Mahindra Scorpio vs Tata Safari Storme in a classic drag race: Who wins? [Video]

Tata Safari and Mahindra Scorpio are both living legends in the Indian car market. Both the vehicles have been around for quite a while now and have an immense fan following behind them. The Safari is now available only as the Safari Storme model whereas the Scorpio continues with the same name. However, both have been updated over the times and here is how they perform against each other in a drag race.

Mahindra Scorpio Vs Tata Safari

The race was done on the public roads and we are strictly against such racing and top-speed runs on the public highways. This video is to show the performance of both the vehicles against each other and not to promote racing on the public roads. The pre-facelifted version of the Scorpio has been used in the video while the Safari Storme in the video is a regular version and not the 400 Nm version.

The video shows a long drag race and the Mahindra Scorpio lurching forward off the mark. The Scorpio maintains the lead throughout the race and finishes ahead of the Safari. It is not clear from the video but the Mahindra Scorpio seems to be pulling away even after gaining a good lead on the Safari.

Both Mahindra Scorpio and Tata Safari use the ladder-frame body style and are quite capable off-roaders. They both are excellent highway vehicles too and can cruise on the open highways at a good speed. However, being SUVs, they have poor high-speed handling, which one needs to be aware off while driving on the highways.

The Mahindra Scorpio’s performance can be linked to its lightweight, which propels it further. The 4X2 version of the Scorpio weighs 1,820 kg while the Tata Safari weighs 1,918 kg, a good 100 kg more than the Scorpio. The Mahindra Scorpio is powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 120 Bhp and a peak torque of 280 Nm. It should be noted that there is an S3 variant that produces a maximum of 75 Bhp and 200 Nm. The latest Scorpio model also offers a more powerful 140 Bhp – 320 Nm with the higher variants of the SUV. The Tata Safari is powered by a 2.2-litre engine that produces a maximum of 148 Bhp and a peak torque of 320 Nm. Even though it is much more powerful than the Scorpio on the paper, it falls back in the real conditions.

Now, there can be many other reasons of the Tata Safari losing the drag race. It is possible that the vehicle has not been maintained well. It is also possible that the driver did not push the Safari to its limit. To get a definite result, it is always advised to change the drivers after the first attempt. Even though the Scorpio has won the race, it remains to be seen what happens when the most powerful versions of both the vehicles take on each other in a drag race.


Shantonil Nag

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