The speedometer in most modern automobiles ranges from 0 to 200 mph, which creates an illusion that you can easily achieve a speed of 160 mph on the road. However, unless you are into sports car or can tweak engine for street racing, achieving such speed is impossible regardless of what your speedometer claims.
According to a former Nissan executive Larry Dominique, “Eighty percent of cars on the road are not designed for and will not go over 110 mph.” Also, the tires in a normal vehicle cannot endure over 130 mph speed. Additionally, speed limit laws in most countries, including U.S.A do not allow more than 85 mph on any highway. So why do car companies build models whose speed limit does not match the speedometer range?
It turns out this is a marketing strategy for unsuspecting folks shopping for a new ride. The higher maximum velocities often lead them into implying a stronger engine. Thus, from the marketing perspective, exaggerated speedometers make sense but it can lead to reckless driving which, in turn, can cause severe accidents.
In this regard, many rules were formulated in the past such as speedometers were prohibited from reading 85 mph in 1979. Similarly, President Richard Nixon issued a nationwide speed limit of 55 mph for promotion of fuel efficiency. However, these rules were repealed shortly after.
Did you ever take notice of this little detail in your car?