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Torque vs Horsepower - What's the Difference?

I admired our neighbour's new truck over the weekend. He'd been shopping around for a long time and now that he'd found his perfect vehicle, he was was eager to share his decision making process with me.

He included a lot of technical details about the power inside his ultimate driving machine, specifically its superior torque and horsepower. I nodded along in order to seem cool but I was thinking "What is the difference between torque and horsepower?"

Fortunately, I'm not the first person to have this question and far more car savvy folk than I have brought their knowledge to bear on this topic. This video does a great job of explaining both the basics and some of the more technical aspects of torque and horsepower - how they work and how they affect your vehicle's performance.

Are torque and horsepower things that are top of mind when you buy a car? Let us know in the comments.

- Rose R.


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Alexandra Le May

When I get out looking for my new vehicle I'll definitely ask for info About torque.The salesperson will think I'm so cool!

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