TVS Motors launched the first Scooty twenty years ago in the year 1993. Now, after more than two decades, TVS Motors have launched the all-new Scooty Zest 110. The Scooty Zest 110 is bigger and more powerful than any other Scooty model launched until now. The latest iteration of TVS’s most popular scooter brand till date is a culmination of TVS’s unrelenting effort to create a solid product in the increasingly important scooter segment. The relatively conservative, yet technologically accomplished South Indian company has spent to the tune of 70 crore rupees for the development of the new scooter. The emphasis has been on catering to the requirements of an everyday user, based on extensive market research.
The scooter segment in India has been seeing tremendous growth in the last few years and it is evident from the fact that the Honda Activa briefly became the best selling two-wheeler in the Indian market for some duration. Automatic scooters are increasingly being preferred by commuters owing to the ease of riding and extra space offered by them. The Scooty Zest 110 would be yet another, and probably the most powerful product by TVS for the segment, after introducing the immensely capable Wego and Jupiter scooters. TVS Motors recently invited us to test the Scooty Zest 110 on the test track at their Hosur plant and here are our first impressions of the latest TVS scooter on the block.
Design and build quality
The TVS Scooty Zest 110 is targeted towards the fairer sex and at the first glance reminds you of the Pep+. Soon enough, though, you realize it’s an all-new model, with much trendier and contemporary lines – very modern and trendy. Although TVS is marketing the product keeping in mind the young college going girl, the Zest in the black shade looks very different from how it looks in other colors, and wouldn’t look out of place ferrying a young college going dude. It’s the color of choice of the 5 options available, if you have to share your scoot with your sister.
The Zest gets a re-styled headlight which looks somewhat like a bigger version of the unit found on the Scooty Pep+. The unique feature in this headlight is that it lights up the left section of the road a bit more. According to TVS, the feature is useful to make the casual walkers swerving in and out on the road’s fringes more visible in the night.
The dual tone apron houses the front number plate and stylish blinkers with sharp lines flowing around them in the form of decals. A triangular piano black insert on the front apron features the TVS emblem. The Zest gets stylish leaf shaped body colored mirrors and the switchgear is housed on a smooth, painted panel. Below the instrument console, the Scooty Zest features an open glove box, with enough space to hold a big one-litre bottle and more space for other knick-knacks.
The Scooty Zest looks striking in profile with its big, boomerang shaped rear blinkers extending onto the side panels. The side panel itself is beautifully styled with an upswept, rearwards tapering side panel. The panel under the floorboard is also body colored and looks nice with mild stickering. The foot-pegs are neatly housed in a body-colored recess. The new Scooty has a unique, sporty, yet curvaceous stance in profile, which in our opinion would be loved by the ladies.
The Zest also gets a textured floor board for better grip and a double stitched seat. At the rear, boomerang shaped indicators along with the LED taillight bestow the Zest with a fresh look. The body panels feature sharp design cues and are neatly integrated with the rear blinkers. The engine is all black and the compact muffler comes fitted with a stainless steel guard similar to the one seen on the 2014 TVS Wego. We couldn’t find any uneven gap within the body panels and the fit and finish on the Zest is absolutely top notch.
The Zest gets its fuel filler under the seat unlike the Wego and Jupiter. The underseat storage volume stands at 19 litres, which is pretty huge for a compact scooter and can easily house a full face medium sized helmet.
The switchgear quality is top notch and the buttons feel built to last. The speedometer is backlit and gets the power and economy mode indicators (more on this later). The handle grips are made of soft and high quality rubber which will be favoured by the female riders. The centre stand is the TVS patented EaZy centre stand which requires minimal effort from the rider. There is also a brake lever clip to prevent the scooter from rolling away when parked on inclined surfaces. With a light kerb weight of 97 kg, putting the Zest on the centre stand will be a cakewalk for the ladies. Fuel tank capacity is 5 liters which, though not too much, is par with the segment and will translate into roughly around 250+ kilometres on a tank full of gasoline.
More details and features
A smooth, painted panel houses the switchgear on both the sides.
Bright LED tail-light for improved visibilty.
Wide textured floor board for better grip.
19 litre underseat storage which houses a helmet and other small items easily.
Boomerang shaped rear blinkers.
Front storage which holds 1 litre water bottle and other knick knacks easily.
Smooth and comfortable handle grip.
Leaf shaped body colored mirrors offer a good view of what’s happening behind.
Speedo console with analogue fuel gauge and other tell-tale lights housed in the upper section.
TVS patented EaZy Centre Stand for effortless usage.
All black engine.
Compact muffler fitted with stainless steel guard.
High quality switchgear which feels built to last.
Double stitched seat with a large silver finish rear grab handle.
Engine and performance
Powering the Zest 110 is the same 109.7 single cylinder CVTi air cooled block which also powers the Wego and Jupiter. For the Sccoty Zest, this motor churns out 8PS @ 7500 RPM and 8.7 Nm of twisting force @ 5500 RPM. Fire up the Zest and the motor idles in a smooth way. The motor is refined and a light twist of your right wrist takes you off the mark without any lethargy.
The long straight section on the TVS track saw us riding in the power mode most of the time. TVS claims the Zest 110 sprints to 60 kmph from standstill in about 11 seconds. That’s a quick time for a scooter in this segment. With a kerb weight of 97 kg, the Zest feels fast off the mark. The engine is refined even at 60 kmph and the scooter touched a speedometer indicated top speed of 85 kmph on the straight section of the track.
Crouched, one can go beyond that speed without straining the motor much. The smooth engine, along with the low kerb weight endows the Zest with a good power to weight ratio, making it a peppy machine to ride with crisp throttle response and an intent to zip ahead at the slightest notice.
Since the vehicles we tested were fresh off the factory, we think the engine may perform better once it clocks some kilometres. Post 60 km/h the progress is relatively slow, but it hardly matters since the scooter is mainly aimed at college going young girls. Similar to the Wego and Jupiter, TVS claims a fuel efficiency of 62 kmpl for the Zest 110.
TVS has been providing the power and economy mode indicators on its products, which it calls Econometer, and the Scooty Zest 110 gets one too. Up to speeds of 50 kmph, the economy mode light remains on. As soon as you wring the throttle further, the power mode light turns on. Also, the scooter gets a long idling indicator which urges you to switch off the ignition on those long traffic signals.
Handling and braking
Since we tested the Zest 110 on a track, we cannot comment about the ride quality of the scooter on the pothole ridden roads the streets of most cities have to offer. The track had some rough sections, though, which failed to unsettle the scooter even at speeds north of 60 kmph. The TVS track has this long right hander which also has some rough sections. With the scooter leaned in, and speedometer showing 70 kmph, the Zest glided through the rough sections effortlessly.
The TVS tubeless tyres used on the Zest, according to company claims are built with a soft compound which along with the tread pattern provide maximum grip. As a corroboration of their claim, the Zest felt light yet planted around the long curved section on the TVS track. The scooter is extremely composed and enthusiastic women riders will feel at home chucking the scooter in-and-out the gaps in city traffic. The front suspension is a telescopic unit, while the rear features double rated springs with hydraulic mono shock.
Braking power comes from a 110 mm drum brake at the front and 130 mm drum brake at the rear. TVS says this setup provides optimum braking performance considering the weight transfer which happens during braking. In the pre-ride presentation, TVS provided the facts and figures which did its bit to substantiate the above notion. We tested the braking and found the brakes to be pretty good. Under hard braking, the front does not lock easily and is confidence inspiring. The rear will lock but has sufficient bite and stops you in a straight line without any drama. All in all, the Zest has very good handling and braking performance.
With a seat height of 760 mm, the average Indian woman (height wise) will find it easy to ride. All the switches fall to hand with the only issue being the parking brake. The parking brake requires a large hand to operate. The operation of the throttle requires minimal effort and the big speedometer console with white background is easy to read.
As mentioned earlier, putting the scooter on the centre stand is effortless due to the EaZy centre stand. The textured floor board is spacious enough to accommodate long legs of a 6ft person. The scooter gets an auto choke feature for easy starts. The seat is wide and long and should be comfortable on long journeys.
With a low kerb weight, a peppy engine and a lot of useful features, the TVS Scooty Zest 110 proves to be a good option for young girls and ladies who looking for a peppy light weight scooter. Although compact in size, the Scooty Zest isn’t any less powerful than the bigger 110cc scooters out there. In fact, with the lower kerb weight, the Zest feels peppier and offers great performance. Another surprising factor is the generous space and storage spaces on offer. It’s better than some of the other bigger scooters, which is a fantastic thing to have, especially for a compact scoot.
Great styling, fantastic build quality, light weight and an easy to ride character make the Scooty Zest a compelling choice for the members of the fairer sex. This is especially true when you look at the price at which the new scooter is offered. An ex-showroom price of Rs 42,300 (at the time of test) is significantly lower than the other 110cc offerings in the segment, which retail for Rs 50K or thereabouts. That’s a saving of Rs 7k, which is huge for this price segment.
Though supposedly compact, the Scooty Zest doesn’t skimp on quality, convenience, space or comfort – which apart from making it convincing choice for ladies, should also make it a viable option for young college going boys who care more for value than anything else. In black, the machine can very well pass as a unisex scooter for the youngsters.
With the Zest, TVS is offering a 2 year or 36,000 km warranty (whichever comes earlier). Extended warranty is also available upto 3 years or 60,000 kms. All of which makes the Scooty Zest one hell of a value package in its latest avatar. Do give this one a thought, if getting the maximum bang for your buck is high on your agenda.
Technical Specifications :
Displacement : 109.7 cc
Engine : Single cylinder CVTi air cooled
Power : 8PS @ 7500 RPM
Torque : 8.7 Nm @ 5500 RPM
Ignition system : Digital IDI ignition
Wheelbase : 1250 mm
Length x Width x Height : 1770 mm x 660 mm x 1139 mm
Fuel tank capacity : 5 litres
Kerb Weight : 97 kg
Under seat storage : 19 litres
Turning circle radius : 1910 mm