What works for the 125cc TVS offering and what doesn’t? We take a look
With the ever-increasing competition in the 125cc scooter segment, does the TVS NTorq 125 still hold an edge over its peers? More importantly, does it deserve your hard-earned cash? We find out by taking a closer look at its pluses and minuses.
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One of the primary reasons behind the NTorq’s popularity is its design. With pronounced design lines and chiselled edges, the scooter just looks sporty from every angle. Its dual-tone paint scheme and faux carbon-fibre finish also help in highlighting the sharp lines of the scooter.
Segment-only Bluetooth-enabled LCD info cluster
The TVS NTorq 125 offers the best and the biggest instrument console on the market right now. This fully digital Bluetooth-enabled console offers a whole host of information to the rider. This includes last parked location, last ride report with the distance covered and top speed. There’s also a turn-by-turn navigation assist functionality, although we find it pretty unreliable in day-to-day usage. TVS has also equipped the scooter with some segment-first features including a lap timer and an engine kill switch.
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During our performance runs, the NTorq 125 darted off from 0-40kmph in 3.68 seconds, while the 0-60kmph run was achieved in 7.65 seconds. This makes it the quickest 125cc scooter we’ve tested. For perspective, it is 2.06 seconds faster than the Aprilia SR 125 in 0-60kmph runs. Similarly, the NTorq even managed a Vbox-tested top speed of 101kmph, with 106kmph on the display.
Leaving all the numbers aside, the NTorq manages everyday duties with ease. The refinement levels are impressive and for the most part vibration-free. Even the engine doesn’t feel much stressed when pushed to the limits.
Quick on its feet
Built around an all-new chassis, with telescopic front forks and a gas-charged monoshock, the NTorq perfectly balances sportiness with comfort. It easily offers one of the best ride quality in this segment of scooters. Not to mention, it also gets a front 220mm disc as standard. Even the 12-inch wheels with 100/80 front and 110/80 section rear tyres offer immense stability and confidence on loose surfaces.
No LED lighting
The TVS NTorq 125 packs a whole host of segment-first features. But for some reason, it misses out on one thing that even its 110cc cousin, the Jupiter ZX, offers: LED headlamps. And no, this isn’t a nitpick. In our long-term experience with the NTorq, we found the throw of the halogen headlamps quite inadequate and unimpressive.
Narrow floorboard space
While there is enough space on the floorboard to place your feet comfortably, we would’ve still liked some breathing space here. Also, there are no cubbyholes on the front apron, which means you’ll have to rely on the underseat storage space to store everything.
TVS has equipped the NTorq with an auto choke instead of a manual one. While this works fine in normal use, the problem arrives when you keep the scooter standing for 3-4 days. Starting the scooter becomes quite a task then as you have to kick-start it several times.
Should you buy it? Yes.
It is a resounding yes. Despite minor inconveniences, the TVS NTorq 125 at Rs 59,995 (ex-showroom Delhi) is perhaps the best value-for-money scooter offering in India right now. We will even say it strikes the right chords of sportiness without compromising on the practicality of scootering.