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      10-04-2012, 09:10 PM   #92
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Originally Posted by CanAutM3 View Post

Horsepower is what counts, period. It is a question of physics. (If the car is properly driven that is.)

No 335i modded with less power but more torque were out accelerating M3s. Well if their power to weight ratio was better perhaps you would get an even/drivers race. I get so tired of telling folks that crank torque is utterly meaningless. It is torque to the wheels (per weight of course) that matters and thus when taking into account gearing, that basically just turns out to be a long cut to simply talking about the engines peak power in the first place. The only time high crank torque matters is if at a given speed the torquier car can put down more torque to the wheels (again more power...). That can happen in some cases, but typically only when the wrong gear is chosen, i.e. bad driver. Of course there is always the highly insightful test of the 30 or 50 mph top gear roll on, in which again the high crank torque car may shine. Again, wrong gear for the job means poor performance - any car, it just can hurt low crank torque/high hp cars more.
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