Sameena Karim

Asked by Sameena Sep 05, 2008 at 03:02 PM

Question type: Car Customization

whats more important BHP or TORQUE?

14 Answers

David Stocks

Depends on what you want. Are you going for flat out speed or getting up to speed as fast as possible? Flat out: BHP. Acceleration: torque.

Matt Neyedly

BHP= top speed, Torque=acceneration

Brian Timm

i say torque... thats that awesome feeling when you slam the gas and you butt gets shoved into the seat. and horsepower is actually calculated from torque, so in all reality, horsepower is an arbitrary measuring system. and how often are you gonna top out your car? just cause it can goo 200+ mph doesnt mean its fast. i say torque.

Michael McGrail

I think they are both equally important in a car. The trick is to build the engine with a nice balance of both and the curve at which your engine experiences them. Torque is more important in a truck if it used for towing

Jermaine Race

If your question is "what is more important maximum HP or a broad torque curve?" the answer is a broad useful torque curve in almost every situation. If your car has a license plate, the answer is torque. Except for oval track cars that stay in top gear above 7000rpm constanly, a very high (typically narrow RPM range) peak HP figure just doesn't benefit performance.


are you running a quarter mile or pulling out trees?

Dru Elliott

Torque, always torque

Jin Hoo

They are equally important.

Adam Morgan

FYI: HP is a function of torque and engine speed. You increase the torque you increase the HP... So... What's more important the chicken or the egg?


you hit the nail on the head.

Jin Hoo

Didnt i write a long reply explaining all this somewhere?

Jin Hoo

http://apps.facebook.com/cgchallenge/autoclub/viewTopic.action?autoClub=2027&discussion=ds466053&view=CLUB&pid=recentPersonActivity&from=recentActivityProfilePage There we go.

Joseph Anthony Gahol

in my case, i say torque...i have a 5-speed AT and it has shorter shifts compared to manual ones...it means that each shift to a higher gear keeps the powerband at a high level...even if i had more than 200bhp, that wont do me good coz i'll just go and overshoot my power (over-rev) and the car wont go as fast...this setting would compliment me on technical tracks rather than racing on the straight line, coz my front engine-front wheel drive and suspension setting does best on it too... but if you go for the longer powerband gains, id say a higher horsepower would be terrific coz it'll tkae longer shifts to gain power and keep you in a low-to-high powerband in a much longer time, therefore gaining more speed...engines with larger intakes, larger pistons and a car with more stable shock settings are great with high bhp, those are the ones that run on straight lines... so what are you going for anyway? quicker acceleration time or the slower but more power gain?

Joseph Anthony Gahol

higher torque on a truck? i disagree with michael...actually, having higher torque on a truck when pulling something will just be a waste of fuel and the tires will slip easily...thats why you need more hp...slower power gain and it'll be lesser effort when pulling or carrying large objects...

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Import or american?? what do you profer? 43 answers

    ok here we go what do you like more to tune? Import or american? personally i hate american cars. They are poorly made, ugly and dont really last long up here in maine. But thats my opinion what do yo...

    Car Customization

  • what is the true importance of torque? 8 answers

    The only thing I still can't understand is the true importance of torque.I mean I know the definition of torque and all but I still can't satisfactorily explain the importance of torque to anyone wh...

    Car Customization

  • what kind of import engine can i put in my 01 sunfire 2.2? 2 answers

    i want to put a honda vtec engine or any automatic v6. what could i put into it to make it an import swap. one with an auto tranny

    2001 Pontiac Sunfire


    Car Customization

  • I have a 1985 M3 import from Germany 37 answers

    where can i find aftermarket performance parts for my car

    1986 BMW M3 M3evo


    Car Customization

  • Importing Tuners. 19 answers

    I've heard that if you wanted to import a JDM vehicle, into the U.S, you can still do it even though it won't meet our standards by importing it under the disguise of a spare parts car. I first heard...



Search Car Customization Questions

Car Customization Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 3,390
#2 FordNut
Reputation 2,820
#3 dandyoun
Reputation 2,610
View All