You have to remember that the Falcons donor car is a taxi.
Oh and that engine in FPV form produces 310kw and 565nm. Futhermore 100% of that torque is delivered from 1950rpm all the way to 5500. (You really don't want to race one at the lights)
Not bad for a 1960's design. http://www.fpv.com.au/f6_showroom/f6
Hey I love that ambo, what's the fuel economy like?
Sure, big torque numbers are great when you're trying to cut the best 60 foot times possible. That is... *IF* the car's weight + tire section width (i.e. - "traction"), and driveline can translate that power into forward motion. Again, this advantage favors the typical "I-only-race-in-straight-lines" crowd.
Different theory is applied to road course/autocross, or even your local canyon roads. When cornering G's put a vehicles tires at their lateral grip limit (more importantly, the outside tires), I believe a different power curve is beneficial. Specifically, the relation between the torque and horsepower curves. In the mentioned scenario, an abundance of torque when the throttle plate(s) are anything above partially opened (i.e. - maintaining or increasing speed/power delivery through the supposed corner) has the capability of completely overloading the outside tires' grip, inherently either slowing the vehicle by means of a loss of traction, or breaking the entire vehicle free (again, by means of a loss of traction.)
If the torque curve can be kept below the horsepower curve (or HP curve above TQ curve, whichever you prefer), the theory is that mechanical traction can be maintained while the throttle plate(s) are either holding engine power at a steady state (maintain speed/power delivery) or increasing engine power (powering out of supposed corner). A few entities have coined the term "auto-magic traction control". DSPORT tends to be a big proponent of this phenominon.
Knowing this, I tend to believe this is why Honda engines have the characteristics of low-friction, high RPM (eg. low-torque/high-horsepower), along with transmissions geared to keep the HP curve above TQ curve upon gear changes. (Can't speak on the more civilized "Eco focused" powertrains Honda produces.)
For example, a Honda K20Z3 (albiet, supercharged):
A Chevy Nova 406ci Dart:
Taken from here: http://www.superchevy.com/technical/eng ... ewall.html
If you believe the theory, the Dart *may* very well be fun, but it would sure as hell be a handful, and likely produce slower lap times, all else being equal.
And the "ambo" (lambo?)... I dunno. Don't own one. Numbers alone indicate "sh*tty". I do however own the K20 powered car above, an S13 (Nissan 240sx), and an Acura NSX - Fuel economy is great in all of em
And they T.U.R.N.!