P - Power

05 June 2006
Megane winter testing new ESP

Power - The capacity for exerting mechanical force. The greater an engine's power, the higher the performance the car can deliver.

However, since peak power is usually only available high in the engine's rev-range, the torque or pulling power of the engine is more relevant in most driving conditions. (See also Torque.)

Engines delivering greatest torque lower down the rev range are the easiest to drive in normal traffic.


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