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What is a horsepower? | Know it All with Jason Cammisa | Ep. 06 | Hagerty Media

Many cars come with two different horsepower ratings, and that's because there are two measures of horsepower: Imperial Horsepower (hp or bhp) and Metric Horsepower (PS, CV, PK, etc.) Power is a measure of how quickly work can be done, and horsepower is no different.
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A car's top speed depends on much more than its peak horsepower figure: gearing, driveline losses, drag coefficient, frontal area, etc. So it would be only luck if the cited VW and Civic actually topped out at the same mph.