What’s the Difference Between Horsepower & Torque?

You often see them listed as one spec — X horsepower and X pound-feet of torque. But what does that mean, really? Is one more important when it comes to MPH? How do they relate?

If you’re a car aficionado, you’re probably laughing by now, but the truth is that many average car buyers don’t fully understand the differences between HP and torque. Sure, they see that the bigger number is usually better, but that’s not always the case!

So, for the benefit of all our non-motorhead readers, here’s what these terms are really telling you about a particular car’s performance.

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