Volvo’s decision to cap all of its new models to 112 mph (180 km/h) didn’t go over well with all customers, so a tuning specialist in Germany has found a way around the top speed limiter.
That company is called Heico Sportiv and has managed to increase the top speed for various 40, 60 and 90 series models. Heico says it is initially focusing on the more powerful and performance-focused Volvo models, but may release top speed upgrades for lesser ones in the future.
According to the tuner, the e.motion unit it uses to increase power in various Volvo models is also effective in raising a car’s top speed by 18-43 mph (30-70 km/h). As such, the new software increases a vehicle’s top speed to what it was before Volvo introduced the 112 mph speed limiter across its range.
For example, the S60 T8 Polestar had a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) before the 112 mph limiter was introduced. Thanks to the 43 mph top speed increase, it can once again hit 155 mph.
Pricing for Volvo 40 series models kicks off at €1,112 (US$1,301) for petrol and diesel models and €1,198 (US$1,402) for hybrids. Meanwhile, 60 series upgrades are priced at €1,284 (US$1,502) for petrol and diesel variants and €1,370 (US$1,603) for hybrids. Volvo’s 90 models can have the limiter removed for €1,456 (US$1,704) for petrol and diesel-powered models and €1,543 (US$1,805) for hybrids. Heico includes a 60-month warranty, but it remains to be seen if the software upgrade voids the standard Volvo warranty.