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TVS NTorq Race XP Review: Extra at Everything!

Pros

  • Stealth Air Craft Inspired Styling
  • Brighter Race Theme Graphics
  • Punchinest and Powerful Performance
  • Smart Feature-Loaded Offering!
  • High Visibility Headlamps

Cons

  • Most Expensive BS6-Compliant Scooter
  • Average Mileage
  • Stiffer Suspension Feel During Off-Road
  • Separate Key Slot to Access Fuel Filler and Under Seat Storage

This is a detailed review of the TVS NTorq Race XP 125.

TVS NTorq Race XP Review
TVS NTorq Race XP Review

TVS NTorq 125 continues to rule the 125cc scooter segment.

Despite the onslaught of many new scooters, the popularity of the TVS NTorq remains unfazed.

There is a simple reason for that.

NTorq 125 is a feature-loaded package. It practically offers more than any other scooter in its segment, and then some more.

Hoping to continue that trend, TVS Nepal has introduced the highly-anticipated TVS NTorq Race XP 125 in Nepal.

It comes with newer Race Graphics, a more powerful RTFI engine, and lots more features. In this TVS NTorq Race XP review, we will just see how it is able to justify its new asking price.

More importantly, does it offer everything extra as TVS claims it to do?

This is the full review of the TVS NTorq Race XP 125.

TVS NTorq Race XP Specifications

  • Engine Type: Single-Cylinder, 3-valve, 4-Stroke
  • Emission Standard: BS6
  • Displacement: 124.8 cc
  • Cooling System: Air-Cooled
  • Starting Mechanism: Electric Starter & Kick Starter
  • Max Power: 10.2 PS @ 7000 rpm
  • Max Torque: 10.8 Nm @ 5500 rpm
  • Top Speed: 90 Kmph
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 5.8 liters
  • Mileage: 45 kmpl
  • Front Tyre: 100/80-12 – Disc
  • Rear Tyre: 110/80-12 – Drum
  • Tubeless Tyres: Yes
  • Braking System: Standard
  • Suspension Setup: Telescopic Front Forks and Coil Spring
  • Seat Height: 770 mm
  • Ground Clearance: 155 mm
  • Under Seat Storage Capacity: 20 liters
  • Kerb Weight: 116 Kg
  • Colors: Red-Black

TVS NTorq XP Price in Nepal: Rs. 3,15,900

TVS NTorq Race XP 125 Review

Race XP vs Race Edition: Differences

The overall scooter is still the NTorq we know and love.

The design is based on Stealth Aircraft. It still has the hallmarks present in past NTorq scooters.

The Checkered Flag Design, Faux Carbon Fiber Finish, and 3-Tone Colors are still there. Like before, TVS has implemented a mix of matte and glossy finish.

However, TVS has shifted a few colors here and there to create a new styling profile, topped off with sportier graphics and brighter colors.

TVS calls this the Race-Inspired Color Theme.

Front Styling in TVS NTorq Race XP
Front Styling in TVS NTorq Race XP

It gets a good combination of Red, Black, and Silver. Moreover, the alloy wheels now come with a Red-colored treatment.

The front panel comes with an ‘RT-FI’ badging to highlight its new BS6-compliant engine.

The front section comes with multiple LED headlamps with a T-shaped signature DRL. Moreover, the side indicators are integrated into the handlebar.

As before, the nighttime visibility is still very impressive.

The side profile and the rear profile are still the same, except for the fresher color profile.

Other stylistic elements include Afterburner Inspired Faux Vents, Split Grab Rail, and Split Type Rear Fender.

Interestingly, TVS has managed to freshen up and stylish the profile even more.

Rear Styling in TVS NTorq Race XP
Rear Styling in TVS NTorq Race XP

TVS NTorq 125 Race XP is only available in a single Race Red-Black color.

Performance

TVS NTorq is powered by a 124.79cc, 4-stroke, 3-valve, Air-cooled FI engine. It can generate a max power of 10.2PS at 7000rpm and a max torque of 10.8Nm at 5500rpm.

Moreover, it is mated to an Automatic Centrifugal Clutch with a 5.8-liter fuel tank capacity.

Side Styling in TVS NTorq Race XP
Side Styling in TVS NTorq Race XP

Interestingly enough, it is still the same as the BS6-compliant RT-FI engine.

However, it now generates more power and torque than before, despite being, no change in engine configuration or engine displacement.

As a result, NTorq 125 XP now generates 0.8PS more power and 0.3Nm more torque.

Additionally, it includes new features like a Side Stand Engine Cut Off and Riding Modes.

And, the riding modes are functional in the Race XP.

While there is a huge performance difference when compared to TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, it is subtle enough to notice.

If you are using it for commutes, then you can simply switch to STREET Mode.

Street Mode will limit the power train to some degree. In hindsight, it should improve the mileage to some degree.

If you want performance, then you can go for the RACE Mode.

Race mode will fully open the power train, giving the rider full access to its power and torque. In retrospect, it should decrease the mileage to some degree.

Practical Features

TVS NTorq Race XP is loaded with features!

It maxes out in both informative and connectivity features. Moreover, it takes a step further by including performance-based features as well.

Braking Performance

TVS NTorq Race XP gets Disc-Drum configuration.

The front tyre gets a 220mm Petal Disc and the rear tyre gets a 130mm Drum. Moreover, it comes with Sync Brake System (SBT).

Front Disc Brake in TVS NTorq Race XP
Front Disc Brake in TVS NTorq Race XP

It is the same setup that we have seen before.

There are no complaints. It performs better in almost any condition, inspiring full confidence.

In addition to that, NTorq includes a nifty Parking Brake for additional safety.

Tyres

The same can be said for the tyres as well.

These are chunkier tyres.

Both are 12-inches tyres with 100/80 at the front and 110/80 at the rear. Moreover, these are bulkier, providing good stability and enough grip in muddy and offroad conditions.

Rear Drum Brake in TVS NTorq Race XP
Rear Drum Brake in TVS NTorq Race XP

Plus, it can hold strong while cornering and has high-speed stability.

Interestingly enough, TVS takes it a step further by including Diamond-Cut alloys. As stated earlier, it gets red-colored wheels for an added premium feel.

Suspension

TVS NTorq Race XP comes with Telescopic Suspension at the front and Coil Spring at the rear.

Considering this is a performance-based scooter, the suspension experience is stiffer than expected. Fortunately, the well-cushioned seat helps absorb most of the bumps.

With that said, the suspension comes across as annoying during off-roads.

I would have liked the setup to be a bit softer. Nevertheless, I do understand that TVS opted for High-Speed Stability over Shot-Term Comfort.

Seat Comfort and Pillion

TVS NTorq Race XP comes with a Double-Stitched Two-Level Seat. Plus, the red stitching and faux carbon fiber undertones are a nice touch.

These are the same seat as we last saw in the Race Edition.

It is wider, softer, and more comfortable for most cases, including long-distance rides. However, the pillion rider might not feel the same comfort as the main rider.

Premium Two Level Seat in TVS NTorq Race XP
Premium Two Level Seat in TVS NTorq Race XP

You can access the boot space by opening up the seat.

Unfortunately, the key slots for boot opening and key slots are different.

It has a 20-liter under-seat storage capacity. Additionally, TVS has included a USB charging port and Boot Light as standard.

The under-seat is deep enough. But it cannot fit a full-sized helmet.

Fuel Tank Capacity and Mileage

TVS NTorq Race XP gets an external fuel filler with a 5.8-liter capacity.

During testing, it achieved an average mileage of 40-45Kmpl. It should give a range of 232km to 261km on a full tank.

External Fuel Filler in TVS NTorq Race XP
External Fuel Filler in TVS NTorq Race XP

Unfortunately, the boot space or the fuel filler cannot be accessed from the main key slot. Rather, TVS has provided a separate key slot beside the seat.

SmartXonnect Digital Meter

NTorq Race XP still sports the information-loaded Digital Meter.

It is powered by SmartXonnect, a Bluetooth Connectivity System with 60 different features like Navigation Assist, Caller ID, Ride Stats, Lap Time, and more.

Voice Assist Feature in TVS NTorq Race XP
Voice Assist Feature in TVS NTorq Race XP

Interestingly enough, the TVS now includes a Voice Assist feature.

Voice Assist will allow riders to communicate with the scooter via the smartphone’s microphone. It can understand over 20 commands.

You can simply long press the Electric Starter Switch to activate the mode. Or, simply through the TVS app.

“Show My Location”, “Who Called Me Last”, and  “Change Mode Race” are a few examples of the command.

I didn’t find this feature as useful. For me, it felt more like a gimmick than a practical feature.

Other Features

Moreover, other features include a Hazard Light Switch, Engine Kill Switch, and Pass By Switch.

The handlebar ends are girthy over standard variants. This allows for easy throttle pull, replicating throttle pull in a TVS motorcycle.

The dimensions are 1861mm in length, 710mm in width, and 1163mm in height. Moreover, the wheelbase sits at 1285mm.

TVS NTorq XP ground clearance is 155mm. And, the kerb weight is 116kg.

TVS NTorq Race XP BS6 Feature Highlights

  • Stealth Aircraft Inspired Design
  • 125cc 3-valve Engine
  • 10PS Max Power
  • New Color with Colored Alloy Wheels
  • Voice Assist
  • Riding Modes
  • SmartXonnect Connectivity Features with Navigation Assist
  • USB Charging Port with Boot Light
  • Gaming Console-Inspired Instrument Cluster
  • Best-in-Class Pick-Up and Power
  • Signature T-Shaped LED Tail Lamp
  • Sport Stubby Muffler
  • 12-Inch Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels
  • 3D NTorq Logo
  • Sport Split Grab Rail
  • Afterburner Style Rear

My Experience with TVS NTorq Race XP 125

Extra Performance

If you ride the NTorq Race XP and NTorq BS6, you will notice differences between the two.

Thanks to the extra 0.8PS of power and 0.3Nm of torque, the engine feels more open than before. Moreover, there is a considerable improvement in engine smoothness and refinement.

There are no vibration issues.

However, it does have a minor buzz at the footboard during acceleration.

Race XP carries a punch in both initial acceleration and power. The engine does feel peppier and less laggy than the Standard version.

The mid-range and top-end performance get drastic improvements. It even manages to push through the uphill without breaking a sweat.

Interestingly, it can push through the 100Kmph more easily.

After a week or so, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this scooter.

TVS has thoroughly brought the quality of life changes, improving rideability and practicality.

The power delivery is linear like before.

However, the scooter is much more responsive to the throttle pull. The power throw is almost instantaneous, making overtakes quick and precise.

I think the reason for this might be because of its 2 kg heavier weight and chunkier grab handlebars.

Extra Practicality

TVS NTorq isn’t just about features.

Frankly, it is a good scooter with plenty of interesting features on offer.

While the features are there to grab one’s attention, it is ultimately practicality that takes the cake. Despite the average mileage, NTorq checks all the requirements for a practical scooter.

It is a scooter that takes you from A to B, but then again, it does more.

Perhaps, even better.

Moreover, it also improves on its promise of being “Best in Class Pick up”. NTorq claims 0-60 Kmph in 8.6 seconds, 0.5 seconds faster than Race Edition BS6.

All in all, the practical aspects still stay strong.

It manages to outshine itself on city roads, highways, and even off-road at times.

Shortcomings

For a scooter with many talents, TVS NTorq Race XP has nailed almost every aspect.

However, it falls short in one category: Pricing.

With a price tag of almost Rs. 3.15 Lakhs, TVS NTorq Race XP is the most expensive BS6 scooter in the market right now.

Unfortunately, this is a new reality that we live in.

While the feature set and styling remain the same as the past NTorqa, the extra cost here is for that extra performance.

Is it worth it or not? Well, that solely depends on the kind of rider you are.

Battle with Competition

TVS NTorq Race XP rivals Yamaha Ray ZR 125, Honda Grazia 125, and Suzuki Avenis.

Japanese rivals offer better fuel economy and commuter-friendly performance. It includes other features like the Silent Start and Automatic Start-Stop System.

In contrast, the TVS NTorq Race XP comes across as a sporty, super-fun, and feature-loaded package.

Nonetheless, it still falls short in terms of a few features.

Hopefully, TVS will implement those missing features soon.

Conclusion

There are now two BS6-compliant TVS NTorqs in Nepal.

Despite sharing the same name, both scooters are very different from one another. For instance, the NTorq Race XP costs about Rs. 20,000 more.

With that extra price, the Race XP offers Extra Power, Extra Graphics, and Extra Smart Features.

It fulfills that urge for extra performance while trying its best to be a value-for-money offering.

More importantly, it does live up to its promise to provide something extra.

This is the TVS NTorq Race XP review.

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