I have one question about drama dialogue. Please see the sentence below and FYI, Vito is a criminal and it's the scene the case solved.

Surprisingly, Vito's truck got all the way to Arizona before they nabbed him. Who knew that thing would top out at one twenty, huh?

I totally can't understand the second sentence. Could you help me?

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    It meant the speaker was surprised that the Vito's truck was able to reach a top speed of 120 miles per hour (~193 kilometers per hour). That's how was was able to get so far before being caught by his pursuers. For more details or if you have any follow-up questions, please ask on our sister site, dedicated to helping people learn English, English Language Learners.
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    Commented May 4, 2016 at 16:20

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"Top out" means to reach a maximum of some value.

"One twenty" means "one hundred and twenty".

"That thing" refers back to the last subject, in this case "Vito's truck".

So the sentence expresses surprise that Vito's truck reaches a maximum of one hundred and twenty of some value - by implication speed: since it is in the US, it would be speed in miles per hour.


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