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2020 Mahindra Thar vs Kia Seltos in a drag race

Mahindra Thar is currently the most affordable 4×4 SUVs one can buy in India. The manufacturer launched the all-new Thar in the market last year and it quickly became popular among buyers for various reasons. The demand for Mahindra Thar is so high that, there is a long waiting period on this SUV. Another SUV which had long waiting periods when it was launched in the market was Kia Seltos. It is currently one of the most popular mid size SUV in the segment and it competes with cars like Hyundai Creta MG Hector in the segment. We have seen several videos of both Mahindra Thar and Kia Seltos on the internet and here we have a video where both these popular vehicles are seen in a drag race. Who would win the race? let’s find out in the video.

The video has been uploaded by Crankshoot Paasil Vyas on their YouTube channel. The vlogger starts by talking about the technial specifications of both the SUVs. As Mahindra Thar is a proper 4×4 SUV, the weight of it was more than that of the 2WD Kia Seltos. The vlogger and his friend choose a straight for the drag race and the race is conducted in two rounds. The vlogger who was driving Mahindra Thar was pretty confident that, even though Thar weighs more than Kia, the extra power and torque that it has over Kia Seltos would help it win the race.

The race starts and within no time Mahindra Thar takes the lead and already ahead of Seltos. For a moment, it felt like vlogger’s theory was right but, then the Kia Seltos started gaining and slowly overtakes Mahindra Thar. Kia Seltos maintained the lead till the end and won the first round. In second round, the vlogger’s did not swap vehicles and started racing once again.

Mahindra Thar once again got a great start but, it was not able to maintain that. Kia soon took the lead and won both the rounds without any problem. Both SUVs used in the video were diesel powered with manual gearboxes. The Mahindra Thar is powered by a 2.2 litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates 320 Nm of peak torque and 130 Bhp. The Kia Seltos on the other hand is powered by a smaller 1.5 litre turbo diesel engine generation 113 Bhp and 250 Nm of torque.

On paper, it felt like the Thar was going to win this race but, in reality the less powerful Kia Seltos won both the rounds. The reason was the weight. Mahindra Thar weighs 1,750 kgs whereas the Seltos weights only 1361 kgs. Seltos is almost 389 kgs lighter than Mahindra and that does make a difference. Although Kia Seltos was less powerful, the lighter kerb weight of te vehicle provided a better power to weight ratio which helped it a lot during the race.

As seen in the video, the vloggers were doing this race on open roads and we do not encourage that. If you want to do such drag races, it is always better to look for empty stretch of roads, race tracks or closed roads with no traffic at all. By doing such drag races on public roads you are putting lives of other people who are using the road at risk.