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

385

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

8,375

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

Add photo

Related Questions

Firebird

Looking for a Used Firebird in your area?

CarGurus has 763 nationwide Firebird listings starting at $3,490.

ZIP:

Search Pontiac Firebird Questions

Pontiac Firebird Experts

#1 Samuel Moore
Samuel Moore
Reputation 960
#2 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 810
#3 John Saffrahn
John Saffrahn
Reputation 700
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Camaro
347 Great Deals out of 31,370 listings starting at $2,500
Used Chevrolet Corvette
209 Great Deals out of 22,044 listings starting at $2,500
Used Ford Mustang
714 Great Deals out of 44,996 listings starting at $1,500
Used Dodge Challenger
255 Great Deals out of 22,615 listings starting at $7,500
Used Dodge Charger
531 Great Deals out of 28,912 listings starting at $2,500
Used Pontiac Grand Prix
27 Great Deals out of 2,823 listings starting at $1,991
Used Chevrolet Impala
614 Great Deals out of 35,546 listings starting at $899
Used Ford F-150
2,169 Great Deals out of 195,112 listings starting at $290
Used Chevrolet Monte Carlo
12 Great Deals out of 1,425 listings starting at $995

Used Cars For Sale

2002 Pontiac Firebird For Sale
9 Great Deals out of 121 listings starting at $3,490
2001 Pontiac Firebird For Sale
67 listings starting at $8,588
2000 Pontiac Firebird For Sale
64 listings starting at $6,999
1999 Pontiac Firebird For Sale
64 listings starting at $8,995
1998 Pontiac Firebird For Sale
35 listings starting at $7,788

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.