Tata Tigor JTP & Ti­ago JTP

Tata now of­fers a bunch of hot rods

Auto Today - - Dashboard - PIC­TURES Gur­deep Bhalla

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

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