TVS NTORQ 125
TVS Ntorq 125 is a motor scooter manufactured by TVS Motor Company in India. It is powered by a single cylinder, four stroke, 125 cc engine and delivers 6.9 kW (9.4 PS) at 7500 rpm. The scooter delivers a pick-up of 0 to 60 kmph in 9 seconds. The scooter has multi-ride modes such as street and sport and has a top speed of 95 kmph as per the manufacturer. It is TVS’ first 125 cc scooter with connectivity – Bluetooth enabled.
Launched in February 2018, with TVS claims several firsts for the Ntorq 125 in the Indian scooter market, including Bluetooth connected speedometer (with navigation assistant, caller ID, top-speed recorder, in-built lap-timer and service reminder), engine kill switch, stealth inspired styling etc.
TVS has been on a roll this year. The launch of RR 310 was eagerly awaited ever since TVS announced their collaboration with BMW. However, their best launch this year(2018) and quite possibly of all time is not the sports bike, it’s the NTorq 125.
When we first rode the NTorq this year, we were simply blown away by what a great package this small scooter was. The overall build quality, sporty design, ride and handling, peppy and smooth engine, brakes, incredible features, and, of course, its aggressive price point make the NTorq a perfect package.
TVS took its own sweet time to launch a 125cc scooter, but when they did decide to join the party, they made sure to launch only the best. And that’s exactly what the NTorq is, the best 125cc scooter you can get your hands on today.
The NTorq also comes loaded with some segment-first features. It’s India’s first connected scooter, as it comes with Bluetooth connectivity or SmartXonnect feature. The system pairs your smartphone with the scooter via an app and allows you to use navigation. You’re also notified about calls and text messages while riding.
One of the biggest highlights of the TVS Ntorq 125 is undoubtedly the all-digital cockpit and connectivity options. The instrument cluster is the most informative in the business and will surely remind you of the Apache RTR series once you get on board. The unit features three tripmeters, lap timer, engine temperature and a lot more among 55 features and almost all of them are segment first.The app helps you keep a track of your rides and also flashes up the calls and messages on the full digital screen. Furthermore, it also helps you with the navigation as it shows the directions in the form of instructions right on the display.
The engine is simply a blast. It’s an air-cooled, single-cylinder 125cc motor that develops 9.2bhp and 10.5Nm of torque. The engine is smooth, with a crisp throttle response. And, it reaches 60km/h quite effortlessly. On the track, we even managed to reach a top speed of 95km/h, and still the engine felt calm and composed with no vibrations at all.
The design of the Ntorq is not that outlandish, but it does look quite stylish. It’s got a pointy front apron with Ntorq 125 decals, handlebar-mounted turn signals and an overall hunkered down look. The chunky exhaust, sharply-raked tail-section and 12-inch diamond cut alloys look sporty as well. What really made a big impact on us, though, is its quality and fit-and-finish. The attention to detail is really impressive, and little things like the matte paint finish, TVS Racing decals, subtle carbon-fibre lookalike panels and red-stitching on the seat stand out against its rivals.
However, the main highlight of the NTorq is its ride and handling balance. It comes with a telescopic front fork and gas-filled, hydraulic-type, coil-spring shock at the rear. And, from what we can tell, the suspension’s been tuned to perfection!
Overall, the NTorq is certainly worthy of ‘Best of 2018’ honours. It’s earned it, and it also means that we’ll keep fighting over the keys as long as we have a long-term NTorq in our fleet.