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OK, but doesnt torque actually accelerate a car or am i wrong in thinking this?
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It does. But torque figures on their own are only directly comparable if the cars weigh the same and have the same gearing.
If each car had only one gear and weighed the same...then the car with the higher torque would accelerate faster - assuming it could put the torque down to the road.
Gearing is the big factor...gears are only torque multipliers, after all.
Race cars tend to have lots of top end power but little torque below 5000RPM...but they aren't slow at accelerating. Why?
Because they are geared low.
My Integra Type-R would easily match an S3 from 0-100MPH with only 133lb-ft of torque and FWD. Why?
Because it was very low geared, and you flew through the rev band quickly to get the engine into the meaty part of the rev range.
In general tems torque is a good indicator of in gear acceleration, and acceperation off the line...but you have to be mindful of available grip, gearing, mass and at higher speeds, aerodynamics.