The second-gen Mahindra Thar has become one of the most popular vehicles in the internet, with new videos coming almost everyday. Today we take a look at this drag race between the new Thar and a Ford Endeavour.
The second-generation Mahindra Thar has been one of the most successful product launches in recent memory in India. Demands are off the charts, with Mahindra having to increase production by 50% to meet them. Even then, if you book a Thar now, chances are that it is not getting delivered anytime before next year. The 2020 Thar is an all-new model that is based on a completely different platform and gets new powertrain options. Unlike its beloved predecessor which was a hardcore off-roader, the new one comes with modern creature comforts and features that make it a genuine daily driver, without compromising on its off-road capabilities. Today we came across this video of a second-generation Thar going against a Ford Endeavour in a drag race.
The video has been uploaded by HEAT 17 on YouTube. The format is a quarter-mile drag race with 2 runs to get an accurate representation. Both vehicles have their traction controls on while the Mahindra Thar is in RWD mode compared to the Ford Endeavour’s AWD mode. The first run sees the Thar taking the lead off the start and never relinquishing it, with the Endeavour taking around half a second more to complete the run. The results stay the same for the second and final run as well, the Thar winning comfortably after taking the lead quickly at the start.
The Mahindra Thar manages to win both the heats is because of its slightly power-to-weight ratio. The Thar in test here came with the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel that makes 130 PS/320 Nm of peak figures compared to the Ford Endeavour’s peak figures of 170 PS/420 Nm. Even though the Ford makes more power and torque, the Thar weighs over 600 kgs less, making the Mahindra a quicker car overall.
Prices for the new Mahindra Thar range between Rs 12.10 lakh – Rs 14.15 lakh, ex-showroom. The new Thar comes with 2 engine options, a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, and a 2-litre turbo-petrol. The oil-burner makes 130 PS/320 Nm of peak figures while the petrol makes 150 PS/320 Nm of max figures. Transmission options for both the powertrains are a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic with a low range box. You also get a transfer case and a mechanically locking centre differential for proper off-roading.
Prices for the Ford Endeavour range from Rs 29.99 lakh for the base variant to Rs 36.25 lakh for the flagship Sport variant, ex-showroom. It comes with a 2-litre turbo-diesel unit that makes 170 PS/420 Nm of peak figures and is mated to a 10-speed torque converter automatic transmission.