2023 Tata Safari vs Mahindra Scorpio-N in a classic drag race [Video]

There is no denying that the Tata Safari and the Mahindra Scorpio-N are the most iconic SUVs in the country since their inception. Both of these models have been each other’s biggest rivals for an extended period, and with every new iteration they have launched so far, they have been switching places at the top. As we head into 2023, the question remains the same: which one is better? To find out the answer, recently, two YouTubers lined up both of these SUVs against each other in a drag race.

The video of the drag race between the Tata Safari and the Mahindra Scorpio-N was shared by Aayush SSM on their channel. The video starts with the introduction of both cars, and the presenter mentions that the Safari here is the Dark Red Edition, and the other SUV is the Mahindra Scorpio-N. Following this, he mentions that both the SUVs are diesel automatic models, and the Safari generates a maximum of 170 bhp of power and 350 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the Scorpio-N generates a maximum of 172 bhp of power and the same 350 Nm of torque as the Safari.

Following the introduction, both drivers line up their SUVs on the starting line of the road and mention that they will first race in the Eco and Zip modes in Safari and Scorpio-N, respectively, which are the lowest power modes of both cars. After setting the rules, they both drive off, and in the first drag race, the Scorpio-N gets a much quicker launch and leaves the Safari with quite a margin. After this, they stop again and shift the cars to the second powerful mode of Normal and Zap in both models, respectively. In this race as well, the Scorpio gets a head start, and the Safari does not even come close to the Mahindra Scorpio-N.

2023 Tata Safari vs Mahindra Scorpio-N in a classic drag race [Video]


Moving on, they then put both of their cars in the most powerful modes, the sports mode and Zoom mode, and to no one’s surprise, the Scorpio-N wins this race as well. Following the end of the first series of races, the drivers switch places and restart the races in the same three modes from the beginning. After changing the drivers, the Safari gets a better launch in the first race, but it cannot match the performance of the Scorpio-N, and it gets left in the dust. After this, they both perform two more races, and in these ones as well, the Scorpio-N comes out on top of the Tata Safari Dark Red Edition.

For the last series of races, the driver of the Safari suggests that he will keep his car in the sports mode and asks the driver of the Scorpio-N to keep it in the lowest power mode of Zip. After instructions, they both start again, and in the beginning, it seems like the Safari gets an edge over the Scorpio-N, but unfortunately, it still manages to lose to the mighty Scorpio-N. For the last race, the driver of the Safari switches the car to manual mode, and this time around, the Safari manages to hang on to the position, but eventually gives up to the performance of the Mahindra Scorpio-N.

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