Off-road oriented lifestyle vehicle, Mahindra Thar takes on the ‘Big Daddy of SUVs’ Mahindra Scorpio N in an exclusive drag race. Both the SUVs sport a ladder-on-frame construction and come with 4X4 capabilities.
In recent times, drag races to compare and check the limits of vehicles have become a common norm in India. Every Now and then you will come across videos on various social media platforms, where people are doing high-speed runs on public roads to test their vehicles. Such activities carry a lot of risks unless and until conducted in a controlled environment with all the necessary precautions. We do not endorse these activities and advice all our readers not to indulge in such acts.
The drag race in the YouTube video by ‘Arun Panwar’ seems to be conducted on an unused and vacant stretch of road and drivers are wearing proper seat belts. The Mahindra Scorpio N competes against the likes of the Mahindra Thar in this drag race.
Mahindra Scorpio N VS Mahindra Thar Drag Race: Vehicle Details and Results
In the drag race, the first vehicle is a brand new Mahindra Scorpio N diesel manual Z8 L 4X4. It competes against the Mahindra Thar diesel automatic. Talking about power figures, the Thar uses a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine churning out 130 bhp and 300 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. On the other hand, powering the Mahindra Scorpio N is a 2.2-litre mHawk Turbo Diesel engine belting out 175 bhp and 370 Nm of peak torque. Power is channelled to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. Both the vehicles in this drag race use the same 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine, however, are poles apart in terms of tuning and power delivery.
Now coming to the drag race, several rounds were conducted and the results are quite clear. In the first round, the Scorpio N took the lead and defeated the Thar by a heavy margin. Despite the sedated gear shifting and acceleration, the ‘Big Daddy of SUVs’ again won in the second round. The results were quite similar in the remaining rounds as well, however, the Scorpio N lost in the last round as a result of mismatched gear shifting.
Mahindra Scorpio N VS Mahindra Thar Drag Race: Verdict
Sporting a similar kerb weight, ladder frame chassis, powertrain, body types and 4X4 capabilities, both the SUVs are quite identical in terms of several aspects. However, the major differentiating factor is the power and torque factors. The higher 175 bhp of power and 370 Nm of peak torque of Mahindra Scorpio N serve as a clear advantage as compared to the lower 130 bhp and 300 Nm of peak torque in the Thar. So this higher power output translates into better performance on road and becomes the main deciding factor in Scorpio N’s victory. Another important point to note is that, despite coming from the same manufacturer and price segment, both SUVs are miles apart in terms of functionality. The Mahindra Thar is a lifestyle vehicle while the Scorpio N is a capable 7-seater SUV inclined towards luxury as well as practicality.