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Silverado HD, Touareg V10 TDI face off in diesel tug-of-war

Posted Jan 3rd 2013 7:58PM

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A couple weeks ago, we watched a Chevrolet Silverado get dominated by a Dodge Ram Heavy Duty in a fullsize pickup tug-of-war, but in that truck's defense, Chevy's Vortec gas engine was no match for the torquey Cummins turbo diesel. For our next round of vehicular tug-of-war, a Duramax-powered Silverado HD takes on Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI.

Now, on paper, putting the Duramax V8's 365 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque up against the V10's 310 hp and 553 lb-ft looks like an easy win for the Bowtie, but unfortunately, this battle has a similar result as the Dodge versus Chevy video, with the Silverado smoking its tires trying to move forward as it gets pulled backwards. Put another way: YouTube 2, Chevy Silverado 0.

It just goes to show, though, that big tires, bolt-on fender flares and goofy smoke stacks don't improve your towing abilities. Besides, what did the Silverado driver expect when the Touareg V10 TDI has towed a Boeing 747 in the past?

Click here to watch the cargo-hauler tie up with the family-hauler.



2012 Volkswagen Touareg Overview

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Gary

THERE IS ALWAYS ONE WAY TO0 MAKE ONE LOOK BETTER THAN THE OTHER, TRY SHOW ROOM STOCK 4WD VS 4WD

January 07 2013 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark

Another factor is the tires used. I'd bet cash that Mr Redneck Chevy has muddin' tires on his truck. If so, then even just plain street tires are better than off-roads on dry pavement.

January 04 2013 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Frederick Ma

It's obvious why the VW Tuoareg wins! It's FWD - Front Wheel Drive to begin with. More traction than the Chev's RWD - Rear Wheel Drive, no matter how much power the Chev has!

January 03 2013 at 9:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Mad Maz

The Touareg is four-wheel drive and the Chevy is too, no? The VW simply puts the power down to the road better than the Chevy. It has better electronic brains preventing wheel spin. You can see this in the video.

January 03 2013 at 10:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GTR

Try AWD vs 4x4 with lockers, look at the skid marks

January 07 2013 at 7:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply