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Old 07-05-2014, 04:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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So...are you saying that 120 peak hp is too little or too much?

. If you're comparing hp necessary vs peak hp, then yes. Some cars more than others.

Engine hp is dependent on load. The hp charts you see are at wot. Part throttle hp is much less.

If you look at hp needed vs actual hp at part load cruise rpm, not so much. Typical american cars have much more reserve than necessary. My 169 hp malibu has more han enough to merge safely. Are you arguing that cars "need" multiples of that?
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