The new 125cc single-cylinder motor on this TVS is a no nonsense one. It’s really refined, doesn’t show any signs of stress or buzz at all. This motor features 3-valve design and produces 9.3bhp at 7500rpm and peak torque of 10.5Nm at 5500rpm, making it one of the most powerful 125cc scooters in the segment. This engine is mated to a CVT transmission which behaves quite lazy initially and that’s surprising because TVS claims it to be a performance scooter. In fact, the company refused to share the fuel efficiency figure at the launch ceremony, but we suspect the initial lag is a result of maximising fuel efficiency. However, once the speed climbs, the scooter shows a sense of urgency, especially after 30kmph and maintain the strength till it reaches 80kmph. The roll-on acceleration is appreciable but the rubber band effect plays a spoilsport.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to ride the NTorq on a road. But we did manage to ride back to back on TVS’ road testing facility and the results were pretty good, especially the rear mono-shock that delivered outstanding comfort. But we’re looking forward to ride this scooter on the broken Mumbai roads soon. It was fun to ride the NTorq at TVS’ test track. It’s not a point-and-shoot kind of scooter, but it does manage to bring a wide grin each time you enter a corner as turning in feels quite natural on this bike. The chunky and sticky TVS tyres don’t give away, even with some questionable lean angle.
The overall ergonomics of the NTorq is quite likeable. Unlike the other scooters, where you sit on it, the large front apron makes you feel as if you’re sitting in it. The large floorboard has plenty of grooves for grip and there’s enough space to carry a Bisleri 20-litre bottle, if not a child (which is illegal by the way).
The scooter gets 220mm disc brake up front and 130mm drum at the rear. While they work really well most of the time, there were some signs of the brakes fading away, primarily due to its weight, which is 116kg. The Sync Brake System (SBS) should have been part of this scooter.