Tug of War: Duramax vs Touareg

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Two very different diesel trucks hitch up for a torque showdown.

As far as torquey diesel trucks go, they don't come much different than a Chevy Silverado and a Volkswagen Touareg. One's a work-a-day domestic pickup, the other a luxury import SUV. So how do you compare the two? With a little game of tug-of-war, naturally. That's what a few rednecks put together in this video clip. In one corner is a Silverado 2500HD, which in its latest form packs a Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 with 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft of torque.

In the other is the Touareg V10 TDI, packing a 5.0-liter, ten-cylinder turbodiesel with 345 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. As Volkswagen demonstrated a few years ago, the Touareg V10 is capable of pulling a jumbo jet, but with less power and torque than the Duramax, is it able to overcome?

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