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This bit of news will no doubt be a big badge of honor for the few owners there are out there of the Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI. VW is hoping the number of Touareg TDI owners will grow, and demonstrated the diesel ute's mighty pulling power recently in a press event that pitted it against the standing weight of a Boeing 747. The Touareg was "lightly modified" with the addition of 7,030 kg (15,498 lbs.) of ballast weight (!) and the fitment of the 4.56 axle from Touareg V8 model. The latter mod turned out to be unnecessary since the driver, Uew Krieghoff, performed the stunt in the low ratio, second gear. Other than that, the Touareg was also fitted with a special tow adapter to marry the two vehicles together and wore outer body panels that made it look the same as the next gen Touareg being launched early next year. The engine, transmission, suspension, tires and brakes were all stock.

The plane used for the stunt was a decommissioned Boeing 747-200 that weighs 155 tons. VW had initially calculated the Touareg could successfully pull 200 tons, and had even done a dry run with a 190-ton Boeing 747-400. Unfortunately, the only plane that could be acquired for the PR stunt was this one that is usually used as a giant prop in films. Apparently it didn't put up much of a fight, as the Touareg towed the jet 150 meters at 5 mph before slowing itself and the plane to a stop with its stock brakes. Impressive indeed, and we think the Touareg V10 TDI has laid down the gauntlet for our domestic heavy haulers. Let's see what crazy objects the Ford Super-Duty, Chevy Silverado HD and Dodge Ram 3500 can tug around.

Follow the jump for more pics of the Touareg's towing exploits.

[Source: VW]


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      • 8 Years Ago


      Heaviest Aircraft Pulled (Individual)

      David Huxley
      187 tonnes (184 tons)
      Sydney, Australia
      October 15, 1997

      David Huxley pulled a Boeing 747-400, weighing 187 tonnes (184 tons), a distance of 91 m (298.5 ft) in 1 minute and 27.7 seconds on October 15, 1997 at Sydney, Australia. David has now retired from the strongman circuit. He currently owns and runs an event management and public relations company called Tartan Warriors, based in Sydney, Australia.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Honestly, I think it's great that Vee Dub is offering a diesel in their SUV's. People claim to buy the things so that they can tow things and still carry people and stuff around around, so it seems fitting that a tow vehicle would have a diesel... especially if it has 533 lb-ft of torque. On top of that, it's the same chassis as a Cayenne but looks a million times better and it's cheaper. And ok, it's silly to pull a plane around to people with a bit of a technical background who know better, but it seems to me that it's good marketing strategy on their part if they are trying to sell it to people who will be towing, but don't really know the "simple physics" involved. Props to VW!
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is kind of cool, but just as ridiculous as that Land Rover commercial in which a Range Rover Sport navigates a plane with its GPS nav system.
      • 8 Years Ago
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      • 8 Years Ago
      Not impressed. If you recall from *basic* Physics, (pull force) = (coefficient of friction) X weight. With decent low-friction bearings for the aircraft's wheels, it is not a big deal.

      Another PR stunt dreamed up by clueless Marketing folks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      btw, wouldn't 15k lbs of ballast be huge? Even if made from lead?
      doesn't look like there is anything in the cargo part of the truck.
      • 8 Years Ago
      this aircraft tractor that can pull real 747s around has an inline six 7L diesel with 300hp and 737ftlbs of torque:


      I bet the Touareg is cheaper!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Many of you, in the pro-VW camp, have purposely chosen to ignore one very simple fact. That with all its wonderful technology, a VW SUV was able to pull the same load a single man did nine years ago. And here I thought someone mentioned that the Touareg V10 TDI has a power output of 310 horsepower, not one manpower.

      So yeah, that publicity stunt was *real* impressive. A VW SUV with the same capability as David Huxley in a Flintstone-mobile.

      Source: link provided in #40 (Hector Cuprill )
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just see at as a wake up call. You guys just don't want to admit that while the the Big 3 sat on their a*s's for years and let you guys buy the same old crap, the rest of the world was actually working on improving the technology. Even the humble 1.9L TDI puts out more power per liter then the stock trucks being sold today.
      • 8 Years Ago

      Just to add there is no doubt in my mind this SUV (The Touareg) is a beauty of a car to be in and a wonderful ride. It looks classy (minus that geo metro blue) and beefy and it can tow a 747. It's a trendy suv and that means a lot to a lot of people. My Jetta was the car I loved and hated at the same time. The window was one of many things that happened witin the first 6k miles (traded the car in with only 8k on the odo). I personally, just freaked out and imagined all the repairs after the warranty ran out. I can list all of the problems it had, but I don't think it is necessary unless anyone wants to know.

      -For the record it alwyas "felt" solid as a rock though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The curb weight of the V10 Touareg are 5825 lbs. Woot for TDI power.
      • 8 Years Ago
      15,000 lb of lead would be 21 cubic feet
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