Rather interesting discussion going on here
Even the best of offroaders do not offroad everyday ,he/she also needs a vehicle for the town and the mall.
Heres the problem which I face when we take the Thar out to a MALL . Its open ,soft top that is ,hence it is open to the sounds of the traffic and I cant put on the A/C
(not that our Thar has an A/c) when the going gets hot .
Now if I have a bunch of friends who want to tag along ,then the rear front facing seats are not that comfortable and you tend to jostle laterally with every acceleration and deceleration.
Once I have done the shopping , its obvious that you cant park your THAR out of a restaurant ,since its all open and you have all the costly goodies inside. So either you go home straight OR take duties with your friends to watch the car or park it where you can see it. So no security .
Now,Fazal(Thar owning friend) and me decide to take the Gurkha out too, the THAR simply cant shake the Gurkha off ,since the Gurkha easily keeps up with 120kmph. Overtaking is neither a problem with any vehicle , although the THAR can make the 0 to 60kmph timing way faster than the Gurkha.
But then ,here is where the Gurkha scores a few points over the THAR, the "cornering"...you zoooom past a tight curve in a Gurkha ,without batting an eyelid ( SINCE THE CENTRE OF GRAVITY OF THE GURKHA IS STRATEGICALLY PLACED JUST ANTERIOR TO THE REAR AXLE )
Gear changes are significantly lesser in the Gurkha since the torque is evenly placed , as against the THAR deriving the magical BHP /Torque at higher rpms. DID YOU KNOW THAT GURKHA OWNERS ALMOST NEVER EVER USE THE 1st GEAR IN CITY DRIVING ?
Why: since its unnecessary, the second takes you off from the stop position..
The NEW GURKHA now has a changed gear ratio.. a 4.3:1 . This is going to make highway driving a breeze ,with less harshness and noise. The stock tyres are also good sized(highway use ,A/T) and would make less rolling noise. Now for the offroading grounds :::
Initially , I thought the THAR was sure to beat the **** out off the GUrkha considering the power /torque figures, but what a disappointment , the THAR lacks the lower range torque ,since the significant torque comes only at 2800 rpm. So imagine yourself trying to take your THAR through a Boulder at 2800 rpm, pretty scary isn't it.. The GURKHA gets its Torque packet at 1200 rpm ,with a superb crawl .
Getting stuck in a ditch? Not going to happen with a Gurkha with Differential lockers. DISCLAIMER
: OFFROADING IS A SKILL AND MUCH DEPENDS ON THE DRIVER .A SKILLED OPERATOR CAN TAKE A 60 BHP UNIMOG THROUGH A CLIMBING RUT, WHICH A POOR DRIVER DRIVING A V6 LAND CRUISER COULD MESS BADLY WITH.
Agree that the THAR has better looks , can be properly accessorized, has a soft engine and has a better service network.
Also Mahindra organises various events throughout the year which THAR owners can participate .
Mahindra has a superior customer service and has a far better social appeal than Force Motors.