Can a Kia Seltos beat the mighty Toyota Fortuner in a drag race? Here’s the answer

Drag races are one of the fastest ways to find out the quicker vehicle off the mark. In India, most drag races are not officiated and are done randomly on public roads. Here is one such race between the Toyota Fortuner and Kia Seltos. The public road where the drag race happened is empty. This video is to show the quicker car between the two.

The Toyota Fortuner here is a pre-facelifted model. It is a 4X4 diesel automatic variant. The Kia Seltos is powered by a diesel engine but gets a manual transmission. Kia does not offer a 4X4 with any of its vehicles in India at the moment.

Engine-wise, the Fortuner is much more powerful on paper. It gets the D-4D 2.8-litre diesel engine. The four-cylinder engine produces a maximum power of 174 Bhp and a peak torque of 420 Nm. Since this is the pre-facelift model, the power is low. The Seltos, on the other hand, gets a 1.5-litre diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 115 PS and a peak torque of 250 Nm. It gets a manual transmission.

The video by Arun Pawar shows five drag races in total. At first, the Toyota Fortuner was in the normal mode without the 4X4 engaged. After losing the first couple of races, the Fortuner driver shifted it to the power mode. Even then, the Kia Seltos took over seconds after the start.

They even changed the drivers but that did not impact the result of the drag race. The Fortuner remained behind the Seltos during the race. We are not sure about the length of the road though.

Is Fortuner slower?

Can a Kia Seltos beat the mighty Toyota Fortuner in a drag race? Here’s the answer

Initially, yes. There is a massive weight difference between these two vehicles. The Fortuner 4X4 diesel automatic’s kerb weight is around a hefty 2 ton. The Kia Seltos diesel-manual weighs around 1.4 ton. That’s a massive weight difference.

It does not matter how powerful the engine is available to the vehicle, the initial acceleration depends completely on the weight. As the higher weight of the vehicle means that the engine has to work much more to generate the amount of power to push the vehicle forward, it takes time.

On the contrary, after the initial acceleration, if both these vehicles do a rolling start at about 40 km/h or higher, the Fortuner is likely to fly away. Also, the Fortuner has a much higher top speed and in the long run, it will outrun the Seltos. That is why it is always a good idea to test vehicles from two different segments in various parameters. That gives a true outcome.

Shantonil Nag

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