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Volvo will limit the top speed of all its vehicles to 180 km/h

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Volvo will limit the top speed of all its vehicles to 180 km/h

I don't necessarily think this is a bad thing (although I have to admit that years ago, I took my V70R to about 230 km/h on the Shannonville Track and I've drive over 180 km/h on empty highways (when speeding tickets weren't nearly as expensive))

https://driving.ca/volvo/auto-news/news ... o-180-km-h

(Now I'm old and drive an EV and pretty much don't drive any faster than 115 km/h (and I live close to a section of HWY417 that has a limit of 110 km/h))
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That's good. All other brands should follow.
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Realistically it makes no difference in Canada, or anywhere else in the world for that matter. Only place it truly makes a difference is Germany or the very few other place in the world that have no speed limit in certain sections of their roads

Also, the article seems to be for Canada specifically, but i'm willing to bet that for German spec cars, they won't be limited to 180
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Half-baked idea. If they were serious, they would limit the speed to +10% (maybe 20%?) the speed limit on highways (i.e. 110 km/h to 120 km/h). Limiting speed to 180 km/h accomplishes what, exactly?
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Micelli_Illuminatti wrote: Half-baked idea. If they were serious, they would limit the speed to +10% (maybe 20%?) the speed limit on highways (i.e. 110 km/h to 120 km/h). Limiting speed to 180 km/h accomplishes what, exactly?
If gov't didn't miss the loss of ticket revenue, they would make it law to limit cars to 110-120kph. Just like they did for semi trucks.
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Was considering a Volvo or Polestar eventually, but this move leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Hopefully it can be disabled as an option. I will probably never exceed that speed, but having freedoms taken away will just set the bar lower for the next manufacturer or government to mandate limiters
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michelb wrote: I don't necessarily think this is a bad thing (although I have to admit that years ago, I took my V70R to about 230 km/h on the Shannonville Track and I've drive over 180 km/h on empty highways (when speeding tickets weren't nearly as expensive))

https://driving.ca/volvo/auto-news/news ... o-180-km-h

(Now I'm old and drive an EV and pretty much don't drive any faster than 115 km/h (and I live close to a section of HWY417 that has a limit of 110 km/h))
Sorry but I call BS doing 230km/h on Shannonville in a V70R LOLOLOL
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engineered wrote: If gov't didn't miss the loss of ticket revenue, they would make it law to limit cars to 110-120kph. Just like they did for semi trucks.
I can tell you that truckers HATE them and I would argue that they aren't always that safe. In Ontario (and Quebec I believe - probably other provinces as well), trucks are required by law to have electronic limiters to 105 km/h. The problem is that with them, it's very hard and takes a significant amount of time and space to pass another vehicle going 98 km/h and this, IMHO, makes it less safe and disrupts the flow of traffic.
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Traveling the 401 and QEW frequently I see semis doing ~120 (+ at times!) These 'limiters' aren't working on lots.
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This is all just a PR stunt by Volvo. Does anyone really buy Volvo for its performance and in general, does anyone even buy Volvo's anymore? Merc, Audi, BMW, Genesis all have better competing cars in every segment.
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EP32k2 wrote: Sorry but I call BS doing 230km/h on Shannonville in a V70R LOLOLOL
Yea, unless the Volva has 1000hp maybe, lol. A C7 Z06 does about 205kph on the Shannonville straight and a superbike about 220kph.
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IcarusLSC wrote: Traveling the 401 and QEW frequently I see semis doing ~120 (+ at times!) These 'limiters' aren't working on lots.
Out of province trucks perhaps? Or just cheaters.
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engineered wrote: Yea, unless the Volva has 1000hp maybe, lol. A C7 Z06 does about 205kph. A superbike about 220kph.
V70 is just shy of 300hp and a pig with a curb weight of just under 4000lbs and a top speed of 155mph or 250 km/h. Of course 260 on shanny happened!!!
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I don't understand why they're limiting all their cars. Like Polestar is supposed to be their "high performance" part of Volvo right? Why would you limit people who would want to take the thing on the track and just let her rip. I like Volvo designs (powertrain less so) and while I wasn't in the market for a new car anytime soon Volvo certainly put themselves another notch down on the list for me.
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engineered wrote: Yea, unless the Volva has 1000hp maybe, lol. A C7 Z06 does about 205kph. A superbike about 220kph.
Uhhh, what? Non-superbikes can break that speed.

I think you also may have meant to say mph, not kph for the C7 Z06 ;)
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ReadAllTheDeals wrote: Uhhh, what? Non-superbikes can break that speed.

I think you also may have meant to say mph, not kph for the C7 Z06 ;)
On shannonville's short straight?
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