Displacement

What is engine displacement in a car?

Engine displacement is a measurement of the total volume of all of an engine’s cylinders, usually written in cubic centimetres (cc), or litres. The larger this volume is, the more air and fuel a piston can move. What that means is, the bigger the volume, the more powerful the engine.

Related Jargon

What does cubic capacity relate to on a car's engine?

The size – or cubic capacity – of a car’s engine is measured in cubic centimetres (cc). It refers to the amount of air and fuel that can be pushed through the cylinders in the engine. 

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