Originally Posted by adwriter73
I used to have a BMW Z3 M Coupe. Now I've got an '08 Subaru STi. Love it, but need something that can pull. It seems to me a lot of people on here are towing more than the manufacturer allows. I could be wrong, but some of these V6-powered machines shouldn't be capable of pulling close to 5,000 lbs. I'm currently looking at a used VW Touareg in V8-form. The V6 is much cheaper, but I'm concerned about the strain on the engine. Thoughts?
VW provides the same 7700 lb tow rating for all three engine choices - v6, v8 and v10 TDI.
I wouldn't hesitate to tow with the v6. It's quite adequate; the extra power of the v8 is gravy.
The performance differences between a sedan or SUV like the T-reg and a traditional pickup amount to aerodynamics, weight, gear ratios, and using higher engine revs to make the power to move through the air. For example, I tow at 65 mph and about 3300 rpm, but the engine in my car is totally happy doing it. Coolant temp sits between 200 and 210 on a warm day with the a/c on.