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What Is the Right Amount of Horsepower?


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“What is the right amount of horsepower?” - depends on the use case for the car. Can’t really apply a one-number-fits all approach here. Gonna give my opinion on numbers (assume they’re for an ‘02/E21/E30 sized car)

 

regular street use in a suburban area and interstate driving - 100-150 hp is enough for most people; torque at 4000 RPM or below is way more important

 

driving around in NYC (assuming you live in the city and you’re rich enough to own a car there) - 50 hp is enough. You don’t need a lot of hp to sit in city traffic and bumble around at 10-30 MPH. Low-end torque below 2500 RPM is pretty much everything here. Might as well get an electric car

 

twisty backroad driving - 250-300 hp will probably be the most enjoyable for most people. A few might want 400+ hp

 

racetrack - the sky is the limit! To infinity and beyond!

 

 

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