As towing payloads go, an airliner is probably right up there with the ultimate – in this case, a Porsche Cayenne S Diesel has taken on an Airbus A380. Weighing in at 285 tonnes, the 385 hp and 850 Nm of torque mustered by the Cayenne S Diesel had its work cut out for it.

The feat was conducted at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France, with the double-decker Airbus provided by Air France. Fitted with a special towing attachment adapted to the Porsche’s tow bar – Porsche end users tend not to usually tow aircraft – the Cayenne S Diesel managed to tow the Airbus A380 a distance of 42 metres, setting a new world record for heaviest aircraft pull by a production car.

The record was previously held by a Nissan Patrol, which towed a 170-tonne cargo plane. In the case of Porsche’s successful attempt with the Cayenne S Diesel, its A380-towing feat was repeated by its V8 petrol sibling, the Cayenne Turbo S with 570 hp and 800 Nm of torque, which also holds the record for being the quickest production SUV to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

“Our cars can go a bit beyond what our customers might expect – they’re designed to be tough. But even so, what the Cayenne did today was remarkable – we drove the car here from London – and I plan to drive it home again, having towed an A380 in between,” said Richard Payne, technician with Porsche Great Britain.

In Malaysia, the Porsche Cayenne range starts from RM640,000, while the the range-topping Turbo starts from RM1,150,000 – inclusive of duties, but before options.

GALLERY: Porsche Cayenne S Diesel