Friday, 16 February 2018

Ben's Corner #16: Meet Ntorq 125 by TVS

For the first time in India, TVS Motor Company launched a scooter with Bluetooth connectivity at an event in Chennai on Monday. Christened as Ntorq 125, yesterday's offering also boasts of several segment-first features, some even never-heard-of so far in the two wheeler industry. The surprise doesn't end here as the Ntorq is TVS' first 125 cc scooter.

TVS is a company with rich legacy in scooter segment as they were ones who kick-started the automatic transmission revolution in India when they launched the TVS XL moped in early 1980s. Also, they were one of the firsts in the country to bring continuously variable transmission (CVT) in their scootys. As their scooters were in continuous production for over three decades, the brand was able to bring in evolutionary improvements which are hard to catch up. In the end, again with a rich legacy in racing, TVS engines are generally known for a punchy low and mid range power delivery.

Coming to the Ntorq 125, TVS has clearly targeted the youth with the design as it has sharp flowing lines with bright colour options. TVS said the design has been inspired from a stealth aircraft. The addition of carbon-fibre graphics on the cockpit has further rendered the scooter sporty. The headlight has a unique LED DRL which gels well with the overall front profile. The highlight, though, is the rear as it has a beautifully crafted 'T' shaped LED tail light. The floor-board is quite big and will pave way for a comfortable journey even with luggage. What further accentuates the style are the unique stub muffler and diamond cut alloy wheels which are first in a scooter in our country.

Among many firsts, TVS officials used the term 'performance scooter' while referring to the Ntorq 125 and the scooter's impeccable numbers justify that tag well enough. Ntorq comes with a new 125 cc CVTi-REVV 3 Valve engine which pumps out the segment highest 9.25 bhp of power at 7,500 rpm and 10.5 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.

The company claims that the scooter accelerates from standstill to 60 Kmph in 9 seconds and has a top speed of 95 Kmph which is excellent for scooter standards. Not to forget the engine's super bassy exhaust note which is a pure aural bliss.

The scooter gets wider 110x80x12 tubeless tyres along with telescopic suspension and least turning radius. Features such as pass by switch, dual side steering lock, parking brakes and engine kill switch are never-heard-of in the scooter segment. To facilitate convenience, Ntorq 125 also comes with external fuel fill, USB charger, large under-seat storage and TVS patented EZ center stand.  The colour options include matte yellow, matte green, matte red and matte white.

In the end, TVS becomes the first company to bring in embedded systems in a scooter and for sure it is going to give tough competition to the likes of Suzuki Access 125 and Honda Activa 125. The TVS scooter not only offers more features but also performs better according to TVS' claims. If all this is for a shocking and surprising price of Rs 58,750 ex-showroom Delhi, TVS has, indeed, nailed it right this time.

TVS Motor Company joint MD Sudarshan Venu and president and CEO KN Radhakrishnan were among others present during the launch event recently.

TVS' revolutionary SmartXonnect

TVS Ntorq 125 premieres SmartXonnect, an innovative Bluetooth-enabled technology which is paired to a mobile app that can be downloaded from Google play store. The SmartXonnect enables a host of first-in-segment additions to the fully digital instrument cluster which boasts of 55 features including navigation assist, top speed recorder, in-built lap-timer, phone-battery strength display, last parked location assist, service reminder, trip meter and multi-ride statistic modes such as Street and Sport.

Features of Ntorq first in a scooter

  • SmartXonnect
  • Bluetooth
  • Cellphone connectivity
  • Navigation assist
  • Multi modes: street, sport, ride stats
  • Inbuilt lap timer
  • App enabled parking locator
  • App assistance
  • Engine kill switch
  • Engine oil temperature display on speedometer
  • Top speed recorder
- S Ben Raja,
Chennai, Feb 16, 2018.

The above review/analysis is completely the perception of S Ben Raja alone. This does not reflect the views of two or more people or a community. Queries and criticism shall be addressed to the writer only. This author is correspondent for an English daily working on auto beat stories for over a year. Reach him at

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