What’s best? power vs. torque

This question has been debated extensively and there are excellent arguments on each side, although many people miss the point when approaching it.

You see, the answer to the question power vs torque really depends on your driving style.


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For example, if you are driving a torquey diesel car, such as the BMW 330d, you won’t have to down-shift to accelerate from low speeds. Whereas if you are driving a car with little torque, such as a Mazda MX-5, you’ll have to change down more often and explore the engine’s rev range to accelerate as fast as possible. Essentially, the less torque a car has, the more the engine has to be worked to get up to speed. But this is not necessarily a bad thing; it simply means that the car produces its max torque and power higher in the rev range, and it’s important to remember that this is something that many people prefer. For example, you would probably get more pleasuring out of driving a Civic Type R than a Cupra TDI on the track, because you can rev the engine out and leave it in a lower gear. Conversely, you would prefer the Cupra TDI on the motorway because you can leave it in a higher gear.

We car remap for greater power and torque for the best of both worlds

At Hyperchips, we car remap for more power and torque. For example as standard, a 140 2.0 TDI engine pulls well from low revs but tails off after 3000rpm. Our car remap for this engine dramatically improves low rev performance (torque) but it also dramatically improves high rev performance (power). The result is a faster accelerating car in every gear.

Incredible torque and power gains can be made with forced induction cars. Turbocharged diesel and petrol and supercharged petrol cars can see a 40% increase in torque and power depending on the application, and we always witness a minimum 20% increase in both. This translates to a much better response at low speeds, such as town driving, and much better response at higher speeds, such as when overtaking on the motorway. Unfortunately, cars without forced induction do not benefit from the same gains. Generally, they will receive a 10% increase in torque and power. This is not as noticeable, but it still transforms the car for the better, improving acceleration and creating a more relaxing driving experience.

Find out how much extra torque and power your car could get from one of our car remaps by hitting up our catalogue pages at the top of our website. We want to know you views on Power Vs. Torque Or if you have your own opinion on the torque vs. power debate, share your thoughts with us by commenting below.