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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Rednecks are so rednecks...
Jan 1st, 2013 7:40pm
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DoruZamfirDejeu DoruZamfirDejeu
Germans know to make cars, americans not so much.
Jan 1st, 2013 5:54pm
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LBento LBento
I would even try with the V6
Jan 1st, 2013 5:41pm
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lt00380 lt00380
that wasnt expected :D
Jan 1st, 2013 5:18am
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Ubbe Ubbe
American engineering is and will always be garbage.
Jan 1st, 2013 4:16am
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kimbo kimbo
Indeed. Theis skyscrapers, bridges and computers are piece of sh1t. Oh and I forgot about the Internet. LMAO!!!
Jan 1st, 2013 5:11pm
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DoruZamfirDejeu DoruZamfirDejeu
u think that skyscrapers, bridges and computers r really made by americans? :)) only because r in america? :)) bull**** or the internet was made by americans? the internet was made by phisicians, wich most of them r not americans. etc. and american cars r bull****. thats a fact. sorry. scuse my english. is not my first language. bye bye
Jan 1st, 2013 6:07pm
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
You have posted that comment using a Windows PC, a Mac, an iPhone, iPad or an Android device. Now, tell me, how is that bad engineering?! How is NASA or Texas Instruments bad engineering?! How is an Endeavour Space Shuttle bad engineering? How is Boeing bad engineering? How is Lockheed-Martin bad engineering? How is an F15 gunship bad engineering?! I'm not saying we're better than say Germany or Japan or Sweden or the UK at this sort of thing, I'm just pointing out we're at least not worse or that we're at the same level. If you're so anti-American, at least smash your computer with a hammer please, or throw it out of your apartment building or office or whatever. Than get rid of everything that uses American parts. If that's done, you may continue ranting. Happy New Year
Jan 1st, 2013 10:08pm
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
(continued) least smash your computer with a hammer please, or throw it out of your apartment building or office or whatever. Than get rid of everything that uses American parts. If that's done, you may continue ranting. Happy New Year
Jan 1st, 2013 10:10pm
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hunker7 hunker7
Why can't you just enjoy a video, without trying to prove things. There will always be better. Happy New Year.
Jan 1st, 2013 3:26am
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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.
Jan 1st, 2013 2:37am
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EdBacau EdBacau
You really think someone has a video with a car towing something for 2000km ? This video is about one car towing another, that's it.
Jan 1st, 2013 3:50am
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MutantSushi MutantSushi
Do you think there are no farmers or contruction workers in Europe??? Not that Toureg is aimed at such markets, but if anything there are more farmers in Europe.
Jan 1st, 2013 1:07pm
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charlemagne charlemagne
Well you can find on Youtube a Touareg pulling a 747. That's a Boeing. A big one.
Jan 2nd, 2013 4:05pm
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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.
Dec 31st, 2012 11:40pm
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neicheq neicheq
What are you saying? The one who put the video on yt said that the truck was in 4WD LOW...
Jan 1st, 2013 1:53am
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EdBacau EdBacau
Youtube video poster : "truck was in 4 low. Steering tie rods broke when he hopped. He would have never hopped if only? in RWD."
Jan 1st, 2013 3:32am
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LBento LBento
You are clearly American...
Jan 1st, 2013 5:37pm
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hunker7 hunker7
Imagine what would Audi's 1000Nm V12 do to it?
Dec 31st, 2012 8:42pm
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neicheq neicheq
You honestly didn't think that american car would win vs german ? LOL
Dec 31st, 2012 8:38pm
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kimbo kimbo
CTS-V vs. M5
Dec 31st, 2012 8:40pm
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kimbo kimbo
CTS-V vs. M5
Dec 31st, 2012 8:40pm
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SnakesInMyPants SnakesInMyPants
Next years E63 is going to blow the panties off of both of these.
Dec 31st, 2012 11:24pm
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radmeister radmeister
M5 is faster and handles better than the CTS-V. The CTS-V had it's moment with the new gen going against the 6 year old M5...New M5 vs new CTS-V not even close.
Dec 31st, 2012 11:21pm
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kimbo kimbo
new M5 is 2 years younger thatn the CTS-V so it's not fair comparision.
Jan 1st, 2013 5:09pm
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LBento LBento
So a CTS beating a 6 year old M5 is a valid point for you, for a M5 beating a 2 year old CTS is not a valid point anymore? It is a 4 year gap difference
Jan 1st, 2013 5:35pm
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