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TVS NTorq 125: Test ride review

TVS NTorq 125: Test ride review

Snapshot: TVS NTORQ 125 is an exciting new take on a comfortable but agile handling scooter. It is what puts fun in scooter riding at a feature packed yet affordable price.

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The days of scooters being mere grocery tools are over. Nowadays everybody would prefer buying a funky scooter above a dreary commuter motorcycle in the same segment, enthusiast or not. And why wouldn’t they! Scooters are so much more versatile than motorcycles. This new crop of SR125, Grazia and NTorq is so exciting that people from every walk of life are definitely interested in owning one. One of the coolest of the bunch is TVS NTorq. With its jet fighter inspired styling, race spec instrument cluster and a throaty exhaust note, NTorq has a lot to boast.

Design

When it comes to road presence, nothing much comes closer to what NTorq looks like on the street. As opposed to curvy styling, this one is a lot edgier and sharper in its design language. And since this is not a metal body scooter, plastic panels helped with a sportier outlook along with bright and noticeable matte colour shades like green, red, blue or this glorious yellow. Then of course is the detailing, such as that batwing shaped DRL, a racy all-digital meter console, a petal shaped brake disc, that vertical ‘T’ shaped tail lamp and those extremely cool looking rear vents reminiscent of jet engine afterburners. Almost every shape on NTorq is inspired by something fast and agile. Even front and rear indicators are neatly tucked under that slim silhouette. Some finishes are done in carbon fibre-lookalike plastics further enhancing its sporty appeal.

Ergonomics and features

First and foremost is the seat which has perfect cushioning both for extended usage or if you fancy a quick fast spin. Seat height itself is just right, not too tall but neither too low at 770mm. Handlebar are tall to give you easy reach and better control while riding. This is especially helpful at low speeds through congested city streets as handling becomes easier even with a passenger along. The only concern is that NTorq is slightly heavier than its competition. Not that it feels while on the move, but some people tend to get iffy with weight. Not to worry as wider tyres, 100mm R12 in the front and 110mm R12 at the rear, help it stay level and straight while creeping in traffic. When you talk about features, NTorq is loaded with everything you could possibly think of needed on a scooter. Apart from the regulars like a big 22l lit boot with USB charging, external fuel filling and a handy pass light switch, NTorq also has an engine kill switch, a fuel reserve ‘F’ trip, double stitching on the seat and we haven’t even got to the all-digital console yet. This elaborate console has a claimed 55 features with Bluetooth Smartxonnect for your phone. Once connected, alert notifications like incoming call, SMS, last parked location and navigation assist get displayed on the meter console avoiding pulling out your phone and checking on every stop light.

Engine and performance

A sporty scooter needs a peppy engine. NTorq gets a 124.79cc single cylinder BSIV compliant engine pushing out an impressive 9.3bhp of maximum power and 10.5Nm of peak torque. The head has 3-valves lending it necessary smooth delivery and an alluring exhaust note which will echo in an enthusiast’s skull for hours. There is enough power to keep up with majority traffic on the road, unlike lesser scooters which mostly feel pushed behind by others. Delivery is smooth and a healthy torque figure helps carrying a passenger easy too. This new meter console is sort of a revolution too with a plethora of information laid out in a simple pattern, not too legible but still a better foot forward. You start with the regular ‘street’ mode which can be changed to ‘sport’ displaying a lap timer, your 0-60kmph acceleration figure and top speed as well. It is a fun tool to boast about to your friends even before you get to the part that it is Bluetooth App (Android only for now) enabled. This feature connects your phone and presents basic features like ‘incoming call’, ‘missed call’ and Navigation directions on the console.

Handling and ride quality

Handling is definitely the strongest point of the NTorq, it is sharp, agile and really good fun. The shock setup, telescopic at the front and hydraulic coil spring at the rear, is the best between comfort soft and agile hard. It holds true lines comfortably and doesn’t wallow through fast bends, but at the same time does not compromise its soft ride quotient. You can almost see how boffins from TVS racing department have worked their magic in making this such an exciting scooter to ride this scooter hard, and that too all day. Also since the saddle is medium soft and accommodating, it is a very much usable riding single or with a passenger for long stints. Being sporty in nature it does not mean it is confused by our unpredictable rough roads. In fact it handles all surfaces decently. And those wide tyres provide necessary grips making it even safer with Integrated braking system from TVS.

Verdict

All-in-all it feels ecstatic to report that scooters have come a long way through their development cycle and TVS NTorq is a prime example. It is not an exotic and expensive product, but rather within range of most people. Its fighter aircraft inspired styling is a fresh take on scooter design which should definitely be noted by other manufacturers. Even the throaty exhaust note is something to hail this scooter for. It has a big boot to carry your knick-knacks, offers a constructive take on Bluetooth connected instrumentation and handles better than most motorcycles in its price range and above. TVS’s product offensive is probably the most inspiring we’ve seen from an Indian manufacturer, and we are on page with their strong strategy.

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