In October, Tata Motors finally launched the JTP versions of the Tiago hatchback and Tigor compact sedan in India. The Tata Motors duo are the first performance oriented cars in their segments. Last week, Tata Motors revealed the news that the first JTP vehicle, a Tiago hot hatchback was delivered to its new owner in the city of Mumbai.
The automotive giant revealed the news of the delivery of the first JTP production performance car on its Twitter page. Tata Motors tweeted, “Huge shout out to Mumbai resident Mr. Zishan Khan on being the nation’s first person to own a JTP. Congratulations! We wish you the very best and look forward to a long and thrilling journey with you. He is truly a #JTPRacerAtHeart.”
Huge shout out to Mumbai resident Mr. Zishan Khan on being the nation’s first person to own a JTP. Congratulations! We wish you the very best and look forward to a long and thrilling journey with you. He is truly a #JTPRacerAtHeart pic.twitter.com/6dSpsThsRY
— Tata Motors (@TataMotors) December 21, 2018
With Tata delivering the first JTP badged performance car to its owner, others who have put down their orders for the racy Tiago and Tigor models can start expecting their new cars to arrive very soon at their dealerships. The JTP name in branding for the two souped-up Tata cars stands for the Jayem Tata Performance which is a joint venture between Coimbatore’s Jayem Automotives Private Limited and Tata Motors to build affordable performance cars for the general public.
Both the Tiago and Tigor JTP models come with quite a few changes compared to the regular models sold by Tata Motors. The biggest of these changes can be found under the bonnets of the performance hatchback and sedan. Tata has turbocharged the petrol engine powering the regular cars. This means that the duo now shares the same engine found on the Nexon compact SUV.
However, the 1.2-litre engine is in its highest ever state of tune in the JTP cars where it cranks out 112.44 Bhp and 150 Nm of torque. The 5-speed manual gearbox found on the regular cars has been reworked to deal with the extra performance on offer.
The new engine means that the new Tiago and Tigor produce over 28 Bhp more and 36 Nm of torque compared to the regular cars. The engine is paired to a revised version of the regular car’s 5-speed gearbor. The extra power and torque mean a real upgrade in terms of the 0-100 km/h time. The Tiago does the sprint on 9.95 seconds while the heavier Tigor sedan takes 10.39 seconds to reach 100 km/h from zero. The Tiago and Tigor JTP models also bring with them a revised suspension setup which is stiffer than before but still offers a pliant ride while allowing the cars to get through corners a whole lot faster than usual.
The Two JTP models also bring with them a host of cosmetic changes including a sportier body kit with revised front and rear bumpers, a diamond cut alloy wheels and a working vent on the bonnet. The exterior features a few sections painted red which is matched inside the cabins of the two cars which feature red inserts and contrast stitching. Other changes on the inside include the addition of a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system and aluminium pedals, which adds to the sporty look of the two JTP branded Tata cars.
The Tata Tiago JTP is priced at Rs 6.39 lakh while the sibling, Tigor JTP sedan is priced at Rs 7.49 lakh ( all prices are ex-showroom, Delhi).