Volvo Will Limit All Its New Cars to 112mph, for Your Safety

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    I wonder how this will affect Polestar-optimised cars? I'm guessing it will remove the limiter or at the very least increase it.

    The 112 mph seems a bit weird to me though, I get that 180kph is a nice round number, but still. I wonder if it has to do with 112mph being the absolute highest speed that someone has a certain survival percentage in some kind of crash?
     
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    Will they be equipped with the"temporary override" button as suggested earlier?
     
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    I imagine the percentage of crashes which occur above 112mph is pretty low, as is the number of Volvo drivers who would ever consider driving at that speed in the first place.
     
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    I dunno about you, but IMO 112mph doesn't exactly fit with the "for your safety" slogan... That's still pretty fast, and more than most highway speed limits. (In Croatia, for example, the speed limit on all highways is 130kmh/81mph)
     
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    I suspect that it’s more about manoeuvrability and staying on the road, because I can’t imagine 180kph being a safe crash speed.

    So perhaps the risk of running off the road increases dramatically above 180kph? Things like lift and turn radius go beyond some safety limit...
     
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    That’s my 2005 Volvo V70R getting stored and sold for a fortune in a few years time then
     
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    :lol:
     
  9. Krakenous

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    Well this should be the limit for norms but us speed demons should have the choice of an override especially for performance versions, if this becomes the common thing for new cars.
     
  10. OJT6627

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    If you really want a fast Volvo, just buy one of those turboed 240/242s. They're too old to be fitted with all that GPS crap anyway :lol:
     
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    JDM cars used to have the same speed limiter.
     
  12. WyldAnimal

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    I think this comes from EU regulations.
    didn't they pass a law that ALL cars in the EU have to be limited to 180 kph
    I though I read that somewhere?
     
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    No.
     
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    Having owned a 240 for more than a decade, I wouldn't even consider driving one at 180+ km/h. It already feels like it's taking off at around 140 and doesn't get any better from there on.
     
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    That's what a race race track is for. If many people don't have or live near one, makes no difference to their current situation. Drivers shouldn't be speeding anyway. Right?

    May as well limit cars to about 90mph. Passing speed, depending on country, is probably 75-80 mph(I don't have any actual figures).

    Heck, sensors should disengage, when one is on the autobahnen.
     
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    Just about every police force in the UK uses Volvos as high-speed pursuit and response cars. I wonder how this will affect them.
     
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    Given that police forces generally get custom-prepared machinery for HSP vehicles anyway, I doubt it will affect them much.

    Either that or forces will deploy more BMWs.
     
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    Generally speaking, it differs from force to force - and manufacturer to manufacturer.

    Mitsubishi has a specialist prep unit (which I've been to and actually can't tell you much about even though I wrote about it). BMW tends to supply "police spec" cars which are literally base models - no options at all - for the force to modify to its own standards. I'm not sure what the case with Volvo is.
     
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    That'd be a catastrophe here in Texas.:p

    Highway 130 already has a 85mph limit and it's treated as a free-for-all autobahn. :lol:
     
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    My first thought was Interstate 80 through Nebraska, or any freeway in Michigan... :p

    I figure unrestricted parts of the autobahn (and other unrestricted roads) would be the only rationale for limiting cars to 180km/h in the interest of safety.
     
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    That's awesome. Times have changed. Can only remember 75 mph limit from Orlando to Miami.
     
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    That's quite generous, here we are at 70mph on highways and have been since the 1960's. They have considered raising it to 80mph on account of cars being safer now but as of yet nothing has changed.
     
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    Living in Volvoland for (soon) the past two decades of my life and regurarly finding myself stuck behind one of these sloths...umm I mean Volvo drivers - they just might as well limit their cars to 120km/h and call it a day. It would virtually make no difference.
     
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    I take offense to that! :lol: