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Does anyone know what the top end on the tranmission is set for? The speedometer says the thing will go 140, but I had my Pilot up to 110 Mph on a German Autobahn and it kept jumping to a lower gear. Kinda like it had a governor on it that prevented it from going any faster even though it was doing fine up to that speed at only 4200 RPMs... I tried about four times and it kept stopping right at 110 MPH every single time. It concerns me and my wife is pissed thinking she got a lemon. Please tell this can be adjusted with software in the computer. Yeah... I know 110MPH is real fast and I shouldn't worry about it, but when you're passing someone in the fast lane and a Porsche Boxer is coming up from the rear and about to eat your rear bumper for lunch... you need to have more top end to move out of the way... not just stahl, downshift and start that hopping motion as it did today.
 

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Oh, to have such problems. You don't know how much a post like this frustrates us enthusiasts in the States (captive with sub 75mph speed limits)
 

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Wow. Is the Pilot available in the Europe already ? Whats the reaction out there like for this SUV ?
 

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Tires rule-

Because of the tire speed rating most auto makers must restrict their autos top speed so as not to exceed the tire speed rating. I believe the standard tires on the Pilot are rated at 112mph. That may be why the governor limits the Pilot speed to 110mph. I am sure there will eventually be a "chip" available to reprogram the ECU if you desire. Just make sure you get a higher rated tire and I don't know what it may do to your warranty.:eek:
 

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Too top heavy for anything faster.

I agree with the previous poster that the stock radial tires aren't rated to handle the higher speeds required on the Autobahn. I have had our Pilot up to 95 so far and that was fast enough for me. It seems to floaty and top heavy on the interstate to push it any further than about 100 mph safely.

Sounds like you need to borrow my M3 for trips to the Autobahn. I would love to take my car over there. The only problem is the Euro version of the M3 would eat my US version's lunch.
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Good luck and stay to the right for now.
 
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