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The premium 125cc scooter segment is rapidly expanding in India, and a slew of new products have been launched in the country. The two new scooters on the block are the TVS NTorq 125 and the Aprilia SR 125. The Italian company launched the SR 125 at the Auto Expo 2018, whereas TVS launched the NTtorq just a few days before the 2018 Auto Expo.
Both the TVS NTorq and the Aprilia SR 125 sports an aggressive and sporty design and will appeal to the young buyers in the country. Both the scooters are powerful in its segment offering a sporty performance. So, which scooter should you buy? To make your life easier, we bring you the comparison between the TVS NTorq and Aprilia SR 125 on design, specifications, features and price.
The TVS NTorq features a sporty design which is inspired by the stealth fighter aircraft. The front profile of the scooter sports a chiselled apron and aerodynamic sculpting. The apron-mounted headlamp with unique LED DRLs adds to the looks of the sporty scooter. The overall design of the NTorq 125 is based on the Graphite concept scooter.
The side profile of the TVS NTorq sports an aggressive stance with sharp lines. The dual-tone colour and the 125 branding enhance the looks of the scooter. The tail section of the NTorq 125 features a signature LED tail light design, rear panel design inspired by the jet fighter's exhaust system, sporty split grab rails and a stubby exhaust.
The Aprilia SR 125 is based on its elder sibling, the SR 150. It follows the same design cues of the SR 150. The front end of the scooter features the signature dual-headlamp setup on the apron and a chunky tyre with disc brake. The front apron design is sleek and aggressive with cuts and creases.
From the side the Aprilia SR 125 looks compact and sleek, and the exciting SR 125 body graphics add to the sporty looks of the scooter. The tail section is sharp and edgy with the LED tail light. The sporty exhaust muffler completes the design of the Aprilia SR 125.
Overall Design Rating
TVS NTorq 125 9/10
Aprilia SR 125 8/10
The prominent feature of the TVS Ntorq 125 is the segment-first LCD instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity. The scooter can connect to your smartphone via an app developed by TVS, and the LCD screen will display incoming caller names and text messages.
The LCD instrument cluster also comes with 55 unique features such as top speed recorder, lap timer, phone battery strength indicator, last parked location assist, average speed recorder and multiple ride statistics. To know more about the new TVS NTorq, you can also read our first ride review of the scooter.
Other features of the scooter include engine kill switch, external fuel filler cap, 22-litre under seat storage, alloy wheels and USB charger. The scooter gets petal disc brake at the front and drum unit at the rear. Suspension duties are handled by telescopic forks up front and coil spring shock absorber at the rear. The TVS NTorq is equipped with a 5-litre fuel tank.
On the other hand, the Aprilia SR 125 features a dual-headlamp setup which looks unique in the 125cc scooter segment. The scooter gets an analogue instrument cluster similar to the SR 150. Despite being a sporty scooter, the footboard is large enough which adds to the practicality of the Aprilia SR 125.
The Aprilia SR 125 rides on bigger 14-inch wheels which play a vital role in the sharp handling of the scooter. Braking department is handled by a disc brake at the front and drum unit at the rear. The scooter is equipped with telescopic forks up front and coil spring suspension at the rear.
Overall Features Rating
TVS NTorq 125 9/10
Aprilia SR 125 7/10
The TVS NTorq draws power from a 124.79cc single cylinder, air-cooled engine producing 9.27bhp and segment-best 10.4Nm of peak torque. All these technical numbers translate to superior performance with the fastest acceleration in its segment and a claimed top speed of 95km/h.
Powering the Aprilia SR 125 is a 124cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine producing 9.46bhp and 9.9Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a CVT gearbox. The SR 125 offers superior performance in its segment with bigger wheels and powerful engine. In fact, the SR 125 is slightly powerful than the TVS NTorq, but when it comes to torque, the ‘NTorq' is the king.
Overall Engine Rating
TVS NTorq 125 8/10
Aprilia SR 125 8/10
The TVS NTorq 125 is launched in the Indian market with a competitive price tag of Rs 58,750 ex-showroom (Delhi). The NTorq 125 is a sporty scooter with a host of features. The powerful engine with superior performance makes it an excellent package for the amount of money it is demanding. TVS has hit the sweet spot when it comes to pricing of the NTorq 125.
The Aprilia SR 125 is launched in India at Rs 65,310 ex-showroom (Pune). It is dearer by Rs 6,000 as compared to the TVS NTorq. Despite not getting any unique features the Aprilia SR 125 is on the expensive side. But considering the premium tag, the Aprilia is priced well in the country.
The TVS NTorq is so far pne of the best scooters in the 125cc segment when it comes to features. And combined with the powerful 125cc engine, t makes it an affordable premium scooter to own. On the other hand the Aprilia SR 125 is slightly expensive than its TVS NTorq 125, but it's justifies its price tag with its handling and top-notch build quality.
If you are looking for a premium scooter with all the bells and whistles and you don't want to burn a hole in your pocket, then TVS NTorq is the scooter to go. If you are just looking for a performance scooter in the 125cc segment and want to own a premium brand, then the Aprilia SR 125 perfectly fits the bill.