In the world of off-road enthusiasts, the battle between the Maruti Suzuki Jimny 4×4 and the Mahindra Thar 4×4 Diesel has been the subject of much debate. Even before the official launch of the Jimny, people were comparing it to the mighty Mahindra Thar and debating who would win in a drag race. Recently, to settle this long-standing question, a YouTube video was shared that shows a nail-biting drag race between the two lifestyle off-roaders.
The video of the Maruti Suzuki Jimny drag racing the highly popular Mahindra Thar diesel 4×4 has been shared on YouTube by MRD Cars on their channel. The video starts with the introduction of the two cars in the race. The presenter mentions that the Jimny in the video is the Alpha manual transmission variant, and the Mahindra Thar is the diesel 4×4 model with an automatic transmission. Following this, the presenter takes the driving seat in the Jimny, while his friend takes the driving seat in the Mahindra Thar.
Both vehicles then line up against each other at the starting line, and after the three honks, they both take off. The Mahindra Thar jumps ahead of the Jimny but the Jimny stays close behind, not letting the Thar get away. In the first race, the Jimny loses to the Mahindra Thar, but only by a small margin. Following this, they perform a second drag race.
In the second race, the Mahindra Thar takes the lead from the start, and the Jimny falls behind. This time, the presenter fails to shift from first gear to second in time, allowing the Thar to create a bigger gap and win by a significant margin. For the third race, the presenter switches seats and drives the Mahindra Thar. To no one’s surprise, the Thar once again manages to beat the Maruti Suzuki Jimny by a considerable margin. The presenter states that one of the reasons for the Jimny’s loss could be the manual transmission, but he also admits that there is a significant difference in the sizes of the engines as well.
The Indo-Japanese automaker provides only one powertrain choice for the Jimny, which is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox. The highest output of this engine is 104.8 PS of power and 134.2 Nm of torque. The fuel economy claims for the manual models are 16.94 km/l, while for the automatic versions, it is 16.39 km/l. All Suzuki models come equipped with the AllGrip Pro four-wheel-drive system as standard equipment.
Meanwhile, the Mahindra Thar 4×4 Diesel comes equipped with a 2.2-liter diesel engine that produces around 130 horsepower and generates approximately 320 Nm of torque. Furthermore, the Thar also offers a 2.0-liter turbo petrol engine generating 150 Bhp and 320 Nm of torque. Both petrol and diesel engines are available with manual and automatic gearbox options.