Originally Posted by leedogg
shouldnt torque be in this equation? ****, I'm sure with this equation, bikes would blow the living daylight out of these cars.
No, because torque is not an adequate performance measurement; it doesnt tell you anything. Where it occurs in the powerband and how much of it is something else (and that something else is horsepower). All the trucks with "lots of torque" actually just make "lots of horsepower" in the lower rpm-band.
Its power under the curve; and even with a real peaky curve, if you've got the gearing to take advantage of it, it don't mean a damn thing. Take a look at bikes and F1 cars.
I guess this is for new cars. My Nissan is a good bit faster than a MazdaSpeed3 or a Mustang GT and I guarentee I've got a lot less invested (around $3500 total)