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Fastest Speed You Been In Lowest Powered Car.

Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:10 am

Whats the fastest speed you ever been in a car with a small engine, say 1.5 litre or less ??

For me :-

Fiat Panda / 1.0 / 110mph downhill

Rover 214i / 1.4i / 134mph downhill

Renault Clio / 1.2 / 102mph on flat


So whats yours ??
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:12 am

Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec - 117mph on motorway.

That was cool.
 
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:16 am

My first car:
1974 Ford Pinto at 105 MPH.
It was powed by a 2.3 liter 4cylinder engine rated at only 82HP.


1980 Volkswagen Dasher diesel stationwagon. I took it up to 95MPH.
1.5 liter diesel rated at only 62HP.
Bring back the Concorde
 
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:16 am

Maxed out the speedometer in a small Nissan truck and a Plymouth Voyager. That was probably about 100 MPH.....
 
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:31 am

In a 1967 Austin Mini 850cc - 65 mph.
And that was downhill with a tailwind and pedaling as fast as I could Big grin
 
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:35 am

My friend and I made it up to 115 MPH in his 1991 Chevy Corsica, downhill and in neutral.  Big thumbs up
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:39 am

I have a 1984 Ford Fiesta 0.975L which I can push to 100mph for a few seconds on a downhill stretch of the M25 when Im driving to STN. I have totalled 3 head gaskets so far and it costs a fortune to rebuild the engine every time I do it.
 
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:42 am

The only car I have been in with that low displacement was a rental 2001 Toyota Echo. I was doing about 160 km/h as I missed the rental return place and was almost late for my flight...what a terrible car.
 
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:43 am

VW Polo Coupe (45hp, 1.0 l) - 160 kph/ ~100 mph downhill  Big thumbs up
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:44 am

2002 honda civic lx - 120+ mph on I-10 on our way from LAX to PHX.
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:46 am

250 km/h in a Mercedes S500.
Unfortunately it was not mine.

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Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:54 am

As for me:

90 mph on my previous car, a 1990 Honda Civic LX sedan.

105 mph on my current 1998 Honda Civic HX CVT coupe.
 
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:54 am

about 105 on I-635 in Dallas (between I-35 and DFW Airport) in a 1978 Scirocco (89 cubic inch engine). It wasn't floored either.
 
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 7:05 am

120 in an old Toyota Previa minivan....never thought that riceburner peice of crap could do it...wasn't mine either, just a freind who I was with who needed to get to JAX Intl QUICK  Big thumbs up.

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Fri Feb 06, 2004 7:08 am

197 km/h in a Daihatsu Charade 900 cc !

A very scary experience...

regards, SN-A330
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 7:12 am

Hehe  Laugh out loud Crazy fools

105mph in a 1.1 Rover 100 Metro and 115mph in a 1.4 Rover 214!

Justin  Big thumbs up
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 7:16 am

112mph in a friend's Vauxhall Nova 1.2L, i don't know how he managed it but it was quite fun, up the M1 from Luton to Milton Keynes in 20 minutes!  Big grin
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 7:19 am

Well as I can't drive I shall account for cars I have been a passenger in.
Seen 120mph in a 1.8T passat. Just for fun I'll add the fastest I've seen on a british motorway briefly saw 150mph in an Mitsubishi Evo7 and 135mph in a 911 Carrera 4.
 
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 7:25 am

Highest I had on my speedmeter on flat ground was 165 kph / 99 mph (1 mile is 1.69 km AFAIK) with my VW Polo 45HP / 33kw.
Nothing compared to the BMW tdi I drove in driving school, though. Big grin

Btw, is there an English word for "Steilheck" ???
The Metro might be the Sub(optimal)way
 
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 7:58 am

95mph in an 850cc Hyundi Atoz, (Bag o sh*t!!) the clutch burnt out that same weekend
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 8:11 am

110 MPH in a 1997 Toyota Tercel, nicknamed "Tercules."

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Fri Feb 06, 2004 8:16 am

95 mph in my 4 cyclinder 1999 Chevy Cavalier
 
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 8:46 am

Years ago, 1978 Datsun B210, 110MPH coming downhill out of Joshua Tree National Monument into Twenty Nine Palms, CA. I thought the doors were going to fall off.
 
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 9:05 am

@Superfly:

My first car:
1974 Ford Pinto at 105 MPH.
It was powed by a 2.3 liter 4cylinder engine rated at only 82HP.


At least you probably wouldn't have gotten rear-ended at that speed  Big grin



As for me, about 115mph in my '96 Honda Civic HX. That thing can haul ass on the highway.

I love I-10.
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 10:08 am

110 mph in a 4 cylinder 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS. If you have ever driven an Eclipse then you will know they are slow as shit!

-Delta767300ER

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Fri Feb 06, 2004 2:26 pm

I had a Renault 10, 1.2L (1971 model) when I was in my senior year of high school. While driving to Austin from Dallas for summer orientation at UT, the carb broke such that the car would only run flat out (turned out later that the casting was cracked, dumping raw fuel into the venturi).

I drove it maxed out- about 88 mph - from Waco to Austin.

Later that summer, engine spun bearings in upstate New York, and I sold the car for $10.00 (that's ten dollars)- ouch! Imagine that the 100 miles of flat out running, while raw gas was diluting the oil, probably had a lot to do with it.

Too bad, too sad.

By the way, Superfly, you had a Pinto- I had a Vega (later in college). What gems these were!
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 5:29 pm

I don't think you can get a car in North America with an engine smaller than 1.5L these days.
 
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 5:47 pm

Ive never driven a car with a smaller engine than a 1.9L Diesel, and the fastest speed with that car was 195 km/h (121 mph). The milage that the car got then made me think that I was driving a Mercedes G500.  Nuts
The fastest speed that I have driven with a 2.8L 6 cylinder is 230 km/h (142 mph). I didnt dare to go any faster then. But when my father drove it he pulled it up to 280 km/h (173 mph). (these speeds were reached legally in Germany)
 
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:27 pm

Sccutler:
Oh my Pinto was awesome. It was puke green with a green & yellow plaid interior.  Smokin cool
It was the last year it ran on regular leaded fuel.
Regular fuel was still sold here in 1990 and it was only 88 cents a gallon.
Bring back the Concorde
 
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Fri Feb 06, 2004 10:09 pm

last weekend i pushed a rented VW golf V, 1.6, 55KW/75HP to 115 downhill. then i realised that i had ran over the redline and i slowed down.

incredibly underpowered, though.
 
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Sat Feb 07, 2004 12:23 am

0ver 300 mph in a military M-151 jeep.

It was strapped down in the back of a C-130 at the time and was more comfortable than the canvas troop seats.

Otherwise 55 mph on a 48cc Ducati POS.
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Sat Feb 07, 2004 12:33 am

Rabenschlag,

I hope that was 115 mph! Big grin
 
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Sat Feb 07, 2004 12:48 am

I once got up to 103mph in my Land Rover Discovery on a stretch of I-85 in rural Georgia. Yeah, it was a V8, but it only had 188hp and its only power was in the torque. Once the Rover got above 90mph it would start to viberate, at 100mph the vibrating was so violent I thought the Discovery might flip itself over!
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Sat Feb 07, 2004 12:57 am

Not the fatest but rather impressive nonetheless was getting from West London to Southampton dock in about 45minutes with a fully loaded car in a 1.3 Ford!
 
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Sat Feb 07, 2004 3:22 am

In my 3-cylinder Geo Metro, I got up to 75. That was scary!

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Sat Feb 07, 2004 4:06 am

That would be about 170 km/h (105 mph) in a 1,4l VW Polo. Without passengers.
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Sat Feb 07, 2004 4:10 am

Not the fatest but rather impressive nonetheless was getting from West London to Southampton dock in about 45minutes with a fully loaded car in a 1.3 Ford!

I would like to know how you managed that one mate  Laugh out loud Were the roads clear or was it like 3 a.m. or something?

Justin  Big thumbs up
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Sat Feb 07, 2004 7:30 am

Um....

95mph in a 995cc citroen ax, that was a scary ass journey!

Around 90ish in a ford transit which was even more scary!

Maybe 85mph in my dads land rover defender! IT shudderd so much i thought it was going to just fall to bits!

The fast ones in nice cars tho include 175mph in an M3 evo, 155mph in a porsche 959, 190mph in a lambo murcielago and about 180mph in a brabus merc! (You gotta love those autobahns!!!!)

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Sat Feb 07, 2004 3:09 pm

My trusty Ford Fiests 1.4 can do 180kmh downhill, only about 140 uphill though (unless it's under 5% and/or low on gas Big grin).
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Sat Feb 07, 2004 3:29 pm

Ok I think I beat most of you here. My parents used to have a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country minivan. Don't remember the engine size because it wasn't the V6, it had something like 182hp. So anyways, my buddies were sittin around bored out of our minds and one of them comes up with the great idea to see how fast it can go. Well, after doing a little bit of work on it, well more like 3 months worth of work, we took it out for a spin. On a strait level road, we got it going 134mph!! Damn, nothing like doin 134mph in a minivan. I recommend it to anyone, its a totally different experience.  Big thumbs up


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Sat Feb 07, 2004 5:56 pm

Power isn't what sets top speed usually, it is gearing that does.

but if size/power ration can be taken in affect.

75-80 (I don't know spedometer was pegged) in a US Army M35A2 Duece and Half in Germany.
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Sat Feb 07, 2004 6:15 pm

170 km/h (106 mph) with a Peugeot 205 GL (55 hp).
 
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Sat Feb 07, 2004 6:28 pm

KMs up here in Canuckstan.....

I had a car up around 175 km/h (that's over 100 mph, right?) in a 1991 Pontiac Sunbird 4cyl 2.0L OHC, all stock - supposedly had about 75ish HP, but I never had it tested. I couldn't really tell, since I topped out the spedometer and it kept accelerating.... and no, no sh%t. I loved that little car and had it for a long time; my uncle who took her for a spin once said the car was "possessed" ... he had never seen one able to do things like that.
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Sat Feb 07, 2004 11:20 pm

105 mph in my 1998 Chevy Caviler.
115 mph in my 1997 Grand Prix GT.. Damn I miss that car!


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Sun Feb 08, 2004 12:39 am

I've had about 170 mph out of my highly modified 2 litre turbo lump in my VX Cavalier - I say "about" 170 because I don't really know as the speedo only goes to 165, but on the downshift approaching a roundabout I accidentally went from 6th gear to 2nd instead of fourth and goosed the dumpvalve, blew the turbo and had the injectors break away from their mounting bracket because of the back-pressure along with various other bits of damage to the head, but luckily I got it all ship shape within a couple of weeks.

I've had an Escort Cosworth doing 135 along a mud road in a forest in the Scottish Highlands in pitch black while desperately trying to win a rally stage - and I was shitting myself as tree branches went flying past about 2 feet from the drivers side window, the car could have gone faster but neither me nor my co-driver could without making an embarrassing mess in our underwear (and he'd already lost his place in his pace notes about 2 miles before), and if we'd crashed we'd have lost out on a lot of money for charity so we decided to save the heroics for another day.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I had my little Nova 1.4 SRi doing 125 mph when I was 17 on a local stretch of road known as the "Killoch Strait" (anyone from the south-west of Scotland will probably know it). But later that night I wrapped it around a tree while trying to be a tosser/show-off while tackling a greasy roundabout putting me and 2 mates in hospital, and only narrowly avoided losing my licence for a very long time by the fact that the road was wet and there were no skid marks on the road.

Thankfully I now drive a bit more sedately and keep my showing-off for the track or rally stages where I can only really hurt myself.

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Sun Feb 08, 2004 2:27 am

Going home for summer break after college, I was doing well over
90mph in my POS Ford Courier pick up. I think it was a 1974 but
that was 20 years ago. Got stopped on a back country road
by the state patrol and given a ticket for 90 mph. I took it
to court and the judge dismissed my ticket. He believed me
when I showed him the pic of the truck and told him there is
no way that truck could ever get above 60 much less 90.
I did not forget...I just misplaced the thought...
 
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Sun Feb 08, 2004 2:33 am

Buried the speedometer (110+) in a 1993 Mercury Sable (3.5l V6).
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Sun Feb 08, 2004 2:59 am

Buried the speedometer (110+) in a 1993 Mercury Sable (3.5l V6)


A 3.5L V6 is not actually not a very low powered car!
 
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Sun Feb 08, 2004 1:50 pm

My brother had a 1987 Mitsubishi Montero that I took on the interstate about a year ago shortly before it died. I had to floor it the entire time and didn't even get up to 70. I think we're both glad that car died.
 
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Sun Feb 08, 2004 2:32 pm

Here in America its either 3.5 litres or an electric golf cart.  Big grin
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