Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Terrible Hole, IN
Originally posted by YellowMaranello
Simplest way I've ever heard it explained....
Horsepower is how fast you can go, and torque is how fast you get there.
That sounds like "top speed" and "acceleration" to me, not horsepower and torque. I could be wrong though.
The best way I've heard it explained is that torque is what moves you down the road, with horsepower simply being a byproduct. Torque is what is actually measurable, while hp is calculated based on your torque (among other things).
As far as what gives them better torque specs, take two engines of the same displacement, one an I4 and one a twin. If they have the same displacement, then the combustion chamber of the twin is bigger (two less cylinders), therefore causing a bigger explosion, meaning more energy is released per cycle to turn the crank. That bigger blast of energy is converted to more torque, which is the measurable part. The rpms are then used with the torque measurement to calculate the hp.
Hopefully I got that all right. I'm sure someone will correct me if I didn't.
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