Mahindra Thar and XUV700 compete in a drag race: Surprise winner?

SUVs are the kind of vehicles that are usually not bought for sprinting in drag races. However, the new generation SUVs feel tempting enough to drive, with enhanced aerodynamics and refined and powerful engines, thus making them much more dynamic vehicles to drive on long stretches of roads. Here, we can see two of the most desirable SUVs of current times, Mahindra Thar and Mahindra XUV700, engaged in a drag race, and at the end, we can see that there is a clear winner.

A video of the drag race between Mahindra Thar and Mahindra XUV700 has been uploaded by the ‘Power On Wheel’ YouTube channel, in which we can see that both the SUVs taking part are in the drag race have diesel-automatic powertrains under their hood.

Coming from the same house of Mahindra, both the Thar and XUV700 get the same 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine paired to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. However, there is a huge difference in the way the engine has been tuned in both the SUVs. While the engine in the Thar makes 130 PS of power and 300 Nm of torque, the same engine produces 185 PS of power and 450 Nm of torque. In the first impression, the higher power and torque figures give the XUV700 an edge over the Thar and make it a winner.

Drag race is done on the tarmac as well

Mahindra Thar and XUV700 compete in a drag race: Surprise winner?

However, the real test begins when both the SUVs are put on the testing grounds on the tarmac. While both the SUVs have an equally powerful and fast start, the XUV700 gradually moves faster over the Thar and maintains a clear lead. The drag race had a second-round too, and in that also, the Mahindra XUV700 wins over the Mahindra Thar by a clear margin.

The higher power and torque figures give a significant advantage to the XUV7000 over the Thar, despite a heavier kerb weight. However, there is another huge factor that works in favour of the XUV700. Compared to the traditional squared-off design of the Thar, the XUV700 feels more streamlined and aerodynamic, which makes it more capable of cutting oncoming wind blasts at higher speeds. It makes the XUV700 a faster and more dynamic SUV to handle on long stretches of roads.

Both the Thar and XUV700 have turned out to be runaway success stories for Mahindra, commanding healthy waiting periods. However, both the SUVs are targeted to a completely different set of audiences. The Mahindra XUV700 is for those looking out for a family-oriented SUV for daily urban driving, with a greater focus on comfort and driving dynamics at higher speeds. On the other hand, the Mahindra Thar is more of a lifestyle vehicle, which focuses majorly on driving prowess on off-road terrains, while doing a decent job on daily commutes.

Shantonil Nag

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