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      05-22-2020 01:49 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by AZGolf View Post
      A 112mph limiter is a whole lot more innocuous than the GPS-enabled speed limiters that monitored your every move and prevented you from speeding at all, anywhere. This certainly wouldn't reduce my desire to buy a Volvo one iota if I was in the market for one. 112/180 is very fast in any country and a reasonable limiter for a company that built its reputation on safety.
      I think this is the key, their target demographic probably likes the idea of this, and given their history it fits with their identity. I however do not agree that it is "very fast," but that's just, like, my opinion man.

      Quote Originally Posted by Pnuu View Post
      Okay.

      I can't even remember the last time any of my cars saw 90 on the speedo. I have zero desire to go that fast.
      I do not mean this negatively, but if your listed cars are accurate, I don't blame you. When I drive my mother's Q5 I'm a grandma compared to myself normally. There is something about sitting in a raised up vehicle that relaxes my driving style. That said, I see 90 on most every on ramp I get the chance.

      Quote Originally Posted by whitejeep1989 View Post
      I'm not sure why this announcement has made anyone angry.
      112 MPH is plenty for most countries, and certainly illegal for the United States.
      I doubt if anyone is taking their XC90s down to the local drag strip, but if you are dragging or auto-Xing your Volvo CUV, I'm sure there will be trackday work arounds.
      Exactly the bolded part, while I think Volvo's newest cars look great, are well appointed, and ride nicely, they offer nothing that would bring me in as a buying customer. This move does nothing to make me think less of them. I wasn't the target to begin with. The soccer mom crowds that are the primary buyers of these vehicles will never even see 100 anyways.
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      05-22-2020 01:55 PM #27
      You guys are boring. I'm against this move. Cars are appliances, volvos are for boring people who don't care etc etc. This basically prevents the idea of an interesting Volvo slipping out of some internal skunkworks ever again.
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      05-22-2020 02:00 PM #28
      I hit, according to the speedo, about 115 in my Jeep last weekend on a backroad. That was scary fast, but also shocking how quickly it got there for a garden shed.

      I was also on a Honda Rancher ATV and it was annoying because the limiter is 50 and I kept hanging off of it, took some effort to cruise as fast as possible without hitting the limit.
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      05-22-2020 02:11 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by The_Real_Stack View Post
      I hit, according to the speedo, about 115 in my Jeep last weekend on a backroad. That was scary fast, but also shocking how quickly it got there for a garden shed.
      Really?

      My car takes a solid 12-13 seconds to get to 115 from a stop at full rip, I imagine a Jeep is like 20 seconds or more. I don't even think I have ever had our Jeep over about 85.

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      05-22-2020 02:12 PM #30
      I've bumped into the 115ish limiter in our Corolla a couple of times. I don't normally go over 85 but it is nice to have a little headroom. Several years ago, I got stuck behind an older F-150 pacing a semi for about 30 miles, doing 68-71 and matching the semi's speed exactly so no one could get by.

      I just wanted to go 78 with the cruise on so when we got to a major interchange, I swung over to the far right into a merge lane, slingshotted around the semi at about 90 MPH and smoothly changed in front of the rolling roadblock. Of course the F-150 was now about a foot off my bumper with the high beams on so I decided to let him rage out at his 99 MPH speed limiter for awhile instead of me.

      Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Russells View Post
      Really?

      My car takes a solid 12-13 seconds to get to 115 from a stop at full rip, I imagine a Jeep is like 20 seconds or more. I don't even think I have ever had our Jeep over about 85.
      A rental Chrysler Town and Country with the same engine will go from 80-113 MPH much quicker than I expected.
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      05-22-2020 02:23 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Russells View Post
      Really?

      My car takes a solid 12-13 seconds to get to 115 from a stop at full rip, I imagine a Jeep is like 20 seconds or more. I don't even think I have ever had our Jeep over about 85.
      I was cruising at like 80 already, I just goosed it up to 110+. And I didn’t say it was fast, just faster than I expected.
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      05-22-2020 02:39 PM #32
      To be dat crazy guy.......

      Hope this doesn't turn into the slippery slope, adopted across platforms, watered down to 100, then 85 and...GPS monitoring...vehicle black boxes...all in the name " WILL SOMEONE THINK OF THE GOD DAM CHILDREN!" As I say, "Don't worry Karen, I'm sure you'll pop out 2.6 more if you lose one". It's "Plausible" (Thanks Mythbusters) given any insurance rates, government incentives, tax breaks for Volvo may set a stage that gives an unfair advantage that makes others fall inline. The problem isn't necessarily 112mph...it's when it drops below & followed up with x, y & z.

      Unfortunately everything I've stated isn't even absurd or beyond any means, hell, the possibility of that technology happening is...today.
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      05-22-2020 02:41 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by turbo_nine View Post
      Drag limited to 118 km/h?
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      05-22-2020 02:46 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by The A1 and A2 German View Post
      To be dat crazy guy.......

      Hope this doesn't turn into the slippery slope, adopted across platforms, watered down to 100, then 85 and...GPS monitoring...vehicle black boxes...all in the name " WILL SOMEONE THINK OF THE GOD DAM CHILDREN!" As I say, "Don't worry Karen, I'm sure you'll pop out 2.6 more if you lose one". It's "Plausible" (Thanks Mythbusters) given any insurance rates, government incentives, tax breaks for Volvo may set a stage that gives an unfair advantage that makes others fall inline. The problem isn't necessarily 112mph...it's when it drops below & followed up with x, y & z.

      Unfortunately everything I've stated isn't even absurd or beyond any means, hell, the possibility of that technology happening is...today.

      Yes that's coming, but probably not in that format: the more likely scenario is elimination of the human driver, at which point algorithms will determine speed based upon traffic, road surface conditions, distance, "fuel" economy (assuming we're still using fueled vehicle), etc. -- and vehicles will be fully connected at all times for over the air updates, location data with directions, etc.

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      05-22-2020 03:33 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by The_Real_Stack View Post
      I was cruising at like 80 already, I just goosed it up to 110+. And I didn’t say it was fast, just faster than I expected.
      ahh ok that makes sense. Our Jeep feels like it's going to fall apart at 80 lol but I imagine the JL is probably a bit more refined.

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      05-22-2020 05:05 PM #36
      I can't remember the last time I drove my Volvo that I didn't go over 180 km/h if given the chance. Oh well, guess they didn't any more business from me anyway.
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    13. 05-22-2020 05:12 PM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by The A1 and A2 German View Post
      To be dat crazy guy.......

      Hope this doesn't turn into the slippery slope, adopted across platforms, watered down to 100, then 85 and...GPS monitoring...vehicle black boxes...all in the name " WILL SOMEONE THINK OF THE GOD DAM CHILDREN!" As I say, "Don't worry Karen, I'm sure you'll pop out 2.6 more if you lose one". It's "Plausible" (Thanks Mythbusters) given any insurance rates, government incentives, tax breaks for Volvo may set a stage that gives an unfair advantage that makes others fall inline. The problem isn't necessarily 112mph...it's when it drops below & followed up with x, y & z.

      Unfortunately everything I've stated isn't even absurd or beyond any means, hell, the possibility of that technology happening is...today.
      Lots and lots of vehicles, particularly trucks, are already limited to that speed or lower, and have been for years. Often it has to do with the speed rating of the tires that the vehicle is originally equipped with, but equally, something that big and that heavy really has no business going that fast.

      Random google search turns up that a late model Ford F250 Super Duty is evidently limited to 95 mph = 152 km/h, and I don't find that surprising due to tires, handling, brakes, etc. https://forscan.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6040

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      05-22-2020 05:44 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by The_Real_Stack View Post
      I was cruising at like 80 already, I just goosed it up to 110+. And I didn’t say it was fast, just faster than I expected.
      FWIW, the Wrangler unlimited is good for around 6.5 seconds to 60 and runs the quarter between 15-16 seconds depending on who's driving it.

      For most people that would be a "quick" car.

      As far as Volvo doing this, I get it. Their image is safety, and for 99% of their owners, 100MPH is going to be the north end of any speed they ever go.
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    15. 05-22-2020 06:03 PM #39
      Pre-COVID-19, the usual I-45 run DFW to Houston, plus the I-35 drive to Austin (south of Waxahachie especially) would find you in traffic moving with great alacrity. If you're going the speed limit (75, meaning people drive 85-90), you're getting passed frequently. It wasn't unusual to see drivers moving right along at 90-95-100 in their inter-county commutes.

      My LEO relatives report traffic now is moving apace at extra-legal speeds throughout the state, as they have quietly and substantially reduced speed enforcement to avoid contact with the public... What with the heat staying off the roads and traffic reduced to a third or less of usual volume, the four hour, ~250 mile trek to in-city-traffic-hell Houston is definitely doable under three hours... And the three-hour, ~215 mile leisurely commute to the Hill country is probably closer to just a hair over a two-hour blast. Wouldn't surprise me a bit...

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      05-22-2020 06:03 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by bzcat View Post
      Because freedom!

      Your question is like asking why there are people angry with quarantine and wearing a face mask during a pandemic.
      Certainly.

      The same people arguing against what I think is a very generous speed governor are probably the same people that would fight for their "right" to drive drunk.

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      05-22-2020 06:08 PM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Russells View Post
      ahh ok that makes sense. Our Jeep feels like it's going to fall apart at 80 lol but I imagine the JL is probably a bit more refined.
      My last JKU was a 4 door hardtop, and it hit 80 MPH rather easily and without much NVH or fuss.
      It was the thought of having to suddenly stop or make an emergency maneuver at those speeds (or much slower) that had me concerned.

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      05-22-2020 07:24 PM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by boogetyboogety View Post
      My LEO relatives report traffic now is moving apace at extra-legal speeds throughout the state, as they have quietly and substantially reduced speed enforcement to avoid contact with the public...
      It’s the opposite in my area of the country. Police are making a big deal on social media about all the felony speeders they’re catching for reckless driving.

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      05-22-2020 08:22 PM #43
      NJ Turnpike avg speed has been between 90-120 mph for the past few months and everybody is doing fine. Unfortunately, this is over since the traffic has gotten thicccer (but not as bad as usual). There haven't been any crazy accidents and nobody has gotten killed. Most people know how NJ Turnpike is and they know to drive (except out of staters). Kinda interesting observation (I'm on NJ turnpike every single day)
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      05-22-2020 09:31 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by SebTheDJ View Post
      NJ Turnpike avg speed has been between 90-120 mph for the past few months and everybody is doing fine. Unfortunately, this is over since the traffic has gotten thicccer (but not as bad as usual). There haven't been any crazy accidents and nobody has gotten killed. Most people know how NJ Turnpike is and they know to drive (except out of staters). Kinda interesting observation (I'm on NJ turnpike every single day)
      Fatal crashes are steady or up in many places despite significantly less traffic and fewer vehicle miles traveled. My local news hasn’t stopped reporting all the crazy crashes in my area.

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      05-23-2020 03:15 AM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by whitejeep1989 View Post
      Certainly.

      The same people arguing against what I think is a very generous speed governor are probably the same people that would fight for their "right" to drive drunk.
      Yeah, because driving at speeds well within the limits of the vehicle is the same as operating a vehicle when impaired.
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      05-23-2020 06:28 AM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by whitejeep1989 View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by bzcat View Post
      Because freedom!

      Your question is like asking why there are people angry with quarantine and wearing a face mask during a pandemic. <img src="https://www.vwvortex.com/Anthony/Smilies/peace.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Peace" class="inlineimg" />
      Certainly. <img src="https://www.vwvortex.com/Anthony/Smilies/biggrin_upper.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin Animated" class="inlineimg" />

      The same people arguing against what I think is a very generous speed governor are probably the same people that would fight for their "right" to drive drunk.
      I can be in Germany in less than two hours. I’d like to use that $70,000 400hp+ to its fullest potential.

      WTF are you two going on about?
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      05-23-2020 07:38 AM #47
      I don’t necessarily want to go 113 mph. I just want to be able to. I’d honestly never know that it was limited unless someone told me. He’ll, my current car could be. I’ve definitely never done over 100 in it.

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      05-23-2020 08:29 AM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by NoDubJustYet View Post
      I can be in Germany in less than two hours. I’d like to use that $70,000 400hp+ to its fullest potential.

      WTF are you two going on about?
      I have no first-hand experience, but between the Greens and traffic congestion, the days of unrestricted autobahn travel are numbered.

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      05-23-2020 08:53 AM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by Pnuu View Post
      Okay.

      I can't even remember the last time any of my cars saw 90 on the speedo. I have zero desire to go that fast.
      Yesterday afternoon, on my way home. And pretty much every day in the morning and in the afternoon during the last few months while all the useless people stayed home instead of clogging up traffic.
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      05-23-2020 08:59 AM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by Kar98 View Post
      Yesterday afternoon, on my way home. And pretty much every day in the morning and in the afternoon during the last few months while all the useless people stayed home instead of clogging up traffic.
      So people staying home are now useless? What a crock of $h!7

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