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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Gen 9 horsepower - impressed

While my son was driving me around last night, he commented that the car feels quicker than my Avalanche. We started discussing horsepower when I saw a 1970's era Malibu.

Out of curiosity, I looked up HP figures for both cars. Now, my Avlanche has a 5.3L V8 with 295 HP and 330 lb-ft of torque. However, it weighs 6,000 lbs and is not a speed demon. (At least until I put an LQ9 under the hood after the 5.3 eventually dies.)

My Malibu hybrid is rated at 182 hp, 277 lb-ft of torque. Fair enough.

When I was thinking of the '70s Malibu, i wondered if it was a muscle car or a victim of the gas crunch malaise era. Sure enough - according to this site, the car must be a dog unless it has been upgraded. It is rated at either 95 hp for the v6 or 108 hp for the v8, with a horrid three-speed automatic.

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I looked at lots of links on that page...honestly, I can't imagine all the HP numbers are accurate in my mind. Seriously, an 1985 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z 5.0L V-8 with only 155HP? And 0- 60 mph 8.6sec? The 70's Malibus were even funnier to read...glad I waited so long to get rid of some truly weaker cars...

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That Camaro sounds right to me. 155 hp/245 tq. That 5.0L was an absolute dog. They had no idea how to make horsepower until close to 1990, but now we're beyond the glory days by leaps and bounds!

There weren't very many smallblock V8s of the 60s that can run with modern V6s and high-output turbos like the one in the Malibu, much less get 30+ mpg. New V8s are absolute rockets, and the fuel economy isn't half bad either!
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Yeah, I recall a buddy had a 5.0 Mustang, around 1986. Thing sounded like a beast but really wasn't very fast off the line.

Hey, it was still faster than my mom's POS Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera or my '87 Nissan pickup with about 85 HP. My '95 Jimmy was way faster than anything prior.

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As we said, when I used to sell cars, 'Horsepower sells' but torque tells'. It's the torque and torque curve of an engine that gives it the feel.
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It's the torque and torque curve of an engine that gives it the feel.
Exactly. When I'd tell people my 2000 Jetta TDI had 90HP, they'd laugh. When I'd pull away from a stop using the massive diesel torque, they'd quit laughing. The car had 150 lb-ft of torque at only 1900 RPM. Amazingly, the harder I pushed that engine, the better the mileage.
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