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AMIL
11-06-2011, 11:37 PM
I dont have the M-Sport package. Is there a speed limiter?

TIA, Amil

Superschnell
11-07-2011, 02:54 AM
All BMW's capable of such speeds have a limiter at 250 km/h, unless you have specifically ordered no limitation (only available for M-cars, not M-sport package).

TopDownInFL
11-07-2011, 04:56 AM
http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Content/Vehicles/2012/6/640iCoupe/Features_and_Specs/640iCoupeSpecifications.aspx

Says your top speed is 130. It would be 155 with the M-performance package. Same numbers apply to the 650.

dkreidel
11-07-2011, 07:21 AM
http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Content/Vehicles/2012/6/640iCoupe/Features_and_Specs/640iCoupeSpecifications.aspx

Says your top speed is 130. It would be 155 with the M-performance package. Same numbers apply to the 650.

My 650 vert does not have the M-Sport package and the speed limiter capped us at about 160 mph indicated (157 actual on the handheld Garmin) when we were in Germany. We drove for 20 minutes above 150 so it wasn't a fluke; the gas gage goes down very quickly at this speed :D

dk

TopDownInFL
11-07-2011, 08:16 AM
My 650 vert does not have the M-Sport package and the speed limiter capped us at about 160 mph indicated (157 actual on the handheld Garmin) when we were in Germany. We drove for 20 minutes above 150 so it wasn't a fluke; the gas gage goes down very quickly at this speed :D

dk

That being said, I guess I paid $4400 to go exactly 5 mph slower than you! ;)

BravoMikeWiskey
11-07-2011, 08:35 AM
That being said, I guess I paid $4400 to go exactly 5 mph slower than you! ;)

the higher 155 mph limiter is quite useful here in States, never know when you come up on an unrestricted highway and get to flex that TwinPower muscle. Would be a shame to only be limited to 130 mph :bigpimp:

Superschnell
11-07-2011, 10:16 AM
http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Content/Vehicles/2012/6/640iCoupe/Features_and_Specs/640iCoupeSpecifications.aspx

Says your top speed is 130. It would be 155 with the M-performance package. Same numbers apply to the 650.

I find it strange that they limit the cars at 130 mph without having to buy a performance package. Euro specs are different. Standard limitation here is 250 kmh (155 mph).

anythingbuttime
11-07-2011, 02:19 PM
I can confirm that mine also makes it to nearly 160. No M-Sport package.

car-fan
11-07-2011, 05:58 PM
I dont have the M-Sport package. Is there a speed limiter?

TIA, Amil


As with the M-Sport package, those who have the OEM 20inch Rim/Performance Tire Package in the USA have a 155 mph limiter.

dkreidel
11-07-2011, 06:13 PM
That being said, I guess I paid $4400 to go exactly 5 mph slower than you! ;)

I would have gladly paid the fare for M-Sport had it been available when I ordered the car!! By time I picked it up in Munich on 9/5 the option was available on the vert - oh well, next time.

dkreidel
11-07-2011, 06:14 PM
As with the M-Sport package, those who have the OEM 20inch Rim/Performance Tire Package in the USA have a 155 mph limiter.

That explains it , I have the 20's

car-fan
11-07-2011, 07:02 PM
That explains it , I have the 20's

It's also nice to know that when the speedometer is maxed out HUD carries on......;)

BravoMikeWiskey
11-08-2011, 08:54 PM
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BravoMikeWiskey
11-08-2011, 08:55 PM
It's also nice to know that when the speedometer is maxed out HUD carries on......;)

I can confirm that mine also makes it to nearly 160. No M-Sport package.


I don't even want to know how you guys 'confirmed' this in and around So FL and Chicago...;)

anythingbuttime
11-09-2011, 09:06 AM
I don't even want to know how you guys 'confirmed' this in and around So FL and Chicago...;)

Ohio St exit ramp.

Yorgi
11-09-2011, 10:30 AM
I find it strange that they limit the cars at 130 mph without having to buy a performance package. Euro specs are different. Standard limitation here is 250 kmh (155 mph).The 130 mph (210 km/h) is based on the speed rating for the standard 18" all-season tires mounted on the car. In Europe you probably receive high performance summers on all cars (no crappy all-season tires offered).

Superschnell
11-09-2011, 02:43 PM
The 130 mph (210 km/h) is based on the speed rating for the standard 18" all-season tires mounted on the car. In Europe you probably receive high performance summers on all cars (no crappy all-season tires offered).

That's a good and plausible reason.
There are regulations in most European countries that prohibit tires not capable of the top speed of the car.
They do make exceptions for dedicated winter tires however, for safety reasons. But only during the winter season :drive:

BravoMikeWiskey
11-09-2011, 11:42 PM
Ohio St exit ramp.


i know you're joking...:D...right? :yikes:

anythingbuttime
11-10-2011, 07:08 AM
i know you're joking...:D...right? :yikes:

It is a 2 lane banked ramp....and remember, this is Chicago. Where a 55 mph speed limit translates to under 80 and you had better not be in the left lane. It is the Chicago way.

AMIL
11-10-2011, 08:48 AM
I'll be picking my car up in Munich on Monday. I'll let you know what my limiter is . I hope its at least 155 not 130. Thanks for the info

BravoMikeWiskey
11-12-2011, 08:58 AM
It is a 2 lane banked ramp....and remember, this is Chicago. Where a 55 mph speed limit translates to under 80 and you had better not be in the left lane. It is the Chicago way.

80 is still half of 160 mph. Do they not have friendly highway patrol officers in Chicago or patrol aircraft? You guys are very brave. Getting caught for going 160mph on a public roadway will get you nothing but time in my neck of the woods....:yikes:

GreyCoupe
11-12-2011, 03:20 PM
in U.S. and probably everywhere it is 130 for 640 and 650 with all weather tires. 155 for summer performance tires...

TopDownInFL
11-12-2011, 06:58 PM
Haven't gone anywhere near 150, but jumping from 85 to 110 is but a tap on the pedal...

anythingbuttime
11-12-2011, 10:19 PM
80 is still half of 160 mph. Do they not have friendly highway patrol officers in Chicago or patrol aircraft? You guys are very brave. Getting caught for going 160mph on a public roadway will get you nothing but time in my neck of the woods....:yikes:

Aircraft? Absolutely not. Besides no small aircraft allowed near the city. At 80 on the edens, I have had State Troopers pass me. Neither the Chicago police nor the State Troopers patrol the expressway through the city, so unless you highspeed pass one while he happens to be on the expressway....you aren't going to see one.

anythingbuttime
11-12-2011, 10:28 PM
And just to be clear, I don't think I have had this 650 higher than the 130's here, but I picked it up in Munich and hit the speed limiter several times, Chicago traffic isn't like anything I have seen in other US metropolitan areas. For still having a posted 55mph spped limit, it is the least enforced of any city. (I know of) I prefer a wide open express lane (concrete barrier on either side) but I see cars weaving through traffic at 130 to 140 regularly in late night traffic (Especially Friday or Saturday night going into the city).

GreyCoupe
11-13-2011, 04:20 AM
I haven't had enough road yet, but I can testify that the car passes through 120 as swiftly as it accelerates through 90!

What's the car like when it hits the limiter? Does it just maintain the speed to which it is limited? Some limiters strangle the car for fuel until slowing takes place.

BravoMikeWiskey
11-14-2011, 09:50 PM
...I see cars weaving through traffic at 130 to 140 regularly in late night traffic (Especially Friday or Saturday night going into the city).

weaving through traffic at 130 to 140 mph regularly and at night ?? Are you sure you're not witnessing practice sessions on Chicagoland Speedway? :D I'm...speech less otherwise...