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VW Touareg V10 TDI and Chevrolet Silverado HD in torque tug of war [video]

Numbers aren't everything

A Chevrolet Silverado HD and a Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI compete in a tug of war.

The Duramax V8 in the Silverado is good for 365 hp (272 kW) and 660 lb-ft (894 Nm) of torque, while the V10 TDI inside the Touareg has 310 hp (231 kW) and 553 lb-ft (748 Nm). It seems numbers aren’t everything as it's more important how the torque is transferred to the ground.

Although being considerably less powerful, the clip shows the German SUV was able pull the Chevy immediately. This might not come as a surprise since the Touareg V10 TDI is powerful enough to tow a Boeing 747.

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Comments (26)

 PONTIAC G8 GXP PONTIAC G8 GXP
Rednecks are so rednecks...
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January 1, 2013 12:40 pm
 DoruZamfirDejeu DoruZamfirDejeu
Germans know to make cars, americans not so much.
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January 1, 2013 10:54 am
 LBento LBento
I would even try with the V6
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January 1, 2013 10:41 am
 lt00380 lt00380
that wasnt expected :D
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December 31, 2012 10:18 pm
 Ubbe Ubbe
American engineering is and will always be garbage.
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December 31, 2012 9:16 pm
 hunker7 hunker7
Why can't you just enjoy a video, without trying to prove things. There will always be better. Happy New Year.
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December 31, 2012 8:26 pm
 BryanMalone BryanMalone
I see it all the time when consumers buy heavy duty pickup trucks meant to pull anywhere between 15,000 and 25,000 pounds and modifiy them so it would be lucky to tow 5,000 pounds and good luck getting 2,000 pounds of payload in or out of the bed. Will an VW out tow a Duramax? Certainly not. Is the internet full of videos that do not tell the whole truth? Sure. The lift and mud tires that offer little traction play a large part in that video. Show me a video of a VW Touareg pulling a 15,000 pound loaded fifth wheel horse trailer 2,000 kilometers and I will change my mind. The tractors that tow airliners around the airport have less horsepower than some compact four cylinder cars on the road today and do not go more than five MPH. As for the German or American comment North America has a specific market for this type of vehicle that Europe does not. The roads of America are filled with many examples of long running diesels pickups still running strong even after twenty years. A farmer, rancher, or contruction worker could not care if his truck has the exterior look or refinement of a European sports car. It just has to work and tow what is needed where it is needed day in and day out. And yes a Japanese company co developed the Duramax engine so your reliability comments have no place compared with the wonderfuly proven track record of older VW products. Oh wait! It was on the internet! They are telling the whole truth.
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December 31, 2012 7:37 pm
 blaksabb blaksabb
The current DMX puts out 800 lb/ft. The VW has AWD and the Silverado was obviously left in 2WD. The large diameter tires on the Silvy act at as a taller final gear ratio significantly reducing torque to the pavement. It also looks like the truck may have a lift kit on it which reduces rear GAWR/payload and increases wheel hop. I'd like to see it again, stock vs. stock w/ both in 4WD Hi and then the Silvy in 4WD Low just for fun.
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December 31, 2012 4:40 pm
 hunker7 hunker7
Imagine what would Audi's 1000Nm V12 do to it?
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December 31, 2012 1:42 pm
 neicheq neicheq
You honestly didn't think that american car would win vs german ? LOL
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December 31, 2012 1:38 pm