Horsepower tends to have all the attention when looking at a car’s power and ability. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is being heralded as one of the newest breakthroughs for engineering in the United States because it’s American Muscle capable of producing more than 700 hp, hitting 707, to be exact. Granted, this is impressive. In fact, it’s downright awe-inspiring. But in the overall scheme of the car, it alone isn’t terribly important.
Because without torque, there is no horsepower.
In as simple an explanation possible, torque is the measurement of rotating force that results in motion. As HowStuffWorks.com so cleanly explains, “if you use a one-foot-long wrench to apply 10 pounds of force to a bold head, you’re generating 10-pound-feet of torque.”
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Horsepower, then, is a calculation of how quickly torque is being used, or the power needed to lift 550 pounds one foot in one second, a metric that is calculated from torque. In simpler terms, horsepower looks at how torque is applied, while torque is the force being applied and moving your vehicle forward.
It’s time to shine a little light on our “Torque Cars,” exotic cars capable of producing the highest amount of torque the automotive world has ever seen.
Check out the list below, let us know if you think we missed any in the comments and browse our listings on duPontREGISTRY.com to land yourself one of these powerful machines.
Highest Torque Cars:
2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse
2011 Fisker Karma Hybrid
2014 Porsche 918 Spyder
944 lb-ft of torque
2010-13 Koenigsegg Agera
811 lb-ft to 885 lb-ft
2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed
2008 Koenigsegg CCXR Edition
2007 Bentley Brooklands
2013 Pagani Huayra
2008-2012 Audi Q7 6.0 V12 TDI Quattro
2013-Current Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG
(Also at 738 lb-ft of torque is the CL65 AMG, G65 AMG, SLS Electric Drive and SL65 AMG)
(Specs source: www.autosnout.com)