What Does a Car’s Torque Mean?

Gas PedalMost drivers know that horsepower is a good standard to judge how fast a car is but what about torque? What does a car’s torque mean? That’s a question many drivers interested in performance vehicles find themselves asking and the answer can get rather complicated. Fortunately, we at Gossett VW Porsche have a simplified answer of what a car’s torque actually means.

Put simply, power is how fast something can reach a certain point while torque is the ability to do work. That remains true in modern cars. Horsepower determines how fast a car can reach a certain speed while torque is how fast the car can actually accelerate.

The torque listed on a vehicle specification page is how much torque the engine can produce. That isn’t necessarily how much torque reaches the wheels. Either way, higher torque means faster acceleration.

Larger engines produce more torque due to the amount of air flowing into the engine. That air is combined with fuel and compressed in a combustion chamber to produce horsepower and torque. Trucks are a perfect example of how torque works. Since most trucks are designed to tow, they need more torque to accelerate while pulling heavy loads. Thanks to their larger engines, trucks are capable of gaining speed even though they may be pulling thousands of pounds.

2017 VW Golf Alltrack Preview

2017 VW Golf

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The VW Golf Alltrack has never been sold in the United States before, but after Volkswagen’s most recent press release, that’s about to change! The VW Golf Alltrack is based on the popular Golf SportWagen and has been a top choice for drivers who desire a ride with crisp handling. The Golf Alltrack has been available in Europe for years, but this fall, the newest model will hit United States shores!

The 2017 VW Golf Alltrack will feature 4MOTION all-wheel drive and offers all the capability of an all-terrain vehicle without the rough exterior. Off-Road Mode goes hand-in-hand with the new all-wheel drive system and makes this model more capable than ever before.

A 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque powers the off-road-capable model. Drivers wanting to control gear shifting should wait until the six-speed manual transmission releases following the launch of the Golf Alltrack.

While the exterior looks entirely different from the Golf SportWagen, the interior is a different story. The layout is similar but the Golf Alltrack sees premium materials, like leatherette seating surfaces, and aluminum pedal covers plus Alltrack branding.

We at Gossett VW Porsche can’t wait for the arrival of the 2017 VW Golf Alltrack!