TVS Star City+: First review

TVS Motor has updated its commuter motorcycle the Star City and called it the TVS Star City+. Here's a closer look at the motorcycle


TVS Star City Plus studio shot



Apart from showcasing the new Zest scooter, TVS had also unveiled its latest commuter offering the new TVS Star City+ at the recently concluded 2014 Auto Expo. TVS as a manufacturer is undergoing a revival, as with the launch of new offerings especially in the scooter segment it is trying to boost its sales. But it understands that to increase sales it has to do well in the segment with the highest volumes, the entry-level commuter segment. 


The new Star City+ is its latest attempt. The commuter segment has been changing and increasingly buyers in this category are looking for motorcycle that are more styling, feature-rich and of course, fuel efficient. To give the new bike a more upmarket appeal, the designers at TVS have employed sharp lines instead of curves which was the case on the Star City. The new Star City+ features a revised headlamp design, contoured fuel tank with knee recess, seats with contrast stitching, re-styled exhaust pipe and dual-tone mudguard. 


The Star City+ also employs a redesigned instrument cluster with analogue speedometer and digital display for fuel gauge and odometer alongwith various tell-tale lights. The console sports the economy / power riding mode and service-due indicators as well. The new offering uses subtle graphics, which look neat and add to the commuter motorcycle's visual appeal. The new Star City+ has its bases covered in terms of design; the overall profile and design of the bike is sporty yet understated which should appeal to the commuter segment consumers. 



TVS Star City+ instrument console



No changes have been made on the bike on the mechanical front, though. The Star City+ continues to use by the same 110cc single cylinder engine as on the Star City. The air-cooled, four-stroke engine has a power rating of 8.3PS @ 7,000rpm and a peak torque figure that stands at 8.7Nm peaking at 5,000rpm. TVS engineers have employed the company's own Ecothurst technology to the engine to improve the fuel efficiency further. 


The new TVS Star City+ employs a single downtube chassis with a wheelbase of 1,258mm; this should endow the bike with good flickability characteristic that is helpful while commuting in traffic.  It has a relatively low seat height too and with more upright seating ergonomics and a large-ish seat, it should prove to be a comfortable commuter even on longer stints. Suspension duty on the Star City+ is taken care of by telescopic front forks and five step adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear unlike the two step found on the older bike. 


The new TVS Star City+ will be priced at a slight premium over the Star City and will be launched by end of March 2014. At this pricing, it makes a good case for itself as it has all the basic features expected from a commuter bike along with fresher styling. Whether the new Star City+ will be able to rake in more numbers or not, only time will tell. But, there's no doubting the fact that TVS will need to communicate better both about the new motorcycle's fuel economy, reliability and freshness to improve its numbers. The Star City+ will compete against the Honda Dream Yuga, Mahindra Centuro, Bajaj Discover 100M and Hero Passion among a few others.


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