The TVS NTorq 125 has gotten to a flying start, beating the Honda Grazia, an Activa-based 125-cc automatic scooter. The NTorq was launched less than three months ago, and the automatic scooter has clocked 14,695 units in May 2018, beating the Grazia, which sold 12,068 units during the same period. This is a big sales decline for the Grazia, which sold 26,000 units in April 2018. The reason for the steep decline is not known and it’ll take a month or two to figure out whether the NTorq is stealing buyers from Honda. The next few months will show how much more the NTorq can sell in India’s premium scooter segment.
With a price tag of Rs. 58,570, the TVS NTorq is the most expensive scooter that TVS Motors sells. The scooter is built around a sporty theme that offers great performance and aggressive looks. The 125-cc engine of the NTorq produces 9.3 Bhp of peak power and 10.5 Nm of peak torque. It’s one of the fastest 125-cc scooters sold in India, with a 0-60 Kph run of just 9 seconds. Claimed top speed is an impressive 95 Kph, making the NTorq a lot faster than many 100-cc commuter bikes. Braking is handled by a 220-mm disc at the front and a 130-mm drum at the rear.
Diamond-cut, 12-inch alloy wheels are standard and so are tubeless tyres. The suspension consists of telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear. The 116-kilogram heavy scooter gets a 5-litre fuel tank, 22 litres of underseat storage with enough capacity to slip in a regular full-face helmet and a 155-mm ground clearance.
A key innovation on the NTorq is in its digital instrument cluster. This cluster offers smartphone-pairing through Bluetooth, making the NTorq India’s first Bluetooth-enabled scooter.
The cluster also offers features, such as an SMS alert with auto reply, missed call alert, navigation assist, last parked location assist, phone signal and battery strength display and a rider’s app with rider stats, lap timer, top-speed recorder and average speed indicator. There are three presets for the instrument cluster, configurable by the rider – Street, Sport and Ride Stats.