Both horsepower and torque are a measure of a car’s performance. However, it is horsepower that is the most popular of the two measures. In fact, some would say that it is horsepower that sells cars.
Horsepower is the power an engine produces. It is equal to the power needed to more 550 pounds one foot in one second or 33,000 pounds one foot in one minute.
Torque is defined as a rotating force that may or may not result in motion. It is measured as the amount of force multiplied by the length of the lever through which it acts. Torque was explained to me as the pull you feel in the seat of your pants when you accelerate in a vehicle. Horsepower and torque are related as well in that the more torque a vehicle has, the more power.
What are the cars that produce the most torque? As you would imagine, there is a lot of overlap between the list below and the list of production cars with the most horsepower.
Bugatti Chiron – 1,180 lb-ft
It is questionable whether the Bugatti Chiron should even be on this list since it has not yet officially entered into production. However, I will include it as a sort of honorable mention.
Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show yesterday, the Bugatti Chiron produces a locomotive-like 1,180 lb-ft torque of power. This is an improvement of 80 lb-ft over its faster predecessor, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport.
Both vehicles are running the same engine, the 8.0 liter W16 engine. However, the W16 in the new Chiron has been thoroughly engineered, benefitting from 4 larger turbos.