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Torque

Torque

Torque is the force exerted at a point of rotation at the end of a lever arm (torque = force x lever arm). The physical unit for measuring torque is the Newton-metre (Nm). Modern engines are designed to deliver as much torque as possible, both from low rev speeds and over a wide rev range. This can be seen, for example, from the torque curve of the 1.4l TSI Twincharger engine: high torque at low revs (250 Nm at 1,500 rpm), remaining constant all the way up to high engine speeds (up to 4,500 rpm). This makes for abundant pulling power when setting off and overtaking, and therefore plenty of driving fun.