The drag race is a modern-day technique to compare the acceleration of two cars. However, what happens when both these cars come powered by the same engine and gearbox?
This is a video of a drag race between Skoda Kushaq and VW Taigun. This particular race is important because both these cars are powered by the same 1.5-litre TSI engine with similar power and torques figures of 150 hp and 250 Nm. The transmission duties are carried by a 7-speed DSG gearbox. The body panels of both these cars are also identical. Does that mean that the acceleration timings will also be similar? Well, there is only one way to find out. Before we begin, we want to urge all our readers to not try something like this yourself due to health and safety reasons.
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Kushaq Taigun Drag Race
The YouTubers start by putting the SUVs in drive mode with AC off. This is done to make sure that maximum power is available for the driving. In the first attempt, the driver in the Taigun gets a head start as a result of a perfect launch. The mid-size SUV remains in the front throughout the course of the race. The duo tries for the second attempt. The result, however, remains the same and the Taigun wins the first round. Then the drivers switch the cars. However, this time around it is the Kushaq that launches better and stays ahead all the while. From these two attempts, it becomes clear that the performance of both these SUVs is the same. The entire result of the race depends on who gets that perfect launch at the beginning.
Both these SUVs come with the same engines. The one in this drag race is the bigger 1.5-litre engine. The other option includes a 1.0-litre TSI engine that produces 115 hp and 175 Nm of peak power and torque. There are options of choosing between either a 6-speed manual or a Torque Converter automatic gearbox. The prices of the Kushaq range from Rs 10.79 lakh to Rs 17.99 lakh, ex-showroom. The Taigun, on the other hand, retails from Rs 10.54 lakh and Rs 17.54 lakh, ex-showroom. Both these SUVs rival the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and MG Astor in our market.