To prove how strong the Land Rover Discovery is, Land Rover set up a test in the Australian Outback where the Discovery would try to tow a 121-ton road train. The unmodified Discovery HSE Td6 managed to tow the 328-foot long road train for nearly 10 miles.
The test was used to showcase the towing ability of the 2018 Land Rover Discovery HSE Td6 with its 3.0-liter diesel engine that generates 254 horsepower and 443 lb-ft. of torque. The Discovery Td6 has a maximum two rating of 7,716-lbs, but it successfully towed a 121-ton road train 9.9-miles along a closed section of the Lasseter Highway.
“Towing capability has always been an important part of Discovery DNA and the raw weight of the road train tells only half the story here,” said Quentin Spottiswoode, Land Rover Product Engineer. “Pulling a rig and seven trailers, with the rolling resistance of so many axles to overcome, is a huge achievement. We expected the vehicle to do well but it passed this test with flying colors, hitting 27mph (44km/h) along its 10-mile (16km) route.”
This isn’t the first time that Land Rover has used a train to show off the strength of its vehicles. At its 1989 launch, the original Discovery was used to pull a train and last year the Discovery Sport premium compact SUV towed a trio of rail carriages 85ft above the Rhine River.