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Re: Speed Governing- Need your opinion

Vytautas Reipa <vytas@erols.com> sez:
> I would like your opininion regarding the fact that all Audis, BMWs and
> almost all Mercedeses are nowadays speed governed in the US. It makes me
> sick. Take the Audi A8 4.2 Q for example. I visited the European Audi site
> (www.audi.de) a few weeks ago and found out that it had a top speed of
> 155mph. WOW! , I thought, what a great car. Imagine my suprise when I saw
> that the US version was governed to 130. Now 25mph may not make much
> difference since the US still has ridiculous speed limits but the thought
> that the fuel gets shut off at 130mph just because you bought the car in the
> US, angers me.

I believe the problem is that the OE tires are only H speed rated, which
means that, under ideal conditions, they should be able to withstand
sustained speeds of up to 130mph.  

You can hardly blame Audi for being shy of lawyers, given their previous
experiences in the US... I can see the lawsuits now... "But I didn't read
the owners manual - how was I to know that the tires are only rated for
130mph?  The car should have prevented me from exceeding 130mph!"


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