Tata Motors has just launched two new high performance cars – the brand’s first such offerings – in the form of the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP. The Tiago JTP is priced at Rs. 6.39 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi while the Tigor JTP is priced at Rs. 7.49 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.
Claimed 0-100 Kph acceleration numbers of the Tiago JTP are 9.95 seconds, and 10.38 seconds for the Tigor JTP. These cars will be sold through select Tata dealerships in the following cities: Kolkata, Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Kannur, Thrissur, Mumbai and Ernakulum/Cochin.
The JTP moniker that accompanies the Tata Tiago and Tigor stands for Jayem Tata Performance – a new sub-brand that Tata Motors and Jayem Engineering of Coimbatore have created. A 50:50 joint venture, all new high-performance variants of regular Tata cars will be built under this badge. Think of JTP as Tata Motors’ version of Mercedes AMG.
Mechanically, the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP are similar. Both cars are powered by the same 1.2 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which makes 114 PS of peak power at 5,000 rpm and churns out 150 Nm of peak torque between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm. 5 speed manual gearboxes with revised gear ratios are common across both cars.
The engine also gets city and sport multi-drive modes. Other key changes on the cars include a stiffer suspension set-up for sharper handling and lowered suspension that makes the stance more squat. However, ground clearance continues to be decent at 166 mm, and coupled to a short 2,400 mm wheelbase of on both cars, clearing speed breakers and potholes should not be an issue.
Both the Tata Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP also get revised styling to differentiate them from the regular models. Vented bonnet, new front and rear bumpers, new design for the front grilles, side skirts, blacked out wing mirror housings and roof, rear spoilers, alloy wheels with a new design and twin barrel headlamps are the various different styling tweaks on both cars.
On the inside, the cars get changes. The seats get new fabric with a contrast red stitch. The dashboard is an all-black affair with red AC vents. There are aluminium control pedals and 8 speaker stereos on both cars that also get voice command and navigation support features. Bookings for the Tata Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP are on at select Tata dealerships across 11 major cities. The booking amount is pegged at Rs. 11,000. Deliveries will begin from next month.
Commenting on the launch of the fastest cars that Tata has ever built and sold in India, here is what Mr. Mayank Pareek, President Passenger Vehicles, Tata Motors, had to say,
Motoring today has become monotonous and regimented. We are committed to offering our customers an elated drive experience in an everyday commute. The JTP range of cars have been designed and engineered with precision to keep the excitement & passion of motoring alive and reverse the commoditization of car purchase. Customers can enjoy their city drive and experience the thrill of driving with these cars. The JTP products will also have a halo effect on the Tiago and Tigor brands.