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TVS ZEST 110: THE BEST-IN-CLASS-BUY

Would you believe us if we told you the generic name ‘Scooty’ for any women’s two-wheelers was actually derived from TVS’s ‘Scooty’ brand of scooters? And just so you know, the answer is yes! Originally conceived in 1993, the Scooty moniker have had five iterations (Scooty ES, Scooty Pep, Scooty Pep+, Scooty Teenz and Scooty Streak) till the recent update showed up.

The Scooty moniker has been upgraded for 2015 with a brand-new scooter – the Scooty Zest 110. It might look very much like a stylish update of the old Scooty Streak, but the Scooty Zest is all-new underneath. It also gets loaded with a gamut of best-in-class features, right at a time, when the scooters market is expanding at such a tremendous rate.

So, if you’re thinking of buying the Scooty Zest 110, this is going to be pretty much all that matters to you.tvszestnepal1STYLING

The TVS Scooty Zest looks very compact with sharp and bold curves. TVS’s Scooty DNA is distinctly visible from its flat front apron. The dual colour front panel houses the twilight lamps and turn indicators in an inverted boomerang like shape. The front headlamp which is mounted on the handlebar has Multi Focal Reflectors (MFR) for better illumination. The leaf-shaped, body colour mirrors which complement the front apron makes the Zest stand out. The back-lit instrumentation panel houses a speedometer, odometer, fuel gauge and a TVS-trademark ‘econometer’ which helps riders get the best mileage from their scooter. tvszestnepal2A smooth, painted panel houses the switchgear on both the sides. The side profile is sharply rounded with body graphics on both the sides. Lastly, the rear is dominated by a huge LED tail light which is placed between a pair of boomerang shaped rear turn indicators. Overall, the fit and finish is excellent.

ENGINE

The Scooty Zest is powered by the same engine which is used in the Jupiter and the new Wego; however, with some changes on the gear ratios, air box and air filter. The 109.7cc, single-cylinder, CVTi air-cooled engine makes 7.9bhp at 7500 rpm and 8.7Nm at 5500 rpm in a smooth and refined fashion. According to TVS, the Zest does 0-60 kmph in just 11.1 seconds, best-in-class for this segment.

RIDE AND HANDLING

Ride and handling combine to make you feel very good indeed. The Zest is nimble and weaves through the traffic easily. Throttle response is crisp with decent acceleration. At only 97 kg, the Zest is a very light machine, which means it has a very attractive power to weight ratio (claimed best-in-class). tvszestnepal4The quirky little scooter manoeuvres through the traffic easily. The seat height for the Zest is set at a convenient 760mm, for easy reach to the ground and a relaxed riding posture.

SUSPENSION

The Zest’s telescopic front forks and double rated rear hydraulic monoshock help the TVS tackle potholes and rough road surfaces easily typically found in our riding conditions. 10-inch rims and a 1250mm wheelbase contribute to good cornering clearance and excellent stability. The anti-skid tubeless tyres do provide a decent grip without compromising the ride quality. Lastly, stopping power comes from a 110mm front and a 130mm rear drum brakes.

FEATURES

Despite its small size, the Zest has lots of storage space. TVS has maximized convenience with a 19-litres under-seat storage which is enough to accommodate a full-sized helmet, light jacket and gloves. Contemplating the convenience package are additional front bag hook, under-seat bag hook, under-seat helmet hook and a spacious front glove box. TVS has also provided an automatic choke and company patented EaZy Centre stand. tvszestnepal5The Zest also gets a textured floor board for better grip and a double stitched seat. The textured foot board is designed to give good grip in any situation. Electric starting is backed by a kicker, just in case.

VERDICT

The Zest delivers refined performance in a fuel efficient (claimed 62kmpl) and affordable package. Available in colours and priced at Rs 1, 59,900, the TVS Scooty Zest 110 will be a best buy for anybody looking for fun and affordable scooter.tvszestnepal3The Scooty Zest has it all — and as the scooters market continues to expand further, the competition will have to work hard to get anywhere near.

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