Posted Jul 22nd 2014 12:35PM
What's the first thing that any car enthusiast wants to do when they go to Germany for the first time? Yup, fahren Sie die Autobahn (drive the Autobhan), of course! BMW provided us with a 2014 328i Gran Turismo xDrive and we hit the German super highway from Munich to embark upon a high-speed road trip to Berlin, about 600 km or so away.
We hopped onto the A9 from Munich and after some construction leaving the city, we hit the open highway. BMW's heads up display functioned perfectly with a constant readout displaying the speed limit. This was great addition for us as we were far from familiar with all the road signs and limits.
Throughout the city centres, the limit was was 100 km/h. As soon as you hit the outskirts (picture headed westbound along the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto into Etobicoke), the limit climbs to 120 km/h. When you head a little further out, the limit increases to 130 km/h. At this point, the cars in the passing lane (left lane) are generally travelling around 20 km/h above the speed limit.
Once you hit the open highway, the heads up display for the speed limit flashes to a circle with a diagonal line through it. This translates to go-time!
Check out the five minute video above to get a taste of what it was like to experience the German Autobahn. What a breath of fresh air! Driving along the Autobahn in Germany is something that we'll never forget. What would have been an agonizing and boring highway drive here in Canada was suddenly transformed into a fantastic and fun road trip in Germany. It seemed that all the drivers on the road were conscious of what other cars were doing and also tend to drive accordingly, like a well-oiled machine. Watch the 240 km/h Autobahn video posted above and look for our upcoming review of the same BMW 328i Gran Turismo xDrive coming soon.