Proving anything will move with enough torque and tractionby Mark McNabb, on
Chalk this up as an unconventional demonstration of a Porsche’s capabilities. The German automaker just set a Guinness World Record by towing a 314-ton Airbus A380 nearly 138 feet across the tarmac at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. That’s well beyond the previous record of 100 feet set by a Nissan Patrol in 2013. The Porsche also surpassed the Nissan in weight towed, too, as the Patrol’s airplane “only” weighed 170 tons. But Porsche didn’t just use one version of its popular SUV; both the torque-rich Cayenne S Diesel and the high-performance Turbo S proved their might.
This isn’t the first time Volkswagen, Porsche’s parent company, has set records by pulling oversized airplanes. Back in 2006, the VW Touareg equipped with its optional V-10 TDI turbodiesel pulled a 155-ton Boeing 747. The Touareg was “slightly modified” with a whopping 10,000 pounds of sandbags for extra traction. Other automakers have pulled similar stunts, including Toyota in 2012. A bone-stock Tundra pickup pulled the 325-ton Space Shuttle Endeavour and its heavy tow dollies across the Manchester Bridge in California.
Continue reading for more on the Porsche Cayennes used in this extreme stunt.
It comes as no surprise the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel pulled the Airbus A380. After all, the oil-burning Cayenne generates 385 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque from its 4.2-liter V-8 turbodiesel. That’s well beyond the 310 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque generated by the 2006 VW Touareg’s 5.0-liter V-10 TDI. Along with the engine, the Porsche’s eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time 4WD system were unmodified. And while conventional towing is maxed at 7,716 pounds, the Cayenne didn’t have to stop the Airbus or keep its coolant temperatures in check as it ascended a steep mountain grade. The flat ground and relatively short distance didn’t overwork the Cayennes’s mechanicals. In fact, Porsche drove both Cayenne models to Paris from London for the event, and back again.
The German automaker just set a Guinness World Record by towing a 314-ton Airbus A380 nearly 138 feet across the tarmac at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris
In an equal show of heavy hauling, the high-performance Cayenne Turbo S pulled the same A380 an equal distance. The Cayenne Turbo S features a 4.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 making 570 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The same eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time 4WD system transfer power to the ground. When unladen, the Turbo S is capable of hitting 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of 176 mph.
Read our full review on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S here.