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Porsche Cayenne tows Airbus A380 to new record (video)

The current, second-gen Porsche Cayenne is nearing the end of its life, so Porsche has used the world’s biggest jumbo jet to remind everyone that it is still a mighty vehicle. The 285-tonne, 73-metre long Airbus A380 is quite the prop to use when you wish to make a point, and set a world record.

For this monumental task, the torquiest Cayenne in the pack was called upon to pull the colossal amount of mass. The Cayenne Diesel S uses a 4.1-litre twin-turbo V8 to generate 283kW, and 850Nm from 2000-2750rpm. It is rated at 3500kg for maximum towing, or 1.22 per cent of the A380’s total mass.

Hooked up to a standard-looking gooseneck is a long hitch attached to the plane’s landing gear. As the car gets underway, piloted by a hirsuit man, it successfully pulls the aircraft from its hangar, netting a new Guinness World Record for 2017.

This comfortably eclipses the previous record set by a Nissan Patrol towing a Iiyushin II-76 cargo plane by 127 tonnes, let alone the famous 2006 142-tonne record of the VW Touareg towing a Boeing 747.

A new Porsche Cayenne on the MLB Evo platform is expected in the next 18 months.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.