The short answer is that no major changes have been required to accommodate higher torque at lower engine speeds. Keep in mind that the "lower" peak torque speed of the petrol engine in this case is still closer to the peak power speed of a comparable diesel engine.
I think that the ban on lead in automotive engines has had a much larger impact on bearing materials and bearing design in general.
Lead/copper/tin/indium alloys were excellent bearing materials (for example all F1 manufacturers still used them) as they offer great embeddability (debris retention), conformability and emergency running capability (low oil film thickness) with fairly good fatigue strength.
These have now been replaced by sputter AlSn alloys which tend to be very hard and have very good fatigue strength, however they are very poor at dealing with debris and have poor running-in characteristics. They usually require a very well controlled crowning to avoid seizures due to edge loading. All bearing manufacturers now offer polymer overlays tailored for particular applications (start-stop, high speed running) which have their own disadvantages, most notably being poor thermal conductivity (typically dealt with by adding Al flakes).