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Your Speedometer Is Lying To You, How Fast Can Your Car Really Go

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When you get in your car and look at your speedometer, what is the top speed your car can do? 150, 160, 200? Yeah, right!!! Did you know your car will never go as fast as the top speed it says it can go?

It’s actually because of American Culture. We want to go fast, so car makers have been making speedometers that have top speeds that we will never achieve.When people are looking at cars, if they go fast they appear sportier.

People shopping for a new ride also think a car is stronger and gets better gas mileage if it is a high top speed but “responsible”, what ever that means.

According to Fox news, “You reach a point where it becomes ridiculous,” says Larry Dominique, a former Nissan product chief who now is executive vice president of the TrueCar.com auto pricing website. “Eighty percent plus of the cars on the road are not designed for and will not go over 110 mph.”

Next time you look down and think, I can take this guy. Think again, your car might beat your grandma, but it isn’t ready to take on NASCAR yet.

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