It was 2006 when the Touareg V10 TDI made history after towing a 155-ton decommissioned Boeing 747. VW’s lightly modified SUV received the 4.56 axle from the V8 model and also got a whopping 4.3 tons of ballast weight. Uew Krieghoff drove the vehicle, which also had a special tow adapter to pair the two vehicles.
The Touareg – which had a total weight of about 7,030 kg (15,500 pounds) - was able to tow the jet for 150 meters (492 feet) at 5 mph before slowing itself down to a full stop using the standard brakes. Its 5.0-liter V10 engine did not go through any changes, meaning that it had the stock 309 horsepower and 553 pound-feet (750 Newton-meters) of torque.