Extra Fox – A blog by Christopher Taylor

Torque vs. Horsepower: what these terms mean for cars

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on December 21, 2005

I have often been confused by the stats about torque versus horsepower when talking about car performance. Here’s a site that gives a fairly clear explanation of the differences [Vette Net]. To summarize…

  • torque: corresponds to the force that the driver feels as the car accelerates
  • horsepower: loosely defines overall ability to accelerate since, through gearing, a higher horsepower corresponds to torque over a longer period of time

All else being equal, horsepower is more important to performance, but torque is what you feel.

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