While horsepower tends to get all the love, torque is the real power number you want to know. Torque equals drivability, but it also equals tire shredding power. Here are nine cars that have gobs of that sweet, sweet torque.
The Huayra is the million--dollar boutique hypercar with a Mercedes-AMG engine right out back. Two turbos, 12 cylinders, and 6.0-liters later, you have something that makes .
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine in the ATS offers 295 lb-ft of torque. Horsepower comes to 272. The Alpha platform it rides on is constructed from a lightweight blend of steel and aluminum, making it a fun little sports sedan that can give the BMW 3-Series a run for its money.
For some people, the opulence of the regular Bentley Mulsanne wasn't enough, so Bentley went ahead and made the Mulsanne Speed. Predictably, the power jumped as well: It now makes 530 hp and (are you ready for this?) 811 lb-ft of torque. Need to pull a stump out of the ground? Get your chauffeur to grab the Mulsanne.
The beautifully funky-looking BMW i8's total system output comes to 357 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, thanks to a combination of electric power and a turbocharged three-cylinder engine. The electric motors help with torque-fill while the turbo spools up, so you are never at a loss for power.
If you think the 140 hp in the Spark EV is boring, then you have neglected to peek at its impressive torque figure—400 lb-ft of it, in fact. That's more than a Ferrari 458 Speciale.
Don't let the elitists who say that Mustangs must have V8s deceive you: The four-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine in the Mustang makes it a properly quick car. With , the EcoBoost Mustang can hit 60 in 5.5 seconds. It's fun to drive and might even bemore rewarding than the GT.
A $10,000 Ludicrous Speed option will give your P90D of torque. 0-60 is achieved in a hysterical 2.8 seconds—and keep in mind that this is a car that can seat seven if the whole family wants to go out to dinner.
Beneath its glossy and stunning exterior, the S65 packs some hairy-chested power. A twin-turbo V12 feeds 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque to the wheels, making this more of a German burnout machine than you previously thought.
Porsche wanted the 918 to be so over-the-top that a traditional gasoline engine couldn't cut it anymore. So, Porsche went hybrid. The resulting 918 Spyder makes an utterly mad from a combination of electric motors and 4.6 liter V8 derived from the RS Spyder LMP2 car. In our opinion, that's the best way to make a green car.