627 pound-feet of torque enough to pull a 285-ton aircraft.
Remember when a VW Touareg V10 TDI towed a Boeing 747? That was more than a decade ago. It managed to pull 155 tons, which is still impressive to this day. In 2013, it was dethroned by a Nissan Patrol after successfully pulling a 170-ton cargo plan. Now, the VW Group is back to reclaim the title with a completely standard Porsche Cayenne in the torquetastic S Diesel specification. To make it happen, a special towing attachment was installed on the vehicle’s standard tow bar.
Equipped with a biturbo 4.1-liter V8 engine pushing out 385 horsepower (283 kilowatts) and a monstrous 627 pound-feet (850 Newton-meters) of torque, the potent diesel SUV has set a new Guinness World Records title for heaviest aircraft pulled by a production car. It happened at the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport where the Cayenne S Diesel pulled a 73-meter Air France Airbus A380 weighing an impressive 285 tons, thus improving on the Patrol’s record by a whopping 115 tons.
Behind the wheel of the SUV was Porsche GB technician Richard Payne, who was ecstatic about the record:
“It did it – I’m so relieved! We don’t usually go this far to test the limits of our cars but I think today we got pretty close.”
Interestingly, the record-breaking attempt was then successfully repeated using a gasoline-powered Cayenne Turbo S. We remind you the quickest SUV around the Nürburgring has a biturbo 4.8-liter V8 rated at a meaty 570 hp (419 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm), thus proving Porsche’s SUV can accomplish the grueling task even with 37 lb-ft (50 Nm) less under the hood.
Volkswagen, Porsche, and Nissan are not the only automakers to show off their hauling prowess, as almost a year ago Land Rover used a Discovery Sport fitted with a 2.0-liter Ingenium diesel engine rated at 180 hp (134 kW) and 317 lb-ft (430 Nm) to tow a 100-ton train. That’s roughly the equivalent of a Boeing 757.