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    Default HP of cars

    Wanted to know how important hp for a car is for you. We recently bought a car and while browsing the offers I was surprised how much I would let myself be influenced by hp. We ended up with a c280 mercedes. I wasn't planning on buying a car with a big engine but now I can understand this fascination with fast cars.

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    i'm more swayed by the power-to-weight ratio than power alone. and living in the hills, i'm also into torque.
    i'm not too interested in speed; although i've never been in a serious crash, i've seen the consequences of speeding metal on flesh and had enough of my own slow speed bangs, slicings, shreadings and gougings to appreciate how it can all go wrong in an instant.

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    I used to have two cars I raced on the 1/4 mile track, so I've been addicted to horse power. Though I no longer race, I now have a Honda Pilot. It's actually got a descent motor, four valves per cylinder, duel overhead cams. When you get on it, the computer advances the timing. It's a well designed engine and I enjoy it. If I had the money, I'd go out and buy a Camero Z1. That has horsepower!

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    Lol don't get into motorcycles they give you such a rush.
    Power to weight ratio is something else and those crotch rockets really run.
    They banned the Dodge Demon from racing track because it's so fast 800 horse.

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    I mostly crave RPMs. If I'm not redlining it just to get up the 5% grade of my driveway, the car's clearly not Japanese enough.

    In all seriousness, though, I'm pretty neutral on the whole HP thing. I do drive what most would consider a "muscle car," but that's due to a complex series of events a few years back, and not because I like to do burnouts when lights turn green. I did get up to 115 mph in it once, but I wouldn't do it again. I couldn't hear NPR over the air/road/engine noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pampersguy View Post
    Wanted to know how important hp for a car is for you.
    My has only 100, but is more than eneough. What I can want from 15 years old VW T4 2.5 TDi ? Of course is really better than versions with golf motors.

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    i do have a drivers license, but no car,

    my dream !
    in the world of having enough money: a Van with some captainchairs in the back,
    so i can have a mobile changing station, blinded windows, a nice stereo system Click image for larger version. 

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    a custom interior with special diaper drawers, fully stocked and lot's of other stuff
    around here they drive like idiots, and i would hire a good driver

    no i don't give much to horsepower, we only can drive the speedlimit, so like 100 to 160 HP is more than needed, use the HP for safety not for speeding

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    I have been a Porsche owner for 75 vehicle-years with the highest hp being that of a six-speed manual 1996 993 (285 hp). I will be driving it on Tuesday for the once-every-five-week run to keep the seals and tires in shape. I can no longer drive it comfortably due to bone-on-bone osteoarthritis in both hips in addition to knee problems. As a result of the health issues, I recently purchased an automatic 2014 MB C250. After all of this time I am pretty much horse-powered out; I just need enough to accelerate well onto the highways.

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    I never speed, but I prefer having that hp when it comes to sticky situations or just for comfort, like accelerating on the autobahn, finding a gap and all. Plus travelling long distance with a fast car can be really comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cottontail View Post
    I mostly crave RPMs. If I'm not redlining it just to get up the 5% grade of my driveway, the car's clearly not Japanese enough.
    VTEC kicked in yo! (Sorry I had to LOL)

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    I've had three 500+ hp cars, the fastest of which I've done 165mph in. And that wasn't fast enough so then I got into sportbikes. I currently have a 2016 Yamaha R1. I can attest it will do at least 165mph. Like someone said above, getting on a sportbike is the automotive equivalent of a heroin hit. Once you've felt the euphoric rush, you'll NEVER forget it.

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