TVS Motors debuted its Star City+ at this yearâ€™s Auto Expo. Almost three months later, the company today has launched the bike at a price of Rs 44,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The bike is available in electric and kick start variants.
The motorcycle plays big brother to the current Star City and is powered by a new 109.7cc EcoThrust engine. The unit is capable of producing 8.3PS of power at 5000rpm and 8.7Nm of torque at a low 5000rpm. Transmission is a four speed gearbox which can take this motorcycle from 0-60kmph in 8.1seconds. TVS claims a top speed of 90kmph and fuel efficiency of 85kmpl. TVS has tuned the motor to produce great low end torque giving this bike excellent drivability at low speeds and in-city driving. Disc brakes are not an option on this bike, rather, braking is provided with the help of 130mm drum brakes at the front and 110mm at the rear.
The chassis is a tubular single cradle frame with the suspension setup consisting of telescopic forks at the front and five step adjustable shock absorbers at the rear. The instrument cluster is made up of an analog speedometer and digital display. The bike comes with features such as adjustable shocks, alloy wheels, electric start, clear lens indicator, paper air filter, and number plate illuminator lamp. Other features include coloured shock absorber springs, chrome finished handlebar and a stainless steel muffler guard.
Overall, TVS Star City+ has a comfortable ride, good mileage and a torquey engine which should help it in getting good sales for the company. Combine this with the price and we feel that they have a winner on their hands.
Read our first ride of the motorcycle here
2014 TVS Star City+ launch press release
|TVS Motor Company launches Stylish TVS Star City+
Chennai, May 5, 2014: TVS Motor Company today launched its all-new commuter motorcycle, TVS StaR City+ which is an ideal combination of modern styling, superior engine performance and class leading comfort. This all-new motorcycle, which comes with a host of first-time features, builds on the legacy of the TVS StaR brand, which has more than 4.5 million customers across the country. Derived from the 'Ecothrust' engine of TVS Phoenix, the 109.7cc power mill of TVS StaR City+ provides an ideal combination of smooth performance, power and fuel economy. This all new engine delivers better pickup and acceleration and is high in durability.
New urban styling and vibrant new graphics add to the visual appeal of TVS StaR City+. Elegant honeycomb textured side panel grills add finesse to the styling of the motorcycle while streamlining air. A stylish crown visor and trendy rear view mirrors add flamboyance to the motorcycle. A premium Stainless steel muffler complements the bike's silver shock absorbers and it's sporty aluminum grab rail. Black alloy wheels, premium three dimension emblems and stylish flashy tail lamp add flair to the motorcycle. The overall chiseled and muscular 'flow motion styling' gives the TVS StaR City+ a distinct road presence.
The new "Ecothrust" engine delivers a solid four stroke performance, churning out
8.4 PS of power at 7,000 rpm with a torque of 8.7 Nm at 5,000 rpm. High torque ensures more power and pickup, with the motorcycle racing from zero to sixty in just 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 90kmpl. Finer engineering aspects carried out within the 'Ecothrust' engine of the TVS StaR City+ make it one of the smoothest performers in its category. Carburetor optimization aids better charge preparation and inlet port providing high charge motion, triggered by an intelligent ignition system which provides optimum spark based on speed and load ensures that the TVS StaR City+ delivers better torque at all engine speeds. TVS STaR City+ returns a stunning fuel economy of 86 kmpl, the highest among its peers. The 'Ecothrust' engine is mated to a four speed gear box, which has the added feature of electric start in any gear.
TVS Motor Company has added several first time features in this motorcycle. The comprehensive digital dashboard has an analogue speedometer and an advanced digital information display. It also houses a service indicator which intimates the rider when the bike is due for service and an econometer which guides the rider to maximize fuel economy