major_small, the reason I bring it up is because I drive a 2001 Accord Coupe LX 4-cylinder with a 5 speed manual.
At stock they make 150 HP, top speed (for both 4-cyl AND V6) is 122 MPH, or right around there. The newer V6's make 240 HP, which is a very healthy amount more than the 4-cyl, so I'd guess your dad's top speed is still limited to less than 130 MPH.
And there is a HUGE difference between 130 MPH and 160, in both reaction time and especially in braking distances.
Silvercord, please, don't try and confuse what I meant by that Raising the legal driving age to 21 would not help, and in many cases would worsen the problem. In an urban ares, with no public trasportation and 30+ minute drive between towns 16 years old is almost too young. Driving experience has nothing to do with age, it really doesn't.
I'm 21 myself and have a pretty healty amount more experience than a 30 year old driver. I've been driving since I was 15, and I drive right around 30,000 miles a year, largely highway driving. The age of people and the type of car is not the problem. Yes, younger drivers are more likely to drive stupid (I will not deny that) but I've seen plenty of older (like 30+) drivers that are just as idiotic as the new 16 year old driver.
It's WAY too easy to get a lisence, that's the problem. In the USA you'd have to be a complete idiot to not get a license, and yes I mean that. I'm absolutely amazed at the fact people can even fail the driving test, seriously, it's amazing!
It's the drivers skill, skills which must be learned through first hand experience, that matters. It's not the driver's age, not the car, only the skill and common sense of the driver that becomes dangerous.