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All-new Mahindra Thar takes on a Jeep Compass in a classic drag race

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Mahindra launched the all-new Thar in the market last year and it quickly became popular among buyers. The response in so overwhelming that Thar is already sold out till May 2021. Mahindra has already increased the production to meet rising demand. Mahindra Thar is currntly the most affordable 4×4 SUV you can buy in Indian market. Jeep Compass is a premium SUV that has been in the market since 2017. Jeep had recently launched a facelifted version of the SUV with cosmetic changes and feature updates. Here we have a video that shows a classic drag race between all-new Mahindra Thar diesel MT and a pre-facelift Jeep Compass petrol AT. Which SUV won the race? Let’s quickly take a look at the video to find out.

The video has been uploaded by HEAT 17 on their youtube channel. The video shows a simple drag race video between Mahindra Thar diesel automatic and Jeep Compass petrol automatic. The vlogger choose an empty stretch of road for this drag race. The race was conducted in two rounds to get a clear view on the performance of both vehicles. Before starting the race, the vlogger mentions that, they are doing this race in a closed area and have taken all safety precautions. He had advised viewers to not imitate it as it could be dangerous.

The race starts and Mahindra Thar moves off the start line quickly. The Jeep Compass is right behind it trying to overtake it. Mahindra Thar was leading and it looked like Thar was going to win the race but, then  Jeep Compass overtakes it from the other lane and takes the lead. Compass started showcasing its power and maintained the lead till the end. In the second round, the vlogger engage 4×4 in Thar and 4×4 is not offered in Compass petrol engine.

The race started and just like the first round, Mahindra Thar had the lead for the first 200 metres but, after that Jeep Compass overtakes and wins the race. There are couple of reason why Jeep Compass had won the race. First reason is the power itself. Jeep Compass petrol is powered by a 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol engine. This engine generates 160 Bhp and 250 Nm of torque whereas the diesel version of Thar is powered by a 130 Bhp and 320 Nm of torque generating 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine.

Next reason is the gearbox, Compass gets a DCT gearbox whereas the Thar had manual. In a drag race, every second is precious and the DCT gearbox helps in seamless shifts without wasting valuable seconds by automatically shifting. The reason why Thar moved off the line quickly every time was because there was not revv limiter which helped Thar have a perfect launch every time. Due to the DCT gearbox, the driver could not revv it above 1500 rpms. After both cars had started moving, the engine and gearbox in Compass started showing their strength and won the race. Power to weight ratio was also more in Jeep Compass which helped it in the race.