Brake Horsepower (BHP)

What does brake horsepower (BHP) mean in a car?

Brake horsepower (BHP) is a measurement of how much power a car engine produces. It’s a term that tends to be used in Britain, while other parts of the world use metric horsepower known as PS. They’re almost the same, but not quite (1BHP is the equivalent of 0.9863PS), so it can sometimes make the figures used by car manufacturers confusing.

Related Jargon

What does PS mean in car terms?

PS (short for Pferdestärke - Horse Strength in German) is how the power produced by an engine is measured and is defined as metric horsepower. 

What exactly does horsepower refer to in a car?

Horsepower is how the power produced by an engine is measured.

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