Learn the difference between horsepower and torque from Toyota of Orlando!


Do you know the difference between horsepower and torque (or what exactly they are, for that matter)? Toyota of Orlando wants to help you get the facts straight, as both of these components of performance are important to consider when you’re trying to find the new Toyota in Orlando that’s perfect for you and your preferred driving experience. If you’re in the market for a car that is tailored around performance, you’ll definitely want to read on! 

How do horsepower and torque affect your new Toyota in Central Florida? 

What is horsepower? Basically, horsepower is exactly what it sounds like – power. Horsepower is the measurement of how much power your new Toyota in Orlando can actually produce, and it helps you to maintain speed once you’ve reached your target. Torque, on the other hand, is what we refer to as a “turning force”. It’s measured in foot-pounds (lb-ft), and you can think of it as a turning force on a wheel – the more force you apply, the faster your wheel turns.  Torque actually helps to give you the get-up-and-go you need. Apply this information to your new Toyota in Orlando and voila! You can see how torque works. Torque gives you the “vroom” factor, while horsepower helps you to maintain your new Toyota’s speed! 

So which is more important when you’re considering which new Toyota in Orlando is right for you? It depends on what aspects of performance you prefer to emphasize. Both are important, of course; they’re co-dependent. Without torque, it would take much longer to reach a high speed or level of power but without horsepower, you wouldn’t be able to maintain that speed or level! Let’s say you’re looking for a new Toyota in Orlando that’s fast – a sports car, for example. You can find an affordable option in the 2013 Scion FR-S, and it boasts torque of up to 151 lb-ft. However, you don’t want to just get off to a quick start – you want to maintain that speed, and that’s where the 201 horsepower that this new Scion in Orlando offers comes in handy! 

Get the new Toyota perfect for your towing needs!

If towing is high on the list of priorities for your new Toyota in Orlando, check out a powerful truck that offers a good deal of horsepower… like the 2013 Toyota Tundra. The Toyota Tundra in Orlando brings up to 381 horsepower to the table, so it can efficiently haul heavy loads in Central Florida. However, it also needs torque to ensure that it has the oomph you need to get going, so Toyota was careful to craft the engine to also provide up to 401 lb-ft!  As you can see, both of these new Toyota in Orlando are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of performance, but both require a meticulous balance of both horsepower and torque!

Want to learn more about all of the amazing new Toyota in Orlando and their performance capabilities? Visit Toyota of Orlando today! We’re open until 10pm every night and our internet sales team is ready and waiting for your call at (888) 725-3520. They can get you the information you need to make an educated decision in your next purchase. We’ll see you soon, Orlando!