What Does Horsepower Mean?

One of the first questions we get asked here at Lokey Kia is, "How much horsepower does this car have?" Most customers, when looking at horsepower, believe that the higher number is indicative of a stronger car but what actually is horsepower?

Horsepower was first used by engineer James Watt in order to measure the power of a horse working at a coal mine. One horsepower equals 33,000 pounds-foot per minute of work, meaning that one horse could move 33 pounds a thousand feet in one minute.

How does this translate over to the number on your car’s window sticker? It doesn't mean that somehow the manufacturer managed to fit a bunch of horses into your car's engine. It’s just a reference to how much power your car can exert with a certain load/weight.

So visit our Kia showroom in Clearwater, FL to test out our powerful lineup of cars and ask one of our sales associates how much horsepower is right for your needs.

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