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Well, yes and no -- they mean that the Caliber (like the older NGC cars including the SRT4 Neon) use torque-based control rather than the old-style "give me XXX boost at XXX RPM" type system. Basically, you push the go-pedal to a certain point and the ECU interprets that as you asking for XXX ft-lbs of torque. If you're using crappy gas and you have knock, you'll get more boost to get the torque you're asking for. If you're at altitude and have less backpressure, you'll get a little less boost. It's all torque-based. That also means, they can do all the nifty stuff like likit torque in the lower gears to keep you from wheel-hopping your brains out and/or grenading the trans. I'm sure MOPAR will have stage XXX upgrades to move the reliability/performance balance a bit more towards performance. Besides, exactly how much tyre smoke do you want to make? This thing is still FWD for pete's sake.
 
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