The collaboration between Tata Motors and Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotives has now come to fruition, as the performance variants of the Tiago and Tigor are about to hit the roads.
Although the concept of “hot hatch” hasn’t really taken off in India, there are a good number of people who like their little cars a bit more faster. Which is why there are Polo GT, Abarth Punto and the Baleno RS. Joining that list is the Tiago JTP, priced at Rs 6.39 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi.
As we can see in the pictures here, the special Tiago has got a lot of sex appeal. To begin with, there is a black honeycomb grille, twin-pod projector headlamps with black surround, sporty front bumper with black splitter, bonnet scoop, blacked-out ORVMs and black roof. Side skirts add to the sporty looks. At the rear, the bumper has a diffuser-like insert and twin tail pipes. Also notice the black roof spoiler.
There is also the Tigor JTP which looks a lot more sexier than the regular Tigor, all thanks to a similar sporty treatment as the Tiago JTP. However, the mirrors here has a contrasting red caps. Rounding off the exterior looks on both models are JTP badges and 15-inch Diamond cut dual-tone alloy wheels. The Tigor JTP is priced at Rs 7.49 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi.
Tata Tigor JTP interior
On the inside, both models get all-black theme with red surrounds for the air vents, and JTP logos in the instrument cluster. Also notice the aluminium pedals and JTP-branded sporty seats with red contrast stitching. Sadly, there is no flat-bottom steering wheel.
Rest of the features have been carried over from the regular models which includes safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, Corner Stability Control, and rear parking sensors with camera.
Which then brings us to the juicy bits of the story. The 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged ‘Revotron’ petrol engine has been tuned to produce 114 hp @ 5000 rpm and 150 Nm of torque @ 2000-4000 rpm. Compared to the standard tune, there is an increase of 29 hp and 36 Nm. Transmission is a 5-speed manual, tuned for a sporty driving experience. As with the regular cars, there are City and Sport driving modes too.
Top speed for both models is capped at 160 km/h, while 0-100 km/h sprint happens in 10 seconds. Apparently, the exhaust has a sporty note.
The suspension and steering has been tweaked as well for a sporty ride and handling. Both models sit 4 mm lower than the standard ones.
Both models are sold via select Tata dealerships, and bookings can be done with a down payment of Rs 11,000.
Among the (affordable) performance variants that are on offer in India, the Abarth Punto packs 145 hp and 212 Nm from its 1.4 T-Jet petrol engine. The Polo GT TSI offers 105 hp and 175 Nm of torque, and the Baleno RS comes last in this list with 101 hp and 150 Nm.
While the JTP models have the power and torque on par with the competition, that engine is capable of producing close to 200 hp and over 200 Nm of torque. Remember the Racemo?