After months of speculation, the Tata Safari Storme VariCOR 400 is now officially launched in India. The more powerful variant of the Safari Storme with 25% more torque (peak of 400 Nm) and also gets an all-new G6450 6-speed manual gearbox.
The company has already started accepting bookings for the new Safari Storme VariCOR 400 at an amount of Rs 50,000. The Safari Storme VariCOR 400 will be available across the Tata dealerships, in the metro cities for test drives by the end of this week. The delivery too is expected to commence in next 4 weeks.
The updated engine and transmission will only be offered in top-of-the-line VX trim, in both 4×2 and 4×4 configuration. Compared to the VariCOR 320, the price of VariCOR 400 is higher by Rs 15,000 for the 4×2 variant and Rs 17,000 for the 4×4 variant. However, the Safari Storme’s LX and EX variants will continue with the 148bhp 2.2-litre motor mated to a 5-speed gearbox (VariCOR 320).
The Safari Storme VariCOR 400 is powered by the same 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that does duty on the current Storme, but is re-tuned to produce 156 PS at 4,000 rpm of power and 400 Nm at 1,750-2,500 rpm of torque. The engine is mated to the six-speed manual transmission, offering better drivability. It weighs around 15 kgs more than the Varicor 320, due to the new engine.
As per reports, the Safari Storme VariCOR 400 is claimed to sprint from 0-60 km/h in 5.2 seconds and 0-100 km/h in 12.8 seconds, while the standard VariCOR version sprints from 0-60 km/h in 5.7 seconds and 0-100 km/h in 13.8 seconds. This makes the Safari Storme Varicor 400 faster than the Toyota Fortuner (13.3 seconds) and Mahindra XUV500 (13.4 seconds).
The updated engine with more power straight away results in noticeable difference in performance. The engine also gets a new self adjusting clutch which makes the pedal effort lesser and more durable one, compared to the VariCOR 320. Overall NVH levels are also expected to improve with this new version.
Prices of New Tata Safari Storme VariCOR 400 (ex-showroom, Mumbai):
- New Safari Storme VX 4×2 – Rs. 13,52,815/-
- New Safari Storme VX 4×4 – Rs. 14,91,389/-
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