The premium scooter segment in India is an expanding one and the quality of scooters seen in the Indian market too is increasing by the day.The latest entrant in the scooter segment in India - the TVS NTorq 125, was launched on 5 February at a price of Rs 58,750 ex-showroom, Delhi and showed promise of taking the scooter game to the next level.
The TVS Ntorq 125 is the production version of the Graphite concept which made its debut at the 2014 Auto Expo. The scooter is targeted towards young buyers in the country, offering convenience, comfort, ease and safety.
The launch of the NTorq 125 marked TVS Motors' debut in the 125cc segment. Just a day after its launch, the TVS NTorq was also showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 and received great response. Now, a day after the Indian Auto Expo drew to a close, DriveSpark got on the saddle of the TVS NTorq to tell our readers how the sporty scooter really feels like, to ride.
TVS NTorq 125 Design
The styling on the TVS NTorq is claimed to be inspired by the design on stealth fighter aircraft. This allows the scooter to have sharp lines and an overall aggressive design with a chiseled front apron. Further improving the design is the aerodynamic sculpting which has come as a result of TVS' experience in racing.
Overall dimensions and the basic design has been retained from the TVS Graphite concept however, intricate details like the unique LED daytime running lights, red contrast stitching on the seat, faux carbon fibre panels, etc are all fresh.
The TVS NTorq also comes with a signature LED tail lamp design that along with the rear panel designed like a jet fighter's exhaust system makes the TVS NTorq instantly recognisable from a distance. The sporty design of the scooter is further accentuated by the stubby muffler, which with its unique bass-enhanced beat also makes the scooter sound great.
The TVS NTorq having matte finishing as standard, across all colours further improves the design aspect, again making the the scooter look young and stand out in a crowd of glossy paintjobs.
TVS NTorq 125 Spec Sheet
TVS Ntorq 125 Engine and Performance:
The TVS NTorq's engine is a 125cc CVTi Revv unit. The air-cooled, single-cylinder engine produces a maximum power output of 9.27bhp @7,500 rpm and class leading torque of 10.4Nm. These figures also lead to the TVS Ntorq having the fastest acceleration in its class, and a claimed top speed of 95 km/h.
Well, on our test, the built-in top speed recorder clocked 99km/h, which is plenty fast for a 125cc scooter. Several other features like auto choke, intelligent ignition system, split type intake design, foam-on-paper air filter and a unique oil cooling system for the combustion chamber make the scooter perform better.
TVS NTorq 125 Ride and Handling:
Thumbing the starter button is reciprocated by a quick turning starter motor and a bassy exhaust note, which to be honest one wouldn't expect from a scooter. It can, in a quiet place be easily mistaken for a more refined aftermarket exhaust system. Even by-standers would easily notice that it is pretty loud for a scooter.
Acceleration is pretty brisk, with the in-built acceleration timer recording a 0-60km/h run in 7 seconds. It also comes with a segment-first petal-disc brake up-front as standard, thereby making it extremely safe. It lacks the initial bite one would expect from a petal disc brake, however it is powerful enough to bring the scooter to a stop quicker than it accelerates.
Based on a brand new frame, the TVS NTorq 125 features new suspension as well. It also features an ergonomic posture for dynamic riding and TVS claims this allows for motorcycle like cornering and nimble handling.
TVS markets the NTorq 125 as a sporty scooter for everyday use, and we certainly saw its sporty side going flat out at the long right-hand corner. The scooter leans well into corners and definitely inspired confidence which made us go faster and faster around the track. After a few laps, the confidence was so high that the underpanels ended up scraping the track.
Though most of these scooters will not even come close to cornering like this in everyday use, its capability is something that Gen-Z - TVS' target audience can boast of. Going around TVS' loop skills track showed how agile and nimble the TVS NTorq is, though it looks bulky and heavy.
Special mention has to be made of the tyres on the scooter. The front end is shod with 100/80-12 sized tyres while the rear sports 110/80-12 sized tyres. It is a new brand named Remora from TVS Tyres and has been made specifically with performance as a priority. While it did squeal quite a bit under hard braking from 98km/h, not once did the scooter go out of the line I intended to take.
TVS NTorq Bluetooth Connectivity - India's First Connected Scooter:
The TVS NTorq is India's first connected scooter, boasting of Smart Connect technology for the first time on any scooter in India. It uses Bluetooth to connect to smartphones via a proprietary app developed by TVS.
Since the LCD instrumentation is connected to the user's phone via bluetooth, it can also display incoming caller names and text messages. The built in auto-reply feature can be used to let incoming callers know that the user is riding.
TVS NTorq 125 LCD Screen:
The LCD screen instrument cluster alone is something that can be talked about for ages. It has 55 unique features including top speed recorder, lap timer, phone battery strength indicator, last parked location assist, average speed recorder and multiple ride statistics modes like sports and street.
After recording multiple riding parameters in the different modes, it will save the statistics to the TVS NTorq smartphone app via bluetooth. The LCD instrumentation also features Navigation assist which displays. Maps and navigation is built into the TVS NTorq app via MapMyIndia. Once navigation is activated, turn-by-turn directions are displayed on the segment-first LCD screen.
This screen alone will be one of the main reasons for one to choose the TVS Ntorq 125 over its competition.
TVS NTorq 125 Features:
TVS NTorq 125 Features several other features like external fuel filler cap, engine kill switch, headlamp pass-by switch, parking brakes, dual-side handle lock, USB mobile phone charger and a large under-seat storage space of 22L, which all play a part in making the TVS NTorq 125 feel premium.
TVS NTorq 125 Colours:
The TVS NTorq 125 will be available in a choice of Yellow, Green, Red and White shades with a matte finish. Just the fact that it is available in funky and bright colours with a matte finish shows the audience TVS is targeting with this scooter. There might be more colours added to the NTorq's palette in the future, however there is no word on the same for now.
Should You Buy The TVS NTorq 125?
With an attractive and funky design, smart connect Bluetooth interface, Mobile USB charging port, petal disc brake up front, etc. The TVS NTorq is definitely worth the 58,750 rupees it is being sold at.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The TVS NTorq 125!
The TVS NTorq 125 certainly seems to have taken the scooter world by storm - first at its debut and then when it was showcased at the Auto Expo 2018. A futuristic design, coupled with better features than any other scooter in the market makes it a strong contender for the top spot in the 125cc scooter segment.
However, the competition too is tough, as the TVS NTorq 125 will compete with the Honda Grazia, which recently achieved the landmark of selling 50,000 units in just 2.5 months. It will also go against the Aprilia SR 125 which was launched at the Auto Expo 2018 and also against the Hero Duet 125 and Maestro 125 which were also showcased at the Auto Expo.