Mahindra Scorpio N vs Toyota Fortuner in a classic drag race [Video]

Witness the Toyota Fortuner taking on the ‘Big Daddy of SUVs’, the All-New Mahindra Scorpio-N in an exclusive drag race video. Both the SUVs sport a ladder-on-frame construction and come with 4X4 capabilities.

Nowadays, 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 ‘Panwar Brothers’ seems to be conducted on an unused and vacant stretch of road and drivers are wearing proper seat belts. The Toyota Fortuner competes against the recently launched Mahindra Scorpio N in this drag race.

Mahindra Scorpio N VS Toyota Fortuner Drag Race: Results

Mahindra Scorpio N vs Toyota Fortuner in a classic drag race [Video]

The Scorpio N in the drag race is a diesel automatic 4X4 model while the Fortuner is a diesel manual 4X4 model. Before the start of the race, owners of both SUVs were quite confident about their victory. The initial attempts went unfruitful due to mismatched launch timing. In the first successful attempt, the Fortuner took the lead with a minor wheel spin and was able to make a marginal gap in the initial run, however as the race proceeded further, the gap between the two SUVs increased and Fortuner won the race. The result was similar in the second round as well.

Mahindra Scorpio N VS Toyota Fortuner Drag Race: Powertrain and Price Comparison

The Toyota Fortuner is powered by a 2.8-litre Turbo Diesel engine producing 204 bhp of maximum power. It comes paired with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The peak torque output with the manual transmission is 420 Nm while the automatic sports a colossal 500 Nm.

On the other hand, the powerhouse of the Scorpio N is a 2.2 litre mHawk Diesel engine, belting out 175 bhp of maximum power. The manual gearbox option gets 370 Nm of peak torque while the 6-speed torque converter comes with 400 Nm of peak torque.

The Scorpio N and Toyota Fortuner belong to entirely different segments; however, both SUVs are based on a rugged ladder frame construction. Along with this, both SUVs come with proper 4X4 capabilities. In terms of pricing, the range of Scorpio N starts from Rs. 11.99 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs. 23.90 lakh (ex-showroom). The Toyota Fortuner is priced from Rs. 32.59 lakh to Rs. 50.34 lakh (ex-showroom).

Mahindra Scorpio N VS Toyota Fortuner Drag Race: Result Analysis

The result of the drag race depends on a number of factors including the powertrain, driver’s skills, condition of the vehicles, drag coefficient, kerb weight and more. In this case, the Fortuner had a clear advantage in terms of power figures. The second point which worked in the favour of the Fortuner is its manual transmission, while the Scorpio N was an automatic. The initial launch of the Fortuner with the manual transmission was quite brisk, evident by the wheel spin while the natural lag of the automatic transmission played the spoilsport for the Scorpio N. The comparison would have been fairer if both SUVs had a similar transmission option.