That’s it. I’m done.

For far too long car manufacturers have been using misleading speedometers that lie about top speeds and I am sick of it. You know what I’m talking about: speedometers that promise a cheque the car cannot cash.

Take the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport for instance. Its speedo runs to 500km/h, however, it’s limited to a pathetic 350km/h. What is the point?

I’m tired of the deceit and I’m demanding justice.

As far as I’m concerned, these companies can take their thrown of lies and shove it up their–

–Woah. Steady there, cowboy.

Sorry, I got a little carried away there.

Evidently. Though this seems like an issue that only affects cars with analogue read-outs.

Well, yes. I suppose that’s right.

You sure this isn’t a personal vendetta?

Admittedly, it does hit a little close to home.

My Kia Picanto’s speedo tops out at a lofty 220km/h. With a 1.2 litre 4-cylinder that churns out a measly 62kW, it can barely muster half that speed. And thank goodness for that. Traveling 220km/h in a Picanto would be utterly terrifying.

The only time a Picanto would reach the double ton is if it was driven off a sizable cliff; something I consider doing every time I floor the accelerator in mine.

Why do manufacturers do this?

The whole thing reeks of marketing hogwash. A sham set up so that when Rosalind from Dandenong test drives the new Toyota Corolla and sees 240km/h on the speedo she thinks, “Wow, I’m piloting a low-flying aircraft. How exotic!” No, Rosalind, you’re not.

Does speed actually sell? I’m not convinced.

When it comes to performance cars, maybe it does. Though it still reeks of try-hard. Imagine attempting a top-speed run in your AUD$5+ million Chiron Pur Sport only to find you can’t get within 150km/h of the top end of the dial. I’d feel robbed.

Speedgate must be stopped.


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