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What is Horsepower? | Horsepower Now and Then


While the word horsepower was first intended as a marketing tool to sell steam engines to coal mine owners, the term has become commonplace in our language.

James Watt was not only a brilliant engineer, he was also a creative man. Watt had developed a new steam engine and wanted to sell it to coal mine owners. At the time, horses did the majority of the manual labor in the mines. Watt determined to show that his steam engine could do just as much work as the horses the coal mine owners were currently using.

Watt studied the workload of…
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Explore the 2018 Audi A4 Allroad, An Intelligent Wagon With Gusto

Not only does the 2018 Audi A4 Allroad make a winning combination of SUV utility and sport sedan driving characteristics, but since its redesign last year, it’s smarter than ever. With features like an adaptive cruise control system that will slow you for off-ramps and turns thanks to GPS data and Virtual Cockpit, you won’t just have a monopoly on an upscale utility—but a Ph.D. in tech.

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Rain, Snow, and Sporty Driving Are the Stomping Grounds of Audi Quattro

These days, the quattro name is ubiquitous with Audi’s all-wheel drive system. But did you know it’s named for the rally car that the system was developed for? It’s true. After winning the brand two championships, Audi started using quattro in their road cars. Thirty seven years on, and it remains one of the best and most innovative systems on the market.

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Refined and Distinctive 2018 Audi Q5 Still Offers Bestselling Luxury and Confidence

It’s got a new platform, updated engine, and the latest gadgets, but somehow, it’s still familiar. That’s the magic of the 2018 Audi Q5, which kicks off its second generation as a much-evolved crossover. A class leader in standard amenities and utility, the new Q5 also blends a comfortable ride with a sporty one, all while offering quicker acceleration and better efficiency than its predecessor.

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Nothing Less Than the Cutting Edge in the 2019 Audi A8

No sooner do you slide behind the wheel of the 2019 Audi A8 and start it up, three wooden shutters open to reveal air vents as the three screens for the instrument cluster, Audi MMI, and climate control buzz to life. Sit back in the naturally-tanned leather seats, and shift into drive, and you’re in store for one of the most connected and innovative drives yet seen on a four-ringed car.

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Stand Out in Five Exciting Ways with the 2017 Audi A7

More luxury automakers are trying their hand at the “fastback” look, but the 2017 Audi A7 owns it by default. Its elegant and chiseled appearance look evocative from any angle, and its interior is regarded as a stellar blend of fine materials, high tech, and epic presentation. But don’t let its looks and exhilarating performance fool you into thinking the A7 is just about comfort and thrills—it also sets the practicality bar high.

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Driving Engagement and Tech Appointments Give 2017 Audi A4 Indelible Allure

The three leading German automakers are in constant competition for “best entry-level sports sedan,” and it seems like the 2017 Audi A4 is making a strong case for “best.” The newest of the lot, it leads with crisp, handsome, timeless styling, and state-of-the-art tech that’s quite easy to use. Backed by an array of standard features including leather, and optional Quattro AWD, we’re certain A4 fans will love it.

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Already a Winning Proposition, 2018 Audi Q5 is Even Better

The way that the outgoing version of the 2018 Audi Q5 combined luxury with family-friendly utility and function made it the brand’s bestselling model around the world. Now that the new version is on dealership lots, drivers and reviewers are realizing just how refined the new version is over the outgoing car—which is to say, quite a lot.

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Cars.com Review: The New 2017 Audi A4's Update is Subtle but Significant

The new 2017 Audi A4 emphasizes luxury and technology, while continuing to deliver a superior sports sedan driving experience. The editors at Cars.com recently had the opportunity to review the new A4. Click "play" for their full report.

From the outside, Audi avoids the plunging-belt-line wedge profile that characterizes so many sedans these days, luxury or not. Instead, the A4's windows hug a horizontal crease that runs seamlessly into the hood. It's all an exercise in restraint.

Fortunately, there's no such restraint in the A4's 2.0-liter four-cylinder...

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New 2017 Audi Q7 Drops Weight, Seizes Leadership in Midsize SUV Category, Says NY Times Review

The last version of Audi Q7 SUV had swelled to a considerable size since its debut in 2006. But the 2017 edition of the Q7 went on a serious diet - shedding some 440 pounds - and is noticeably quicker and more fuel-efficient. Auto critic Tom Voelk recently reviewed the all-new 2017 Audi Q7 for The New York Times.

Now weighing about 4,900 pounds, the Q7 is firmly midsized. It's powered by a 3-liter supercharged V6 engine with 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque when using premium fuel. “Offroad” mode raises ground clearance nearly two and a half inches…

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