Tata Safari has been one of the most iconic SUVs and it is the most recently launched vehicle from Tata Motors. The price of the SUV is expected to be revealed in February 2021. On the other hand, Mahindra Scorpio is also known for its reliability and off-road capability and has been a popular name in the Indian market. While Mahindra has discontinued the all-wheel-drive variant of the Scorpio because they will soon be replacing it with an all-new generation, the Safari this time also does not come with an all-wheel-drive powertrain. Here we have a video of a Mahindra Scorpio and Tata Safari in a drag race. The results of the race are quite interesting. The video has been uploaded by MRD Cars on their YouTube channel.
It looks like the race was conducted on an empty road. The vlogger conducted three rounds of the drag race. Surprisingly, all three races were won by the Mahindra Scorpio. The third race turned with the air conditioning off in the Safari and still, the SUV lost to the Scorpio. However, there are certain reasons why Safari lost even being a more powerful one. Both the SUVs tips the scale at the same 1,825 kgs. So, the weight is not a reason that Safari lost. The Safari is powered by a 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that produces 170 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 350 Nm. It is either mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The one we see in the video is the 6-speed manual gearbox. The Safari is a front-wheel-drive vehicle. Mahindra Scorpio is powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that produces 140 PS of max power and 320 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed manual gearbox and the power is transmitted to the rear wheels only. So, if we look at the specs, ideally the Safari would have won the race but that did not happen.
The real reason why Safari lost the race is that Tata has equipped the Safari with a soft limiter which limits the revs of the engine to 2,500 rpm when you are idling. The vlogger also shows this by pressing the throttle all the way, but the revs don’t rise above 2,500. When compared the Scorpio can rev up to 3,000 rpm due to which it jumps off when the driver lets off the clutch and goes ahead of Safari and maintains that lead. However, there is a chance that in the long run, the Safari overtakes the Scorpio because of more power. The vlogger also mentions that there is no lack of power in Safari as once you start moving there is enough torque and power to move the vehicle swiftly.
Now, talking about the new Scorpio, which should enter the Indian market in the second half of 2021. It will be based on a reworked ladder-frame chassis that should improve handling and the ride quality of the SUV. It will be powered by a 2.0-litre mStallion turbocharged petrol engine or a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.