By on January 17, 2013

 

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Let me welcome you to Germany, English-speaking traveler. I know the two reasons you come here for, because I often meet you at the usual places for going fast: There is a) the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring which to you is the only thing interesting about the Ring, and there is b) the Autobahn.

Let’s just leave a) because you already are much more obsessed with the Nürburgring than we are (or is entirely healthy) and let’s proceed straight to the limitless speed potential of b) our motorway network. There is much fun to be had here, but you can also return home frustrated, along with enough speeding tickets to keep you warm in winter. So you may want to listen to the following pro tips from a frequent flyer.

1. The Vehicle

There is no general upper speed limit on the Bahn, but there IS a minimum speed a vehicle must be able to achieve in order to be legal for Autobahns. It is 60 kph (about 40 mph), for historical reasons. Today, you still are allowed to enter with a vehicle this slow, but you should do so only if you have a strong death wish. For an Autobahn tourist, the lower threshold should be something normal. You can already have fun at speeds of roundabout 200 kph (125 mph), so a standard 3-Series BMW or even a VW Passat are reasonable choices for beginners.

Most more powerful car s are (mainly for cost reasons) limited to 250 kph (155 mph), so they are a better choice, because faster is better. A very common holiday rental car for Germany is the Porsche 911 in all its indistinguishable manifestations as it doesn’t have such an annoying limiter. A good 911 will give you over 300 kph (190 mph), which is what you should be aiming for to get the most out of your vacation.

If you want to use a motorbike, a BMW S 1000 RR is a good choice for the same reason as the 911. Small warning here: If you never have done 190+ mph on a motorbike before, you will die of the strange physics involved shortly after the moment you need to change direction.

Once you have secured a nice vehicle, it is critically important to make sure no idiot has tinkered with it. The long stretches of high speed you are looking for are totally different from both the racetrack and normal road use. The best example is tires: They will get extremely hot and stretched quite a bit from the high rotational speed for comparatively long stretches of time. A compound that is too soft or a construction that is otherwise unable to cope with these strains will give you the experience of a tire leaving slowly (in chunks flying off) or instantly (in a bang). I can recommend neither of these experiences during a holiday.

The same goes for the aforementioned limiters: Do not let an idiot remove them for you. The stress placed on the mechanical parts doesn’t climb linearly with the speed, but logarithmically. Math words aside, this means: parts that will be fine at 150 mph for years can give you a world of problems after a short time at 200 mph. So if you see the usual outward signs of mental retardation (a badly fitted aftermarket exhaust in a hideous body kit spring to mind) you have a probability of idiotic tinkering that is as near as 100 percent.

Trust an expert. The nice people at AMG for example will remove the limiter on their cars – free of charge for the customer. As they are not idiots, they will then also fit a few stronger suspension parts (still free of charge). This idiot-free way is the one you should opt for. Or go bog-standard: Every car approved for use in Germany has to be able to do its registered top speed until the tank is empty. Yes, we test this. If you want to make really, really sure, get an idiot-untouched German car. They spend much of their development time on the Autobahn and won’t generate too much lift at top speed, a sin a surprising number of cars are guilty of (but then again, I might be too easily surprised by quantities of crap).

And lastly: You will burn a lot of fuel, plus at high rpm coupled with high load, the engine uses extra fuel to cool itself from the inside. To give you an example of what “a lot” means: The major German car mag “Auto Bild” once measured a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S at 67 liters per 100 km of Autobahn speed, meaning: roughly 4 mpg. I’m telling you this to remind you that normal road experiences of how far a particular car will get become meaningless at the speeds you want to go. If the fuel warning light pops on, immediately look for fuel. If there is none close by, you have the options of either reducing your speed to gain distance, or of enjoying the healthy sporting activity of pushing your car.

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The German Ministry of High-Speed Transport Propaganda


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60 Comments on “The Traveller’s Guide to the German Autobahn, Part 1...”


  • avatar
    autobahner44

    You are limiting your potential sales by only offering your book in a Kindle version. I, along with many of my contemporaries, use iPads. Offer it in an iBook version, and I’ll buy immediately.

    • 0 avatar

      I know and I’m sorry about that. For selling in the US iTunes store, you have to have an American tax ID. And getting that is harder than I thought.

      You CAN rund the Kindle App on your iPad, though:

      https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kindle-read-books-ebooks-magazines/id302584613?mt=8

    • 0 avatar
      glwillia

      It’s really easy to convert between the two. I, like you, have an iPad but usually end up buying from Amazon because of wider selection and lower prices, but I used this guide to read my Kindle books in iBooks:

      http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/10/drm-be-damned-how-to-protect-your-amazon-e-books-from-being-deleted/

    • 0 avatar
      NTI 987

      The iPad Kindle app is free and works demonstrably better in every way than iBooks.

      • 0 avatar

        This. It’s a must-have for the iPad.

      • 0 avatar

        As a published novelist myself, I haven’t found iBooks to be particularly worthy of my time. But it does scare me that Amazon has such a monopoly in the industry…

      • 0 avatar
        OliverTwist

        Bugatti Veyron does it better than Porsche Cayenne at whitting down the volatile remainders of dinosaurs: 1 litre per 1 km (or 100 litres per 100 km). Ah, for the American readers, about 2 mpg…

        I concur about A3 between Frankfurt and Nuremberg. We used to drive on that Autobahn to the Frankfurt aeroport until we realised we could simply book the flights to the United States that originated in Nuremberg via Frankfurt without extra charge.

        Baden-Württemberg is the worst with so many four-lane having no speed limit and so many six-lane having 120km/h limit. Fucking frustrating when you must wait forever for the lorries to clear the left lane then slower vehicles to barrage forward to the clearing on the right lane.

        Actually, AMG will do the speed upgrade only after you fulfil the mandatory participation in the driver’s training called AMG Driver’s Package. The cost is about 900 euros.

        I rented lot of vehicles for business and drove many of them on the Autobahn. My experience is to avoid any vehicles with small four-cylinder petrol motors. They work so hard close to the point of disintegration in keeping up with my need for speed and more thirsty than larger displacement motors. Case in point: a Ford C-Max with 1.6-litre mill required four pit stops during my round trip to Paris from Munich. Better choice would be diesel motors in mid-sized vehicles like Audi A4 TDI, BMW 525d, etc. I actually managed to make 700km on one tank in Audi A4 2.0 TDI on same trip to Paris.

    • 0 avatar
      segfault

      Other than one Kindle Paperwhite, I’m an Apple-only person, and I detest the iBook reader app. Kindle for iOS is a much better reader.

  • avatar
    Monty

    Are we North Americans guilty of such egregiously bad behaviour? Once upon a time I might have been tempted to drive at said excessive speeds. Now, 140 KPH is the top limit of my comfort zone, and only on the best of the American Interstate system, such as Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado and Nebraska where highways seem to be maintained to much higher standards than, say, Illinois or Indiana.

  • avatar
    dswilly

    My Autobahn opportunity took place in a Mercedes Vito diesel mini-van, it was good for about 160kph top end. As for the Nurburgring, been there twice and never got on the track, once they had a vintage race going and the other time it was winter and the locals were sledding on it. I did get my 3 series up to 138 mph in the Utah desert for about ten miles.

  • avatar

    I too had a ride on the Autobahn which I will never forget, my wife and I where there to work at a International Dog Show, though I never drove a Vehicle, I was impressed at the Speed vehicles travelled and the care the drivers took, what a wonderful experience that I will never forget. I did tour the small Town where we had a B&B, I did a walk about and never saw any banged up vehicles in private yards,I was impressed!

    • 0 avatar

      Yep. The Autobahn has by far the least accident rate and the least fatalities of any type of road in Germany. The normal 60-mph-Interstates (Bundesstraßen) have twice the fatalities and more than ten times higher accident rates with injured persons. One of the reasons is that people tend to be alert on the Autobahn. Some are even fearful and therefore never use it. Good.

  • avatar
    Type57SC

    My favorite part of driving is Germany is the Ausfahrt signs. It’s incredibly juvenile, but it still makes me smile.

  • avatar
    doctor olds

    Sadly, my time in Deutschland many years ago was behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta that would barely make 90MPH!

    I recall a German transport minister, some years ago being quoted as speaking out against speed limits on the autobahn because, as he put it, “…then our cars will become as bad as the Americans.”

    long live the autobahn!

  • avatar
    Mirko Reinhardt

    If you want a good video of people who have NO IDEA how to behave on the autobahn, look at these AOL clowns hogging the left lane endlessly:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Idxdhywrxc4

  • avatar
    NMGOM

    The most dangerous thing on the Autobahn is a visiting American “driver” from the midwest. (^_^)…

    ———-

    • 0 avatar
      chrishs2000

      No, it’s the Eastern Europeans who have no understanding of watching their rearview mirrors, passing as quickly as possible and then getting back in the right lane, and just generally getting the hell out of the way.

  • avatar
    GiddyHitch

    I’ve done a number of business trips over to Germany and I always try to secure something interesting when I’m over there. So far, I’ve had a Scirocco, C300 wagon, Mini Clubman, some Renault, Astra, X3 and a brand new 320d among some other less memorable rides. The last of which was by far my favorite (though the Scirooco and Clubman had a lot going for them) – tons of useable torque and it gave me 40mpg after hooning it for a week.

    The thing that people don’t realize about the Autobahn is that only parts of it are unlimited (meaning no speed limit) – around interchanges, major onramps, sharp bends, etc. you typically run into step down sections where you’re limited to 120kph, then 100, then 80, and all the way down to 60kph or roughly 36mph. When’s the last time you saw a speed limit that low on an American highway? It’s downright unnatural in that environment, but speed cameras abound and German drivers strictly adhere to their posted speed limits.

    The other annoying thing about the Autobahn is that seemingly every 10-20 km there are roadwork zones (18″ roads don’t maintain themselves) where the German DOT routes drivers around work areas by narrowing the lanes down to the point where sideview mirrors are endangered.

    What I’m getting at is that top speed runs on the Autobahn are oftentimes hard to perform because all of the conditions need to be right – you need an unlimited section with little to no traffic and no roadwork – and while 0-100mph comes relatively quickly, you start to hit an aerodynamic wall above that (drag is a cubic function of velocity) in standard European passenger cars where time seems to slow down and the speedo needle creeps up at a leisurely pace. Meanwhile, the steering and suspension get lighter and all of your focus narrows down to what the car is doing and watching out for anyone pulling out around a truck in the slow lane unawares of your approach velocity. You’re going so fast now that the scenery is a blur and a quarter mile can go by in the time it takes you to check your speed. You turn off the radio and tune out all distractions and come to understand why German automakers only begrudgingly put cupholders in their wares. It’s scary and titillating and exciting all at the same time.

    The best that I ever did was almost 250kph (155mph) in the aforementioned 320d while breaking out in a decent flop sweat. The most common Autobahn burners out there were Audi turbo diesels in my experience, which was something of a surprise.

  • avatar
    dolorean

    No driving experience compares to the rush you get when going East towards Berlin on the Autobahn when you cross the Elba and two lanes goes to six and the LED highway signs glow with the beautiful white circle with the three lines. At that moment, you downshift to third, chirp the tires to maximum thrust, and go for broke.

    At 155 mph on a public roadway, speed, hell breathing, is no longer your concern. Cars half a mile ahead flick past with you barely noticing the make or color. Every dip in the road, every stick, twig, leaf, puddle, now concerns you as it never has before, but by the time your brain registers them, they are already in your rear view mirror. My car at the time was a ’98 Ford SVT Contour with Z-rated Pirelli’s and my thoughts beyond ‘YYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!’ went to “You realize that this is a Ford, right?” Total rush and made the distance to Berlin, normally an hour, in 15 minutes.

  • avatar
    hf_auto

    My wife is German, and we had our wedding in the Frankfurt area this summer. Lucky for me, her dad is a car nut with a nice collection. I learned a few things:

    - The autobahn wasn’t nearly as fun as I’d imagined. Taking a 911 Turbo out there sounded great, but it really wasn’t all that exciting.
    - The nurburgring was more fun and less intimidating than I’d expected.
    - The tight, winding 100km/hr (but completely un-patrolled) backroads connecting the villages completely overshadowed the autobahn and the nurburgring. I thought these roads were the true gems of German driving.

    I would gladly trade my top speed autobahn runs and my nurburgring experience for more time on those backroads.

    • 0 avatar

      Hm. Well, how fast were you going? A 911 Turbo should get near 200 mph. Near Frankfurt, try the A45 going up to the Ruhrpott sprawl (to the east of Frankfurt). There are parts which are quite empty at times. Avoid the A3. In my experience, it has the most traffic and the highest risk rate.

      • 0 avatar
        hf_auto

        Agreed, the A3 was miserable. As far as I know, I took it up to ~160mph, but I just don’t personally get much of a kick out of high speed. I just prefer very technical driving requiring a lot of pedal and steering input. On that basis, finding un-patrolled, winding roads with speed limits twice what they would be in the US was pretty exciting to me.

  • avatar
    Rday

    My wife and I went to Germany in 92. It was her first trip abroad. We rented an Opel Astra in Frankfurt and headed out toward Berlin. After about a half hour’s drive she said ‘Ausfahrt must be a very large town; all the signs seem to point towards it! LOL. Now the autobahn bridges in the old Eastern Germany were being repaired and all 4 lanes were on one side while the other side was being repaired. The two center lanes were for cars and I think that they were 2 meters [6\'} wide. The big problem was when the traffic was crossed over to the other side. The trucks would swing into the center lanes and it was very dangerous. I thought for sure we would be crushed before we made it to Berlin. The absolute worst driving I have ever had to put up with. My wife was scared to death and said \" I think that we have a good chance of being killed on this drive to Berlin. SO I am going to crawl back into the back seat and try and go to sleep. I don\'t want to be awake when we get killed!\".
    It was a five hour + drive due to all the construction. Normally it would have taken only three hours. There were no gas stations on the autobahn. SO we arrive in Berlin with the tank on empty. I pulled into the first station and filled up. But the station was in the old Eastern sector and they didn\'t take Deutschmark traveler\'s checks!!! Luckily they saw my wife\'s Visa card and accepted it.
    On the way out of Berlin on a Sunday evening, we came upon an East German Trabant in the left lane doing 100K/60mph. Now it illegal to pass on the right so I gradually moved past him on the right side and then sped up. Behind me I could see and endless line of cars [lights on since it was dusk] in the right lane. There was a BMW 300 series right behind me and the passenger was a young lady. She was standing in the passengers seat with the sunroof open and gesturing every obscenity she could think of at the Trabant I got a chuckle out it but it was very dangerous.
    Don’t know at my age if I want the stress to having to deal with all these problems ‘at such high speeds’. Not sure if i return again or if I rent a car if i do. It was great growing up in Germany. A place where you can still enjoy a good and fast car.

  • avatar
    Autobraz

    I drove the autobahn in a surprisingly fun Peugeot 308 break diesel. Got up to 180 km/h. It would have gone faster but between the traffic and the need to fill up, I don’t think I was able to enjoy more than 10 minutes in total of pedal to the floor fun, on a 3 hour trip.

    • 0 avatar
      Autobraz

      Which reminds me that this car was the first and only I’ve ever seen / driven with a manual transmission and cruise control. Very unexpected and it worked well.

      • 0 avatar

        Manual + cruise control is common in Europe. I can’t think of any car that isn’t available with cc these days, manual or automatic.

      • 0 avatar
        corntrollio

        At one point the only cars I owned were manual transmission + cruise control. A lot of people assume that it doesn’t exist, but it just means that the system has a clutch switch + a brake switch instead of just a brake switch.

      • 0 avatar
        Kevin Jaeger

        I have three cars and all three have manual transmissions with cruise control. The oldest is my ’94 Miata. Even in North America I don’t think that combo has been at all unusual in at least the last twenty years.

        Well, no more unusual than manual transmissions are, I guess.

  • avatar
    HiFlite999

    My best run on the autobahn was a glorious summer Sunday afternoon, driving from the north coast to Frankfurt. It was the day of the 2006 World Cup Final and the roads were empty! (More typical was the previous Friday, where it took 3 hours to get the 1st 100km out of Frankfurt.)

  • avatar
    corntrollio

    I’d love if the Autobahn left-blinker custom was adopted here and made mandatory. Californians don’t know how to get the hell out of the way.

    • 0 avatar
      Dukeboy01

      Ohio natives are worse. One of the worst things about Summer in Kentucky is the invasion of the Buckeye Navy, dragging their ski boats down I-75 in the leftmost lane at 68 mph.

    • 0 avatar
      GiddyHitch

      Not to mention the hazard light custom and all of the rear ending that it would prevent. We should throw in the cleft lane discipline while we are at it.

      • 0 avatar
        corntrollio

        I’ve been using the hazard light custom myself for a few years and have noticed several other drivers do it too.

        I know that some Audis have a setting for hazards automatically upon extremely hard braking, but they don’t enable it for North America by default.

      • 0 avatar
        sgeffe

        @Dukeboy: No, it’s three mph below the posted limit, in general. I learned to drive in Ohio, but grew up in Michigan, so I know a little about lane discipline. (Unfortunately, south of Detroit at rush-hour on I-75, there are occasional holier-than-thou idiots who insist on camping-out at the posted 70mph in the left lane.) I do like the fact that, unlike in Ohio, where trucks force you (and the “morality police” speed-limit-enforcers) over to the inside lanes, the trucks in KY will routinely do 75mph+ if possible!

        @Giddy: Started hitting the four-ways anytime I’m forced into the tail-end of a line of cars (or behind one a$$hat) going below the posted limit (if that’s the “custom” to which you refer). Several years ago, I was driving onto SB I-75 from downtown Toledo, OH behind two lanes of traffic, both doing 50mph onto the interstate, and me in the right lane on the ramp, which merges into the center lane while the left ramp lane expands the entire freeway into three lanes.

        To my horror, I looked into my rearview, and saw an oncoming semi whose driver ended up locking-up all 18 wheels, and to this day, I swear I saw the trailer starting to jiggle back-and-forth, threatening to jackknife! If I had hit the four-ways, perhaps that driver would have noticed what was happening sooner.

        Fortunately, the Ohio department of Transportation narrowed that ramp to one lane, eliminating the center-lane hazard. (But routinely, I have the four-ways on coming up that ramp because everyone still does 50mph up the ramp and doesn’t bother to ACCELERATE!!! A “good day” coming home from work is when I can time the traffic lights such that I can get in front of the line, such that I have my cruise set to around 70 coming up the ramp! Perfectly safe, and no LEOs around.)

        Which brings up another pet peeve of mine–in the past five years, it seems people have forgotten how to merge onto a freeway!! Funny, in driver’s ed., some twenty-six years ago, I learned that the “acceleration lane” means–ACCLERATE!! And that you should be traveling at the speed of the traffic when you hit the end of that zone and merge, unless you have to dodge slower traffic!!! Yet more often than not, most a$$hat drivers in Ohio are doing ten under the posted limit, if not more, at the end of an onramp!!

        It’s a wonder I haven’t worn out a four-way flasher relay in the years since that onramp incident!

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      Didn’t think of this in my other reply in this part of the thread: instead of blinking the lights at a left-lane dawdler, I’ve adopted the National Motorists’ Association (NMA) suggestion of activating the left signal for a few blinks and pausing, repeating that once, then blinking the lights. It’s actually gotten some folks’ attention, and they’ve ** passed ** the traffic to their right!!

      Of course, the real “morality police” won’t do this; nothing short of a Sidewinder up the exhaust will stop this segment of the populace from assuming the title of someone with a gun and badge, and being judge and jury for the rest of the rabble, lines of traffic for miles behind them notwithstanding!

  • avatar
    Kendahl

    Minor quibble: I suspect the author meant to say that the increase in mechanical stress with speed is exponential rather than logarithmic.

  • avatar
    Dukeboy01

    Well, you made $0.99 off of me. I won’t let out any spoilers to the Best and Brightest who are waiting patiently for the next installments, but there’s a plot twist in chapter twelve involving the Archduke’s nephew and the real identity of the serving wench he takes to bed in chapter eight that will blow your minds!

    j/k

  • avatar
    andreroy55

    Please, please! It’s “km/h” and “MPH”,capitalized and slashed thusly …

    Thankyouverymuch ….. :)

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    I picked up my BMW 328i wagon in Munich summer of 2011. Great fun indeed! The car feels pretty much the same at 115mph as at 70mph, but above that things start to get interesting – it starts moving around more, and passing cars have an effect. I was actually VERY impressed by the high speed fuel economy of the car, we did Stuttgart to Berlin on a Sunday morning in light traffic, and managed to average 105mph and 25mpg. Saw an indicated 140mph a few times, but mostly stuck to around 120-125mph. The car was new and the break-in limit is 4500rpm – I bent that a bit, but tried to be a good boy.

    What I found fun was watching ahead as cars would come to the “de-restricted signs” after a slow down – it’s like the line of ships in Star Wars all going to hyperspace one after another. Everyone just puts their foot in it. Especially amusing heading out of Berlin where the speed limit goes from 40kph to infinity at one point!

    I know I got speed camera’d at least once, but I never got a ticket in the mail. Hopefully I don’t have a German arrest warrant out there!

  • avatar
    Power6

    Visited Germany once circa 2003, had a turbo diesel Alfa wagon loved it! Drove from Dusseldorf to Stuttgart and back in order to tour the Porsche factory.

    There were a number of stretches with the sweet slash marks. Most of them on our route were 2 lanes which was tough to deal with the insane closing speeds of the passing lane traffic when you are caught behind a truck and want to pull out to pass.

    The advice my German friend gave me for the trip was that the speed cameras will trip at 20km/h above the posted limit. And also that the left signal trick when flying down the left lane is sort of a d-bag move.

    BTW what are the “60 80 90″ sort of markings on the back of trucks, I assumed it was some sort of speed limited vehicle marking but curious about the details on that.

    • 0 avatar
      Italian

      BTW what are the “60 80 90″ sort of markings on the back of trucks, I assumed it was some sort of speed limited vehicle marking but curious about the details on that.

      In Europe the speed limit posted in for vehicles under 3.5 tonnes. Vehicles over that limit have diffrent speed limits than cars.
      the numbers are the max speed that truck can go on the roads. If you are behind a truck doing 80 and the speed limit is 110 you know that that is legaly the max he can go on that road. It changes depending on the max weight that truck can load

      for example:

      Coaches, caravans and trucks over 3.5 metric tons
      Town: 50 km/h
      Open road: 80 km/h
      Motorway: 100 km/h

      Trucks over 12 metric tons
      Town: 50 km/h
      Open road: 70 km/h
      Motorway: 80 km/h

      Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes are also required to be fitted with a road speed limiter. The limiter restricts the maximum powered speed to 90km/h (56mph) for goods vehicles, and 100km/h (62mph) for buses.

      They also have a paper disk that regesters 24 hours with the speed and the time it has been stoped so that if stoped the police can see if the driver didn’t speed or if he actually stoped and didn’t drive more than he legaly could without rest.

      • 0 avatar
        krhodes1

        The reason they numbers are posted on the vehicle itself is that the limit varies according to the equipment on the truck or bus. I think the main one being you can go a little faster if the vehicle has anti-lock brakes.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      “[T]he left signal trick when flying down the left lane is sort of a d-bag move.”

      When did that custom become a faux pas? I saw a History Channel “Modern Marvels” documentary, circa mid-’00s, on “Highways”, which featured the Autobahn, and a Rüf 911 going down a deserted stretch in the middle of the night at Vmax in the left lane, left-blinker activated. I thought that the left-signal is “I’m hauling-a$$, stay over,” while flashing-brights is “faster traffic coming up, get outta my way!”

      In fact, I used the blinker trick a couple years ago on a lightly-traveled NB I-275 between I-75 and Detroit Metro Airport (I-94); in the center lane in my 2006 Honda Accord V6, cruise on 80, Valentine One my “third eye.” Out of nowhere, a late-90′s Grand Prix blasted past me at a buck-twenty, at least. I proceeded to click on the headlights and left-blinker, move over, ramp-’er-up to a buck-fifteen and reset the cruise, after finding something else on my CD-player more appropriate for the occasion–unfortunately, no Hagar “I Can’t Drive 55″; just made sure to keep the “super rabbit” in sight! Helluva way to travel, comfortably under the tire limits (V-rating), and the car itself is absolutely stable!!

      At the risk of hijacking for one second, IMHO, the 4th-Gen (1990-1993) Accord was a “poor-man’s” Beemer, and while successive generations have become lesser handlers, they’re still damn good cruisers, even at “arrest me, please” speeds! Would love to “‘Bahn-stürm” in a new Accord V6! (Or in a BMW 3-or-5-series Diesel, for that matter!)

      And even after ditching DWB for struts, the new Accords can handle better than most family cars! “Poor man’s Beemer” again? Perhaps.


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