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The speedometer of a 1953 Corvette is seen at the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights, Mich. Although current cars with high-horsepower engines can come close to the top speedometer speeds, most are limited by engine control computers. That’s because the tires can overheat and fail at higher speeds.

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Speedometer top speed often exceeds reality

The speedometer on the Toyota Yaris says the tiny car can go 140 miles per hour.

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