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TVS Scooty Pep Plus 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Jan 31 2020 Share this blog

Kinetic had launched one of the most popular scooters of the 2000s in 2004, the Zing. Ever since then, the gearless scooters have gained a lot of popularity in the Indian market and their sales have skyrocketed. In 2005 TVS decided to launch its TVS Scooty Pep Plus in 2005 to get a pie on the sales chart too. It quickly gained a lot of popularity due to its small dimensions and affordable pricing. It has been quite a success since then as TVS has been able to sell over 45 lakh units of the Scooty Pep Plus. 

Even with its small dimension and lightweight TVS never tried to aim it at the female demographic initially, like the Hero Pleasure Plus. Back in the days, most gearless scooters got an 80 cc motor which used to be considered enough for daily city use. But fast forward 15 years, interestingly, TVS continues to provide the same old motor and has not increased the capacity ever since even while scooters like the Hero Pleasure Plus getting a 110 cc motor. But the TVS Scooty Pep Plus certainly comes at a mouth-watering price of Rs. 43,424 (Ex-showroom Delhi). With all the new launches in the segment its time to see if the Scooty Pep Plus still offers value for money package or not.


Pros

  • Tried and Tested engine

  • Impressive fuel efficiency

  • Cheapest scooter in the category

  • Easy to maintain

Cons

  • Dated chassis and styling

  • Small engine displacement

What’s New

  • New features added like the USB charging socket

  • New Colours

How good is the engine in TVS Scooty Pep Plus?

The engine is the heart of a scooter and TVS Scooty Pep Plus has got no heart transplant this time too. Its gets the same old 87.8cc pot that produces 5 bhp @ 6,500 rpm and a torque of 6 Nm @ 4,000 rpm. It is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) like every other scooter in this range. As it’s easy to figure out, the Scooty Pep Plus gets the weakest power and torque figures. But TVS has done a great job with the engine, as it does not feel underpowered which is largely due to its super lightweight. 

The engine performs exactly like how you’d expect it to perform. Within the city conditions, it can putter around easily and it feels adequate for the everyday city runs. But once on the open road, the build-up of speed is slower than you might expect especially after 50 kmph and the engine a bit vocal too. Build up of speed and revs is smooth and the engine is tuned towards comfort. The throttle response is sharp and Overall, the performance from the engine feels adequate for the city use. But it is not meant to cruise at high speeds for a long time as it feels stressed if pushed hard.

Motorcycle

TVS Scooty Pep Plus

Yamaha Ray Z

Hero Pleasure Plus

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 43,007

Rs.52,247 

Rs. 53,286 (Metal Wheels) / Rs. 56,669 (Cast Wheels)

Engine 

87.8 cc 4 STROKE SINGLE CYLINDER FORCED AIR-COOLED

113cc Fan cooled SI engine

110.9 cc Air-cooled, 4-stroke Single Cylinder OHC

Power 

6.0 bhp

@ 6500RPM

7 bhp

@ 7200 RPM

8.0 bhp

@ 7500RPM

Torque

5.8Nm

@ 4000 RPM

8.1 Nm

@ 5000 RPM

8.70Nm

@ 5500 RPM

Fueling

Carburated

Carburated

TCI(Transistor Controlled Ignition)

ARAI Mileage figure(kmpl)

60.0

62.0

60.0

Fuel tank capacity(Litres)

5

5

4.8

The TVS Scooty Pep Plus does not get a Fuel Ignition System like some of is rivals. It continues to get a carburetor but still manages to provide the best-in-class fuel economy. The 5-liter fuel tank is adequate for everyday city runs worth a week. The Ray Z and the Hero Pleasure Plus certainly feel more lively and sprightly than the Pep Plus due to their more powerful engines.

How quick is the TVS Scooty Pep Plus from 0-60?

The entry-level scooters are meant for everyday commuting than outright performance. Hence, it’s better not to expect any bad boy feels here. But superior acceleration certainly shows how advanced and well-tuned the CVT gearbox is. TVS has done a good job tuning the engine and the gearbox but due to the small displacement of the engine, the Scooty Pep Plus feels quite lethargic. The TVS Scooty Pep Plusplus completes its 0-60 sprint in 12 .1 seconds which is the slowest in its segment.

Motorcycle

TVS Scooty Pep Plus 

Yamaha Ray Z

Hero Pleasure Plus

Transmission

CVT

CVT

CVT

0-60 kmph

12.1 s

12.00 s

11.2 s

Top Speed(kmph)

70

86

90

With the top speed of 70 kmph, the TVS Scooty Pep Plus does the bare minimum. The Hero Pleasure Plus manages to finish its 0-60 kmph sprint in 11.2 seconds. But the Ray Z feels faster due to its sporty seating and ride height. The lighter weight of the Scooty Pep Plus does help it in initial acceleration but it runs out of juice as the power tapers off quickly.

How good are the Brakes?

In terms of the braking department, the Scooty Pep Plus gets the bare minimum which just feels about adequate and gets the job done. It gets drum brakes at the front and at the rear. Neither it gets any disc brake option nor does it get any Unified Brake system like the Hero Pleasure Plus. The brake setup has been retained on the TVS Scooty Pep Plus with the same 110 mm drums at both ends. TVS has not upsized any of the wheels too and continues to offer 10-inch wheels.

Motorcycle

TVS Scooty Pep Plus 

Yamaha Ray Z

Hero Pleasure Plus

Front / Rear

Drum/Drum

Disc/Drum/Drum

Drum/Drum

Front Rotor Size(mm)

110

130

130

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

110

130

130

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

-

-

-

None of the offerings is equipped with ABS but both the Ray Z and the Hero Pleasure Plus offer combi brake to help in emergency braking situations. The Scooty Pep Plus just feels about adequate for its weight. We believe that TVS should upsize the brakes to offer better braking performance as the braking distance increasing quite a bit with the pillion rider.

How comfortable is the new TVS Scooty Pep Plus?

The Scooty Pep plus gets a typical suspension set up with Hydraulic Telescopic Forks at the front and Mono Coil Spring at the rear. On paper, it might sound like an unimpressive setup but in reality, it does a good job of keeping its rider comfortable. The small dimensions and the low seat height make it easy to handle and push around. 

The 95 kg kerb weight also makes it quite beginner-friendly. Within the city, it is easy to nip in and out of traffic and the Scooty Pep Plus never feels overwhelming. But on higher speed, the lower weight transfers into poor stability. On open roads, it is prone to a certain level of vertical movements as the suspension is softly sprung.

Motorcycle

TVS Scooty Pep Plus 

Yamaha Ray Z

Hero Pleasure Plus

Chassis 

Underbone

Underbone

Underbone

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

90/100-10

90/90-12

90/100-10

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

90/100-10

90/100-10

90/100-10

Front Suspension

Hydraulic Telescopic Forks


Telescopic forks

Bottom Link with Spring-loaded Hydraulic Damper


Rear Suspension

Mono Coil Spring 

3-Step adjustable spring-loaded Hydraulic

Swing Arm with Spring-loaded Hydraulic Dampers

Seat height(mm)

765

760

765

Ground Clearance (mm)

135 

128

155 

Kerb Weight(kg)

95

104

101

Starting System

Kick/Self

Kick/Self

Kick/Self

The seat squab is well-cushioned and helps you stay comfortable for a long period of time. The handlebar is positioned to give you a relaxed posture too but it feels too light even at high speeds. While the suspension feels adequate for city roads on badly patched it can get unsettled easily due to the lightweight. Overall, the TVS Scooty Pep PlusPlus provides a comfortable ride for your everyday city runs. But fails to impress with its bad road dealing abilities. 

How does the TVS Scooty Pep Plus look?

In terms of the looks, TVS has not updated the Scooty Pep Plus and it offers the same old look of the outgoing model. The decade-old design has not aged quite well and it outright looks boring. On completing 25 years of the Scooty brand, TVS has introduced two new color shades for the Scooty Pep+ including the Revving Red and Glittering Gold. 

But that too has not been able to stir up things in the looks department. On the front, it now gets a DRL which looks like an aftermarket thought. It also gets a silver covering on the exhaust which manages to look more contemporary than the rest of the design. Overall, the Scooty Pep Plus looks built to a cost and fails to impress in any way in terms of looks

Aesthetic Features

  • Sporty Tail Lamp

  • Retro Headlamp

  • Alloy Wheels

  • Engine Kill Switch

  • Redesigned instrument console

Motorcycle

TVS Scooty Pep Plus 

Yamaha Ray Z

Hero Pleasure Plus

Length (mm)

1735 

1835

1769 

Width (mm)

590 

675

704 

Height(mm)

1065 

1090

1161 

Wheelbase(mm)

1230 

1270

1238 

The TVS Scooty Pep Plus gets the smallest wheelbase in its segment which makes it the easiest scooter to maneuver around. It is the smallest scooter in terms of physical dimensions that you can buy in the segment. 

How safe is the TVS Scooty Pep Plus and what are the new features?

TVS has not updated the looks of the Pep Plus but has added some features to keep it relevant in the market. It gets 15 liters of under-seat storage, 10-inch wheels, and TVS has also thrown in a mobile charging socket too in the package. There’s no front or rear disc brake on offer and neither a combined braking system has been introduced. Although, it gets a side stand indicator and an LED DRL which is quite helpful in everyday situations.

Motorcycle

TVS Scooty Pep Plus 

Yamaha Ray Z

Hero Pleasure Plus

Features

DRL

Unified Braking System

Combi-Braking System


Steel wheels

Blue Core engine

Alloy wheels


USB Charging port

Carbon pattern meter design

USB Charging port


Utility box

USB Charging Socket

Utility box

The TVS Scooty Pep Plus does not get more advanced features like some of its rivals as it has been built to cost. Hence in terms of features, it is not quite the best in the segment. The Pleasure Plus provides the most number of features in this comparison.

How does the competition stack up against this highly successful Honda?

TVS Scooty Pep Plus vs Yamaha Ray Z

Yamaha’s Ray Z has been around in the market for quite some time now. It was Yamaha’s first gearless in the Indian market. The Ray Z still continues to be the same since its inception much like the Scooty Pep Plus. But it offers a more powerful engine as well has better riding dynamics. The Ray Z certainly looks better than Pep Plus and bring in some sporty character. But once you factor in the pricing, the Scooty Pep plus certainly gets you more value for money.


TVS Scooty Pep Plus vs Hero Pleasure Plus

Hero’s Pleasure Plus continues to offer great features and looks for your money. It not only offers more features but also gets a better engine than the Pep Plus. Hero has given a new Pleasure Plus full cosmetic upgrade and added new features. When compared to the Pep Plus the Pleasure Plus seems like a better scooter in every way. The TVS Scooty Pep Plus comes at a cheaper which is a reason enough for some to go with Scooty Pep Plus. But we would suggest otherwise.

How has TVS Scooty Pep Plus managed to become a household name?

With the scooter market moving forward at a fast pace, TVS’s Scooty Pep Plus seems to be stuck in the 2000s. It continues to offer the same old engine and looks that might not have aged well for most of us. But the Scooty Pep Plus never stood for good looks or cutting edge technology. What it stood for was value for a money package which it still continues to provide in a market where ever new scooter has been introduced with a bump in prices. Hence, if you are looking for the most affordable everyday city runner, the Scooty Pep Plus is still the best bet in the market.