You must have come across many videos showing tug of war competitions between popular vehicles. These videos generally involve motorcycles like the Royal Enfield and Bajaj Dominar and even popular SUVs like the Mahindra Scorpio and Toyota Fortuner. Today, however, we have a video that shows a tug of war between a Mahindra Bolero and a Force Gurkha. The Bolero is the highest selling UV in the country and is a highly rugged offering. On the other hand, the Gurkha is very capable off the road and is a hot favourite of many off-roading enthusiasts. Here is a video that shows a tug of war between the two vehicles. Who wins? Watch it for yourself.
As you can see in the above video, both the vehicles try really hard to emerge as the winner. However, there’s really no clear winner in this competition. While both the vehicles are equipped with the 4×4 system, only the two-wheel-drive mode is used for this competition. The Mahindra Bolero 4×4 is powered by a 2523-cc, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine that outputs a maximum power of 63 bhp at 3,200 rpm along with a peak torque of 180 Nm at 1,440 rpm. On the other hand, the Force Gurkha is available with a 2596-cc, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine that outputs a maximum power of 85 bhp at 3,200 rpm along with a peak torque of 230 Nm at 1,400 rpm. The Gurkha has a kerb weight of 2,050 kgs and the Bolero has a kerb weight of 1,615 kgs.
As the video indicates, none of the SUVs emerges as a clear winner in this tug of war competition. In spite of the performance advantage that the Gurkha enjoys, it is unable to win this competition. Like we’ve been saying, winning or losing a tug-of-war doesn’t mean much. It’s not just the higher low-end torque that can help a vehicle win this challenge. Factors like driver skill, clutch condition, tyre condition, and surface condition also play a huge role in the results of such a competition. So, the fact that the Gurkha isn’t able to outclass the Bolero in the tug of war competition doesn’t say much about the individual capabilities of these two vehicles.
Video courtesy: Sunil Mehra on Youtube