From: clare on
On Sat, 17 Apr 2010 23:43:46 -0500, russotto(a)
(Matthew Russotto) wrote:

>In article <hq8r0h$ni0$2(a)>,
>Conscience <nobama@gö> wrote:
>>Witness so many good cars not allowed into the U.S. due to top-speed
>>numbers. The RX-8 is a mere shadow of what it could have been.
>As far as I know, there's no statutory or regulatory limitation on top
>speed of a US car.
>>My Bimmer is limited to 155, and the list goes on and on...
>That's a gentleman's agreement between BMW and Mercedes.
There is no statutory limitation, but there is something called
litigation, which is BIG in the USA - so manufacturers 'voluntarily"
limit the performance of their vehicles to what they consider to be
"sane" or "legally defensible" levels of performance - something more
than the top 15 performance drivers in North America could be expected
to handle safely.