This reminds me of the day when i was playing the first GranTurismo on Playstation, i had a Supra tuned with enormous HP at the expense of torque. as a result it was impossible to launch, it would take an eternity to get past 1st gear from a stop, but once it was moving and reving it was a proper rocket.
On a more real world example, i remember the episode of TopGear where Hammond drove a F1 and the trouble he had launching it, for similar reasons.
For causal driving though, torque *is* "performance". I mean my wife feels uncomfortable reving past 4K ...