Originally Posted by Onehots2k
The 2010 Insight's motor provides a total output of 98 hp at 5800 rpm and maximum torque of 123 lb-ft at 1000 rpm.
I can buy them bumping it from 98HP to 118HP. I mean thats about Honda FIT territory. No biggie. The torque is what makes me question logic. 268lb of torque
Its quite a leap from the 123lb tq in the Insight. We'll see just how acurate they were. The car will MOVE with that much torque as its light and should be available almost instantly. I could totally buy them bumping the hp from 98HP to 118HP. [/color]
First off, that torque number is something I think about all the time, and I sure as heck hope it is true!
I believe the answer lies here - IMA. Integrated Motor Assist.
Yes, 268 ft-lbs is huge, the BMW E36 M3 with that ever so smooth 3.2 ltr. in-line 6 was rated at about 262 ft-lbs. Think about it, they are saying the little CR-Z would have 6 more foot pounds than that monster. How in the **** could that be
Motors boyz motors. Electric motors not only generate huge torque numbers from relatively small sizes, but they produce torque totally unlike a gas engine. Electric motors produce nearly every bit of their max rating as soon as you turn it on. You don't have to get the rpm's up to get torque, you just have to turn it on. Therefore, if this 113 hp and 268 ft-lbs is true, this could be one quick little car, not a fast car capable of running triple digits, but a quick car that is able to dart from signal light to signal light, which would be fine with me, as it will be a commuter car for me, not a track car.
Something more to dream about.