Side by Side Comparison: Which Car Has More Torque?

Robin Tyler

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Torque...

Along with horsepower figures, these are numbers that car nuts pore over when trying to decide which vehicle is better than the other without having to race them on some tarmac. Although we prefer the smell of burning rubber, torque figures are important.

But what is torque, exactly?

Simply put, torque is how much force can be applied through the engine in a given gear. You will notice, the best torque rating always has a certain engine RPM that it applies to. Of course, having a car with higher torque is useless if this cannot be applied properly through the tires. 

So what do you have to do in this quiz? Well, in this side by side comparison, it's up to you to figure out which car out of the two we have shown you has the most torque. 

While some are pretty easy, others are going to take all your auto knowledge to figure out. There are some really difficult ones in among our 40 questions, but with your thinking cap on, you stand a really good chance of coming out with flying colors.

But can you be one of a handful of people to totally ace this test?

Good luck!


Which of these cars has more torque?

The Impala name is synonymous with Chevrolet. The 1965 Impala SS generated 460 lb-ft of torque, a little more than the 350 lb-ft of the Ford Taurus SHO V6 from 2009.

Which of these cars has more torque?

A real looker, The SJ was only for the rich and famous. After all, it was produced during the Depression, so the man in the street was certainly not going to get behind the wheel. These cars had a supercharged motor and produced an impressive 425 lb-ft of torque. It had far more torque than the 1939 BMW 321 which came in at about 150 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

The new Dodge Charger SXT produces around 260 lb-ft of torque. That's enough to beat a Ferrari in the form of the Dino. It turns out 166 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

Know for their sports cars, the LM002 was a massive departure for Lamborghini. It was built between 1986 and 1993 with only 328 were made. The LM002 turned out 369 lb-ft of torque while the original Hummer H1 trumped it, producing 430 lb-ft. Take that, Lamborghini!

Which of these cars has more torque?

An all-electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf went into production in 2010. The best-selling electric car in the world, the Leaf generates 210 lb-ft of torque. Another popular electric hybrid car, the Toyota Prius, produces around 100 less, coming in at 105 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

In 1959, the Mini Mk 1 was introduced to the world. And what a popular car it proved to be. It produced around 44 lb-ft of torque. A similar vehicle in terms of size, the Fiat 500 was popular in Europe with the Nuova 500 Sport only producing 20 lb-ft of torque through its small 500cc engine.

Which of these cars has more torque?

Thanks to its V6 engine, the Buick produced 355 lb-ft of torque. Although the Hyundai has a more modern engine, it produces 295 lb-ft of torque.

Which of these cars has more torque?

First marketed in 2002, the A6 RS6 is an executive car with a sporty twist. Now in its third generation, the RS6 takes the form of an "Avant" or station wagon. A station wagon with a bite! It generates up to 515 lb-ft of torque. The Mercedes G Class AMG generates more, however, a staggering 561 lb-ft in fact.

Which of these cars has more torque?

One of the most iconic vehicles ever produced by the Chevrolet was the Bel Air. Manufactured between 1955 and 1957, the Bel Air will always be remembered for its fantastic trim and those beautiful pointy tailfins. The 1957 Bel Air's engine produced around 550 lb-ft of torque while one of its rivals from Ford, the Thunderbird, generated far less, around 280 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

This Ford Taurus generates around 350 lb-ft of the torque, way more than the AMC Pacer which only musters 163 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

With an engine that pushes out 1,163 brake horsepower, it is easy to see why any car nut with the cash wants to buy a Zenvo TS1 GT. That engine also produces a bonkers 811 lb-ft of torque! The latest Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 isn't far off, producing around 711 lb-ft of torque.

Which of these cars has more torque?

This three-door hatback had six gas and four diesel engine variants from 2006 to 2013. The C30 was Volvo's premium sports coupe over that period, with the top-of-the-range model producing 236 lb-ft of torque. The Mark 2 Ford Escort, one of the original hot hatches of the 1970s, produced 120 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

The Tesla Model S produces around 443 lb-ft. Incredible numbers for an electric car. This is more than the 325 produced by the V8 motor in the Touareg SUV.

Which of these cars has more torque?

Alfa makes some of the most beautiful cars ever conceived, none more so than the Quadrifoglio. But it doesn’t only look good. The Quadrifoglio has a 2.9-liter turbo engine which produces 503 brake horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque! This is more the Honda Civic Type R, which generates 300 lb-ft of torque.

Which of these cars has more torque?

This mid-engined two-seat sports car was first marketed by Audi in 2006. It is available as a coupe and convertible and uses Audi's all-wheel-drive system. The V12 Quattro version produces an astonishing 737 lb-ft of torque. The Z3 Roadster can only muster 258 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

The most expensive model from BMW, the Gran Coupe was first introduced in 2011. It has a range of powerplant options including diesel and gas with the biggest engine a 4.4-liter S63 V8 twin-turbo. It generates 330 lb-ft of torque. The 1969 Charger generates more, pushing out 490 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

Probably fancied by many as a luxury large-sized car, the LaCrosse will surprise some. It has an excellent safety rating, very impressive gas mileage numbers, handles very well and offers a very comfortable ride. The LaCrosse generates around 282 lb-ft of torque from its V6 engine. A competitor from Acura, the RDX has slightly less torque, around 260 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

In 1964, Chevrolet's Corvette Stingray was capable of producing around 460 ft-lb of torque. The Pontiac GTO managed a credible 428 ft-lb of torque despite it being two years older.

Which of these cars has more torque?

Developed in conjunction with the Formula 1 team, McLaren, the SLR made its debut in 2003. With a 5.4 L supercharged M155 SLR V8 under the hood and a manual gearbox, the SLR was somewhat of a producing 575 lb-ft of torque. The Crossfire, a sports car from Chrysler, produces around 229 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

One of the world’s leading sport car brands, Porsche was started by Ferdinand Porsche in 1948. The 911 Carrera, a model during the '80s, could generate 209 lb-ft of torque. The Lamborghini Countach LP400, a famed super car produced from the 1970s to 2000s, produced over 50 more, generating 266 lb-ft of torque.

Which of these cars has more torque?

The brainchild of Carroll Shelby, the Cobra first revved in anger in 1962. This lightweight vehicle has an incredible amount of torque - 482 lb-ft to be exact. Although far heavier, Lamborghini's totally bonkers LM002 could still generate a fair amount of torque - 369 lb-ft - but not more than the Cobra.

Which of these cars has more torque?

Known for its incredible handling and punchy performance, the Subaru Impreza was first introduced to the Japanese market in 1992. A Cosworth version of this impressive car generates 400 lb-ft of torque, more than the 177 of the Caterham 7 Superlight R400.

Which of these cars has more torque?

Sadly discontinued in 2009, Pontiac, a General Motors brand has produced some iconic names in motoring and none more so than its GTO. The first models, released in 1964, were available in a convertible, hardtop and coupe. The 1969 model, affectionately called The Judge, produced 445 lb-ft of torque. This was an improvement on its rival, the 1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet which turned out 440 lb-ft. The Judge wins ... just.

Which of these cars has more torque?

Named after the founder of the company, the Opel Adam was launched in 2012. It currently competes for market share in the city car class. This three-door hatchback has three powerplant options with 1.0 liter producing 125 lb-ft. The Toyota Aygo, itself a city car, makes 95 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

A hypercar in the true sense of the word, the Pagani Huayra produces over 700 lb-ft of torque! Another completly bonkers hyper, the Koenigsegg CCX 4.7 V8 produces 678 lb-ft. Incredible!

Which of these cars has more torque?

The Shelby GT350, released in 1965, could produce 329 ft-lb of torque. The Pontiac GTO V8, released a year earlier, produced even more, around 428 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

For lovers of all things American over foreign cars, the Regal makes perfect sense. The Sportback, in particular, is impressive with a modern interior and powerful engine which produces 295 lb-ft of torque. A competitor from Acura, the RDX has slightly less torque, around 260 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

One of the most famous marques of the Corvette is the Mk II Stingray, produced between 1963 and 1967. This classic had either a 2-speed automatic gearbox or 3-speed manual with a range of engine options including small and big block V8’s which generated 460 lb-ft of torque. This was more than 1965 Ford Mustang, which produced 312 lb-ft on the entry-level model.

Which of these cars has more torque?

Designed by Tom Gale, the Dodge Viper GTS produced 490 lb-ft of torque back in 1996. Built in the late 60s, the Ferrari Dino turns out just 166 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

The muscle car revolution of the 1960s brought about the iconic Dodge Charger. As in the past, with the latest model Chargers, big V8 engines and large spacious interiors. The Charger Daytona Hemi generated 490 lb-ft of torque. A more modern car, the 2010 Vauxhall Insignia, although powerful, produced less. It manages 321 lb-ft of torque.

Which of these cars has more torque?

The Ariel Atom is the fastest time car over 0-60 mph, stopping the clock in 2.3 seconds. It produces 300 lb-ft of torque. This is no match for the Vauxhall VXR8 sedan which manages 547 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

Powered by a 6.0-liter V12 and able to hit the 200 mph mark, the Aston Martin One-77 generates 553 lb-ft of torque. In comparision, the Ford Mustang Boss does manage a worthy 380 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

The Challenger was first introduced in 1970 as a muscle car. Since reintroduction in 2008 over 400,000 Challengers have been sold. Models with the largest powerplants such as the Demon produce a staggering 771 lb-ft of torque. The Chrysler Prowler produces far less, around 255 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

Released in 1959, the Mini quickly became a popular car all over the world. A slightly more powerful version, the Cooper was released in the early '60s and produced just 54 lb-ft of torque. Another classic, the Volkswagen Beetle produced just two more - 56 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

This compact crossover SUV was launched by Range Rover in 2010 and produces 251 lb-ft. Its spiritual cousin, the Land Rover, makes around 120 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

With its ample cargo space, an incredible range of power plants, great handling and refined luxury, the Audi A7 is a crucial part of the German manufacturers fleet. It generates some impressive torque as well, around 479 lb-ft. A similar vehicle, Volkswagen's new Atlas' V6 motor in the top-of-the-range model will produce 266 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

Built by Italian firm Pagani, the Zonda sports car had a unique look when introduced in 1999. A number of models followed over the years with a range of power plant options. The Zonda F produces 575 lb-ft of torque. Slightly older, the Diablo from Lamborghini churns out 472 lb-ft.

Which of these cars has more torque?

Another classic, the 1955 Volkswagen Beetle produced 56 lb-ft from its 1.2-liter motor, more than another small car, the 1955 Fiat 500. That clocked in at just 20 lb-ft of torque.

Which of these cars has more torque?

Volkswagen's Touareg is built on the same platform as both the Dakar-winning Touareg racer as well as the Porsche Cayenne. It produces 325 lb-ft of torque, where the Hummer H1, that behemoth of an SUV manages 460 in the torque stakes.

Which of these cars has more torque?

The GTI badge from Volkswagen, applied to the Golf hatchback for seven generations, is one of the most well-known marques around the world. The GTi produces 258 lb-ft of torque. Let's compare that to a sports car from the 1960's. The Lamborghini 400 churned out just 4 more at 262 lb-ft of torque at optimum revs.

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