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How much horsepower does a 49cc engine have?

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Since there are 15 to 17cc to every 1 horsepower, a 49cc engine typically has about 3 horsepower. However, this conversion may be offset by certain features, like supercharging and exhaust turbo boosting.

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Though each unit refers to engine output, horsepower and cc are two fundamentally different measurements. "Horsepower" refers to the approximate number of horses a healthy engine can do the work of. "CC" refers to the internal combustion space of the engine cylinders in cubic centimeters. Therefore, a 49cc engine clears out 49 cubic centimeters per sweep, resulting in a performance equivalent to the power of three horses.

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