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2013-02-28 01:51:51 PM  
Mine goes 200 miles per hour.

/Down hill.
//In a hurricane.
 
2013-02-28 01:57:35 PM  

dittybopper: Mine goes 200 miles per hour.

/Down hill.
//In a hurricane.



CSB:

The only time I received a speeding ticket in my 4 cylinder Jeep was when I was going downhill.
 
2013-02-28 01:59:57 PM  
This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'
 
2013-02-28 02:10:34 PM  
Whoa whoa whoa, hold on.  You're saying my rusted out '93 Sentra won't go 140mph?

encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2013-02-28 02:10:36 PM  
I wouldn't want to go faster than 100 miles an hour.  Its dangerous and if you get a ticket, you're farked.

I can't remember the last time I drove at 100 miles an hour for more than a minute or two, on a public road or highway.
 
2013-02-28 02:12:34 PM  
I don't think my Jeep would break 100 in free fall
 
2013-02-28 02:14:06 PM  

nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'


CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.

After my discharge this ship me home but I had to pick up my car in Dallas bend drive it back to El Paso. Anyone who's done that trip knows it's a long boring and straight. I got it to 145 before the front end got squirrely and I lost my nerve but there was plenty of go pedal left. Had the road not been filled with potholes I bet it could have gotten 160 +

/CSB
//It was an empty road and you could see to the horizon, if I had crashed I would only hurt myself.
///sold the car to upgrade my wife from her 85 Mercedes diesel
 
2013-02-28 02:14:12 PM  
Mine can. I put a big-ass spoiler on the back AND some TYPE-R stickers on both doors.
 
2013-02-28 02:14:32 PM  

vernonFL: I wouldn't want to go faster than 100 miles an hour.  Its dangerous and if you get a ticket, you're farked.

I can't remember the last time I drove at 100 miles an hour for more than a minute or two, on a public road or highway.


Well I'd imagine most areas have at least some place where it's safe to see how fast it'll go. There's about a 2 mile stretch of flat, straight road here with absolutely no houses, nowhere for a cop to sit, of course if you blow a tire you could be in trouble. Still I don't think I ever had a car above 110 or so.
 
2013-02-28 02:14:35 PM  

nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'


Only vehicle I ever owned where I could bury the needle was a motorcycle.  It had one of those stupid 85 MPH speedometers.

I once wound it out all the way until it wouldn't go any faster, noted the RPMs, then went back home, measured the actual circumference of my rear tire, and went through the gear ratios to come up with top speed.  It was about 115 MPH.

/Math works, biatches.
 
2013-02-28 02:15:31 PM  

Shan: CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.



Nope. I have an '05. Unless you change the final drive, redline comes at 127MPH.
 
2013-02-28 02:17:48 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Shan: CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.


Nope. I have an '05. Unless you change the final drive, redline comes at 127MPH.


Look up the specs for the Mazdaspeed edition, it's totally different from any of the others. It was a limited run off about 5000 cars.
 
2013-02-28 02:19:06 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Shan: CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.


Nope. I have an '05. Unless you change the final drive, redline comes at 127MPH.


unless you meant the Japan only 05 Mazdaspeed I think they made about 300 or 400 of those.
 
2013-02-28 02:28:15 PM  
Guy I went to high school with swore to the lord above that he got busted doing 150 on the interstate in his 1978 Chevy Chevette.

Yes, every word in that sentence has something fundamentally wrong.
 
2013-02-28 02:30:24 PM  

Shan: nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'

CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.

After my discharge this ship me home but I had to pick up my car in Dallas bend drive it back to El Paso. Anyone who's done that trip knows it's a long boring and straight. I got it to 145 before the front end got squirrely and I lost my nerve but there was plenty of go pedal left. Had the road not been filled with potholes I bet it could have gotten 160 +

/CSB
//It was an empty road and you could see to the horizon, if I had crashed I would only hurt myself.
///sold the car to upgrade my wife from her 85 Mercedes diesel


So do you like the Mercedes better than you liked the old wife?
 
2013-02-28 02:34:12 PM  
My speedo tops out at 205, though the 'Bird will only get up to about 178.
 
2013-02-28 02:34:25 PM  
Replying myself again it seems....

I just looked up the production numbers again and I guess 2005 wasn't Japan only like I'd thought. Wiki agrees with you on top speed and I'd be inclined to say my speedo was probably out of calibration at that speed had I not been using my phone to record telemetry with an obd2 adapter + gps, both of which agreed with what my speedometer said. Then again mine wouldn't Rev limit at 6.5 like Wiki says either. I never took it to a track day like I wanted but my obd2 dongle recorded my 0-60 time much closer to 5 seconds, not the 6.2 wiki says as well so maybe mistakes in editing?

I know I didn't do any mods to it, and I doubt the previous owner did either as he was old and the car only had 11k miles on it at the time of purchase.
 
2013-02-28 02:36:55 PM  

show me: Shan: nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'

CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.

After my discharge this ship me home but I had to pick up my car in Dallas bend drive it back to El Paso. Anyone who's done that trip knows it's a long boring and straight. I got it to 145 before the front end got squirrely and I lost my nerve but there was plenty of go pedal left. Had the road not been filled with potholes I bet it could have gotten 160 +

/CSB
//It was an empty road and you could see to the horizon, if I had crashed I would only hurt myself.
///sold the car to upgrade my wife from her 85 Mercedes diesel

So do you like the Mercedes better than you liked the old wife?


this is what I get for farking on my phone, I leave myself open for obvious jokes.

for the record we both love the Mercedes it was bulletproof, it's just that wasn't appropriate for her to show up to a customers house with the car older than her business clients and more miles on it than there are roads in the US.
 
2013-02-28 02:40:37 PM  
CSB day: I once got my 1987 Subaru GL (97 HP 1.2 L, IIRC) up to 98 mph. Barely, on a long stretch of downhill Interstate highway. I was trying for 100 but failed. Almost shook the thing to pieces.

/OK, not that cool.
 
2013-02-28 02:49:48 PM  

MrBallou: CSB day: I once got my 1987 Subaru GL (97 HP 1.2 L, IIRC) up to 98 mph. Barely, on a long stretch of downhill Interstate highway. I was trying for 100 but failed. Almost shook the thing to pieces.

/OK, not that cool.


I currently have an 84 Brat GL that I'm restoring. I love it.

Actually I'm dropping the motor off next week to have it be rebuilt. 287,000 miles on the original motor and trans.
 
2013-02-28 02:51:54 PM  
I discovered that GM's come from the factory with a 92mph governor limit these days.
 
2013-02-28 02:57:14 PM  

Shan: MrBallou: CSB day: I once got my 1987 Subaru GL (97 HP 1.2 L, IIRC) up to 98 mph. Barely, on a long stretch of downhill Interstate highway. I was trying for 100 but failed. Almost shook the thing to pieces.

/OK, not that cool.

I currently have an 84 Brat GL that I'm restoring. I love it.

Actually I'm dropping the motor off next week to have it be rebuilt. 287,000 miles on the original motor and trans.


Mine burned the valves out at about 60K. Might be related to the forgoing story and similar untold ones.
 
2013-02-28 03:06:55 PM  

vernonFL: I wouldn't want to go faster than 100 miles an hour.  Its dangerous and if you get a ticket, you're farked.

I can't remember the last time I drove at 100 miles an hour for more than a minute or two, on a public road or highway.


Agreed your a farking arsehole if you top 100MPH on public roads.

/06 Charger SRT8
//speedo says 180
///It's rock solid at 130 on the track
////0-60 in 5.1 seconds
//come at me bro
 
2013-02-28 03:10:36 PM  
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"At least now the car can live up to its speedometer."

"Shut up, Shawn."
 
2013-02-28 03:13:58 PM  
My '97 Accord says it will do 140, and I know from personal experience it can juuuuuuuust exceed that.

KPH.  With a long downhill grade.
 
2013-02-28 03:14:03 PM  
But can it at least do 88mph?

/great scot
 
2013-02-28 03:14:53 PM  

blatz514: Whoa whoa whoa, hold on.  You're saying my rusted out '93 Sentra won't go 140mph?

[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 225x225]


You obviously need more speed holes.
 
2013-02-28 03:15:24 PM  
The answer has deep roots in an American culture that loves the rush of driving fast.

DEFINITELY NOT the fact that speedometers are bought from a supplier that makes them for multiple vehicles.
 
2013-02-28 03:15:32 PM  
It is better than when the feds mandated speedometers had to max out at 85.

/Friend in high school had a Buick Grand National, that thing would bury the needle in about 15 seconds.
 
2013-02-28 03:15:48 PM  
My '86 Ford Escort said it could go 85 MPH, it lied.
 
2013-02-28 03:16:13 PM  
Got my Pinto wagon up close to 100 back in the day.
Bad idea.
 
2013-02-28 03:16:18 PM  
FTA: "You reach a point where it becomes ridiculous," says Larry Dominique..."

sweetandweak.files.wordpress.com

My car goes to Plaid
 
2013-02-28 03:16:42 PM  
Kinda like asking why the average tape-measure goes to 16' when the average dick is only - what - 6" or 7"?
(I'm packing "above average" if anyone wants to believe me.)
 
2013-02-28 03:17:16 PM  

Yogimus: DEFINITELY NOT the fact that speedometers are bought from a supplier that makes them for multiple vehicles.


It is used as a marketing tool, this car can go 160 the speedometer says so.
 
2013-02-28 03:17:28 PM  
My '87 mustang had one of those 85mph speedometers.  It was pretty useless.
 
2013-02-28 03:17:45 PM  
My (deceased) 2005 Matrix XR got up to ~100 one time on a straight-away, dunno if the 2007 I replaced it with does but I doubt I'll try. Not worth the cost of gas at this point. I did get my 1993 Daytona up to 110 once on the same stretch back in the day, but that was a V6 Mitsubishi engine. Technically it was a slightly less crappy hatchback :P
 
2013-02-28 03:17:47 PM  
Fastest I'll generally push it is 80MPH to 90MPH. A lot of U.S. highways have artificially constrained speed limits to begin with.

Look at the Autobahn in Germany. Nice round signs with those black slashes through the middle indicating no speed limit are so cool.

Of course Germans build their cars to drive on the Autobahn. So if you want to speed in the U.S. buy an Audi, Porsche or the like. German engineering is a thing of beauty.

But even American cars can handle 80 to 90 MPH with ease.
 
2013-02-28 03:18:15 PM  
My car is limited to 150.  My speedo goes to 160.
 
2013-02-28 03:18:17 PM  
Ive done 160 on 4 wheels and so fast I couldnt look down at the speedometer because of the wind on 2 wheels
 
2013-02-28 03:18:32 PM  
It likely can, but check the speed rating on your tires first and of course you'll have to flash off the limiter.
 
2013-02-28 03:18:41 PM  
The three types of responses in this thread:

1)  "Whoa, my car would totally do that.  Here's an error-filled anedote to prove it."
2)  "^^^Hang on while I debunk some of those errors, sometimes incorrectly." 
3)  "My speedo goes to X mph.  It must be able to go X mph."
 
2013-02-28 03:19:48 PM  
Despite what the speedometer says, your piece of crap economy hatchback can't really do 140 miles per hour

That depends on the height of the cliff.
 
2013-02-28 03:20:00 PM  
Challenge Accepted!
 
2013-02-28 03:20:11 PM  
My 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit did 120 easily. Well, maybe not "easily" but it did 120.
 
2013-02-28 03:20:29 PM  
Looking at my 160mph speedo in my Cobalt SS Turbo, weird because the car goes faster than that.
 
GBB
2013-02-28 03:20:34 PM  

Dazrin: My '86 Ford Escort said it could go 85 MPH, it lied.


Funny; according to a random guy with a radar gun at Summit Point, my Dad got his to 105 in '88 or '89 (don't remember the year) and his speedometer broke.  Dad also thought he wasn't going to survive the impending breakdown of the suspension from imbalanced wheels, so the vibration could have killed the speedo as well.

Dad's happiest day with that car was when that damned "shift" light finally burned out.
 
2013-02-28 03:20:38 PM  
Solution: Mandate that all speedometers top out @ 20 mph.


"Do you know how fast you were going, boy?"

"Not a clue, officer."
 
2013-02-28 03:20:40 PM  

sammyk: vernonFL: I wouldn't want to go faster than 100 miles an hour.  Its dangerous and if you get a ticket, you're farked.

I can't remember the last time I drove at 100 miles an hour for more than a minute or two, on a public road or highway.

Agreed your a farking arsehole if you top 100MPH on public roads.

/06 Charger SRT8
//speedo says 180
///It's rock solid at 130 on the track
////0-60 in 5.1 seconds
//come at me bro

My

a farking arsehole?
Also, I'll be glad to come at you, brosephine.  Check profile, I'll even leave the camping gear on it.
 
2013-02-28 03:20:45 PM  

Shan: Eddie Adams from Torrance: Shan: CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.


Nope. I have an '05. Unless you change the final drive, redline comes at 127MPH.

Look up the specs for the Mazdaspeed edition, it's totally different from any of the others. It was a limited run off about 5000 cars.


I will vouch for the power of the Mazdaspeed editions.  Buddy of mine had one and it was very fast.  Though we never got it topped out.  It ain't no Mazda hatcback.
 
2013-02-28 03:20:54 PM  
One day, driving my Ford Probe, I got busted by the State Troopers going POTATO.
 
2013-02-28 03:20:54 PM  
Lots of ordinary cars are speed limited at around 110 anyway.  Why they picked that number I have no idea.  In case you take your Subaru Forrester to the track, I guess.
 
2013-02-28 03:21:58 PM  
I once did 105 in a 1974 Dodge Dart with a 318 in it. I think it had some left to give. I didn't tell my mom for YEARS. ;-)

/ My Tacoma will do only do 110 before the limiter kicks in. :-(
// CA Hwy 138, VERY safe.
 
2013-02-28 03:22:00 PM  
mine tops at 160 but will go faster than that. what gives?
 
2013-02-28 03:22:28 PM  

nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'


I can go way past my needle on my harley.  Have a few times, on the open road out in podunk.  I don't anymore - I'm old, and I'm starting to wear out.

//that, and I have a movement disorder now...probably shouldn't even be on a bike anymore
//oh well!
 
2013-02-28 03:22:37 PM  
The sad thing is that Fox News viewers (and readers) actually need to be told this.
 
2013-02-28 03:23:01 PM  
It's been that way since what the 80's?
My car tops out at around 15 from the end of the spedo. 100 on a lot of highways isn't bad in most new cars, feels like you are going 65. stable as hell. maxing it out gets a little hairy, it's stable, but I wouldn't want to have a problem.  There are nuts out there in europe/mideast who have 600hp+ versions, I find that hilarious.
 
2013-02-28 03:24:05 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

Car manufacturers create the illusion of speed by putting large numbers on speedometers.
 
2013-02-28 03:24:06 PM  
The fastest I've driven was back in the 1980's in highschool, racing my brother's friend's Mustang.  I hit 135 MPH in my mom's Mercedes 450 SEL?  (4-door)  It got speed wobbles, so I backed off.
 
2013-02-28 03:24:10 PM  
My speedometer is digital, so I guess there's no limit. Awesome!

Except it's an '08 xB, and refrigerators aren't meant to go fast.

Still love my little fridge.
 
2013-02-28 03:24:10 PM  

you have pee hands: Lots of ordinary cars are speed limited at around 110 anyway.  Why they picked that number I have no idea.  In case you take your Subaru Forrester to the track, I guess.


S, T, and U tire speed ratings are all just a bit over the 110 mph limit and fairly common tire ratings for the vehicle to have from the factory.  Tire prices start to climb when you get into W, Y, and Z ratings.
 
2013-02-28 03:24:25 PM  

Skyd1v: My '97 Accord says it will do 140, and I know from personal experience it can juuuuuuuust exceed that.

KPH.  With a long downhill grade.


Had a '96 V6 Accord, highly scientific testing revealed it was drag-limited to about 127.

Currently drive an M3 with a few tweaks. I've taken it to between 115-120 (I don't trust speedos to be accurate above about 100), was solid as a rock. I have little doubt it could get to the 139mph limiter.
 
2013-02-28 03:25:15 PM  
But Claybrook isn't satisfied. "To have a car register any more than the maximum speed limit is really a statement by the company: Drive faster. It's OK," she said. "It's encouraging people to violate the law."

Just to be safe, we should make a speedometer max out at 20. After all, a speedometer that goes to 75 will encourage someone to drive that fast through a school zone.
 
2013-02-28 03:25:31 PM  
I tell stories about how fast I have driven because it makes my dick bigger!
 
2013-02-28 03:25:43 PM  
I pushed my Toyota Yaris to 140 KM per hour - once. I damn-near died of fright and have been asking for Jesus' forgiveness ever since.
 
2013-02-28 03:25:45 PM  
Firstly, speedometer displays, and speedometers themselves, are mass-produced.  That display and device in your light-duty truck designed to hit eighty on a good day downhill with a tail-wind is probably the same one that's in the company's R-series coupes that double as racing vehicles in the non-consumer versions.  This makes things cheaper for the companies in question and their customers, and frankly doesn't hurt anyone so long as the things are more or less accurate.

Secondly, there's such a thing as engineering factor of safety.  When creating a meter for anything, you always want a significant amount of 'extra space' above the ostensible upper limit of normal operation.  Otherwise, when the device is malfunctioning (in this case, going too fast for some reason) the needle gets "buried" and the operator cannot actually tell how wrong things are going, and in some case it can permanently damage the meter and make it useless for future operation.

Summary: It's a cost and safety issue, random columnist.  Learn to deal with the world outside of journalism's "you can pass this major by demonstrating three of the four basic characteristics of organic life" world being strange and confusing for you.  We understand, you're a journalist, and things like why street signs are different shapes and colors are crazy wizard moon-science like turning lead to gold to you... but the rest of us get it, so you can just ask a random person off the street instead of publishing long tracts about how confused you are that the right shoe only goes on the right foot.
 
2013-02-28 03:25:50 PM  
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2013-02-28 03:26:10 PM  

MrBallou: CSB day: I once got my 1987 Subaru GL (97 HP 1.2 L, IIRC) up to 98 mph. Barely, on a long stretch of downhill Interstate highway. I was trying for 100 but failed. Almost shook the thing to pieces.

/OK, not that cool.


I have 2006 Subaru Legacy and went 111 for about 5 seconds this morning. The car feels solid but then I feel stupid. But it hits 100 easy peasy.

Love that car.
 
2013-02-28 03:26:22 PM  

grokca: blatz514: Whoa whoa whoa, hold on.  You're saying my rusted out '93 Sentra won't go 140mph?

[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 225x225]

You obviously need more speed holes.


I learned kicking slush off the car leads to more speed holes.
 
2013-02-28 03:26:53 PM  

The_Sponge: dittybopper: Mine goes 200 miles per hour.
/Down hill.
//In a hurricane.

CSB:
The only time I received a speeding ticket in my 4 cylinder Jeep was when I was going downhill.


My ex once told me the only reason she had a ticket was because she was going downhill. Apparently minor inclines put her PT Cruiser 28kph over the limit. That or, y'know, the gas pedal.
 
2013-02-28 03:28:09 PM  

ha-ha-guy: S, T, and U tire speed ratings are all just a bit over the 110 mph limit and fairly common tire ratings for the vehicle to have from the factory. Tire prices start to climb when you get into W, Y, and Z ratings.


Wait, so different industries are working together for a common sense safety reason?  Well, I never.

/makes sense, thanks for the answer
 
2013-02-28 03:28:23 PM  
Sez who?
www.blogcdn.com
 
2013-02-28 03:28:28 PM  

SpdrJay: I tell stories about how fast I have driven because it makes my dick bigger!


ahhhhhh, you bought a H2, and now this thread comes up.
 
2013-02-28 03:28:30 PM  
                                      Goin over 100 is SCUURRRYY and = immediate curbside execution if caught!
 
2013-02-28 03:28:50 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 200x150]

Car manufacturers create the illusion of speed by putting large numbers on speedometers.


And kids that are young and dumb and full of cum will still put huge muffles, stickers, and foils on them hoping they can fly. And all they will get out of it is speeding tickets, and killed.
 
2013-02-28 03:28:50 PM  
I once went so fast in my Yugo the cop made me take a "Special Breathalyzer."

I was hoping for the Fluid of Freedom, but it spit the Juice of Justice at me.
 
2013-02-28 03:29:03 PM  

GBB: Dazrin: My '86 Ford Escort said it could go 85 MPH, it lied.

Funny; according to a random guy with a radar gun at Summit Point, my Dad got his to 105 in '88 or '89 (don't remember the year) and his speedometer broke.  Dad also thought he wasn't going to survive the impending breakdown of the suspension from imbalanced wheels, so the vibration could have killed the speedo as well.

Dad's happiest day with that car was when that damned "shift" light finally burned out.


That would have been a good day!
 
2013-02-28 03:30:20 PM  
When I was 16 or so my dad picked up a new Yamaha motorcycle with a digital speedo.  He let me take it up the road and back.  When I got back I said "Did you notice that the speedo stops going up at 85?".

His reply was "No, I did not."  Last time I ever road that bike,
 
2013-02-28 03:30:26 PM  
Stock 1994 Civic 5 speed will do about 120 mph before the rev limiter kicks in.

/it would in 1998 anyway
 
2013-02-28 03:30:39 PM  
My first car had the 85 mph speedometer and  I did bury the needle on a couple of occasions.

Current car speedometer goes o 120 and the car is electronically limited to 116 as that's the maximum rating for the stock driveshaft. With and aftermarket driveshaft and tweaking of the computer it can get up to about 140.  Fastest I've driven it is just over 100, just for a few seconds.
 
2013-02-28 03:31:06 PM  
They actually tracked down Joan Claybrook for this. And, LOL, she believes that 85 MPH speedometers saved lives. Just about the only thing I'm grateful to the Reagan administration for was getting her out of a position of power.

Anyway, here's a 1969 Camaro doing 220 in the Silverstate.
 
2013-02-28 03:31:29 PM  

blatz514: grokca: blatz514: Whoa whoa whoa, hold on.  You're saying my rusted out '93 Sentra won't go 140mph?

[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 225x225]

You obviously need more speed holes.

I learned kicking slush off the car leads to more speed holes.


blog.seattlepi.com

Salt is the flesh eating disease of automobiles.
 
2013-02-28 03:31:35 PM  

dittybopper: Mine goes 200 miles per hour.

/Down hill.
//In a hurricane.


Now you've graduated from Mexican overdrive to Texan overdrive!
 
2013-02-28 03:31:36 PM  
Guess they don't make them like they used to...
i49.tinypic.com
 
2013-02-28 03:31:54 PM  
No, they won't do 140 but most of them will do 120.
 
2013-02-28 03:32:05 PM  

wren337: digital speedo


My new rock band.
 
2013-02-28 03:32:12 PM  

mdeesnuts: Stock 1994 Civic 5 speed will do about 120 mph before the rev limiter kicks in.

/it would in 1998 anyway


My ex-wife had a 1991 Civic Sti 5 speed that shimmied like a biatch if you got over 80, even if it was new.
 
2013-02-28 03:33:43 PM  

The_Sponge: dittybopper: Mine goes 200 miles per hour.

/Down hill.
//In a hurricane.


CSB:

The only time I received a speeding ticket in my 4 cylinder Jeep was when I was going downhill.


My best friend owned a 4 cyl. 5spd. Wrangler a while back. I drove it from my house to his once, which was maybe 15 miles. Never again will I drive a Wrangler. Damn thing was less than gutless and wandered all over the road. Maybe it was just his that was a piece of shiat, but that drive soured me on the idea of ever driving one again.
 
2013-02-28 03:34:04 PM  

umrdyldo: Looking at my 160mph speedo in my Cobalt SS Turbo, weird because the car goes faster than that.


You know this from personal experience? Have you modified the car or reflashed the ECU? Because they're limited to 158 from the factory.
 
2013-02-28 03:34:12 PM  

vudukungfu: wren337: digital speedo

My new rock band.


Nice! Added to the list...
 
2013-02-28 03:34:34 PM  

busy chillin': SpdrJay: I tell stories about how fast I have driven because it makes my dick bigger!

ahhhhhh, you bought a H2, and now this thread comes up.


gocomics.typepad.com
 
2013-02-28 03:35:21 PM  
my first car was an '89 cadillac sedan deville.  The speedometer only went up to 85.  It would go much faster than that.
 
2013-02-28 03:35:46 PM  

MBooda: Sez who?
[www.blogcdn.com image 628x420]


SCIENCE!
 
2013-02-28 03:35:48 PM  
used to own a 2005 matrix xrs 6-speed. on the track (summit point main circuit), I'd had up up to 120 (i was still in 4th gear). the highest mark on the speedometer was 150, but the car was electronically limited to 138.
The front straight is just shy of 3000 feet long with a nasty little hairpin at the end of it. If i'd had more road, I have every confidence it would have hit 138
 
2013-02-28 03:36:26 PM  

kd1s: Fastest I'll generally push it is 80MPH to 90MPH. A lot of U.S. highways have artificially constrained speed limits to begin with.

Look at the Autobahn in Germany. Nice round signs with those black slashes through the middle indicating no speed limit are so cool.

Of course Germans build their cars to drive on the Autobahn. So if you want to speed in the U.S. buy an Audi, Porsche or the like. German engineering is a thing of beauty.

But even American cars can handle 80 to 90 MPH with ease.


It is not just the cars, the Autobahns themselves are engineered and maintained to a much higher level which makes them safe(r) at the higher speeds. Plus having no speed limits means that drivers tend to slow down more in adverse weather conditions, whereas on roads with speed limits many drivers keep going the limit even when it is clearly not very safe to do so, because the limit becomes the speed you "should" go regardless.
 
2013-02-28 03:37:03 PM  
I've had two vehicles that could peg the speedo.  An old F250 with a 460 and 85mph speedo and my Triumph Trophy 1200.  I'm just assuming on the Trophy, tho.  I was never crazy enough to take it up to 155.  That bike's ridiculous (in an awesome way).
 
2013-02-28 03:37:46 PM  
CSB:

When I was about 21 I had a '98 Maxima with a digital speedometer. Every other weekend I would drive from DC down to Petersburg, VA to visit a girlfriend who was in college. One of my co-workers had family down there so sometimes he would ride with me. One trip, I decided it would be nice to see how high the speedometer would go. We got it up to 105 before the speedometer started blinking. I got to Petersburg in about an hour and 15 minutes.

Fark: After driving like a jackass all the way down 95 without so much as a police sighting, we got to the campus and got pulled over by farking campus police for rolling a stop sign. They made us pour out our beer and they took our weed. We didn't get locked up. Ray had people down there so we had beer and weed again about an hour after they let us go.

/end CSB
 
2013-02-28 03:39:05 PM  

grinding_journalist: umrdyldo: Looking at my 160mph speedo in my Cobalt SS Turbo, weird because the car goes faster than that.

You know this from personal experience? Have you modified the car or reflashed the ECU? Because they're limited to 158 from the factory.


The 350Z I used to have said 160 but I believe it had a limit of 155.

I do not know from personal experience before you ask.
 
2013-02-28 03:39:16 PM  
I drive a Hyundai Sonata.  The most boring car on Earth.  You could paint it white and stamp CAR on the sides

Top speed: 147 mph, clocked by the cops in Arizona

media.caranddriver.com

/Never had it even farking close to that kind of speed.  Even if the drivetrain can handle it, I know the tires and suspension can't
 
2013-02-28 03:39:24 PM  
My Accord had a governor at 114. As soon as the needle went up to 115, you could hear and feel the engine lose gas or power. The needle would drop back to 114 and the engine would be driving again. Totally annoying. That was in Eastern Oregon.

Later, I had a 530i that I got up to about 126 in western Kansas/ OK panhandle area. I lost my nerve at about that speed. Spent most of the day after that at about 100.
 
2013-02-28 03:39:24 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: used to own a 2005 matrix xrs 6-speed. on the track (summit point main circuit), I'd had up up to 120 (i was still in 4th gear). the highest mark on the speedometer was 150, but the car was electronically limited to 138.
The front straight is just shy of 3000 feet long with a nasty little hairpin at the end of it. If i'd had more road, I have every confidence it would have hit 138


I have an '04 Matrix XR (FWD, 4 speed automatic), and for what is basically a Corolla station wagon, it is
frightfully easy to go frightfully fast.  When it was new, I could reach 90MPH on the highway without really
thinking about it, and even at 200K (on the original transmission, no less), I can easily cruise at 75 with
nary a wobble.  She doesn't have as much pick up as she used to, but she does alright.  Best damn car
I've ever owned.
 
2013-02-28 03:39:28 PM  
I got my base model 1998 chevy cavalier up to 160 once. I thought I was going to die.

/kph
 
2013-02-28 03:40:37 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Guy I went to high school with swore to the lord above that he got busted doing 150 on the interstate in his 1978 Chevy Chevette.

Yes, every word in that sentence has something fundamentally wrong.


Utter rubbish, hogslop, balderdash, and bull cookies.  There's no way on fsm's green earth a pos chevette could do 150.  Only in free fall, and even then, I'm dubious.

We had one of those miserable pieces of shiat, acceleration was measured by calendar.  When I went from that to the honda accord LXi with the 12 valve (1986), it was like going from the original wright brothers flying machine to a Saturn V-5 rocket.  It was incomprehensible that GM would even insult the consumers with that shiatbox.  I have never forgiven the american car industry for that travesty.
 
2013-02-28 03:41:17 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Guy I went to high school with swore to the lord above that he got busted doing 150 on the interstate in his 1978 Chevy Chevette.

Yes, every word in that sentence has something fundamentally wrong.


The speedometer said 85.
 
FNG [TotalFark] [BareFark]
2013-02-28 03:41:40 PM  
I'm guessing the same thing applies to the tach.
 
2013-02-28 03:41:43 PM  
Once I lowered the Mustang and cut down a bit of it's wind resistance, I can get it up to just a tad over 145 before it runs out of horsepower.  With the high gearing it falls flat in a headwind at those speeds.  That and before it was lowered the front end liked to dance a little over 130.  The Scout is scary as can be at 90, I would not want to push it to 120.  I'm sure it would do it, I just don't want to be in it when it happens.
 
2013-02-28 03:41:45 PM  

nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'


Last vehicle I had that could bury the needle was a 1984 Bronco.  Speedo buried at 85 and I was doing about 110 when the nice police officer decided to pull me over.
 
2013-02-28 03:41:56 PM  

nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'


My first car was an '88 Mercury Tracer hatchback.  Took 22 seconds to go from 0-60, but I once buried the needle at 85.  Thought the car was going to shake itself apart.
 
2013-02-28 03:42:15 PM  
I chickened out at 205 km in my current car. seemed to have more to go.  My pants didn't. They were already full.
 
2013-02-28 03:42:18 PM  
My '05 Saturn might break 100 if you dropped it from orbit.
 
2013-02-28 03:42:25 PM  

The_Sponge: dittybopper: Mine goes 200 miles per hour.

/Down hill.
//In a hurricane.


CSB:

The only time I received a speeding ticket in my 4 cylinder Jeep was when I was going downhill.


No laws against speeding tickets on downhill areas (and a few meters after)?
 
2013-02-28 03:42:42 PM  
Ah, back in the day I had nerve to try this on a deserted, flat interstate (driving along the dashed white lane-dividing line, so's to have more room on both sides) in my father's big, new 429-or-460-powered Mercury. The steering got a bit "floaty," but otherwise it barely felt different from going 80-ish. (This was pegging a 120-mph speedo, with the feeling of "plenty of 'oomph' left.")

Ah, good times. Most everyone who survives to middle age has surely been only a hairsbreadth away from a tragic death at least once, I suppose. I'm lucky the tires didn't blow, surely.

/TFA says the turbo Malibu can do 155--can anyone vouch for that?
 
2013-02-28 03:43:06 PM  
I must be doing it wrong - living in NY, I've never seen a road long, straight, or empty enough to go above 85. Hell, I consider myself lucky if I get to reach the speed limit most of the time.
 
2013-02-28 03:43:12 PM  

006deluxe: The_Sponge: dittybopper: Mine goes 200 miles per hour.

/Down hill.
//In a hurricane.


CSB:

The only time I received a speeding ticket in my 4 cylinder Jeep was when I was going downhill.

My best friend owned a 4 cyl. 5spd. Wrangler a while back. I drove it from my house to his once, which was maybe 15 miles. Never again will I drive a Wrangler. Damn thing was less than gutless and wandered all over the road. Maybe it was just his that was a piece of shiat, but that drive soured me on the idea of ever driving one again.


I had a 4-cylinger Jeep Wrangler as well. That thing, heading into a wind, had trouble breaking 60. Luckily one day the axle snapped while I was driving on the freeway (!!!!) and I was able to ride that sparky fireball to the shoulder before it started to catch fire. I had to sell it for scrap. I say "luckily" because in spite of looking awesome it was a horrible, horrible means of transportation.
 
2013-02-28 03:43:51 PM  

danno_to_infinity: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Guy I went to high school with swore to the lord above that he got busted doing 150 on the interstate in his 1978 Chevy Chevette.

Yes, every word in that sentence has something fundamentally wrong.

Utter rubbish, hogslop, balderdash, and bull cookies.  There's no way on fsm's green earth a pos chevette could do 150.  Only in free fall, and even then, I'm dubious.

We had one of those miserable pieces of shiat, acceleration was measured by calendar.  When I went from that to the honda accord LXi with the 12 valve (1986), it was like going from the original wright brothers flying machine to a Saturn V-5 rocket.  It was incomprehensible that GM would even insult the consumers with that shiatbox.  I have never forgiven the american car industry for that travesty.


This guy also had a bikini model girlfriend...from Toronto, was a "certified" Krav Maga expert...in Maryland, and was offered a full ride to play football at Miami -- but loved Kutztown State so much he paid to go there and never played.

To put it another way: if he told me the sun was going to rise in the east I'd face north.
 
2013-02-28 03:44:18 PM  
The problem with these speedometers isn't that they encourage you to go ever-faster, it's that they compress the legal speed range into a small fraction of the gauge's overall range.  If your speedometer goes to 160, the difference between the legal speed and a 5-over fine from a speed camera might only be a few degrees of the needle.

/uses his GPS for speed values nowadays
 
2013-02-28 03:44:27 PM  
I've driven faster (more times than I would like to admit), but my scariest "let's see what it will do" story was when I was a teen with an old F100 truck. I was on a long country straightway (flat farmland) and I got it up to 95mph before it began violently shaking. I immediately brought it to a stop (smoothly and in a straight line) but the shaking didn't stop. When I pulled over I discovered the left rear tire had split the sidewall in a spectacular blow out.

/I don't think I ever took that truck faster than 75 again.
 
TWX
2013-02-28 03:44:48 PM  
Heh.  My '95 Impala SS uses seven-segment digit displays, except for the 100s place, which has the left upper one blanked.  So, I guess that it'll read up to 399MPH before having a problem

/haven't gotten it to triple digits yet
//certain that it'll easily break 120
///going up the Mogollon Rim out of Phoenix at 80 was fun
 
2013-02-28 03:46:38 PM  
Got my 'stang up to 130.  Had to back off because I didn't want to go to jail and I was close to pooping my pants.
 
2013-02-28 03:46:49 PM  

White_Scarf_Syndrome: I will vouch for the power of the Mazdaspeed editions.  Buddy of mine had one and it was very fast.  Though we never got it topped out.  It ain't no Mazda hatcback.


My Mazda hatchback is limited to and will do 155. :)
 
2013-02-28 03:46:52 PM  
littlett's:Once I lowered the Mustang and cut down a bit of it's wind resistance,


You changed the drag coefficient or the frontal area by lowering the car?  Math is hard, Malibu barbie!
 
2013-02-28 03:47:08 PM  
I've done 140 in my MINI Coupe. I got pretty uneasy at 130. probably had a few more MPH left before topping out. I regularly hit 120+ at the end of the back straight at the track. I need a consistant spedo on the track so I can try to my target turn in speeds.
 
2013-02-28 03:47:09 PM  
FTA: "Claybrook concedes there's no data to show the 85 mph limit saved lives, but she believes it did. She called the ever-higher speedometer numbers immoral."

That pretty much encapsulates the Carter administration (where Claybrook worked).  No evidence, but I feel this way.  And if you don't you're a bad person!
 
2013-02-28 03:47:23 PM  
My 1990 Honda Civic Si's speedo went to 120mph, and it had no problem reaching that speed.  And at 120 on 5th gear, the engine was revving just at the edge of the red line, so it really was the car's true top speed.

I really miss that little car...   :(

media.ed.edmunds-media.com
 
2013-02-28 03:47:44 PM  

PNek: I must be doing it wrong - living in NY, I've never seen a road long, straight, or empty enough to go above 85. Hell, I consider myself lucky if I get to reach the speed limit most of the time.


Come to Kansas. The speedlimit is 75 which means everybody does 84 which means the speed freaks going 94 which means you hit 100 every once in a while just because, you know...what is 6 more mph.

I better chill out tonight driving home.
 
2013-02-28 03:47:47 PM  
I hate these insanely high speedometers.

If you're on public streets, the difference between going 120 and 140 (even if the car could) is microscopic; you're still being a threat to yourself and everybody in the same ZIP code at those speeds.

My V6 Grand Cherokee has a speedometer that goes over 140mph. No way in hell will this thing go that fast- long before I buried the needle I'd burn the tires to a crisp and leave the shredded remains in my wake. What makes that speedometer annoying is that because it shows such ludicrous and unreachable speeds the difference between it showing any 5mph increment is not possible to notice at a glance. An auxiliary digital speedometer becomes necessary (thereby disallowing you from using the info screen for anything else).

I don't need to know that I've managed to reach 140. I won't ever reach 140. I'd have to push it like hell to get much over 100, and even that is unsafe in this kind of vehicle. Give me a 100mph speedometer than I can actually read without having to stare at it.
 
2013-02-28 03:48:42 PM  
cache.ohinternet.com
 
2013-02-28 03:49:39 PM  
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
challenge accepted
/am i really the first with a top gear reference?
 
2013-02-28 03:49:48 PM  

PNek: I must be doing it wrong - living in NY, I've never seen a road long, straight, or empty enough to go above 85. Hell, I consider myself lucky if I get to reach the speed limit most of the time.


Define 'living in NY', because I live here too and there's plenty of light traffic highway/country road in the southern tier.
 
2013-02-28 03:50:17 PM  
My scooter is solid at 110-130.  Have ridden it at 130 for a couple of hours at a time.  Lift and cross winds start becoming a problem between there and 160.
 
2013-02-28 03:50:18 PM  
My car does 0-60 in about 5.5s top speed around 160ish.

I've gotten it above 100 once, exactly.  The rest of the time its set on cruise control at 72mph.
 
2013-02-28 03:51:26 PM  

Whiskey Dickens: You changed the drag coefficient or the frontal area by lowering the car?  Math is hard, Malibu barbie!


Air dams, just how do they work.

At the stock ride height the car's nose is to damn high and it allowed too much air to pass under the car instead of passing over it.

Let me guess, you are one of those guys that uses double sided tape to put a new bumper on his Civic so you can be all fast and furious.
 
2013-02-28 03:51:42 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: I drive a Hyundai Sonata.  The most boring car on Earth.  You could paint it white and stamp CAR on the sides

Top speed: 147 mph, clocked by the cops in Arizona

[media.caranddriver.com image 429x262]

/Never had it even farking close to that kind of speed.  Even if the drivetrain can handle it, I know the tires and suspension can't


I've had a similar experience. My 2nd car, a hand me down Camaro, was transporting me home at a pretty standard rate of speed one evening when a cop pulls up behind me. Lights blaring. He walks up calmly and asks how fast I was going. I tell him I didn't think I was speeding. He tells me "Well you were going 108."

And I laughed. Just straight up laughed in his face. I'm very polite to police officers normally and always respectful but it was absurd. It was a hilarious accusation. I told him I didn't doubt my car could go 108 but #1 I'd probably notice if I was going 108 and #2 in the traffic we were in and at a dead stop he'd have to have been going 148 to catch me from where he was sitting if I was going 108.

He didn't find it funny. He insisted I was going that speed, and told me I was lucky to not be going to jail and I'd better hire a lawyer since I was "recklessly speeding". I did. Took it to court and after a lengthy battle it was dismissed on the grounds that there was no evidence other than "I seen it going fast". Ended up costing me over $400 for the whole thing just because some idiot cop jumped at the first exciting radar gun number he saw.
 
2013-02-28 03:51:55 PM  
 
2013-02-28 03:52:00 PM  

Amos Quito: FTA: "You reach a point where it becomes ridiculous," says Larry Dominique..."

[sweetandweak.files.wordpress.com image 259x273]

My car goes to Plaid


CAME FOR THIS. I LEAVE SATISFIED.
 
2013-02-28 03:52:01 PM  

PNek: I must be doing it wrong - living in NY, I've never seen a road long, straight, or empty enough to go above 85. Hell, I consider myself lucky if I get to reach the speed limit most of the time.


Ive hit mid 140's before running out of testicular fortitude going over a deserted Robert Moses Causeway bridge at 5:45 am. No where for cops to hide, and if things go bad, you'll only be taking yourself out in spectacular fashion.
 
2013-02-28 03:52:44 PM  

Whiskey Dickens: littlett's:Once I lowered the Mustang and cut down a bit of it's wind resistance,


You changed the drag coefficient or the frontal area by lowering the car?  Math is hard, Malibu barbie!


changing the ride height decreases frontal area by having more of the tires' leading edge obscured by the body of the vehicle.

also, being closer to the ground changes the airflow characteristics... that's why things like air dams and underbody spoilers work.
 
2013-02-28 03:52:49 PM  

danno_to_infinity: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Guy I went to high school with swore to the lord above that he got busted doing 150 on the interstate in his 1978 Chevy Chevette.

Yes, every word in that sentence has something fundamentally wrong.

Utter rubbish, hogslop, balderdash, and bull cookies.  There's no way on fsm's green earth a pos chevette could do 150.   Only in free fall, and even then, I'm dubious.

We had one of those miserable pieces of shiat, acceleration was measured by calendar.  When I went from that to the honda accord LXi with the 12 valve (1986), it was like going from the original wright brothers flying machine to a Saturn V-5 rocket.  It was incomprehensible that GM would even insult the consumers with that shiatbox.  I have never forgiven the american car industry for that travesty.


If I remember correctly, terminal velocity for most cars is around 118mph.
 
2013-02-28 03:53:36 PM  
I had an exceptional car because I took my 1994 Ford Escort LX Station Wagon past 140 MPH out along the straight and lonely stretches of Nevada backroads. It always impressed the hell out of me that this little 1.9 liter four banger could go so fast. The crazy thing was at that speed the entire vehicle felt like it was floating and I could have sworn that I had no steering at all. In fact, I wouldn't even apply the brakes above 120 because I was scared of losing control, I would let friction slow me down until I felt like the tires had actually got some grip on the road.

The speedometer on my new car doesn't even go past 100.
 
2013-02-28 03:54:38 PM  

inner ted: [encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 281x179]
challenge accepted
/am i really the first with a top gear reference?


i21.photobucket.com
/blast hardcheese
 
2013-02-28 03:56:02 PM  
I had '89 Dodge Omni that made the trip across country and back stuffed with my personal belongings.  I did however manage to bury the needle (went up to 85 mph) on "The Mule" just once.  On the trip back from California outside of San Diego, there was a stretch of interstate that was essentially downhill for a number of miles until you hit the bottom of the desert to the east.  I kicked her out of drive and let her roll.  Top rated speed for an Omni was around 110.  I certain we broke that record.

/still have a picture of that car in a rest stop in Yuma...fond memories of that car
//the electrical system finally shorted out in it several years later and I sold it with 126,000 miles
///guy I sold it to slapped a new wiring harness in it and drove it to work for a few more years or so
 
2013-02-28 03:56:30 PM  
I beg to differ, my piece of crap economy hatchback will do 140 mph.

probesport.com
 
2013-02-28 03:56:43 PM  
The speedometer on the Toyota Yaris says the tiny car can go 140 miles per hour.

No it doesn't. The speedometer is capable of measuring speeds up to 140. The speedometer makes no mention of what speeds the car is capable of attaining.
 
2013-02-28 03:57:15 PM  

akula: I don't need to know that I've managed to reach 140. I won't ever reach 140. I'd have to push it like hell to get much over 100, and even that is unsafe in this kind of vehicle. Give me a 100mph speedometer than I can actually read without having to stare at it.


You sound old.
 
2013-02-28 03:57:59 PM  
Bought an Audi A4, and the break-in instructions said not to drive it over 3/4 of the maximum speed indicated on the speedometer. The speedo goes up to 160. I doubt that car will EVER be driven over 120 MPH, never mind during the break-in.
 
2013-02-28 03:58:31 PM  
People often ask me how fast it goes. Some of them look inside at the gauges and shout "220?! Whoa!"


www.lotustalk.com

Uh yeah, 220, that's it. That's the ticket. That's several tickets.
 
2013-02-28 04:00:55 PM  

danno_to_infinity: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Guy I went to high school with swore to the lord above that he got busted doing 150 on the interstate in his 1978 Chevy Chevette.

Yes, every word in that sentence has something fundamentally wrong.

Utter rubbish, hogslop, balderdash, and bull cookies.  There's no way on fsm's green earth a pos chevette could do 150.  Only in free fall, and even then, I'm dubious.

We had one of those miserable pieces of shiat, acceleration was measured by calendar.  When I went from that to the honda accord LXi with the 12 valve (1986), it was like going from the original wright brothers flying machine to a Saturn V-5 rocket.  It was incomprehensible that GM would even insult the consumers with that shiatbox.  I have never forgiven the american car industry for that travesty.


I had a 1982 S-10 that did the same thing for me. Speedo said 85, but getting it to 70 would take an act of god. This was in the days of 55mph speed limits, so it at least could keep up on the highway, but acted like it was gonna die the whole time. I haven't bought a GM product since.
 
2013-02-28 04:01:19 PM  
Uh, no shiat.  What a stupid article.
 
2013-02-28 04:01:55 PM  

TWX: Heh.  My '95 Impala SS uses seven-segment digit displays, except for the 100s place, which has the left upper one blanked.  So, I guess that it'll read up to 399MPH before having a problem

/haven't gotten it to triple digits yet
//certain that it'll easily break 120
///going up the Mogollon Rim out of Phoenix at 80 was fun


I nearly pooed myself reading that.  Going to/leaving Jerome at 15mph is scary enough for me.

/but driving through 6 inches of snow doing 60 is fine
 
2013-02-28 04:02:44 PM  

BarefootInTheFark: danno_to_infinity: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Guy I went to high school with swore to the lord above that he got busted doing 150 on the interstate in his 1978 Chevy Chevette.

Yes, every word in that sentence has something fundamentally wrong.

Utter rubbish, hogslop, balderdash, and bull cookies.  There's no way on fsm's green earth a pos chevette could do 150.  Only in free fall, and even then, I'm dubious.

We had one of those miserable pieces of shiat, acceleration was measured by calendar.  When I went from that to the honda accord LXi with the 12 valve (1986), it was like going from the original wright brothers flying machine to a Saturn V-5 rocket.  It was incomprehensible that GM would even insult the consumers with that shiatbox.  I have never forgiven the american car industry for that travesty.

I had a 1982 S-10 that did the same thing for me. Speedo said 85, but getting it to 70 would take an act of god. This was in the days of 55mph speed limits, so it at least could keep up on the highway, but acted like it was gonna die the whole time. I haven't bought a GM product since.


My Wrangler takes careful consideration to hit 70, if you aren't quick on the shifter you will be decelerating with every hill or decent wind.
 
2013-02-28 04:03:28 PM  

worlddan: tional car because I took my 1994 Ford Escort LX Station Wagon past 140 MPH out along the straight and lonely stretches of Nevada backroads. It always impressed the hell out of me that this little 1.9 liter four banger could go so fast. The crazy thing was at that speed the entire vehicle felt like it was floating and I could have sworn that I had no steering at all. In fact, I wouldn't even apply the brakes above 120 because I was scared of losing control, I would let friction slow me down until I felt like the tires had actually got some grip on the road.

The speedometer on my new car doesn't even go past 100.


140?....sounds a little tall, but hey..i don't live in NV.

I have a 1998 Ford Escort LX Station Wagon that still runs like a charm (has 110k on it), but i would never be so bold as to run it past 80 or 90 mph......if it could even get to that.

fp.images.autos.msn.com
 
2013-02-28 04:03:41 PM  
Oh, since people are posting top speeds achieved... I got my last car up to about 160 or so on 9a.

I just know I made it from the intercoastal on beach blvd in Jacksonville to Avenues Mall on southside in about 7 minutes...

When I took it to gainesville raceway, I cut a 13.6 second 1/4 mile at 105.  Smoked the 2010 Mustang GT next to me.
 
2013-02-28 04:04:43 PM  
Little dick Americans are easily fooled. What a surprise.
 
2013-02-28 04:04:59 PM  

nytmare: People often ask me how fast it goes. Some of them look inside at the gauges and shout "220?! Whoa!"


[www.lotustalk.com image 400x300]

Uh yeah, 220, that's it. That's the ticket. That's several tickets.


What's that in? I know a Suzuki Hayabusa speedo goes up to 220+.
 
2013-02-28 04:05:32 PM  
I got my mom's '73 Pinto hatchback over 100 once.

/downhill
 
2013-02-28 04:06:24 PM  
Haven't read it all but I'm guessing there are a bunch of CSB's in this thread.  I'll throw mine in.

Year:  1991
Car:  1984 Plymouth Laser (basically a Daytona)

Driving about 85MPH when an older Monte Carlo comes up behind me and starts farking around (speed up, slow down, swerve, repeat).  I figure WTH, let's see what I can do.

Distance to my exit:   10 miles
Time to my exit:  4.5 minutes
Average Speed:  133MPH
Fuel Used:  3.25 Gallons  (roughly 3MPG)
Pairs of underwear soiled:  1
Transmissions ruined:  1 (two weeks later it literally blew up - big farking hole in it)

Monte Carlo paced me to my exit and then sped up.

/I was young
//Gas was cheap
///Digital Speedometer topped out at 85MPH...  ahh the 80's
 
2013-02-28 04:06:48 PM  

Shan: nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'

CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.

After my discharge this ship me home but I had to pick up my car in Dallas bend drive it back to El Paso. Anyone who's done that trip knows it's a long boring and straight. I got it to 145 before the front end got squirrely and I lost my nerve but there was plenty of go pedal left. Had the road not been filled with potholes I bet it could have gotten 160 +

/CSB
//It was an empty road and you could see to the horizon, if I had crashed I would only hurt myself.
///sold the car to upgrade my wife from her 85 Mercedes diesel


Divorces are expensive- rough break on the loss of the Miata.  By the way, you  might want to baby that 85' Mercedes as she is a classic.
 
2013-02-28 04:06:54 PM  

jgilb: Little dick Americans are easily fooled. What a surprise.


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-28 04:08:15 PM  
My Maserati does 185!

/lost my license
//now I don't drive :(
 
2013-02-28 04:08:28 PM  

dittybopper: Mine goes 200 miles per hour.

/Down hill.
//In a hurricane.


Sure Joe.
 
2013-02-28 04:09:35 PM  
I once got my 94 geo prizm up to 100 mph, if there had been a tachometer in it I'm sure it would have been redlined.  I was stuck at 98 MPH but then I hit a little downhill section and temporarily broke 100.

I've never taken my current car (02 accord v-6) over 90.  That said, I'm confident I could get it over 100, if only for a little while before the transmission clunked its final clunk and I died a horrible fiery death.
 
2013-02-28 04:09:44 PM  
ZOMG it's a scandal! Damn you, Obummer!! *shakes tiny fist*

/And I'd just like to add...Benghazi.
 
2013-02-28 04:10:18 PM  

New Age Redneck: My Maserati does 185!

/lost my license
//now I don't drive :(


Allow me to leave a message

/maybe you'll call?
 
2013-02-28 04:10:34 PM  

Lucidz: I cut a 13.6 second 1/4 mile at 105.  Smoked the 2010 Mustang GT next to me.


If you ever happen to line up next to a little white 1972 datsun with a bunch of stickers on it, just drive away.  You wouldn't want to look silly.
 
2013-02-28 04:10:51 PM  
I was in a Dodge Neon that went 195 km/hr (121 mi/hr).
 
2013-02-28 04:10:52 PM  
The only car I ever got over 100mph was my beloved 1971 VW Bug - if you can believe that.

It was late, the highway was empty, and there were no cops around (thank goodness).  I only kept it at that speed for a few seconds.  Then I realized that the drive of the car sounded different, like I couldn't hear the engine over the wind.  It scared the crap out of me to a point that I'll never try it again.
 
2013-02-28 04:11:00 PM  
You mean my 2009 Chevy Aveo, built in China and a piece of shiat by both countries's standard can't go 100 MPH?

/got it up to 90, but I was afraid the transmission was going to start shredding parts
 
2013-02-28 04:12:17 PM  

Shan: nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'

CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.

After my discharge this ship me home but I had to pick up my car in Dallas bend drive it back to El Paso. Anyone who's done that trip knows it's a long boring and straight. I got it to 145 before the front end got squirrely and I lost my nerve but there was plenty of go pedal left. Had the road not been filled with potholes I bet it could have gotten 160 +

/CSB
//It was an empty road and you could see to the horizon, if I had crashed I would only hurt myself.
///sold the car to upgrade my wife from her 85 Mercedes diesel


Amazdaspeed mx5 doing 160??   That seems odd considering the car ran nearly 15 seconds at 94 mph in the quarter..
 
2013-02-28 04:12:18 PM  

The answer has deep roots in an American culture that loves the rush of driving fast.


Total crap, that. Cars from all over the world have that.
 
2013-02-28 04:12:33 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: I drive a Hyundai Sonata.  The most boring car on Earth.  You could paint it white and stamp CAR on the sides

Top speed: 147 mph, clocked by the cops in Arizona

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/Never had it even farking close to that kind of speed.  Even if the drivetrain can handle it, I know the tires and suspension can't


I once took my Hyundai Elantra to just over 120 once. Road was closed off just prior to my entry (there was a fuel truck on fire) so the road in front of me was gonna be empty for at least a couple miles (till the next interchange) and I figured all the cops were behind me as well. So I floored it. Thing got up to 120mph without even a shimmy. I could have taken it higher, I suppose, but I chickened out.
 
2013-02-28 04:13:48 PM  

Hollie Maea: Lucidz: I cut a 13.6 second 1/4 mile at 105.  Smoked the 2010 Mustang GT next to me.

If you ever happen to line up next to a little white 1972 datsun with a bunch of stickers on it, just drive away.  You wouldn't want to look silly.


That car was completely bone stock.  No short shifter, no exhaust, no nothing, just like it came off the assembly line... I was never much into racing, therefore I never got involved with no sleeper cars.  Never road raced either in fact...
 
2013-02-28 04:14:51 PM  
EVERYBODY STOP TYPING "SPEEDO"

If your too lazy to type out speedometer, use mile fast thing or windy uppy thing.


STOP GIVING ME BRAIN BLEED OVER TRYING NOT TO IMAGINE SPEEDOS!

kthxbye


:P
 
2013-02-28 04:15:04 PM  

probesport: New Age Redneck: My Maserati does 185!

/lost my license
//now I don't drive :(

Allow me to leave a message

/maybe you'll call?


I wrote you a letter. It says you're great.
 
2013-02-28 04:15:28 PM  
The speedo on my Kymco Like200i (163cc) scooter goes to 100mph.
It won't do much over 55 unless it is in a free fall.
 
2013-02-28 04:15:33 PM  
so then this morning when I calmed down and slowed down to 86 two cars were on my ass...so I move over a lane and get passed... by women. Made me laugh...something about the stereotype that only men drive fast or something like that. At least they weren't texting.

I have been passed three times by people going over 80 looking down texting.

FU
 
2013-02-28 04:15:47 PM  
Had a 1973 Chevy pickup that had a speedometer that went to 100 at the 4 o'clock position. One night I think I got it up to around 135 mph, had the needle almost back to zero!
 
2013-02-28 04:15:53 PM  
I got my rx8 to 167. Flat straight florida road, downhill on a cold winter morning. After 150mph, it crawled literally 1 mph at a time higher. Took miles to get to 167 WOT. Scary, felt like it was going to fly away over any imperfection in the road. It may have gone faster, but that was the limit for me. Redline in 6th on the dyno was 190 mph. Bounced off the fuel cut at 9500rpm.
 
2013-02-28 04:16:59 PM  

busy chillin': so I move over a lane and get passed... by women. Made me laugh...something about the stereotype that only men drive fast or something like that.


Soccer moms in SUVs and mini vans are the worst.  They will run your ass of the road if they are in a hurry.
 
2013-02-28 04:17:14 PM  

IamAwake: akula: I don't need to know that I've managed to reach 140. I won't ever reach 140. I'd have to push it like hell to get much over 100, and even that is unsafe in this kind of vehicle. Give me a 100mph speedometer than I can actually read without having to stare at it.

You sound old.


35. With gray hair already. My lawn. Off.

And take those damn stickers and the fart pipe off your car. It doesn't make it any faster. It just makes you more ridiculous.

/Damn kids today
 
2013-02-28 04:18:09 PM  

aseras: I got my rx8 to 167. Flat straight florida road, downhill on a cold winter morning. After 150mph, it crawled literally 1 mph at a time higher. Took miles to get to 167 WOT. Scary, felt like it was going to fly away over any imperfection in the road. It may have gone faster, but that was the limit for me. Redline in 6th on the dyno was 190 mph. Bounced off the fuel cut at 9500rpm.


That's my current car as well. Good to know that's where it tops out, in case I needed to for some reason. It sure sounds pretty when it redlines though.
 
TWX
2013-02-28 04:18:34 PM  

blatz514: TWX: Heh.  My '95 Impala SS uses seven-segment digit displays, except for the 100s place, which has the left upper one blanked.  So, I guess that it'll read up to 399MPH before having a problem

/haven't gotten it to triple digits yet
//certain that it'll easily break 120
///going up the Mogollon Rim out of Phoenix at 80 was fun

I nearly pooed myself reading that.  Going to/leaving Jerome at 15mph is scary enough for me.

/but driving through 6 inches of snow doing 60 is fine


I was around Payson on the Beeline Highway when I did it.  The suspension definitely needs some improvements.  The car has about 13,000 miles on it now, so putting some bigger antisway bars and some improved trailing links on the rear end won't be a waste.

I've put '81 Dodge St. Regis copcar torsion bars on my '78 Cordoba, and copcar front antisway bar, towing package leaf springs in back.  I did that because I'm building a 408 stroker motor for it and I want it to not kill me when I meet a curve...
 
2013-02-28 04:18:41 PM  
Speedo on my 99 Cherokee says 100... could prolly get there, I have had it to near 90 without issue.

Just because it can does not mean you should.
 
2013-02-28 04:19:11 PM  

aseras: I got my rx8 to 167. Flat straight florida road, downhill on a cold winter morning. After 150mph, it crawled literally 1 mph at a time higher. Took miles to get to 167 WOT. Scary, felt like it was going to fly away over any imperfection in the road. It may have gone faster, but that was the limit for me. Redline in 6th on the dyno was 190 mph. Bounced off the fuel cut at 9500rpm.


You are bugger shatting me! What year/configuration did you have on your Rx8?  I'm assuming it was obviously the manual if you got to 9500 rpm... (The auto was governed to like 7K i think)

My Rx8 was slow as a slug melting under a pound of salt man.  After the third time of that piece of shiat flooding because I dared to take it out of the garage, I traded that hunk of gutter snipe in...
 
2013-02-28 04:19:13 PM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: EVERYBODY STOP TYPING "SPEEDO"

If your too lazy to type out speedometer, use mile fast thing or windy uppy thing.


STOP GIVING ME BRAIN BLEED OVER TRYING NOT TO IMAGINE SPEEDOS!

kthxbye


:P


I feel the same way when someone talks about their "transformer". Unless it's an alternate lifestyle thing.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
 
2013-02-28 04:19:18 PM  
My car came from the factory with a 85 mph speedo. I wanted to drive faster, so I had to replace it. I got a second-handFerrari speedometer, and had it installed.

farm4.staticflickr.com

Y'all should see a Smart car do 220!
 
2013-02-28 04:19:40 PM  

Lucidz: No short shifter, no exhaust


The Datsun I'm thinking of doesn't have an exhaust at all, or even a transmission.
 
2013-02-28 04:19:46 PM  

Wrath of Heaven: Guess they don't make them like they used to...
[i49.tinypic.com image 640x480]


Gawd I hope not!  Imagine trying to make sense of that thing, all blurry and stuff!  One would think you would enjoy reading all the numbers up there!
 
2013-02-28 04:19:55 PM  
the fastest I have ever driven was 134...but that was in one of those Richard Petty Driving Experience race cars on a race track.

114 on a highway back in the day.

Rode with a friend that hit 131 in his dad's Ford Tauras SHO.

end CSBs
 
2013-02-28 04:20:03 PM  

Yaxe: You mean my 2009 Chevy Aveo, built in China and a piece of shiat by both countries's standard can't go 100 MPH?

/got it up to 90, but I was afraid the transmission was going to start shredding parts


I have a 2007 Chevy Aveo.  I actually love that car.  And, btw: it's actually made in South Korea, and elsewhere in the world it's branded as a Deawoo.

The more you know!
 
2013-02-28 04:21:32 PM  
I had a 94 honda prelude that would definately go >140 as I did it a couple times.  I did trade like every software made at that point in time on 12 cd's to a "friend" who did something with the chip in it though.  One of the most memorable experiences was somewhere along I-10 in 1997 between Panama City, FL and Mobile, AL I was passed up like a parked car by some granny in a town car and I was going 120 at the time. I gunned it for awhile and never caught up to her.

/smashed that car into an overturned 18 wheeler while going 90 (it was taking up the whole interstate + medians when I came across it at 3am)
//bastard was carrying plywood and brakes tend to not work when you are on top of plywood
///strict speed limit +9mph driver now, that wreck hurt
 
2013-02-28 04:21:38 PM  

Shan: nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'

CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.

After my discharge this ship me home but I had to pick up my car in Dallas bend drive it back to El Paso. Anyone who's done that trip knows it's a long boring and straight. I got it to 145 before the front end got squirrely and I lost my nerve but there was plenty of go pedal left. Had the road not been filled with potholes I bet it could have gotten 160 +

/CSB
//It was an empty road and you could see to the horizon, if I had crashed I would only hurt myself.
///sold the car to upgrade my wife from her 85 Mercedes diesel


I know that road, and have made that drive.  100 mph hardly feels fast on it.  I think I crept into that realm in a friend's Jetta 1.8T without even noticing for a few minutes.
 
2013-02-28 04:21:46 PM  

littlett's: busy chillin': so I move over a lane and get passed... by women. Made me laugh...something about the stereotype that only men drive fast or something like that.

Soccer moms in SUVs and mini vans are the worst.  They will run your ass of the road if they are in a hurry.


I hear that and have seen it. But this was a Matrix and an Infiniti car of some sort.
 
2013-02-28 04:22:05 PM  

Treygreen13: aseras: I got my rx8 to 167. Flat straight florida road, downhill on a cold winter morning. After 150mph, it crawled literally 1 mph at a time higher. Took miles to get to 167 WOT. Scary, felt like it was going to fly away over any imperfection in the road. It may have gone faster, but that was the limit for me. Redline in 6th on the dyno was 190 mph. Bounced off the fuel cut at 9500rpm.

That's my current car as well. Good to know that's where it tops out, in case I needed to for some reason. It sure sounds pretty when it redlines though.


Like drowning a bag of hamsters? (I keed! I keed! ... Mostly)

The RX8 introduced me to the saying "There's no replacement for displacement"
 
2013-02-28 04:22:24 PM  
Going south to L.A. on I5 I got my 1995 Taurus S.H.O. over 155. Completely solid and felt glued to the ground. Totally stock except for the tires which were very expensive.
 
2013-02-28 04:22:25 PM  

A friend and I went to Chicago one Friday after school.  From Louisville.  We were supposed to have went to the football game.  I drove my 82 Mustang 4cylinder almost all the way back doing 100+.  My big toe was THROBBING by the time we got back to Tha 'Ville.  Would have rather dealt with a cop than my Dad.  Of course, I was 17, so I guess I didn't really think that through.

Now I drive one of these, and yeah, just yesterday I was wondering why my speedo goes to 140.

static.ddmcdn.com


2007 Suzuki Reno.  Really a decent lil car.  Gets about 35 mpg, decent factory stereo, with front -side 1/8" jack for Mommy's iPod, and the CD player reads data CDs!
 
2013-02-28 04:22:43 PM  

littlett's: The Scout is scary as can be at 90


SLOW DOWN!

I want to buy it in one piece when you do sell it, sister.
 
2013-02-28 04:25:01 PM  
I had an '01 Audi TT Quattro coupe several years back.  A truly marvelous car that was fun to drive and so expensive to maintain, but still so awesome.  Found out one night traveling west on I-70 in Ohio, that the TT will happily do 147 MPH on good Perilli Z rated tires.  147 was where the factory limiter was and it just stopped accelerating at that point.  Thankfully I had a forward scout who was watching for cops, not that they would have caught me at that speed  It was fun, but I never pushed it that hard again.  Now if it hadn't been for the speedlimiter, I might have broken 150 as there was a little bit left in that little engine.
 
2013-02-28 04:25:02 PM  

Lucidz: Treygreen13: aseras: I got my rx8 to 167. Flat straight florida road, downhill on a cold winter morning. After 150mph, it crawled literally 1 mph at a time higher. Took miles to get to 167 WOT. Scary, felt like it was going to fly away over any imperfection in the road. It may have gone faster, but that was the limit for me. Redline in 6th on the dyno was 190 mph. Bounced off the fuel cut at 9500rpm.

That's my current car as well. Good to know that's where it tops out, in case I needed to for some reason. It sure sounds pretty when it redlines though.

Like drowning a bag of hamsters? (I keed! I keed! ... Mostly)

The RX8 introduced me to the saying "There's no replacement for displacement"


Except there is, and its called forced induction.
 
2013-02-28 04:26:06 PM  
Speed is just one contributing factor when determining how dangerous something is.

I'm quite certain I was safer doing 85mph in my Mustang than I was doing 70mph in my busted up old pickup truck.
 
2013-02-28 04:26:33 PM  
My Scion has a digital speedometer. I have no idea how fast it could go, and I don't like to get above 80 anyway (normal freeway cruising speed is around 75).
 
2013-02-28 04:26:48 PM  
Also, I'm a crappy driver.  I'm sure an experienced/skilled driver would be as safe as me while going significantly faster.
 
2013-02-28 04:26:51 PM  

Lucidz: aseras: I got my rx8 to 167. Flat straight florida road, downhill on a cold winter morning. After 150mph, it crawled literally 1 mph at a time higher. Took miles to get to 167 WOT. Scary, felt like it was going to fly away over any imperfection in the road. It may have gone faster, but that was the limit for me. Redline in 6th on the dyno was 190 mph. Bounced off the fuel cut at 9500rpm.

You are bugger shatting me! What year/configuration did you have on your Rx8?  I'm assuming it was obviously the manual if you got to 9500 rpm... (The auto was governed to like 7K i think)

My Rx8 was slow as a slug melting under a pound of salt man.  After the third time of that piece of shiat flooding because I dared to take it out of the garage, I traded that hunk of gutter snipe in...


Mine was a Yellow 2004. Bought new. Manual of course. RP short shifter ( probably the BEST thing you could do to the car ).

That's because you didn't drive it hard enough. rx8 doesn't even feel like it's alive until its 100mph+. I had a 50+ mile commute to work ( through nowhere FL, no traffic, no one ). I got it over 100 mph virtually every day. I had over 100,000 miles on her when I sold it to another cop I work with. Rotaries just need to be driven hard, daily. Redline a day keeps the rotary dr away, really.

I still see the car every day. Miss it, but I got a tuned VW TDi now that's faster and isn't nearly as thirsty.
 
2013-02-28 04:27:12 PM  

The number 7 and the letter Q!: Satan's Bunny Slippers: EVERYBODY STOP TYPING "SPEEDO"

If your too lazy to type out speedometer, use mile fast thing or windy uppy thing.


STOP GIVING ME BRAIN BLEED OVER TRYING NOT TO IMAGINE SPEEDOS!

kthxbye


:P

I feel the same way when someone talks about their "transformer". Unless it's an alternate lifestyle thing.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess.


indeed.
 
2013-02-28 04:28:01 PM  
My hatchback(WRX) tops out at 145 subby.   The STi tops out at 155.
 
2013-02-28 04:28:12 PM  

worlddan: I had an exceptional car because I took my 1994 Ford Escort LX Station Wagon past 140 MPH out along the straight and lonely stretches of Nevada backroads. It always impressed the hell out of me that this little 1.9 liter four banger could go so fast. The crazy thing was at that speed the entire vehicle felt like it was floating and I could have sworn that I had no steering at all. In fact, I wouldn't even apply the brakes above 120 because I was scared of losing control, I would let friction slow me down until I felt like the tires had actually got some grip on the road.

The speedometer on my new car doesn't even go past 100.


I call shenanigans. I repeatedly buy 90-95 model Ford escorts, one wagon with slushbox, two manuals, one lx, one ex. All had the 1.9 engine. I bought them specifically for the Mazda motors. You were lucky to get the wagon above 85. There's no way you got it to 140. You may have wished, or ate too much LSD, but it didn't happen in reality.
 
2013-02-28 04:28:27 PM  
My '01 Dodge G. Caravan Sport says it goes to 120, I had it to 110mph before I started to run out of straight road but even if I had more road I'm not sure it would have gone much higher.
 
2013-02-28 04:28:53 PM  
I pinned a 1974 Malibu at 120 on a country road and it was still increasing it's speed.  Then I realized how remarkably stupid that was as I left the ground.  Some days I'm glad I'm not 16 anymore.
 
2013-02-28 04:28:56 PM  
160, which approaches speeds on some NASCAR tracks

citation needed
 
2013-02-28 04:29:38 PM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: Wrath of Heaven: Guess they don't make them like they used to...
[i49.tinypic.com image 640x480]

Gawd I hope not!  Imagine trying to make sense of that thing, all blurry and stuff!  One would think you would enjoy reading all the numbers up there!


Yeah there was a degree of difficulty holding an old school flip-phone steady on the steering column to snap that pic... I know math is hard, but that speedometer has 20mph increments.

Impress me....
 
2013-02-28 04:30:40 PM  

FARK rebel soldier: 160, which approaches speeds on some NASCAR tracks

citation needed


because that sounds too low, right? At Kansas they hit 198 easy. I think the pole in October was over 200.
 
2013-02-28 04:31:10 PM  

probesport: Lucidz: Treygreen13: aseras: I got my rx8 to 167. Flat straight florida road, downhill on a cold winter morning. After 150mph, it crawled literally 1 mph at a time higher. Took miles to get to 167 WOT. Scary, felt like it was going to fly away over any imperfection in the road. It may have gone faster, but that was the limit for me. Redline in 6th on the dyno was 190 mph. Bounced off the fuel cut at 9500rpm.

That's my current car as well. Good to know that's where it tops out, in case I needed to for some reason. It sure sounds pretty when it redlines though.

Like drowning a bag of hamsters? (I keed! I keed! ... Mostly)

The RX8 introduced me to the saying "There's no replacement for displacement"

Except there is, and its called forced induction.


If you like turbo lag.  And at the time I had my Rx8, turbos were blowing the seals in the rotary.  Give me a 1.3b in the Rx7 over an Rx8 any day.  And you do realize, when it comes to forced induction, you CAN lower the compression in a large engine and add forced induction yes?

There are plenty of supercharged 4.7 liter V8s in cobras floating around there to prove it.

I still don't like Turbo lag anyways...  Friend of mine had a 2003 supra with 1k hp that didn't hit peak torque until the top of the RPM band and that thing was TERRIFYING to be in.  I honestly don't know how he could even shift that fast when the wastegate dumped.  Last I heard he was going to switch it to a two speed automatic...
 
2013-02-28 04:32:25 PM  

Horsebolt McStabledoor: busy chillin': SpdrJay: I tell stories about how fast I have driven because it makes my dick bigger!

ahhhhhh, you bought a H2, and now this thread comes up.

[gocomics.typepad.com image 550x738]


http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1918#comic
 
2013-02-28 04:33:05 PM  

aseras: Lucidz: aseras: I got my rx8 to 167. Flat straight florida road, downhill on a cold winter morning. After 150mph, it crawled literally 1 mph at a time higher. Took miles to get to 167 WOT. Scary, felt like it was going to fly away over any imperfection in the road. It may have gone faster, but that was the limit for me. Redline in 6th on the dyno was 190 mph. Bounced off the fuel cut at 9500rpm.

You are bugger shatting me! What year/configuration did you have on your Rx8?  I'm assuming it was obviously the manual if you got to 9500 rpm... (The auto was governed to like 7K i think)

My Rx8 was slow as a slug melting under a pound of salt man.  After the third time of that piece of shiat flooding because I dared to take it out of the garage, I traded that hunk of gutter snipe in...

Mine was a Yellow 2004. Bought new. Manual of course. RP short shifter ( probably the BEST thing you could do to the car ).

That's because you didn't drive it hard enough. rx8 doesn't even feel like it's alive until its 100mph+. I had a 50+ mile commute to work ( through nowhere FL, no traffic, no one ). I got it over 100 mph virtually every day. I had over 100,000 miles on her when I sold it to another cop I work with. Rotaries just need to be driven hard, daily. Redline a day keeps the rotary dr away, really.

I still see the car every day. Miss it, but I got a tuned VW TDi now that's faster and isn't nearly as thirsty.


I just watched a 2nd gen rx7 vs RX8 race.  The rx8 won (!!) with a 15+ @ 87.... And you're right about the thirst.  My RX8 drank more gas and oil than a tractor.
 
2013-02-28 04:33:12 PM  
Geez my Toyota corolla has hit 140 and it was verified by my GPS and the rpm was only at 3200
 
2013-02-28 04:33:47 PM  

GBB: Dazrin: My '86 Ford Escort said it could go 85 MPH, it lied.

Funny; according to a random guy with a radar gun at Summit Point, my Dad got his to 105 in '88 or '89 (don't remember the year) and his speedometer broke.  Dad also thought he wasn't going to survive the impending breakdown of the suspension from imbalanced wheels, so the vibration could have killed the speedo as well.

Dad's happiest day with that car was when that damned "shift" light finally burned out.


I hated that damn shift light on my old Escort ('96). Until it bothered me enough to yank the fuse out.
 
2013-02-28 04:33:58 PM  

grinding_journalist: Skyd1v: My '97 Accord says it will do 140, and I know from personal experience it can juuuuuuuust exceed that.

KPH.  With a long downhill grade.

Had a '96 V6 Accord, highly scientific testing revealed it was drag-limited to about 127.

Currently drive an M3 with a few tweaks. I've taken it to between 115-120 (I don't trust speedos to be accurate above about 100), was solid as a rock. I have little doubt it could get to the 139mph limiter.


I took my '96 M3 to its 138 limiter to see if it could do it. It will, although the way your car dives when the limiter kicks in is sickening, and I will never do it again. Ever.
 
2013-02-28 04:34:12 PM  

Girion47: My hatchback(WRX) tops out at 145 subby.   The STi tops out at 155.


Always thought they were faster.  Maybe the AWD just made them seem to jump from a dead stop.  My new car is AWD and is pretty peppy from 0 but doesn't have much higher top end than your STi.
 
2013-02-28 04:34:59 PM  
i1134.photobucket.com

140?
Laughs.
 
2013-02-28 04:34:59 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: Also, I'm a crappy driver. I'm sure an experienced/skilled driver would be as safe as me while going significantly faster.


You can't ignore physics though and stopping distance goes up with the square of speed, give or take air resistance and brake fade.  A more skilled driver may be much safer than you at speed on a track but on a public road with other drivers there's limits.
 
2013-02-28 04:35:02 PM  

Lucidz: Treygreen13: aseras: I got my rx8 to 167. Flat straight florida road, downhill on a cold winter morning. After 150mph, it crawled literally 1 mph at a time higher. Took miles to get to 167 WOT. Scary, felt like it was going to fly away over any imperfection in the road. It may have gone faster, but that was the limit for me. Redline in 6th on the dyno was 190 mph. Bounced off the fuel cut at 9500rpm.

That's my current car as well. Good to know that's where it tops out, in case I needed to for some reason. It sure sounds pretty when it redlines though.

Like drowning a bag of hamsters? (I keed! I keed! ... Mostly)

The RX8 introduced me to the saying "There's no replacement for displacement"


A rotary at WOT has the best exhaust sound ever. It's just perfect. It's not throaty like a muscle car, not tinny like a ricer honda. Just good.

The rx8 needed FI. they should have come with a turbo. When I sold mine I was on the precipice of dropping more money into it and having Pettit put a stage3+ supercharger in 400+ WHP, $8000.
 
2013-02-28 04:36:38 PM  

nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'


i had a '93 Jimmy whose 'needle' only went to 85.  i crossed that pretty easily.

/ awesome car.
 
2013-02-28 04:37:06 PM  

Lucidz: Girion47: My hatchback(WRX) tops out at 145 subby.   The STi tops out at 155.

Always thought they were faster.  Maybe the AWD just made them seem to jump from a dead stop.  My new car is AWD and is pretty peppy from 0 but doesn't have much higher top end than your STi.


That's a mechanical top end, I imagine if you took it stage 2 you'd get higher numbers, but it seems to me most of the subaru mods are acceleration/handling focused rather than top speed.

/has a WRX
//STi too pricey for the minor upgrade in features/power.
 
2013-02-28 04:37:45 PM  
csb

OK, kiddies...step into the way-back machine to Port Orchard, Wash in 1968. My dad just bought his new (used, he NEVER bought new new) 1966 Dodge Dart with a slant-six and three- speed auto. I was taking auto shop in high school and offered to give it a once over with my teacher, Mr Hall. Of Course, after school, I had to test-drive it, so I went to the local speed road, Sidney was a rural highway south of town and, just after Lider, it dipped down to Blackjack Valley with a one-mile absolutely flat road with nothing but cows on either side before it rose up to the other side. I rolled it down the slope from Lider and just made 134 mph before rising up the hill! After turning around at the top, I tried it the other direction, but could only get 119. I think the shorter take-off hill killed that run. I took it home and told Dad that it was good to go.

/csb
//a STOCK 6-banger Dodge Dart
///never tried it again; in ANY car
 
2013-02-28 04:37:55 PM  

cajunns: Geez my Toyota corolla has hit 140 and it was verified by my GPS and the rpm was only at 3200


2/10
 
2013-02-28 04:38:43 PM  
Got a stock 2002 Honda Civic 5 speed to 130 easily once. I remember looking at the tachometer and even though the speedometer tops at 140, it probably redlines at 135 if you haven't blown your stock tires already.
 
2013-02-28 04:39:32 PM  

homelessdude: The legend of Harvey Whetstone (pops)
[i.imgur.com image 385x278]


bwuahahahahaha - gasp, wheeze - omg, WHAT was THAT from?
 
2013-02-28 04:40:12 PM  
Stupid shiat article is even stupider for finding Joan farking Claybrook, possibly the least informed and most anticar piece of fark to ever inhabit a government office.

Also, most car speedometers are about 3-5% optimistic. Motorcycle clocks even worse

Also, my brother's 93 ZR-1 would get to around 170 before it got kinda scary.

It had an accurate speedometer.

My VFR800 is a simple slow sport tourer and will do a solid 145-150.

Back in kid racer days, most speedos (yep, lazy) topped out at 120.

Plenty of cars will do 120 with a big V8 and non dragstrip gearing (don't tell me your 4.11 differential 12.5 second car will also do 150).

Also also, I am old.
 
2013-02-28 04:40:53 PM  
i54.tinypic.com
 
2013-02-28 04:41:08 PM  
Once got a 1983 Ford Thunderbird up to 135.  Was racing a 2000-something Mustang down a major interstate outside of any major cities, and neither one of us wanted to try to push past that.

/made record time, though
//and blew out my water pump
 
2013-02-28 04:42:07 PM  
My '82 Honda Accord had an 85MPH speedo.  That tiny thing had nothing under the hood (72HP according to wikipedia), but I estimate I reached 103 once, based on the tach to speedometer ratio in 5th gear.  It took a long time at full throttle to reach that speed.
 
2013-02-28 04:42:12 PM  

Lucidz: aseras: Lucidz: aseras: I got my rx8 to 167. Flat straight florida road, downhill on a cold winter morning. After 150mph, it crawled literally 1 mph at a time higher. Took miles to get to 167 WOT. Scary, felt like it was going to fly away over any imperfection in the road. It may have gone faster, but that was the limit for me. Redline in 6th on the dyno was 190 mph. Bounced off the fuel cut at 9500rpm.

You are bugger shatting me! What year/configuration did you have on your Rx8?  I'm assuming it was obviously the manual if you got to 9500 rpm... (The auto was governed to like 7K i think)

My Rx8 was slow as a slug melting under a pound of salt man.  After the third time of that piece of shiat flooding because I dared to take it out of the garage, I traded that hunk of gutter snipe in...

Mine was a Yellow 2004. Bought new. Manual of course. RP short shifter ( probably the BEST thing you could do to the car ).

That's because you didn't drive it hard enough. rx8 doesn't even feel like it's alive until its 100mph+. I had a 50+ mile commute to work ( through nowhere FL, no traffic, no one ). I got it over 100 mph virtually every day. I had over 100,000 miles on her when I sold it to another cop I work with. Rotaries just need to be driven hard, daily. Redline a day keeps the rotary dr away, really.

I still see the car every day. Miss it, but I got a tuned VW TDi now that's faster and isn't nearly as thirsty.

I just watched a 2nd gen rx7 vs RX8 race.  The rx8 won (!!) with a 15+ @ 87.... And you're right about the thirst.  My RX8 drank more gas and oil than a tractor.


Same experience here. That thing seems to drink oil faster than I can put it in. Still a blast to drive, though.

A buddy of mine who really, really, really loves cars says when he goes out to the local track, there's this same RX-8 making regular appearances all along the leaderboard. Every time he goes back this thing is finishing close to the top on times, sometimes winning. So he goes over to the guy to ask him to pop the hood so he can check out what he's done to it. Guy opens the hood and the thing is stock except for the tires.
 
2013-02-28 04:42:25 PM  
The fastest I ever drove my '68 912 Targa was going into Colorado.  I hit the top of Raton Pass, turned off the engine and hit 95 mph!  It wouldn't go that fast with the engine on as it would redline!  It did however, get about 33-34 mpg on the highway.  The several times I was pulled over for speeding were never in this car, they were in my Farking VW camper bus, I've been lapped by the entire western hemisphere at least twice, and I get pulled over for speeding in the VW bus!
 
2013-02-28 04:42:52 PM  

earthworm2.0: worlddan: I had an exceptional car because I took my 1994 Ford Escort LX Station Wagon past 140 MPH out along the straight and lonely stretches of Nevada backroads. It always impressed the hell out of me that this little 1.9 liter four banger could go so fast. The crazy thing was at that speed the entire vehicle felt like it was floating and I could have sworn that I had no steering at all. In fact, I wouldn't even apply the brakes above 120 because I was scared of losing control, I would let friction slow me down until I felt like the tires had actually got some grip on the road.

The speedometer on my new car doesn't even go past 100.

I call shenanigans. I repeatedly buy 90-95 model Ford escorts, one wagon with slushbox, two manuals, one lx, one ex. All had the 1.9 engine. I bought them specifically for the Mazda motors. You were lucky to get the wagon above 85. There's no way you got it to 140. You may have wished, or ate too much LSD, but it didn't happen in reality.



yeah....I was being nice, but I have to side with earthworm2.0 on this one. the Escort is just not built for speed anyway you cut it. It is a great little car that gets you from Pt A to Pt B with very little fanfare. Even if the engine could push it to 140 I don't see the other parts of the car being able to handle the speed. It just was not made for that.

Here is my actual Dork-Mobile.
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-28 04:42:54 PM  

aseras: Lucidz: Treygreen13: aseras: I got my rx8 to 167. Flat straight florida road, downhill on a cold winter morning. After 150mph, it crawled literally 1 mph at a time higher. Took miles to get to 167 WOT. Scary, felt like it was going to fly away over any imperfection in the road. It may have gone faster, but that was the limit for me. Redline in 6th on the dyno was 190 mph. Bounced off the fuel cut at 9500rpm.

That's my current car as well. Good to know that's where it tops out, in case I needed to for some reason. It sure sounds pretty when it redlines though.

Like drowning a bag of hamsters? (I keed! I keed! ... Mostly)

The RX8 introduced me to the saying "There's no replacement for displacement"

A rotary at WOT has the best exhaust sound ever. It's just perfect. It's not throaty like a muscle car, not tinny like a ricer honda. Just good.

The rx8 needed FI. they should have come with a turbo. When I sold mine I was on the precipice of dropping more money into it and having Pettit put a stage3+ supercharger in 400+ WHP, $8000.


Agreed.  It should have definitely come with a Turbo.  As I mentioned, when they first came out, it was darn near impossible to put a turbo on the automatic.  Then, the Automatic was de-rated for HP like 3 times.  They eventually solved the problem by only opening 4 of the 6 seals where the fuel was injected into the rotary on the auto.  

I really think the reason it DIDNT come with the turbo was because they knew it'd blow the engine.  But what they ended up doing was making a Sports car (gen3 rx7) into a Sporty car...  My friend had a single turbo Rx7, and it was doing 12psi.  Quite quick car.

But you're right. $8+K to get to sports car HP and risk blowing the engine was not worth it, when I could trade in the RX8 for a late model C5 corvette and have almost 400 right off the bat, and 400+ at the wheels with just a few easy mods. (Never made the mods, the car was fast enough)
 
2013-02-28 04:43:37 PM  

durbnpoisn: Yaxe: You mean my 2009 Chevy Aveo, built in China and a piece of shiat by both countries's standard can't go 100 MPH?

/got it up to 90, but I was afraid the transmission was going to start shredding parts

I have a 2007 Chevy Aveo.  I actually love that car.  And, btw: it's actually made in South Korea, and elsewhere in the world it's branded as a Deawoo.

The more you know!


No one cares.

Here's your cat:

ts4.mm.bing.net
 
2013-02-28 04:44:36 PM  

MrBallou: CSB day: I once got my 1987 Subaru GL (97 HP 1.2 L, IIRC) up to 98 mph. Barely, on a long stretch of downhill Interstate highway. I was trying for 100 but failed. Almost shook the thing to pieces.

/OK, not that cool.


I had a 1981 GL Wagon I had up to 80'ish... scary as fark at that speed!!
 
2013-02-28 04:44:45 PM  
It would be nice to have a little audio warning if you go above a certain limit (perhaps settable by the driver).  I once unintentionally went over 90 on a California freeway because it was: 1. smooth (no feel of road going by like Michigan's famously messed-up roads) and 2. the road was empty (2am).  I glanced down, thinking I was going maybe 72, and was shocked.
 
2013-02-28 04:45:01 PM  

ricewater_stool: cajunns: Geez my Toyota corolla has hit 140 and it was verified by my GPS and the rpm was only at 3200

2/10


Nah, KPH. I had a rental rolla and I can believe that number.
 
2013-02-28 04:46:12 PM  
I have absolutely no idea what the top speed in my car would be.

It's a 6-cylinder, 280-hp Altima 3.5 automatic. Anyone hazard a guess?
 
2013-02-28 04:46:26 PM  

loki see loki do: Stupid shiat article is even stupider for finding Joan farking Claybrook, possibly the least informed and most anticar piece of fark to ever inhabit a government office.

Also, most car speedometers are about 3-5% optimistic. Motorcycle clocks even worse

Also, my brother's 93 ZR-1 would get to around 170 before it got kinda scary.

It had an accurate speedometer.

My VFR800 is a simple slow sport tourer and will do a solid 145-150.

Back in kid racer days, most speedos (yep, lazy) topped out at 120.

Plenty of cars will do 120 with a big V8 and non dragstrip gearing (don't tell me your 4.11 differential 12.5 second car will also do 150).

Also also, I am old.


Ok, I was a nut hair away from calling you full of BS, because the C4 style corvettes are basically the black sheep of the line, underpowered, and kind of ugly...

But I just looked up the specs on the C4 Zr1.  Holy dog testes, that car was a monster.  I can FULLY believe it would pull that speed off.  Very cool!
 
2013-02-28 04:47:06 PM  
I've got a '12 Mustang, the V6. (It's enough for me.) If I'm not mistaken, the speedo goes up to 160, but the car's limited to 112, at least in part because of its driveshaft. (There's a video of some idiot snapping his stock driveshaft at ~135 after removing the limit: http://www.autoblog.com/2011/12/19/watch-what-happens-when-a-ford-must ang-driveshaft-fails-at-135-m/.) The fastest I've had mine is about a buck oh five, ever so briefly. It felt pretty smooth and could obviously go faster, but 105 was enough for me. My last car couldn't even do that much going downhill.
 
2013-02-28 04:47:11 PM  

Shan: nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'

CSB:
I owned a 2004 Mazdaspeed edition mx5 (aka Miata). Turbo charged 1.8L with a 6 speed manual on a very light car that I belive could bury the needle in the right setting.

After my discharge this ship me home but I had to pick up my car in Dallas bend drive it back to El Paso. Anyone who's done that trip knows it's a long boring and straight. I got it to 145 before the front end got squirrely and I lost my nerve but there was plenty of go pedal left. Had the road not been filled with potholes I bet it could have gotten 160 +

/CSB
//It was an empty road and you could see to the horizon, if I had crashed I would only hurt myself.
///sold the car to upgrade my wife from her 85 Mercedes diesel


@Shan - I also own a 2004 MSM (titanium in color) and yes - that little bugger is fast.  I've never buried the needle, but it'll do 95mph all day.  Do you ever go to mazda-speed.com?
 
2013-02-28 04:47:42 PM  
CSB time !
Years ago when I was you, stupid and reckless, I took my 1963 EJ Holden off the dial at 120mph. A worked 6 banger and 4 wheel drum brakes, that experience was absolutely terrifying.
 
2013-02-28 04:48:00 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: I have absolutely no idea what the top speed in my car would be.

It's a 6-cylinder, 280-hp Altima 3.5 automatic. Anyone hazard a guess?


Never mind... Car & Driver says it's 140mph. I'll take their word.
 
2013-02-28 04:50:12 PM  
My S4 (sensible family sedan!) will do every bit of 155 without complaint but in the B8 the speedometer goes to 200 mph - not sure why. I don't know what it will do with the limiter removed but I have to believe it would be in the 170 range.

I believe the refreshed S4 speedometer now only goes to 180 iirc. On mine there are three quadrants, 0-60, 60-120, and 120-200. I think the new one just has three equal quadrants. (The fourth quadrant is unpopulated on both)

My last trip to Germany I was stuck with an Opel Meriva. Even GM cars in Europe suck. Topped out at 200 kph downhill - I couldn't even pass the polizei at 120 mph. Trip before that we had an A3 TDI which did almost everything we asked of it.
 
2013-02-28 04:50:21 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: I have absolutely no idea what the top speed in my car would be.

It's a 6-cylinder, 280-hp Altima 3.5 automatic. Anyone hazard a guess?


If I knew your year, I could tell you.  I'm guessing 140-145?
 
2013-02-28 04:51:49 PM  
 
2013-02-28 04:52:18 PM  
1979 Datsun 310 GX (4 cyl) example, not the car I had.
img.photobucket.com

Flagstaff to Phoenix:  with 2 people in the car I was able to bury the needle, past the 110(?) mark.  Approximately 120 mph on light downgrade.  Shortly after we got it back to 70-ish, the tread belt on the right-front peeled off whole and went into the wheel well, yet the tire remained air tight.

/spare?  yes.
//jack?  no.
 
2013-02-28 04:52:31 PM  

danno_to_infinity: homelessdude: The legend of Harvey Whetstone (pops)
[i.imgur.com image 385x278]

bwuahahahahaha - gasp, wheeze - omg, WHAT was THAT from?


Heh....it is from this movie I think. I have never watched the whole thing, just that clip.

The Darwin Awards (2006) 94 min | IMDB
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-28 04:52:34 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: Mr_Fabulous: I have absolutely no idea what the top speed in my car would be.

It's a 6-cylinder, 280-hp Altima 3.5 automatic. Anyone hazard a guess?

Never mind... Car & Driver says it's 140mph. I'll take their word.


Seems kinda low, my 2-liter 4-cyl 201-hp hatchback will hit 138 I think; I'd imagine that you should be able to get more than 140 with all those extra horses, although maybe your Altima just has really crappy aero.
 
2013-02-28 04:53:07 PM  
I went out driving once with a buddy i worked with. He had a Mustang with the 5.0 package. He was an excellent driver, drifting into corners, etc... Asked me if I wanted to drive.

Needless to say, hit a stretch of highway on a non busy early Sat am and opened it up. Got to 140 before i let off the gas. my butt finally unclenched at 80. Holy crap that was fast...

Loved every minute of it!!
 
2013-02-28 04:54:25 PM  
1994 V6 Pontiac Grand Am would go 120.  I did this as an idiot kid on a road I was very aware a previous idiot kid had died on whilst speeding. the worst part wasn't getting to 120 it was going from 120 down to 45.
 
2013-02-28 04:55:19 PM  
We just need the right economy hatchback

theawesomer.com

image.internetautoguide.com
 
2013-02-28 04:55:45 PM  

Lucidz: Miata


I had a 99 miata for a time, and really loved it! I'll probably get another at some point. And I test drove the mazdaspeed version. Fast but not incredible. I had someone try to beat my suby sti with one and it was not even a contest.
 
2013-02-28 04:55:58 PM  
Laughing at all the people in this thread responding with something along the lines of "I've done xxxmph in my (whatever)."

How did you get that number?  Off your speedometer?  Yeah, you weren't actually going that fast.

Unless you've specially calibrated your speedometer, verified using GPS, or been trapped via tuned radar, you don't know how fast you were going.  Factory speedometers are not accurate at any speed.  If it indicates 25mph, you're likely doing 23-24mph.  At 55mph indicated, you're likely doing closer to 52mph.  At 100mph, it can be off by nearly 10mph.  Just gets worse from there.

Of course, changing tires or running higher/lower tire pressures can fix this/make it worse.  I managed to get my car closer to reality (GPS and radar verified) by running tires with slightly larger overall diameter and stiffer sidewalls than OEM.  Not that I was trying to do so.  It was just a side-effect of running different-spec tires.  At least now I know if my speedo reads 65mph, I'm doing at least 64mph real-world.
 
2013-02-28 04:56:50 PM  
I always thought the 140 mph speedometer in my Fit was ridiculous. Car and Driver reports a 113 mph electronically-limited top speed in their 2009 test with an automatic (my '10 has the manual). I've taken mine up to 95 and it felt nice and stable, but I backed off before I got to a known speed trap. No cop there, but I wasn't taking chances.
 
2013-02-28 04:58:28 PM  

NightSteel: Bah.  Driveshaft Fail


Video removed. I've seen a similar one on a ~2005 Mustang on a dyno. You can see the shiat hit the fan and the sound is unbelievable.
 
2013-02-28 04:58:55 PM  

Girion47: My hatchback(WRX) tops out at 145 subby.   The STi tops out at 155.


It's electronically limited to 155 by law.
 
2013-02-28 04:58:57 PM  
Do people really sit around waiting for gun and/or car threads so they can steer the subject to penises?
 
2013-02-28 04:59:15 PM  

Kuroshin: Laughing at all the people in this thread responding with something along the lines of "I've done xxxmph in my (whatever)."

How did you get that number?  Off your speedometer?  Yeah, you weren't actually going that fast.

Unless you've specially calibrated your speedometer, verified using GPS, or been trapped via tuned radar, you don't know how fast you were going.  Factory speedometers are not accurate at any speed.  If it indicates 25mph, you're likely doing 23-24mph.  At 55mph indicated, you're likely doing closer to 52mph.  At 100mph, it can be off by nearly 10mph.  Just gets worse from there.

Of course, changing tires or running higher/lower tire pressures can fix this/make it worse.  I managed to get my car closer to reality (GPS and radar verified) by running tires with slightly larger overall diameter and stiffer sidewalls than OEM.  Not that I was trying to do so.  It was just a side-effect of running different-spec tires.  At least now I know if my speedo reads 65mph, I'm doing at least 64mph real-world.


My C5 corvette HUD speedometer was pretty darn accurate.  It read 160 on an interstate.  And when I ran it at the track where I was radar verified, it read 105 and I cut 105 according to radar...  But I get what you're saying.  A lot of these "my honda Civic easily was up to 130" posts smell of the finest, freshest dung!
 
2013-02-28 04:59:15 PM  

Lucidz: Ok, I was a nut hair away from calling you full of BS, because the C4 style corvettes are basically the black sheep of the line, underpowered, and kind of ugly...

But I just looked up the specs on the C4 Zr1.  Holy dog testes, that car was a monster.  I can FULLY believe it would pull that speed off.  Very cool!


; ) Yup. That 32 valve Mercury cum Chevy was actually underrrated at 405hp. Set all kinds of endurance speed records at 175 mph, for hours on end.upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-28 05:02:57 PM  
CSB:

I once got busted doing a bit over 100, in a 30mph zone, on my motorbike. It was night time and I was going about 40 when a pair of headlights belonging to a van came up behind me. I sped up to get the guy off my tail. He sped up and was on my tail again. I sped up. He sped up. Then when the needle ticked past 100 and i started to pull away the van turned on its siren and blue flashing lights.

Me: Ok. You got me. I thought you were tailgating me and was trying to get away.
Cops: LULZ, you're in a world of shiat.
Cop Radio: Paging all units. All units. Code blah blah blah.
Cops: Umm.. We gotta go answer this. Don't do it again.


/wasn't in the US
 
2013-02-28 05:03:46 PM  

loki see loki do: Lucidz: Ok, I was a nut hair away from calling you full of BS, because the C4 style corvettes are basically the black sheep of the line, underpowered, and kind of ugly...

But I just looked up the specs on the C4 Zr1.  Holy dog testes, that car was a monster.  I can FULLY believe it would pull that speed off.  Very cool!

; ) Yup. That 32 valve Mercury cum Chevy was actually underrrated at 405hp. Set all kinds of endurance speed records at 175 mph, for hours on end.[upload.wikimedia.org image 800x600]


Dang.  Was that the actual car in question or is that a google search?  That engine is CLEAN!  My C5 didn't fare as well. (Thanks Florida!)
 
2013-02-28 05:04:03 PM  
My 440 4 speed 70 Roadrunner had a 150 mph speedometer. The six barrels (3 2-barrel carbureators) were long gone before I got the car, but it had a stout Holley 850 double pumper. I got it up to 147 and that's when I realized that flat front bumper on the Roadrunners, unlike the Superbirds, shoveled the air under the car in large masses. The steering wheel felt like the front tires were barely touching the ground. I eased out of it and from then on saved my speed for short quartermile bursts.
 
2013-02-28 05:04:06 PM  
earthworm2.0:
I call shenanigans. I repeatedly buy 90-95 model Ford escorts, one wagon with slushbox, two manuals, one lx, one ex. All had the 1.9 engine. I bought them specifically for the Mazda motors. You were lucky to get the wagon above 85. There's no way you got it to 140. You may have wished, or ate too much LSD, but it didn't happen in reality.

You sound jealous.
 
2013-02-28 05:05:09 PM  
Have to LOL at the author of that article, not for some of the obvious things, but for this:

The Yaris got its 140 mph speedometer in a redesign for the 2012 model year, giving it the same top reading as the original 1953 Chevrolet Corvette sports car.

Um, the 1953 Corvette had a top speed of 105mph, so even 60 years ago they did the EXACT SAME THING as this article is talking about.

And hate to break it to them, but that Yaris today is faster from 0-60mph, faster to the 1/4 mile and has a higher top speed than that Corvette.  And, it handles better.  Just saying, since they chose such a lame example "sports car" for an example.

Here are some boobies for no reason:
www.vettetube.com
www.allfordmustangs.com
www.corvette-cars.nl
firsttraderegistry.com
 
2013-02-28 05:09:08 PM  

Evil High Priest: It's electronically limited to 155 by law.


There is no Western jurisdiction I am aware of that has a 155 mph (250 kph) limit by law. (Applying to regular passenger vehicles)

This number originally came into being under the German Gentlemen's Agreement. You can now purchase Mercedes and BMW vehicles in the USA with the speed limiter disabled by the factory for a price but the agreement is still generally adhered to.
 
2013-02-28 05:11:47 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I don't think my Jeep would break 100 in free fall


Average weight: about 1700kgs.  Fark it, physics says you only need to be about 50 meters in the air to reach 100mph, no matter what it weighs.
 
2013-02-28 05:13:07 PM  
screw you, subby. My MCS goes 145 just fine.

/tried it once. behind a corvette. would not do it again.
 
2013-02-28 05:13:55 PM  

dittybopper: nekom: This is new to anyone?  I can't remember the last time I owned a car in which I could `bury the needle'

Only vehicle I ever owned where I could bury the needle was a motorcycle.  It had one of those stupid 85 MPH speedometers.

I once wound it out all the way until it wouldn't go any faster, noted the RPMs, then went back home, measured the actual circumference of my rear tire, and went through the gear ratios to come up with top speed.  It was about 115 MPH.

/Math works, biatches.


I would be willing to bet a large amount of money that the "effective" circumference at 85+ mph is significantly different than at rest or rolling along a tape measure on your driveway.
 
2013-02-28 05:15:12 PM  
LOL, that  Joan Claybrook is such an authoritarian harpy!
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"To have a car register any more than the maximum speed limit is really a statement by the company: Drive faster. It's OK," she said. "It's encouraging people to violate the law."
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Hey Joan, why don't you fark off and let us make our own decisions. Who the hell elected you boss of the spedometers?
 
2013-02-28 05:15:34 PM  

Evil High Priest: Girion47: My hatchback(WRX) tops out at 145 subby.   The STi tops out at 155.

It's electronically limited to 155 by law.


ah well, a Cobb AP or Tactrix will fix that.
 
2013-02-28 05:15:46 PM  
Car reviewers get to cruise around Europe in a brand new ZR1, including taking it 200 MPH on the Autobahn. Best damned job in the world.
 
2013-02-28 05:16:37 PM  

Shan: MrBallou: CSB day: I once got my 1987 Subaru GL (97 HP 1.2 L, IIRC) up to 98 mph. Barely, on a long stretch of downhill Interstate highway. I was trying for 100 but failed. Almost shook the thing to pieces.

/OK, not that cool.

I currently have an 84 Brat GL that I'm restoring. I love it.

Actually I'm dropping the motor off next week to have it be rebuilt. 287,000 miles on the original motor and trans.


There's a market for restored Subaru Brat's?  Who knew?
 
2013-02-28 05:18:04 PM  
Many, many, many, many, many, many moons ago, I think along this road (map), me and a buddy got his Dad's stock Ford LTD up to 120 mph (or around that). It was well after midnight and at that time, it was all farmland back then (late 70s) - not a person in sight. I think the thing had a 351 in it.

Burned a half tank of gas and overheated that turd of a car on just those couple of runs.

storm.oldcarmanualproject.com
 
2013-02-28 05:18:31 PM  

Girion47: Evil High Priest: Girion47: My hatchback(WRX) tops out at 145 subby.   The STi tops out at 155.

It's electronically limited to 155 by law.

ah well, a Cobb AP or Tactrix will fix that.


And before you argue it.

Straight from Cobb:

It depends on the car and the map installed, but for our 2011 STI stage 1 and stage 2 OTS maps, the throttle-based limiter is raised to 186 mph. If you could possibly exceed this speed, you could always request the free copy of AccessTUNER Race after you purchase the AccessPORT v2 and change it to whatever you wish!
 
2013-02-28 05:19:19 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: It would be nice to have a little audio warning if you go above a certain limit (perhaps settable by the driver).  I once unintentionally went over 90 on a California freeway because it was: 1. smooth (no feel of road going by like Michigan's famously messed-up roads) and 2. the road was empty (2am).  I glanced down, thinking I was going maybe 72, and was shocked.


They used to.  My grandfather's Buick had one.  Was annoying as hell.
 
2013-02-28 05:19:33 PM  

ricewater_stool: NightSteel: Bah.  Driveshaft Fail

Video removed. I've seen a similar one on a ~2005 Mustang on a dyno. You can see the shiat hit the fan and the sound is unbelievable.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZXBjVIrR08 -- This one should work.  You don't get to see the damage, but you sure hear it.
 
2013-02-28 05:21:27 PM  
My speedometer is completely digital.  It could actually get to 999mph.
 
2013-02-28 05:21:40 PM  

ggecko: Have to LOL at the author of that article, not for some of the obvious things, but for this:

The Yaris got its 140 mph speedometer in a redesign for the 2012 model year, giving it the same top reading as the original 1953 Chevrolet Corvette sports car.

Um, the 1953 Corvette had a top speed of 105mph, so even 60 years ago they did the EXACT SAME THING as this article is talking about.

And hate to break it to them, but that Yaris today is faster from 0-60mph, faster to the 1/4 mile and has a higher top speed than that Corvette.  And, it handles better.  Just saying, since they chose such a lame example "sports car" for an example.

Here are some boobies for no reason:
[www.vettetube.com image 570x758]
[www.allfordmustangs.com image 629x800]
[www.corvette-cars.nl image 850x637]
[firsttraderegistry.com image 850x637]


A. Of all the cars you post, you leave the C5 off but the C4 in?  WTF.
B. Got a stingray sitting in the garage right now. (Ok its behind the garage)
C. In every pic, I'd take the car over the girl.  Even the damn C4... After all, you can use the car's seat and not get an STD.  And if you take care of them, the cars age better too.
 
2013-02-28 05:22:59 PM  
I had a '84 Plymouth Horizon back in the mid '90's. I was running late for work cruising down a county road with a 55MPH speed limit. I didn't care, so I let the hammer down. She did every bit of the 85MPH the speedometer had then noticed a county sheriff coming my way. I slowed down carefully to not loose control. He turned on his lights and I just pulled over to wait for him. He spun around and pulled in behind me. Approaching the car he was shaking his head and said, "I didn't know these things could go that fast!" He gave me a ticket that was for only 10 over the limit and said he would be keeping his eye out for me. Worst part was admitting I was late for work. He had me sitting there for 20 minutes while running my licence and writing the ticket.
 
2013-02-28 05:23:03 PM  
Man this thread could have had much more Top Gear references in it.

I am Disappoint
 
2013-02-28 05:24:12 PM  

walkerhound: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I don't think my Jeep would break 100 in free fall

Average weight: about 1700kgs.  Fark it, physics says you only need to be about 50 meters in the air to reach 100mph, no matter what it weighs.


And thank you for taking that seriously

/*facepalm*
 
2013-02-28 05:25:46 PM  
Danny:Drive faster
 
2013-02-28 05:26:14 PM  
Since I'm posting from a location about 20 minutes from the Vette Assembly plant, I'm getting a kick out of all this Vette talk.

I knew a dude in rural OH years ago.  He did body work from his home shop. And in that shop were TWO Panteras, and in his attached garage, a damn ZR-1.  I always thought that was so odd.
 
2013-02-28 05:26:38 PM  
Danny:  Drive faster!

Terminator:   This is the vehicle's top speed

pics.imcdb.org
 
2013-02-28 05:27:49 PM  
I love how it's devolved into talking about vettes when the title references hatchbacks.
 
2013-02-28 05:27:59 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: walkerhound: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I don't think my Jeep would break 100 in free fall

Average weight: about 1700kgs.  Fark it, physics says you only need to be about 50 meters in the air to reach 100mph, no matter what it weighs.

And thank you for taking that seriously

/*facepalm*


I only mention it because I was curious, and it's been a while since I've had any physics.  My '81 hits 75 downhill with a tailwind, but I don't think it's physically possible to go any faster.  Too much Fair
 
2013-02-28 05:30:58 PM  
I did 110 in my '94 Accord once many many years ago and it felt like the car was hovering above the road about to take off. Wasn't really for me.

In like '08 I picked up a CBR and that thing hit 156mph with seemingly little effort. But it was a ridiculous combination of exhilarating and downright terrifying, and once was enough. I never ventured above 125 again, and very rarely over 90. Those guys who ride the Isle of Man TT have my utmost respect. Sheer absurdity.
 
2013-02-28 05:31:21 PM  

homelessdude: Many, many, many, many, many, many moons ago, I think along this road (map), me and a buddy got his Dad's stock Ford LTD up to 120 mph (or around that). It was well after midnight and at that time, it was all farmland back then (late 70s) - not a person in sight. I think the thing had a 351 in it.

Burned a half tank of gas and overheated that turd of a car on just those couple of runs.


I had a ex cop ltd that would bury the speedo (think it was 125 if I remember right) while still in second i think the rated drag limited top speed was 158 or so. Whatever it was I hit it while running from a cop that blown past at like 115. The cop version had an absurd axle gear where 2nd in it was about like 3rd in a non cop ltd.

The fastest Ive been on 2 wheels was on one of dads race bikes. One of dads friends thought his 'busa could outrun dads race bike... it couldnt.
 
2013-02-28 05:31:48 PM  

slykens1: Evil High Priest: It's electronically limited to 155 by law.

There is no Western jurisdiction I am aware of that has a 155 mph (250 kph) limit by law. (Applying to regular passenger vehicles)

This number originally came into being under the German Gentlemen's Agreement. You can now purchase Mercedes and BMW vehicles in the USA with the speed limiter disabled by the factory for a price but the agreement is still generally adhered to.



Has nothing to do with speed limits of gentleman's agreements.  Legally, it has to do with tire ratings.

H rated = 130 MPH, V = 149, W = 168, Y = 186, and a Z rating simply means over 149.  Cars with out limiters will come from the factory with Z rated tires.  Of course the factory can limit the car to whatever they want, as long as its under the speed rating of the tire.  For instance, the LS1 powered 4th gen F-bodies were limited to 160 MPH even with Z rated tires simply because GM did not want them to compete with their flagship, the corvette.  The police version was not speed limited, and was capable of 170+ off the showroom floor.  Likewise the corvette was rated at ~ 30 horsepower more, but the f-bodies and corvettes dyno within a handful of horsepower of one another.  Its purely marketing.
 
2013-02-28 05:32:52 PM  
1982 AMC Concord Speedo stopped at 85, it may have hit that
1989 chevy singlcab shotbed truck with a 5.7l engine, it hit the 85 mph top speed, then the speedometer flipped over and kept going, no idea what the real topspeed was,
1982 montecarlo with a shiatty v8, it couldn't get out of it's own way
89 Mecruy sable wago, never tried to see how fast it went
95 Chevy venture, tops out at 107 i forget speedo numbers
2005 Buick Lesabre top speed was 107 speedo said it could go to 120+(i forget the real value)
2011 Chevy Cruze, so far I've only hit 100, i'll look at the speedo when i get in it later
 
2013-02-28 05:33:00 PM  

Kuroshin: Laughing at all the people in this thread responding with something along the lines of "I've done xxxmph in my (whatever)."

How did you get that number?  Off your speedometer?  Yeah, you weren't actually going that fast.

Unless you've specially calibrated your speedometer, verified using GPS, or been trapped via tuned radar, you don't know how fast you were going.  Factory speedometers are not accurate at any speed.  If it indicates 25mph, you're likely doing 23-24mph.  At 55mph indicated, you're likely doing closer to 52mph.  At 100mph, it can be off by nearly 10mph.  Just gets worse from there.

Of course, changing tires or running higher/lower tire pressures can fix this/make it worse.  I managed to get my car closer to reality (GPS and radar verified) by running tires with slightly larger overall diameter and stiffer sidewalls than OEM.  Not that I was trying to do so.  It was just a side-effect of running different-spec tires.  At least now I know if my speedo reads 65mph, I'm doing at least 64mph real-world.


Aww, so the cop who pulled me over for doing 105 in a 85 Ford Tempo was wrong? Yeah I know who knew a Ford Tempo 4 cylinder could do 105 mile an hour. That car died a fiery death a short while latter.
 
2013-02-28 05:33:39 PM  
Top Gear sux.....watch this instead

http://www.youtube.com/user/drive?feature=watch
 
2013-02-28 05:34:57 PM  
When I graduated college I bought a 2001 Mustang GT and it was the first non-4cylinder car I had owned. It was a rush having a car that would actually go faster when I stepped on the accelerator rather than just have the valves knock louder. So the first weekend I had it I got it up to 130 before I lost nerve and slowed down. My 2013 Mustang GT has twice the horsepower but never broke 90 if that in it. I guess you get wiser as you get older.
 
2013-02-28 05:35:55 PM  

homelessdude: Many, many, many, many, many, many moons ago, I think along this road (map), me and a buddy got his Dad's stock Ford LTD up to 120 mph (or around that). It was well after midnight and at that time, it was all farmland back then (late 70s) - not a person in sight. I think the thing had a 351 in it.

Burned a half tank of gas and overheated that turd of a car on just those couple of runs.

[storm.oldcarmanualproject.com image 420x348]


Actually that is an LTD II in the picture.  Mine was a '78, and it had a 5.7 liter V8 which makes it a 352 I think.  Loved that car, it was a nice boulevard cruiser.  Great on long road trips too.
 
2013-02-28 05:36:56 PM  
earthworm2.0:

I call shenanigans. I repeatedly buy 90-95 model Ford escorts, one wagon with slushbox, two manuals, one lx, one ex. All had the 1.9 engine. I bought them specifically for the Mazda motors. You were lucky to get the wagon above 85. There's no way you got it to 140. You may have wished, or ate too much LSD, but it didn't happen in reality.

I used to have an old Escort in about that range (probably a 90, give or take) that could handle about 110 without problem.  This is more or less verifiable, since I could get from Grand Rapids to Brighton in just under an hour.  Used to make the trip about once a week, with fairly similar times.

/these are the advantages of being young and stupid
//also, there was a girl at the other end of that trip, therefore ...
 
2013-02-28 05:37:41 PM  

endosymbiont: My Accord had a governor at 114. As soon as the needle went up to 115, you could hear and feel the engine lose gas or power. The needle would drop back to 114 and the engine would be driving again. Totally annoying. That was in Eastern Oregon.

Later, I had a 530i that I got up to about 126 in western Kansas/ OK panhandle area. I lost my nerve at about that speed. Spent most of the day after that at about 100.


having driven in the eastern part of Kansas and Oklahoma, i imagine the roads don't feel safe for exceeding the speedlimit in the west parts either