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The beautiful unobtanium Porsche Cayenne S Diesel birthed of magical unicorn tears and luxurious fancy-torques that of course America doesn’t get just set a new Guinness World Record. The Cayenne just towed the heaviest aircraft ever towed by a production vehicle: a 314-ton Airbus A380.
Air France lent Porsche’s torquey wondertruck one of their big jets for the stunt. The Cayenne towed it a distance of 42 meters across Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Porsche claims it’s a completely normal Cayenne S Diesel with a 4.2-litre V8.
When they were done towing the plane with the Cayenne S Diesel, they did the same feat with the Cayenne Turbo S — which we do get. You know, in case any Americans need to tow a plane. Hey, why not?
This A380 weighed a full 126.7 tons more than the previous heaviest aircraft towed by a production vehicle.
Either way, 314 tons translates into approximately 232 Porsche 944 race cars in various states of repair, so I think this was a good demonstration of its towing capacity. It certainly looks a lot more comfortable than the average airport tug, that’s for sure.
[Correction: There’s a slight difference between “tonnes” and “tons” I didn’t originally account for. The measurements above are now in tons for consistency’s sake. Thanks for the heads-up, CD!]