Tata Tigor JTP & Tiago JTP
Tata now offers a bunch of hot rods
In March 2017, Tata surprised the automotive fraternity by showcasing the Tamo Racemo concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Being a two-seater sports car expected to carry a humble price tag, the car naturally caught everyone’s fancy. Fast forward a few months and news of the Racemo project being shelved started filtering in. I had my apprehensions about the chances of success of a sports car from Tata right from the start and to be completely honest, the project’s demise did not come as a surprise. During this time, Tata Motors had made another rather interesting announcement which didn’t garner as much attention at the time but caught my eye. The company along with Jayem Automotives revealed its intentions to produce souped up versions of its regular passenger vehicles under the JTSV banner. Less than 12 months later, the first prototypes were ready and displayed at the 2018 Auto Expo as the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP. The cars are finally out and their creators promise that they are an enthusiast’s delight. Tall claim, that!
Visually, the JTP treatment brings with it a new sharper front bumper, a redesigned rear bumper with a faux diffuser (Tiago only), twin tail pipes, JTP badging all around, new colour schemes and 15-inch machined alloy wheels. The Tiago gains a bit more than its sibling thanks to the addition of headlamps with projector units borrowed from the regular Tigor. There is a vent on the hood that is actually functional and helps aid cooling.
Inside, the changes are more subtle with the most prominent ones being the new seats and the red highlights around the air conditioning vents, and red stitching on the steering wheel and around the gear lever. Compared to the regular Tiago, the JTP version also sports an upgraded infotainment unit with a touchscreen display.
The Tigor JTP gets a longer list of features than the hatchback owing to the inclusion of automatic climate control and a reverse parking camera. Also, and quite obviously, the Tigor has more space in the rear and a substantially bigger boot. Although I’m not sure how much of that will matter to the buyer the JTPs are trying to lure. But enough talking about the way the JTP twins look because what makes them special is what lies underneath that sporty exterior.
The Nexon’s 1.2-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine powers the twins making 114bhp of maximum power and 150Nm of peak torque. But JTSV’s engineers didn’t just stop there. They’ve lowered the ride height, given the Tiago and Tigor fatter, grippier rubber, played with the gear ratios and have made revisions to the damping. All this comes together exceptionally well transforming them into cars that are properly fun. Revisions to the gearing and of course that extra power help the Tiago JTP accelerate from 0 to 10kmph in under 10 seconds while the Tigor JTP does it in just over 10 seconds. Get past around 2,500 to 3,000 rpm to tap into the engine’s sweet spot and the driving experience is just so rewarding. Even under 2000rpm the engine never felt like it was running out of breath and could manage uphill sections without a downshift. Its composure through corners and the grip from the tyres egg you to push them harder. It took a fair amount of effort to get the tyres to squeal while cornering which goes to show just how seriously the transformation of
COMPARED TO THE REGULAR TIAGO, THE JTP VERSION ALSO SPORTS AN UPGRADED INFOTAINMENT UNIT WITH A TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAY
a regular car to an enthusiast’s delight has been. Braking has improved too, but that is again down to the tyres that have been used.
Another thing that I really like about the Tiago and Tigor JTP is the attention to detail. The stitching and perforated finish of the steering wheel and the super grippy texture of the gear knob gives you a nice sense of control. The audible turbo hiss and the raspy exhaust note suit its go fast nature and add to the joy of driving these cars. Oh, and JTSV hasn’t ruled out the possibility of more vocal aftermarket exhausts for the JTP models.
Despite all their strengths, there is still room for improvement. The refinement levels could have been better. Also, at this point it is difficult
THE NEXON’S 1.2-LITRE TURBOCHARGED 3-CYLINDER PETROL ENGINE POWERS THE JTP TWINS AS WELL MAKING 114BHP OF MAXIMUM POWER AND 150NM OF PEAK TORQUE
to comment on their reliability. Plus, the Tata badge isn’t one that enthusiasts generally turn to so convincing them is definitely going to be a big challenge. I sincer ely hope that these products catch on because that, more than anything else, will give JTSV the confidence to give more Tata products the JTP treatment.
The Tiago JTP is priced at Rs 6.39 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) while the Tigor JTP retails for Rs 7.49 lakh (exshowroom Delhi) making them more expensive than their respective regular petrol counterparts by around a lakh. In our books, that is pretty good value for what you get with the JTPs. Besides, you will have to spend close to 10 lakhs on-road to get the other options currently in the market with comparable power figures and similar sporty intent.
1. JTP treatment sees the addition of red highlights to the dash and red stictching on the steering and around the gear lever. 2. The JTP gets a touchscreen display for the infotainment. 3. No shortage of JTP badging on the inside with the tachometer and speedometer getting its as well 4. Textured finish given to the gear knob. 5. More contoured front seats would have been nicer and would have complimented JTPs’ nature
The Tiago and Tigor ride on 15-inch rims wrapped with 185/60 (Tiago) and 185/65 (Tigor) Apollo or MRF tyres that play a major role in helping these cars handle the way they do (left). Sweet sounding exhaust note can be improved further with aftermarket options
Tigor JTP gets a longer list of features including automatic climate control and a reverse parking camera. The Tiago has just parking sensors and manual air conditioning