TVS Motors is on a roll. While they finished 2017 on a high with the launch of new TVS Apache RR 310, they have started 2018 with another product that looks great and promises to be a segment topper, the TVS NTorq 125. The NTorq 125 is TVS Motors’ first 125 cc scooter and it’s most powerful one along with several segment first features. With class leading power and torque outputs, NTorq 125 aims to bring in a new category of riders to TVS, the ‘Millennials’ (a word that is garnering much attention in recent times) who look for a sporty scooter and some features that are unheard of in a scooter. TVS NTorq goes against some of the best scooters in the segment such as Suzuki Access 125, Honda Grazia and the upcoming Hero Maestro 125S and Aprilia SR125. A lot riding on the NTorq then!
This is an all new scooter grounds up from TVS and the designers have worked hard to make it to match the current trend. The NTorq looks slick and gets the cuts and creases inspired from a stealth aircraft. If you think, the cuts and angles are more than necessary, keep it to yourself. Else, you will be branded a non-millennial or just old. The overall colour scheme is dual tone with your preferred colour – you can choose from yellow, white, green or red – mixed with black. The headlamp is mounted on the front apron and gets a bat wing styled daytime running lights, head mounted indicators, diamond cut alloy wheels, T-shaped LED tail lamp with rear vents to support the aircraft inspiration and a stubby muffler. TVS has got the styling part right to attract the younger crowd and the use of different colours and materials further accentuate the millennial objective.
Another major highlight of the NTorq 125 is its features, several segment firsts. The biggest of them all is SmartXonnect, which makes this the first connected scooter in India. By installing the SmartXonnect app, you can connect your phone to the scooter through Bluetooth and avail features like navigation assist, caller ID, last parked location assist, share your ride statistics on social media, call and text alerts, phone battery, signal and more. The digital instrument cluster also displays lap timer, 0 to 60 acceleration recorder, average speed and engine temperature among others. Other features include a USB charger, parking brake, external fuel filler cap, pass light switch and a segment first engine kill switch. The Ntorq 125 also gets a 22-litre under seat storage space that could hold a full face helmet. TVS has taken several pains to pay attention to details such as the double stitched seat, sporty grab rails and 3D logo. Good going so far, right?
Coming to the more important things, the 124.79 cc engine is all new and makes a segment leading 9.4 PS and 10.5 Nm of torque. The engine is new unit and uses a three-valve setup – two intake and one exhaust – for better combination of power delivery, refinement and fuel economy. It’s a personal best for TVS in terms of NVH as the engine feels smooth with vibrations controlled nicely even in speeds around 80 km/h. The throttle response is quick but not lightning quick. That’s not telling the NTorq is not fast. You can hit even 100 km/h if you are committed. And like the Apache 310 RR, the NTorq 125 too gets TVS Racing genes in its blood and it shows in the way it rides.
The NTorq is based on the same frame as the Jupiter but has been tweaked to be stiffer and more dynamic. Handling around the corners is better than most scooters in the segment and the scooter feels comfortable going fast around them. The telescopic front suspension and the gas filled coil spring shock absorber work well in keeping the ride smooth most of the time. Another first in the scooter is 220 mm petal disc brake to the front and it has a great bite on it.
TVS NTorq 125 is another product that says the company is on the right path to launch new products that also appeal to the mass. The NTorq 125 looks sporty, has loads of features and rides without scaring you. The SmartXonnect is a cool feature and has lots of potential to build on. And being a TVS, the NTorq 125 is a great value for money, being priced at Rs 58,750 ex-showroom Delhi.