I spent a good period of time on the Autobahn this summer season, together with a number of hundred miles on the unrestricted sections. I can’t say that I went all that quick — I believe I noticed 260 km/h as soon as, making an attempt to get to a Pizza Hut close to the border with Belgium that was about to shut. Apart from that I hardly ever went above 200 km/h. The one excuse I’ve for that is that I’m outdated and drained and I had a bunch of damaged ribs on the time.
There’s additionally the inconvenient indisputable fact that the freeways are simply as crowded over there as they’re right here, and the lane self-discipline hasn’t been so good in recent times because of demographic and academic adjustments in Germany. Nonetheless, as soon as in awhile you will discover your self in these oh-so-stereotypically Deutsch conditions of which you dreamed as a baby. There was a very memorable afternoon the place I relaxed within the passenger seat of an E43 wagon and watched my co-driver chase a Swiss-plated Phantom for over an hour at sustained triple-digit speeds. I used to be working my manner by way of a bag of these Babybel cheese issues. Good instances.
My long-time correspondent and pal Luigi is aware of all about these type of good instances. He’s been all over the world working completely different gigs. Now he’s contemplating settling down for some time in der Vaterland and shopping for a giant, thirsty automotive for giant, quick cross-Continental commutes.
I’m contemplating a profession change which might require twice-weekly drives of about 600 km every. The quickest route consists of lengthy, unrestricted sections of the Autobahn for a lot of the space. Gasoline could be paid for by my potential employer, however insurance coverage and upkeep wouldn’t. Cargo-hauling capability and greater than two seats wouldn’t strictly be required.
Which vehicles ought to I take into account buying for this über-commute? I don’t need to spend a lot over 15,000 Euros.
I’ve put the essential part in daring as a result of in Europe that makes a BIG distinction. It’s no actual trick to spend a greenback a mile on gasoline when you’re hustling on the Autobahn. The truth is, to do any higher than fifty cents a mile you’d want one thing that returns 20 mpg at main throttle openings, which is just about nothing outdoors a 600cc sportbike.
Figuring out that the gasoline is being coated, we’re free to stretch the creativeness a bit. I believe it will be an actual disgrace to simply purchase one other Me-Too Iguana Benz or Bimmer. No, for this function we require a mixture of spirit and elegance, with a touch of reliability thrown in. So, my first suggestion is likely one of the aluminum-bodied Jaguar XK coupes. They’re attractive, the engines run to 200okay miles with no hassle, the electronics are literally fairly okay, and so they simply love working wide-open at excessive speeds. It could be a miracle to get greater than eight miles per gallon above 100 mph, however keep in mind that Luigi doesn’t want to fret about that.
Sure, I believe a Jag-you-are is simply the ticket. If the XK coupe appears too thrusty and old-man-ish, there’s at all times the XJ8 sedan. I’d keep away from the supercharged variations as a result of they value more cash to purchase and run, however I wouldn’t begrudge any man the pleasure of shopping for a British Racing Inexperienced XKR coupe and blowing by the diesel BMW sedans onerous sufficient to make them wobble in his wake.
What say you, pricey readers? How would you reside your unrestricted desires on a comparatively restricted funds?
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