Land Rover once again put one of its infamous SUVs to test this month, with the Discovery Sport hauling three luxury train carriages weighing 108 tons along a railway track in demonstration of its impressive towing capability.
This spectacular feat took place at Museumsbahn Stein am Rhein in Switzerland, crossing the River Rhine on the Hemishofen bridge – a historic landmark measuring 935 feet long and soaring 85 feet above the valley floor.
The 10 kilometer journey put the compact Discovery Sport’s pulling power to the ultimate test. Though the Discovery Sport has a certified maximum towing weight of 2,500kg, it was able to pull 60 times its own weight, powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s 180PS Ingenium diesel engine providing 430Nm of torque. In addition, the Discovery Sport benefitted from Land Rover’s portfolio of towing and traction technologies such as Terrain Response, Tow Assist, Tow Hitch Assist and All Terrain Progress Control – a semi-autonomous off-road driving system that automatically manages engine output and braking, to complete the stunt.
The stunt was something of a re-creation of the feat the same company achieved in 1989 when the first-generation Discovery pulled a train of cars in Plymouth, UK. Only this time Land Rover did without the Disco I’s low-range gearbox. Instead, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine rated at 177 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, and assisted by high-tech gadgetry including semi-autonomous All Terrain Progress Control and Tow Assist systems.
Land Rover has introduced game-changing technologies that help take the stress out of towing for our customers, and although we wouldn’t recommend trying any of these stunts at home, it’s impressive just the same to see what the Discovery Sport is capable of.