Horsepower (HP)

What exactly does horsepower refer to in a car?

Horsepower is how the power produced by an engine is measured. In Britain, it’s traditionally been expressed as brake horsepower (BHP), but this is increasingly being replaced by the metric version, known as PS.

Related Jargon

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

Brake horsepower (BHP) is a measurement of how much power a car engine produces.

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. 

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