Tata Motors, a brand synonymous with a commitment to style, comfort, safety, and technological innovation, has traditionally been associated with vehicles prioritizing practicality over outright performance. However, within the diverse spectrum of Tata's vehicle lineup, there exists a cadre of models that defy conventional expectations, pleasantly surprising enthusiasts with their remarkable speed. The top five fastest Tata automobiles will be carefully examined in this in-depth investigation, and their performance capabilities will be thoroughly examined.
1. Tata Nexon EV MAX (Pre-facelift): 9.13s
At the zenith of our list is the pre-facelift Tata Nexon EV MAX, a groundbreaking electric vehicle that, when unleashed in sport mode, proved to be a revelation. With a robust power output of 143 PS and a torque of 250 Nm, this electric marvel demonstrated an exhilarating acceleration from 0-100 kmph in a mere 9.13 seconds, unequivocally securing its status as the quickest Tata car in our extensive testing history. All eyes are now on the next facelifted model which is expected to surpass the outgoing model and establish new performance standards for electric vehicles.
2. Tata Nexon 1.2-litre Petrol MT (Pre-facelift): 11.64s
In the second position is the pre-facelift Tata Nexon, equipped with a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine. Despite a marginal power deficit of 10 PS compared to the current model, this iteration showcased a harmonious blend of performance and efficiency, recording a commendable time of 11.64 seconds for the 0-100 kmph sprint. This thorough analysis highlights the pre-facelift model's enduring qualities, as it still holds up well versus more modern competitors.
3. Tata Harrier 2.0-litre Diesel MT (Pre-facelift): 12.11s
Securing the third position is the pre-facelift Tata Harrier, propelled by a robust 2.0-litre diesel engine delivering 170 PS and a torque of 350 Nm. With a 6-speed manual gearbox, the tested vehicle achieved a respectable time of 12.11 seconds. A closer look at this model's performance indicates that Tata will probably deliver on its promise of consistent performance with the updated model. For a more thorough examination of the facelifted Tata Harrier, including information on its driving qualities, see our extensive driving impressions.
4. Tata Safari 2.0-litre Diesel AT (Pre-facelift) (Wet): 12.27s
In the fourth position is the pre-facelift Tata Safari, featuring a 2.0-litre diesel engine and an automatic transmission. The tested automatic variant achieved a time of 12.27 seconds, showcasing a commendable performance profile for a spacious 7-seater family SUV. This comprehensive examination also emphasizes the continuity of the 2.0-litre diesel powertrain, ensuring the SUV maintains its robust performance characteristics. For a deep dive into the 2023 Safari, including its driving experience, enthusiasts can explore our detailed first drive review.
5. Tata Hexa 2.2-litre Diesel AT 4x212: 31s
Unexpectedly making the list is the Tata Hexa, featuring a 2.2-litre diesel engine that propelled the SUV from 0 to 100 kmph in 12.31 seconds. This performance achievement realized through the 6-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel-drive configuration, adds an intriguing layer to the Hexa's profile. Notably, a 4x4 variant was also available, albeit with a manual gearbox, posting a slightly longer time of 14.3 seconds. For a meticulous analysis of the 4x4 Hexa's driving dynamics, enthusiasts can refer to our dedicated review.
It's imperative to underscore that this list intentionally excludes the Tigor JTP and Tiago JTP models. Acknowledged as pocket rockets, these models boasted a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol motor with an impressive output of 114 PS and 150 Nm. Unfortunately, real-world performance data for these models is currently unavailable.
While Tata cars have steadfastly built a reputation for prioritizing features and comfort, the inclusion of these performance-oriented vehicles in the lineup underscores Tata's versatility in delivering notable speed and driving excitement. With Tata preparing for upcoming projects like the Curvv EV and Harrier EV, we expect even more significant advancements in speed and technology. Supporters are asked to stay tuned for further exciting news about the Tata portfolio, which promises a fascinating fusion of performance and innovation.