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DODGE VIPER

The Viper’s 600lb ft isn’t the meati­est torque out­put in this list, but its mas­sive 8.4-litre, nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V10 is surely the least stressed en­gine this side of a cruise liner’s. Un­likely to be great in a cross­wind tankslap­per.

BENT­LEY MULSANNE SPEED

The grand old Mulsanne’s 6.75-litre bi-turbo V8 ‘only’ makes 530bhp, but its ef­fort­less torque re­serve – a majestic 811lb ft – truly dwarfs other lux­ury sa­loons. And it’s a much less vul­gar tow­car than a Ben­tayga, don’t you think?

CORVETTE ZR1

We’re per­ilously close to con­sumer ad­vice here, so let’s get back on track. Not only is the 750lb ft su­perVette a strong con­tender for tow­ing, that huge rear wing is an ideal lash­ing point for ex­tra tow ropes. (GM may dis­agree).

MERCEDES S65 AMG

Torque is the rea­son AMG per­sists with V12 ver­sions of its might­i­est prod­ucts. The bi-turbo V8s are ac­tu­ally quicker, but there’s some­thing be­guil­ing about con­duct­ing 738lb ft of near­si­lent urge.

BU­GATTI CH­I­RON

Prob­a­bly quite tricky to at­tach a tow­bar to that gi­ant cen­tral ex­haust tun­nel. But when you’ve 1,180lb ft on tap, needs must. In­ci­den­tally, the cur­rent car­a­van land speed record is 141.9mph. Any bil­lion­aires fancy a chal­lenge?

AS­TON MARTIN DBS SUPERLEGGERA

Hur­rah! Bri­tain has built a Fer­rari 812 Su­per­fast ri­val. Sure, the Brit has more weight and less power. And it’s slower... but its 664lb ft minces the Ital­ian’s 530lb ft. Ask any­one, torque is what you use on the road. Es­pe­cially for tow­ing a Cygnet.

TESLA MODEL X

Fun fact, tow­ing fans: Tesla’s SUV is the only EV cur­rently cer­ti­fied for tow­ing. Most EV mak­ers don’t con­done it due to range and wear ’n’ tear grum­bles. The Model X, mean­while, can shift a record­break­ing 2,250kg. Lu­di­crous.

KOENIGSEGG REGERA

Another handy can­di­date for hy­per­tow­ing is Swe­den’s gear­box-free, hy­brid ul­tra-GT. The Regera’s elec­tric­ity-aug­mented V8 stamps out a colos­sal 1,465lb ft – five times the Car­a­van Club’s 2018 favourite, the Skoda Ko­diaq diesel.

JAGUAR F-TYPE SVR

Jaguar Land Rover fits pretty much the same 4x4 pow­er­train as it uses in the ul­ti­mate RR in its pretty 2dr Jag. So it fig­ures that the F-Type SVR should be just as adept at tow­ing. Strangely, Jag isn’t re­turn­ing our calls to find out if this is true.

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