The recent S3 vs TDI vs Civic Type R threads have led me to ask "What is torque, and how does it affect performance?".
I did a definition search on Google but it wasn't much help:
Torque is not the same as acceleration, but has an effect on it.
However, a TDI has bags of torque but cannot accelerate like a VXR220 which has low torque.
Torque affects a car's ability to tow a load - I think.
Can anyone offer a simple explanation that doesn't involve too much physics?