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The 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Care About Horsepower, As Much

Horsepower is overrated, car curb weights are far more important.Driving in the 2019 Mazda Miata MX-5 Club, with 181 horsepower and a curb weight of 2,339 lbs (with soft top), it becomes very clear that horsepower is not a necessary ingredient for an exceptionally fun drive.

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Horsepower is only a single number, and yet it’s so heavily influential in the car buying world of enthusiasts. But does it warrant the impact that it has in sales? Watch the video from Engineering Explained for more info:

I’d argue horsepower is heavily overrated, while simultaneously curb weight is heavily underrated. Because what really makes a car fun to drive?

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Sure, acceleration has a part. But what about steering, handling, response, grip, ride quality? So many factors are heavily influenced positively by weight loss, and negatively by power gained. Check out the video for 5 reasons why horsepower is overrated.