Horsepower vs. Torque: What Really Matters in Car Acceleration

Professional Motor Sales

Torque versus horsepower, now here is an interesting little equation that a lot of us know very little about, but want to know a lot more about!  This has been a long discussed subject, the difference between horsepower and torque.  What is interesting though, is that the two factors are not to be pitted against each other, and that horsepower is actually a manifestation of torque. 

Before we dive into a compare and contrast of torque versus horsepower, lets first take a look at the definitions of the terms involved taken direct from the dictionary:

  • “Horsepower.  A unit of power equal to 550 foot-pounds per second (745.7 watts).  The power of an engine measured in terms of this.”
  • “Torque.  Horsepower is the total power output of an engine, while torque measures the “turning/torqueing ability” of the engine. Practically, torque is a better measurement of how quickly your car will accelerate, while horsepower (relative to [...]
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