Horsepower Vs. Torque

25

Asked by Jul 16, 2008 at 06:32 PM about the 1983 Pontiac Firebird

Question type: Car Customization

what should i focous on more in terms of souping up my 83' Pontiac firedbird?


please and ty!  =)

3 Answers

15

it depends on what you are trying to acheive

425

I don't know much about your car, but considering its a muscle car, i would go for a short ram intake, exhaust, and if you can afford it a supercharger. The intake would help both torque and horsepower, and the exhaust would do about the same, but a supercharger would boost your torque. Hope this helps

8,755

Umm... what do you mean focus on? Power = .00018939{[torque/(foot*pound)]*[angular velocity(rotation/minute)]} (Generic relationship between power(hp) and torque...) They are related, it's more a question of which do you want first... raw torque is proportional to acceleration, as you accelerate your engine speed changes which alters your instantaneous horsepower. example... If your car maintains the same torque throughout it's RPM range it will have a higher HP at a higher RPM... If your wanting to sup up your car, I'm assuming you're looking for straight line power. In which case high torque at low RPMs will get you off the line faster... This is an over simplification of course since how you define horsepower can vary greatly, this is just meant to be helpfull... What you ought to look at is the torque curve you are trying to achieve. That is related to the amount of force your car can put to the road(this is why torque breaks things and not horsepower). The quicker and the longer it stays at peak torque the better. Geeze I'm starting to rant but one last thing... Think of it this way... If you want to pull stumps, you want good low end torque since your RPM's will be low If you want to A/X you want high end torque since you'll generally have the RPMs up. This was too long and confusing an explanation, sorry, but I hope this helps.

Your Answer

Firebird

Looking for a Used Firebird in your area?

CarGurus has 766 nationwide Firebird listings starting at $2,995.

ZIP:

Pontiac Firebird Experts

  • #1
    Samuel Moore
    Reputation
    990
  • #2
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    840
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    730
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Camaro
459 Great Deals out of 31,608 listings starting at $1,450
Used Chevrolet Corvette
169 Great Deals out of 17,457 listings starting at $3,000
Used Ford Mustang
594 Great Deals out of 39,484 listings starting at $1,895
Used Dodge Challenger
240 Great Deals out of 25,128 listings starting at $7,750
Used Dodge Charger
456 Great Deals out of 33,644 listings starting at $1,999
Used Ford F-150
3,274 Great Deals out of 221,681 listings starting at $1,200
Used Pontiac Grand Prix
16 Great Deals out of 2,677 listings starting at $1,750
Used Porsche 911
113 Great Deals out of 5,154 listings starting at $10,947

Used Cars For Sale

2002 Pontiac Firebird For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 121 listings starting at $8,888
2001 Pontiac Firebird For Sale
54 listings starting at $4,000
2000 Pontiac Firebird For Sale
59 listings starting at $6,995
1999 Pontiac Firebird For Sale
58 listings starting at $5,995
1998 Pontiac Firebird For Sale
47 listings starting at $16,888

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.