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Ather 450X vs TVS NTorq 125 BS6 vs Suzuki Burgman Street 125: Performance Numbers Compared

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Three scooters running the same distance on the exact same stretch of road. How do they stack up?

 A lot of you have been a little sceptical about the Ather 450X’s performance when compared to petrol-powered scooters. Understandably so since electric two-wheelers are still in their nascent stage. So we decided to clear the air in the best way possible: with a real-world performance test.  The Ather, TVS NTorq 125 and Suzuki Burgman Street running the same distance on the exact same stretch of road. Fair? Here’s what the numbers have to say... 

Acceleration

 

Ather 450X

TVS NTorq 125 BS6

Suzuki Burgman Street BS6

0-40kmph

3.41s

4.20s

3.74s

0-60kmph

6.94s

9.26s

8.83s

0-80kmph

13.74s

18.73s

18.87s

Ather 450X vs TVS NTorq 125 BS6 vs Suzuki Burgman Street 125 Performance Numbers Compared

Right off the bat, the Ather 450X (in Warp mode) has a huge advantage. It can put down all of its power and torque immediately, helping it bolt off the line a little over half a second quicker than the NTorq.

Ather 450X vs TVS NTorq 125 BS6 vs Suzuki Burgman Street 125 Performance Numbers Compared

The difference between the Burgman and the 450X is marginal at first. But at the speeds climb, you can see the 450X extending its lead. A time difference of over 5 seconds should paint a clear picture. The NTorq too, at this point, just doesn’t have to grunt to keep pace. 

I would however like to add that both the NTorq and the Burgman would eventually catch up and post a better top speed. But you’d require an agonizingly long stretch of road for that.

 

Roll-Ons

 

Ather 450X

TVS NTorq 125 BS6

Suzuki Burgman Street BS6

20-50kmph

3.48s

4.46s

4.47s

Ather 450X vs TVS NTorq 125 BS6 vs Suzuki Burgman Street 125 Performance Numbers Compared

Mid-range performance is absolutely crucial for scooters in the city. It’s where they’ll spend most of their time. As you’d expect, the Ather delivers in spades here as well. Just open the throttle and the electric motor pumps all of its 26Nm of torque to the rear wheel. The result is a roll-on acceleration time of 3.48 seconds, almost a second quicker than its rivals. 

 

Braking

 

Ather 450X

TVS NTorq 125 BS6

Suzuki Burgman Street BS6

80-0kmph

43.50m

37.92m

42.15m

60-0kmph

22.14m

20.30m

22.65m

Ather 450X vs TVS NTorq 125 BS6 vs Suzuki Burgman Street 125 Performance Numbers Compared

Braking has always been the Ather’s Achilles heel, not because it’s bad, but because it’s too sharp -- almost suicidal. The rear tends to step out quite easily, forcing you to let go of the brakes in order to correct the scooter. The brake distances numbers are pretty self-explanatory. 

Ather 450X vs TVS NTorq 125 BS6 vs Suzuki Burgman Street 125 Performance Numbers Compared

The brakes on the NTroq have been improved drastically on the BS6 model with good bite, feel and progression. It’s no surprise then that’s it’s the quickest to drop the anchor. 

 

Ather 450X

TVS NTorq 125 BS6

Suzuki Burgman Street BS6

City

91.4km (eco range)

51.54kmpl

55.89kmpl

Ather 450X vs TVS NTorq 125 BS6 vs Suzuki Burgman Street 125 Performance Numbers Compared

An EV couldn’t possibly compete with petrol-powered scooters when it comes to range. The Ather travelled a total of 91.4km before running out. It would then take you about half an hour to an hour to charge the scooter through a fast charger, more if you used a conventional power source. 

Ather 450X vs TVS NTorq 125 BS6 vs Suzuki Burgman Street 125 Performance Numbers Compared

ICE-powered scooters, on the other hand, can travel for about 300km on a full tank. That’s incomparable to EVs. Besides, fuel stations are available every few kilometres and it only takes a few minutes to refuel.  

To summarise, electrics are quick and a whole lot of fun, but they still aren’t as practical as petrol-powered scooters. Not yet at least.

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