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Explained: What Torque Means and How it Compares to Horsepower

auto gearWhen you are looking at the specifications of a vehicle, you are bound to see many numbers and figures, some of which you might not understand. One technical detail that tends to confuse tons of drivers is torque.

If a vehicle produces 300 lb-ft of torque, what exactly does that mean? And how is it different than horsepower?

The term torque describes your car’s ability to accelerate, in layman’s terms. If a vehicle has higher torque, it can accelerate quickly. For example, if a car accelerates from zero to 60 mph in four seconds, it has better torque than a vehicle that requires six seconds to perform the same task.

And while torque is related to horsepower, they are not the same thing. In fact, horsepower is determined by combining a vehicle’s torque with its engine abilities. So really, horsepower is just one, simple number that is easier to swallow than the finer details, creating an easy way to communicate how powerful a car is.

If you are still confused or would like to know more about what torque means in detail, feel free to contact us or visit Avery Greene Honda, where we want you to understand exactly how your car works.

The Honda S660 Size Is Scaled Down but the Fun Factor Is Dialed Up

Good things come in small packages, which is the idea behind the newly-unveiled Honda S660 roadster. The styling of this diminutive two-seater carries forward the legacy of the Honda S2000 nose with an aggressive roadster back end and the low, wide stance gives way to the removable top and sculpted deck lid. The sporty look belies the mid-engine minicar’s lightweight construction and crisp handling.

The S660 mini-car receives its name from its tiny 660cc engine producing 63 horses. Although that sounds like very little power, the engine size is proportional to the actual Honda S660 size, which is only 134-inches in length. Honda dialed up the fun with all-wheel disc brakes and by giving the body a lightweight aluminum-and-steel body and frame. This provides the S660 with more rigidity than the Honda S2000, while shedding hundreds of pounds off the car to emphasize its engine’s power.

The little sportster is only sold in Japan, and a US version has not yet been announced. Be sure to stay informed on all things Honda—big and little—with Avery Greene Honda.

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