Anyone who’s ever compared automobile specs has heard the word “torque” before. Like any other figure used to measure the strength or power of an engine, it can be a little difficult to grasp what it means to the uninitiated. Put simply, torque is a measure of how much work – such as towing or accelerating – a vehicle’s engine can do.

So when you see a vehicle like the Ford Fusion Sport beat out German-engineered sports sedans in torque produced, it shows that the Fusion Sport is a powerhouse that packs a punch – at a very appealing price point.

Ford Fusion Torque Chart

Not only does this torque performance exceed competing performance sedans, it generates more torque than the 2016 Maserati Ghilbi and the 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S.

Why torque matters

The more torque an engine produces, the more potential to do work it offers, as the engine delivers power through the transmission to the axles. The result: power, which manifests in either acceleration or towing ability.

Fusion Sport and Ecoboost – a match made in torque heaven

Available in the fall, the Fusion Sport– than established performance sedans like BMW 535i, Audi A6 3.0T and Mercedes-Benz E400, producing peak torque of 380 lb.-ft. from a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost® engine using 93-octane fuel.

To help get that segment-busting power to the ground without any torque steer, the Fusion Sport’s All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system takes power from the front wheels and sends it to the rear. Also, with its Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD), each wheel and shock responds to the road conditions and optimizes independently of the other three.

Torque is only one measure of a vehicle’s capability, but the high torque rating for the Ford Fusion Sport – paired with the AWD and CCD systems that help put it to use – is definitely a reason to get excited. In fact, it might be the most surprising performance sedan out there.