 300/BMW S300RR being tested on the road in prototype form – and the shots give some idea about how the bike’s headlights, bars and mirrors will look in its final production form.

The bike is the mini-superbike based around the G310R naked which was launched last year and is the first team-up between Indian company TVS and BMW. Both companies are going to release its own version of the mini-superbike.

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This bike pictured has already been confirmed as being released by TVS in India and other markets as part of the firm’s 2017 line-up. It will be sold under the name Apache 300.

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We’ve already seen the bike in track-trim, when TVS called it the Akula, named after a shark, and dowsed it in heaps of carbon fibre. For the road-going Apache the spec is more road-friendly (less carbon and no track exhaust) and the bike now gets flatter bars and LED headlights which sit above the air intakes on either side of the bike’s nose.

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In much broader terms, what we’re actually seeing here is a very early version of the bike that will go on to become the BMW S300RR. BMW is going to release this smaller version of its iconic superbike at a later date (there’s some rumours that this could even appear as part of the German company’s 2017 line-up also) and is letting the TVS get the first stages of development on the road out of the way at the moment.

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These pictures, bagged by the team at drivespark, show the bike on the road near Bangalore in India.

The bike will be going head-to-head in TVS and BMW form with the Honda CBR250RR which was launched last week in Indonesia.

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Original article: http://www.drivespark.com/two-wheelers/2016/tvs-akula-spied-testing-for-the-first-time-016037.html

Tony Carter

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