Can You Tow With a Sports Car?

by Gabrielle DeSantis

How come we never see a Lamborghini Hurracan towing a camper along? Oftentimes, sports cars have a tremendous amount of power, yet we never put them to work. These sports cars are often all-wheel-drive and have all the power. So, why don’t we see sports cars towing a trailer more often? Can you tow with a sports car? 

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Should you use a sports car for towing? 

You definitely can but should you? Probably not. Like anything else, there are always exceptions, but all kinds of power were not created equally as a rule. Although sports cars can be very fast and powerful, the kind of power they tend to have is not the right kind of power for towing. 

Sports cars are often rich in higher-rpm horsepower but lack the torque, gearing, and weight for serious towing. Again, this doesn’t mean a sports car couldn’t tow a small trailer if it had the trailer hitch, but it does mean it probably shouldn’t. 

For one, most sports cars are going to be able to pull any serious weight anyways. They simply don’t have sturdy enough gearing nor the torque to pull much weight. Secondly, trying to tow with a sports car will put the driver and any other road goers in a great deal of potential danger. 

How to pick a good vehicle for towing? 

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For all the things that make sports cars loads of fun, those same things make them terrible towing vehicles. The reason the best towers are HD pickup trucks is that they are purpose-built for them. 

The 2021 Ford F-150 is the best in its class for towing because it uses the proper weight, gear ratios, and power plant. According to TheAutoSunday, towing comes down to safety more than raw ability.

Sure, a Bugatti Chiron could probably pull 5,000 pounds, but it might shred its gearbox before getting too far. If the transmission can hang on long enough, its weight and wheelbase make the Bugatti and whatever is in tow a very dangerous rig, indeed. 

The class-winning towing capacity of the Ford F-150 is found by figuring out how much the truck can safely pull. The F-150 can certainly pull more than its 11,300 max towing capacity, but that number is decided upon by judging how much weight is actually manageable and safe.

As a rule, sports cars and most sedans aren’t even given a towing capacity because they aren’t made to do it. This means attempting to tow with a sports car can get very dangerous very quickly. 

What about towing with sporty SUVs? 

Over the past decade or so, SUVs have positively taken over the American car market. With that take overcame the sport SUVs. Sports car makers like Porsche, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin all make hopped-up SUVs that are fast as hell and can actually tow. 

The Lamborghini Urus, for instance, comes from the factory with a tow hitch. A Lamborghini with a tow hitch. It’s wild, but it is somehow both a supercar and a real SUV. 

The best path forward for any sports car fans is to let your sports car be what it is and don’t try to make it something it’s not.

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