Sporty and Scorpio, in one sentence. Well, who would have thought. The all-new Mahindra Scorpio-N has changed everything. With 200 Bhp on tap from its turbo petrol engine, the new Scorpio does have some sporty appeal. More so given the fact that it can hit speeds in excess of 180 Kph, and remain stable at such speeds. While Mahindra is yet to come up with a factory-spec sports edition of the new Scorpio-N, 19-year old Vishnu Suresh from Zephyr Designz has taken it upon himself to conjure up something that make the Scorpio-N look oh-so-sporty. We love what we see.
As the speculative render indicates, the Scorpio-N Zephyr R Dark Edition concept sits much lower than the stock version. The squat stance has much to do with redesigned front and rear bumpers, widebody fenders, and lowered suspension.
To match the show, there’s a 6.2 liter V8 supercharged hemi petrol motor under the hood. Yes, that’s the same unit that does duty in the likes of the Dodge Challenger, and closer home, in the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. 700 horsepower in a Scorpio.
If wishes could be horses. All in all, the render is a fantastic design effort that we hope comes to fruition someday, in some form.
Coming back to reality, the all-new Scorpio-N has been getting rave reviews for not just its sturdy build and imposing looks but also the way it rides. The new Mahindra Scorpio-N is said to dismiss cratered roads for breakfast while maintaining excellent high speed composure – quite unlike the Scorpios of yore.
To add to these big positives are two extremely refined engines – a 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel that can produce up to 172 Bhp-400 Nm in automatic trim, and a 2 liter mFalcon turbo petrol with 200 Bhp-380 Nm on tap in automatic trim. 6 speed automatics will accompany the top trim.
There’s a lower spec tune for the diesel engine – 130 Bhp-320 Nm – reserved for the base variant. Those who like rowing through the gears get 6 speed manual gearboxes with both the petrol and diesel motors. If you want a four wheel drive transfer case, you’ll have to opt for the diesel though as Mahindra – perhaps in the interest of fuel efficiency – is offering 4 wheel drive only with the diesel motor.
While prices of the Scorpio-N start from 11.99 lakh, prices for the automatic and 4X4 trims are yet to be announced. You won’t have to wait long though. 21st July is when the prices of the automatic and 4X4 trims drop. Official bookings commence from 30th July. Given the massive interest surrounding the new Scorpio-N, expect year-long waiting times.