TVS NTorq 125 BS6 Drum Vs Jupiter ZX BS6 Drum: Which One To Buy?
For just Rs 2,526 more, you can get the bigger, more premium TVS NTorq 125. So which one should you go for?
TVS has pretty much updated its entire portfolio to comply with BS6 emission norms. This means the addition of an ECU, fuel injection and a larger cat-con which have resulted in a price hike. This also brings TVS’ best selling scooter, the TVS Jupiter (the ZX drum in this instance) a lot closer to the larger NTorq 125 in terms of pricing. While one’s a family-oriented scooter the other is on the sportier side. So which one should you opt for?
Looks and features:
The Jupiter ZX may be a family-oriented scooter but it gets a premium paint scheme and a list of features that help it stand out. For instance, it comes with a semi-digital instrument console, a dual-tone seat, beige trims and chrome highlights on the mirror. TVS' top of the line NTorq gets a sporty design language and a set of features that are second to none. This includes a Bluetooth enabled full-digital instrument console with a host of features. Not to mention, it even packs an LED taillight, LED DRL in the headlight, external fuel filler cap, diamond-cut alloy wheels and split grab rail.
It's safe to say the NTorq takes top honours in this department compared to the Jupiter ZX. However, the Jupiter ZX does have a trick up its sleeve. It gets a full LED headlamp, something the NTorq 125 misses out on.
Engine and performance:
In terms of powertrain, the Jupiter ZX packs a smaller 109.7cc motor that generates 7.99PS and 8Nm of torque. While we haven't ridden the ZX, we have sampled the Jupiter Classis which uses the same motor. If you were to consider performance, the Jupiter's engine bolts from 0-60kmph in 9.16 seconds and has a top speed of 86kmph.
The NTorq, in comparison, features a larger, more powerful 124.7cc motor that belts out 9.4PS and 10.5Nm of torque. Our 0-60kmph test runs had it put out a time of 7.65 seconds, making it the quickest in its segment and by extension, a lot quicker than the Jupiter. It's also capable of touching a top speed of 101kmph.
Ride and handling:
Both scooters may run on 12-inch tyres. However, the Jupiter’s tyres are slimmer at 90/90-section at both ends. The NTorq, on the other hand, gets chunkier 100/80-section front and 110/80-section rear tyres. Its wheelbase is also 10mm longer than the Jupiter and thus offers better stability at high speeds and corners.
That said, the Jupiter’s suspension setup is tuned to be on the plusher side. It also comes with a 3-step adjustable rear monoshock while the NTorq makes do with a simple coil spring setup. On the braking front, both scooters come equipped with a 220mm disc up front. However, the TVS NTorq's ventilated petal disc setup and wider tyres take lesser distance to come to a stop -- 18.93 metres as opposed to 20.20 metres on the Jupiter.
What about accessibility, though? The Jupiter ZX’s seat height of 765mm is 5mm lower than the NTorq 125 which means it's easier for shorter riders to put their foot down. It also has one of the longest seats in the 110cc scooter segment. Also, at 109kg kerb, the Jupiter is 9kg lighter than the NTorq 125 (119kg kerb) which is one of the heaviest scooters in its segment. A lighter scooter is essentially a lot easier to move around in the parking lot.
Which one would we suggest? Well, it all boils down to your requirements from the scooter. The Jupiter ZX is an excellent option if you're looking for an easy-going, family-oriented scooter with premium looks, a plush ride and a motor that'll deliver better fuel efficiency. As for the NTorq 125, it's designed to appeal to a younger crowd. It's sporty, handles well and offers a ton of features that are in line with today's technology.