TVS NTorq 125

TVS’ sporty scoot rid­den

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The sud­den boom in de­mand for scoot­ers doesn’t come as a sur­prise as the need of the hour is clearly, con­ve­nience. This need for con­ve­nience su­per­sedes the bi­fur­ca­tion of scooter classes vis-à-vis wants of a par­tic­u­lar set of con­sumers. If you want sporty then there are a plethora of 125-150cc mo­tor­cy­cles to choose from. If you want to run er­rands though, mo­tor­cy­cles don’t even come close to the twist and go ease of a scooter. Not just er­rands, com­muters are star­ing to pre­fer this con­ve­nience even for long city ride. And this is where the need for a slight pow­er­ful 125cc en­gine comes in over a 110cc coun­ter­part. TVS can of­fer the lovely Jupiter in the lat­ter class but a clear shift to a pre­mium cat­e­gory ad­dress­ing the need for more is com­ing to fore. With the Ntorq, sporty doesn’t seem to be a lim­it­ing fac­tor for scoot­ers any more.

The Ntorq is an all-new scooter and by all-new, we lit­er­ally mean a ground up de­sign rather than an in­ac­cu­rately used mar­ket­ing ter­mi­nol­ogy of cur­rent times. To start with, the en­gine isn’t just a new unit but also packs four years of suc­cess in the In­dian Scooter Rac­ing Cham­pi­onships hence the de­serv­ing TVS Rac­ing stick­ers on the Ntorq. The 124.8cc en­gine has been dubbed CVTi-REVV and acronyms aside, the ex­tra ‘V’ al­most starts to make sense while rid­ing it. It ac­tively packs enough gusto from the get go show­ing that a good chunk of torque is avail­able for the rider im­me­di­ately. That’s also a sly play of words and men­tion of its cur­rent com­peti­tors in the 125cc seg­ment bar­ring the Grazia which we’ll come to in a bit as the Ntorq even man­ages a splen­did show of grace in its road man­ners.

With a 3-valve, SOHC en­gine, the Ntorq steadily builds up its power through the rev range. Fuel and air is still fed through a car­bu­ret­tor but the two in­take valves are de­signed to aid com­bus­tion and bet­ter breatha­bil­ity, thus it man­ages to of­fer

good throt­tle re­sponse even when a quick twist of the throt­tle is de­manded at speed. The re­fine­ment lev­els are top notch too, with nearly no vi­bra­tions to speak of and no gruff­ness from the en­gine note. The power de­liv­ery is smooth, lin­ear with just a hint of sporti­ness from the torque. This is sim­ply to ex­pand the scooter’s ap­peal to a wider au­di­ence rather than com­pet­ing with the likes of the out­right sporty thus niche Aprilia SR125 that was launched at the Auto Expo 2018. De­spite be­ing at TVS’ short test track and do­ing higher than usual speeds, the en­gine shone through with­out any hint of stress even at lower speeds, leav­ing noth­ing to com­plain about.

Close at­ten­tion has been paid to the Ntorq’s han­dling and astride it, I couldn’t help but no­tice how well it com­ple­ments the char­ac­ter of the en­gine. The un­der bone chas­sis is a de­riv­a­tive of the one on the 110cc mod­els and is supremely sta­ble. The long right

han­der at TVS’ fa­cil­ity brings the Ntorq at its cor­ner­ing lim­its with mi­nor bumps and un­du­la­tions that are am­pli­fied at speed. Not once did the Ntorq flinch or lose its line, re­spond­ing not with ur­gency but with ac­cu­racy to the rider’s in­puts to turn in. The sus­pen­sion, just like the en­gine, is mid­way be­tween com­fort and sporti­ness, eas­ily soak­ing un­du­la­tions while re­tain­ing rigid­ity to as­sure am­ple me­chan­i­cal grip while cor­ner­ing hard. The Ntorq runs 12-inch wheels front and back with wider rub­ber adding to the sure-foot­ed­ness and even elim­i­nat­ing the rear-heavy feel of scoot­ers run­ning 10-inch rear wheels.

NOT ONCE DID THE NTORQ FLINCH OR LOSE ITS LINE, RE­SPOND­ING WITH AC­CU­RACY TO THE RIDER’S IN­PUTS

1. 220mm front petal disc of­fers ex­cel­lent bite and feed­back thus great stop­ping per­for­mance. 2. LED light for the stor­age is a though­ful ad­di­tion. 3. En­gine kill switch should make stop­ping and start­ing at stop lights more con­ve­nient, pos­si­bly the first scooter to sport this. 4. New 125cc en­gine is re­fined and pow­er­ful, TVS isn’t quot­ing fuel ef­fi­ciency fig­ures as they’re stress­ing on the Ntorq’s per­for­mance. 5. Spacious un­der­seat stor­age bin is well de­signed to of­fer max­i­mum us­abil­ity. 6. Fighter jet in­spired rear-vents along with the unique tail lamp make for a sporty rear de­sign

This is the first time that such a com­pre­hen­sive dig­i­tal dis­play has been seen on a scooter in In­dia. TVS claims 55 fea­tures in all while the stand­out fea­ture is Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity. Not only will caller in­for­ma­tion, text no­ti­fi­ca­tions and other phone in­for­ma­tion be dis­played, the rider also gets turnby-turn nav­i­ga­tion dis­played on the screen. A down­load­able phone app records trip info

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