The Truth About Cars » autobahn http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:45:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » autobahn http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Foreigners May Pay Toll to Storm the Autobahn http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/foreigners-may-pay-toll-to-storm-the-autobahn/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/foreigners-may-pay-toll-to-storm-the-autobahn/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=676130 If you happen to live outside of Germany, you may soon find yourself paying a toll to do your best Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise impressions on the Autobahn. The reason? While residents living in the nine countries surrounding Germany make extensive use of the Autobahn in their travels, the Germans are left footing the […]

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If you happen to live outside of Germany, you may soon find yourself paying a toll to do your best Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise impressions on the Autobahn.

The reason? While residents living in the nine countries surrounding Germany make extensive use of the Autobahn in their travels, the Germans are left footing the bill for maintenance on the famous infrastructure. Since foreigners don’t pay taxes to Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government has opted to enact a toll aimed at non-German citizens in order to share responsibilities.

The plan has detractors, of course, ranging from Austria’s transport minister Dores Bures threatening to take Germany to the European Court of Justice over the toll, to German auto club ADAC stating that even the potential revenue wouldn’t be enough to cover all the Autobahn’s maintenance costs.

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There’s Fast, And Then There’s Wagon Fast http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/theres-fast-and-then-theres-wagon-fast/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/theres-fast-and-then-theres-wagon-fast/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 03:22:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=669146 On the days when my Honda CB550 can be bothered to wake up and run properly for my daily commute, I’m frequently passed by everything from HEMI-powered Grand Cherokees to Vulcan-powered Mercury Sables. That’s because the Honda CB550 is only slightly more powerful than a KitchenAid mixer. This fellow, on the other hand, has a […]

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On the days when my Honda CB550 can be bothered to wake up and run properly for my daily commute, I’m frequently passed by everything from HEMI-powered Grand Cherokees to Vulcan-powered Mercury Sables. That’s because the Honda CB550 is only slightly more powerful than a KitchenAid mixer.

This fellow, on the other hand, has a motorcycle capable of reaching 300 km/h on the rev limiter. That’s 186mph in American money. But as you’ll see, it isn’t quite enough.


To me, the most interesting thing about this video is the cognitive dissonance that I, as an American citizen, experience watching it. What these two are doing is perfectly legal. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s perfectly fine. Nevertheless, no laws were broken. I’ve done a few runs to the neighborhood of 160mph on a motorcycle, but there is simply no margin for error at that speed. As bad as a tire failure or road debris can be in a car at 180-plus miles per hour, when you’re on a bike it’s worse. Still, it’s a fun video to watch. There’s always a bigger fish, you know — and, of course, something like a Corvette ZR1 would have walked ‘em both.

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This Concept Brought To You By The Letters T,M,G,L,S, And Probably A, Too http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/this-concept-brought-to-you-by-the-letters-tmgls-and-probably-a-too/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/this-concept-brought-to-you-by-the-letters-tmgls-and-probably-a-too/#comments Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=468175 My experience with the Lexus IS-F was both impressive and rather sterile. I was put in mind of Samuel Johnson’s observation regarding Milton’s Paradise Lost: “[it is] one of the books which the reader admires and puts down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is.” The same might […]

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My experience with the Lexus IS-F was both impressive and rather sterile. I was put in mind of Samuel Johnson’s observation regarding Milton’s Paradise Lost: “[it is] one of the books which the reader admires and puts down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is.”

The same might be true of the IS-F… but here’s a fast Lexus that’s not just longer, it’s wider. And taller. And just plain big.

From Toyota Motorsport GmbH, a fully-recognized partner of the Big T themselves, comes this “TS-650″. It’s obviously a pre-facelift LS460 that’s been tuned, tweaked, quad-piped, and so on to create a big Toyota Celsior Bongo Funtime Lexus for the autobahn. The most fascinating part of the vehicle, other than the mere fact of its existence (cf. another Samuel Johnson quote) would be the gorgeous twin-turbo V-8 which is claimed to rev to a totes awesome 9000 rpm and produce 641 horsepower.

The TMG TS LS probably has a Bret Easton Ellis’s chance of actually entering production, but it has to be on everyone’s mind that there is ample precedent for a factory-affiliated speed shop to make big bucks by hopping-up staid production sedans. “TMG”, after all, sounds a lot like “AMG”, doesn’t it?

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Quote Of The Day: Hands Free At High Speeds Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/quote-of-the-day-hands-free-at-high-speeds-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/quote-of-the-day-hands-free-at-high-speeds-edition/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2011 20:10:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409638 [Skip ahead to 2:08 (or don’t)] It’s the stuff of a Ray LaHood nightmare. Automotive News [sub]’s lede comes screaming out of the blackness: BERLIN — Ford Motor Co. has adapted its Sync in-car connectivity system to cope with high speeds on German autobahns. But you can’t wake up, Mr Secretary of Transportation. For this is no […]

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[Skip ahead to 2:08 (or don’t)]

It’s the stuff of a Ray LaHood nightmare. Automotive News [sub]’s lede comes screaming out of the blackness:

BERLIN — Ford Motor Co. has adapted its Sync in-car connectivity system to cope with high speeds on German autobahns.

But you can’t wake up, Mr Secretary of Transportation. For this is no dream…


Luckily, it is happening far away in Germany… and Ford’s not even doing all that much to change its hands-free entertainment and communication system. Per Jason Johnson, user interface design engineer for Sync product development,

Ford had to do more than simply program the technology to understand different European languages. The system also has to allow for how Europeans drive… For instance, at autobahn speeds, Ford found that its navigation system wasn’t giving sufficient warning that the desired exit was coming up. The system had to be reprogrammed to give extra warning

Otherwise, Germans should feel free to use their hands-free systems at whatever speed they happen to be driving. After all, if your hands are on the wheel, it’s not a distraction, amiright? Ray? Anybody?

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Quote Of The Day: The Politics Of Limitless Speed Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/quote-of-the-day-the-politics-of-limitless-speed-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/quote-of-the-day-the-politics-of-limitless-speed-edition/#comments Tue, 27 Apr 2010 21:45:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=354467 Deutsche Straßen sind nicht der Nürburgring. But there I go, quoting German Minister of Transportation Peter Ramsauer out of context, and in the original. Herr Ramsauer’s rebuke comes on news of a late-night crash involving a future Mercedes ML Class prototype, that resulted in the death of a 26-year old man over the weekend. The […]

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Deutsche Straßen sind nicht der Nürburgring.

But there I go, quoting German Minister of Transportation Peter Ramsauer out of context, and in the original. Herr Ramsauer’s rebuke comes on news of a late-night crash involving a future Mercedes ML Class prototype, that resulted in the death of a 26-year old man over the weekend. The crash took place on a stretch of non-speed-limited autobahn between Singen and Stuttgart, favored by Mercedes and Porsche for high-speed testing. Apparently the victim had been involved in a minor accident and was trying to exit his vehicle (stalled in the left lane, according to Der Spiegel) when the Mercedes test mule slammed into his car, killing him instantly. The 52-year old test driver is under investigation for negligent homicide.

Minister Ramsauer’s full quote in Autobild goes something like this:

We must wait for the results of the investigation. Test drivers are professionals. They should not behave themselves like Rambo, rather their driving must serve as an example to the rest of traffic. The German streets are not the Nürburgring

Of course, don’t expect the good Minister to actually change the speed limit laws. After all, the German automakers have long enjoyed an advantage over their competitors thanks to Germany’s autobahn system. If only in the PR and marketing departments. But then, why wouldn’t the phrase “autobahn tuned” come up in the vast majority of Mercedes ML sales?

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