Mahindra Thar and Maruti Suzuki Gypsy are two rugged off-roading 4X4 SUVs that are most loved by the enthusiasts. Mahindra Thar and the Suzuki Gypsy are quite different when compared to each other because of their engine differences. The Mahindra Thar is powered by a diesel engine while the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is powered by a petrol engine. How do they perform in a drag race? Let’s find out.
Mahindra Thar Vs Maruti Suzuki Gypsy
Mahindra Thar and Maruti Suzuki Gypsy have their own sets of followers in the market. The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is quite popular because of its lightweight body and also the high-revving petrol engine. While the Mahindra Thar is popular for its low-end engine torque and rugged build quality. But how do they perform in a drag race? Well, the video shows just the same.
The drag race features two Mahindra Thar SUVs and a single Maruti Suzuki Gypsy. All the cars seem to be in the stock form without any mechanical modifications. The Thar on the extreme right-hand side of the starting line lags far behind right from the start while the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy and the Mahindra Thar in the middle fight it out till the end.
The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy takes the lead right from the start of the drag race. The Mahindra Thar seems to be catching up but then the video shows that the Gypsy guns away from the Thar to a good lead. Towards the end of the race, the Thar looks like catching up but it is not known if the Gypsy driver was accelerating with the same intensity or was driving at a slower pace intentionally. It can be concluded from the video that the Mahindra Thar gets a higher top-end than the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy. The Gypsy being much lighter and being powered by a petrol engine has better initial acceleration.
The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is powered by a 1.3-litre petrol engine that generates 80 Bhp of maximum power and 104 Nm of peak torque. The Mahindra Thar shown in the video is powered by a 2.5-litre turbo-diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 105 Bhp and a peak torque of 247 Nm. The Mahindra Thar weighs 1,750 kg while the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy weighs only 985 kg, giving it a massive power-to-weight ratio advantage. However, the higher power of the Mahindra Thar helps it attain a higher top speed when compared to the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy.
The Gypsy has been the main vehicle in the Indian Armed Forces fleet. The lightweight of the Gypsy and easy maintenance made it very popular in the Army. However, it has been replaced with the Tata Safari Storme last year and soon all the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy used by the Army would be decommissioned. Maruti is also expected to launch the all-new Jimny to replace the Gypsy from the Indian market in the future but the brand has not confirmed the same.