The compact dimensions is the first thing that you will notice about the Ather 450, and that’s not a bad thing at all. The test ride happened in Bengaluru, and that means, filtering through some really tight traffic along with the quick dash from the signal is a daily affair. And my god, negotiating this chaos is such a breeze when one is riding the Ather 450. Firstly, this EV has perfect weight distribution and that’s such a boon for urban traffic conditions. Easy turns, quick start off-the line and great brakes – these are the traits of this Ather and that makes it a friendly city companion.
In the case of its performance, well, this scooter is fast. Real fast! The 20.5Nm of peak torque is present right from the word go. The ride experience is completely dependent on the mode you choose and there are three of them. Unfortunately, the test scooter had just two – Ride and Sport. Ride mode is where everything is relaxed. The e-motor pulls enough juice from the 5.1kW lithium-ion battery (placed below the floorboard), to help you with comfortable overtakes and good performance. But things get a bit boring when there’s a wide empty road. That’s when you feel the need for more power. Luckily, this e-scooter has it covered in the sport mode. This mode is exciting, and puts a big smile on your face whenever you are in it. The speedometer clocks more than 80kmph in a matter of few seconds. In fact, it makes you feel as if you are riding a 150cc motorcycle.
The suspension has been setup a tad on the firm side. But it’s not a back breaking experience. The ride over broken and undulated roads is quite decent, but at sharp bumps, things get a bit uncomfortable. The 450 gets disc brakes at both ends – a first for any scooter in India. This setup is sharp, works efficiently, and there’s decent amount of bite as well. The rear brake, however, tend to lockup quite easily, even with the combined braking system (CBS).