Speedometers’ top speeds often exceed reality

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Speedometers’ top speeds often exceed reality

Marketing drives numbers that cars simply can’t reach
The speedometer of a 1953 Corvette tops out at 140. Although current cars with high-horsepower engines can come close to the top speedometer speeds, most are limited by engine-control computers. That’s because the tires can overheat and fail at higher speeds.

Speedometers’ top speeds often exceed reality

The speedometer of a 1953 Corvette tops out at 140. Although current cars with high-horsepower engines can come close to the top speedometer speeds, most are limited by engine-control computers. That’s because the tires can overheat and fail at higher speeds.
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