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Most German cars are limited to 155 mph, out of deference to the environment. And it’s kind of the only place that it matters since the Autobahn is so unique. Indeed, it’s the only place where it really matters that Volvo has limited its cars’ top speed to 180 kph (112 mph). And already, ze Germans have decided to defeat the limiter.
Volvo announced in May that it would install a top speed limiter to all of its vehicles that would prevent them from exceeding 112 mph. Germany’s Heico Sportiv, though, has used its software suite—which it normally uses to squeeze a few more horsepower out of an engine—to defeat the speed limiter.
According to the tuners, that means that the speed of the Volvo can be increased by anywhere from 18 to 43 mph. That means that on a car like S60 T8 Polestar, you can get a top speed of 155 mph.
The speed limitation was introduced as a safety measure by Volvo. The company, obsessed with safety, reasoned that 112 mph was faster enough than any speed limit that no reasonable road user would feel impeded.
The reasoning for this being that above certain speeds, there’s no way to make a car safe.
“The problem with speeding is that above certain speeds, in-car safety technology and smart infrastructure design are no longer enough to avoid severe injuries and fatalities in the event of an accident,” the company wrote in a statement in May. “This is why speed limits are in place in most western countries, yet speeding remains ubiquitous and one of the most common reasons for fatalities in traffic. Millions of people still get speeding tickets every year.”