Review: TVS Jupiter MillionR
Well, what is this?
This is the TVS Jupiter MillionR, the same as you read in the headline. Spelled exactly the same way
MillionR? Does that denote how much this thing costs?
Er, no. TVS is not looking to compete with Vespa. You see, since its introduction three years ago, over 10 lakh people have bought a Jupiter. It's a really nice scooter (our Scooter of the Year in 2014), and we're not surprised it has found so many takers. But they obviously couldn't call it the Jupiter 10 lakh R or the Jupiter 10,00,000. It would just be clumsy, so don't be mad at them for the suffix.
Why is TG reviewing a sticker job?
That's the thing\: it's not a sticker job. Well, at least not strictly a sticker job. Look closely, and you'll see that apart from the 'royal wine' paint and tastefully-used chrome embellishments, there's also a 220mm disc brake up front.
So that is pretty much all there is to this 'special' edition?
No, actually. Apart from the chrome bits on the side panels and mirror casings and the new colour scheme, there's a chocolate-and-beige seat, MillionR stickering, beige interior panels and floor mat (which I'm not a fan of) and most importantly, a USB phone charging point.
To the MillionR-dollar question\: does the disc make a difference?
Sure as hell it does. It offers so much more bite than a humble drum, and cuts stopping distances significantly. It works in a progressive manner, and it'll doubtless help you bring your Jupiter to a halt much quicker.
And the rest of it is...
...much the same, yes. The 110cc motor still puts out 7.8bhp, it still feels fairly sprightly, there's plenty of shove down low and in the mid range (so overtaking is a breeze), it still sounds a little unhappy at the top of its voice and it rides beautifully.
What's the damage?
It costs Rs 55,193 (ex-showroom, Mumbai). That's about two grand more for the added trinkets. You could wait for a while and let TVS start offering the disc as an option on the standard Jupiter if you don't like the beige panels on this one.
Can we be friends?
Specs1cyl, 109.7cc, 7.8bhp, 8Nm, CVT, 5-litre fuel tank, 765mm seat height, Rs 55,193 (ex-showroom, Mumbai)Rating\: 7/10
VerdictAn already quite solid scoot gets even better with added stopping power.