Friday, 7 August 2015

15 Titans of Torque

It's an infantile obsession, but who doesn't love dropping the hammer and seeing the rearview mirror fill with tire smoke? Well, I suppose the honest answer is most of the world that never clicks on our website. But here you are, so let's take a look at 15 vehicles capable of routing an almost surreal amount of force to their hapless contact patches.

15) Tesla Model S P85D

At 687 lb-ft of torque, Elon's mighty electric ranks seventh in terms of peak torque, so how did it end up on the bottom of this list? Simple. The one-speed transmission gearing provides by far the second-lowest torque multiplication of any driveline in this grouping.
1,311 pounds of force per tire

14) Porsche 918 Spyder
Our 13th-place finisher in overall torque also ranks seventh in torque multiplication, and of course it's also dividing its total torque four ways, so its position as 14th on this list comes as little surprise. The consolation is its second-best showing in quarter-mile acceleration, at 10.0 seconds at 145.2 mph.
1,537 pounds of force per tire

13) 2005 Bugatti Veyron 16.4

What?! How is it that 922 lb-ft of twist can only manage to whip up a pitiful three-quarters of a ton of force for each of its precious and peculiarly dimensioned Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 PAX tires? Bugatti prioritized top speed over stoplight sprinting, and its seven ratios are fairly evenly spaced, so its first gear boasts the highest overall gearing (10.1 mph/1,000 rpm) of any vehicle on this list, including the one-speed Tesla.
1,570 pounds of force per tire

12) Dodge Viper GTS

Our first rear-drive entrant on the list produces "just" 600 lb-ft (at a heady 5,000 rpm), and routes it through the second tallest first-gear ratio of the bunch (9.2 mph/1,000 rpm). This compromises its acceleration slightly (fifth-quickest quarter-miler on this list despite second-best weight-to-power ratio) and also blunts its burnout brilliance.
2,255 pounds of force per rear tire.

11) Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

The "weakest" of our list's heavy-duty pickups makes 765 lb-ft of twist, ranking it fifth overall in terms of torque. And because it's a dualie, you'll struggle mightily to do a burnout in 4WD mode, but drop it into RWD mode and you can send 2,450 pounds of abuse to each of the four tires on the rear axle.
2,450 pounds of force per corner.

10) Ram 3500 Heavy Duty

Ranking third in total torque at 850 lb-ft, this 4WD stump-yanker also boasts the tallest gearing of the pickup trucks. This spares the tires some trauma and gives the Ford Super Duty, which only makes 10 more lb-ft, a huge advantage in first-gear pulling power.
2,525 pounds of force per corner

9) Chevrolet Corvette Z06/Z07

America's sports car turns its tenth-place torque rating into a ninth-place tire-trauma rating with mid-pack gearing — and rest assured, 1.6 tons of force per tire is more than ample to get two-turnin' and two-burnin'.
3,223 pounds of force per rear tire

8) Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

This one's 664 lb-ft are produced at a frenetic enough pace (577 peak hp) to hurl 4,914 pounds of sybaritic splendor to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds en route to a 12.1-second, 115.5-mph quarter mile.
3,320 pounds of force per rear tire

7) Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The most obvious tire-shredder on the list's memorable 707-horse rating ranks it fourth in power, but at 650 lb-ft it's No. 11 on our list in terms of torque. With the sixth-shortest gearing (6.7 mph/1,000 rpm), it lands right in the middle of this auspicious pack in terms of contact-patch force.
3,358 pounds of force per rear tire

6) McLaren P1

Our list's second hybrid leverages its lofty 904-hp/664-lb-ft of oomph with the second shortest gearing to top our torque titans in terms of quarter-mile acceleration (9.8 seconds at 148.9 mph). Its lofty torque peak of 4,000 rpm suggests it might not be quite as adept at burning out as the low-rev torquers, but that's probably not the point.
3,825 pounds of force per rear tire

5) Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black

This mighty member of the "700 club" generates 738 lb-ft of twist at 2,300 rpm. This curt and positively svelte (for a bi-turbo, 36-valve V-12 AMG car) two-seater weighs only 4,221 pounds with just 2,026 of them over the burnout wheels, making it among the best AMG models in which to perform a big smoky.
3,845 pounds of force per rear tire

4) Ford F-450 Super Duty

Our highest placing truck gets here by routing the second-highest peak torque (860 lb-ft at 1,600 rpm) through the shortest gearing of this group (5.4 mph/1,000 rpm in first). Naturally it's a dualie, so there's a lot of rubber to get spinning here, even when the 9,083-pound truck's bed is empty. Still, if you're looking to leave four stripes, this is the rig — especially if you switch off the nannies, leave it in rear-drive mode, brake-torque the engine, and send 4.3 tons of force to each rear corner.
4,129 pounds of force to each corner

3) Mercedes-Maybach S600

Not shockingly, wretchedly excessive limos for the one-percenters top our list here, with the (comparatively) least ostentatious of the three fittingly slotted into third place. Its whisper-quiet twin-turbo V-12 produces 523 hp and 612 lb-ft. (Note that the horses outnumber the lb-ft in most in-your-face performers, and the strong and silent types such as this one usually reverse that.)
4,321 pounds of force to each rear tire

 2) Rolls-Royce Wraith

This most sporting of Rolls-Royces indicates its performance bona fides by producing 624 horses and a mere 590 lb-ft of torque (lowest on this list). With only two drive wheels to spread those lb-ft between and the fourth-best gearing in terms of torque multiplication, the Rolls thrusts its retractable Flying Lady hood ornament ahead into second place in the tire-force race. (It finishes tenth in a drag race.)
4,860 pounds of force to each rear tire

1) Bentley Mulsanne Speed

Note the 41 percent increase in force at the contact patch between the second-place Wraith and this new Mulsanne Speed. The Bentley Boys (and girls) ain't playin'. They came to this challenge to win, wringing heavy-duty pickup truck levels of torque (811 lb-ft at 1,750 rpm) from an ancient pushrod "six-and-three-quarta' leeta'" V-8. Of course the lazyish way it makes that thrust (power peaks at just 530 horses) means this three-ton Tessie will finish in twelfth place in our unofficial World's Most Expensive Drag Race, with a time slip reading 13.6 seconds at 103.3 mph. When the 99 percent pick up their pitchforks and torches, hop in one of these and leave them in a cloud of tire smoke.
6,841 pounds of force to each rear tire.

Source: MotorTrend


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