TVS Star City Plus BS6 Vs Victor BS4: Which One To Buy
Confused between the BS6 TVS Star City Plus and the Victor? We help you choose the best one
Like all other two-wheeler manufacturers, TVS has been scrambling to update its portfolio to meet BS6 emission norms. One of the most recent bikes to make the cut is the Star City Plus. However, it does cost a premium of around Rs 7,500 over its BS4 counterpart priced at Rs 54,502. On the flipside, for just a little more, you could pick up the BS4-compliant TVS Victor. But which one should you choose?
How do they compare in terms of looks:
The BS6 Star City Plus receives a new look for 2020. This comes in the form of a redesigned front fascia that looks sportier than before and a premium dual-tone seat.
The Victor, on the other hand, remains unchanged. That said, it's likely to receive its BS6 update in the next couple of months. So we could expect to see minor design tweaks and feature updates. Both bikes feature dual-tone paint schemes. However, the Victor gets a couple of chrome elements near the side panels and headlight along with a gold-painted engine cover that gives it a premium feel.
The BS6 Star City Plus has the upper hand here with more features to brag about. This includes a new LED headlight (a segment-first), a USB mobile charging port next to the semi-digital instrument console and fuel injection for cleaner tailpipe emissions.
The only feature on the Victor is an LED DRL placed under the headlight.
Difference in performance?
Even though both bikes use the same 109.7cc single-cylinder engine, they differ in terms of power outputs. The Star City Plus, for instance, makes 1.31PS and 0.7Nm less than the Victor, albeit at lower rpms. The difference could be attributed to the new emission norms. The Star City Plus trades in performance for cleaner emissions while the latter does the complete opposite.
Having said that, TVS is expected to roll out the BS6 version of the Victor in the next couple of months. So, we could expect a small drop in performance. Both bikes feature a 4-speed transmission.
Any difference in hardware?
Both bikes come equipped with a telescopic front fork and a twin shock setup at the rear with 5 steps of adjustability. Synchronized braking comes as standard with a 130mm drum brake up front and a 110mm drum unit at the rear. However, the Victor gets a 240mm disc brake as an option.
The Star City Plus, post its update, weighs in at 116kg (drum variant), which is 4kg heavier than the Victor (drum). Essentially, the Victor would be a little easier to move around tight spaces while parking. But these bikes shouldn’t be all that different while riding.
Easier on the pocket?
The Star City Plus carries a premium of around Rs 3,000 over the Victor Premium Edition with SBT. Despite this, we believe, the Star City Plus would be a better option considering its feature list and updated engine which justifies the price difference.
Having said that, if you require a bit more performance by shelling out less, the TVS Victor makes sense. And if that's the case we'd request you to hurry up and snag the bike before it runs out of stock, as the new iteration is expected to be launched pretty soon.