Your drive train cannot increase power. It takes power to turn the mass. Period. However, you can utilize the drivetrain so that is does not leach so much. In the case of modern 4 bangers, they use 5sp so that you have steeper low gears to help with the lack of torque. You can take identical 4 bangers except for the trannys, and the stickshift will win every time because the engines don't have the torque to move at low rpms. This also applys to any car or truck. The steeper you make your gears, the easier is is for the engine to overcome it's load. If 5 speeds had not been developed there would be no 4 banger because they would be even slower than they are now. Also, you can indeed go fast with torque. A 71 Buick GSX ran the quarter in the low 13's. This was done with a 455 that had only 390hp, but 510ft/lbs of torque connected to a 3 speed auto. If it did not have the torque, it would have gone nowhere. Hope this doesn't confuse you more
and that I answered a few of your inquisions.
[ December 13, 2002: Message edited by: 78novaman ]
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