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Torque also known as pulling power, pretty much the feel you get when you put your foot down on the accelerator. It is always measured in Newton metres and is should never be overlooked when it comes to purchasing a car. The general rule is the higher the better, but as it is sometimes dependent on engine capacity and turbo or superchargers, a higher torque might mean increase fuel usage. A low peak torque figure (rpm) will point to better acceleration when driving in higher gears or when pushing off from low speeds. However, high torque at high engine speeds is often seen on performance cars.