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Berlin: Unexpected car upgrade - where to drive?

Old May 16, 17, 12:56 pm
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Berlin: Unexpected car upgrade - where to drive?

[Warning. First world problems.]

Help! I booked a diesel Golf and blagged a free upgrade to a BMW M2 in Berlin. I can't relegate this amazing car to driving in city traffic for three days. Can someone recommend somewhere I can blast the crap out of this thing, preferably a bit twisty and not just autobahn?
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Old May 16, 17, 1:15 pm
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Route no. 2 - Berlin - Hanover. An autobahn without limits. But be careful with the Ferraris and Lamborghinis racing on the left lane. If you see lights in your mirror, leave the line.

Enjoy the ride
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Old May 16, 17, 2:32 pm
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Originally Posted by pmichelazzo View Post
Route no. 2 - Berlin - Hanover. An autobahn without limits. But be careful with the Ferraris and Lamborghinis racing on the left lane. If you see lights in your mirror, leave the line.

Enjoy the ride
We leave at midnight!

PS: I was once in the right lane on the A1 South going at 220km/h in a rental Audi. Check my mirrors before going round a lorry and there were lights in the distance. I pulled out and the lights were suddenly right up behind me, flashing. Thought I must've missed something in my blind spot. I pulled in around the lorry and a Bugatti Veyron shot past me and left me like I was standing still. The whole thing took less than five seconds to play out. The only one I've ever seen in the wild.
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Old May 16, 17, 3:55 pm
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Originally Posted by roberino View Post
We leave at midnight!

PS: I was once in the right lane on the A1 South going at 220km/h in a rental Audi. Check my mirrors before going round a lorry and there were lights in the distance. I pulled out and the lights were suddenly right up behind me, flashing. Thought I must've missed something in my blind spot. I pulled in around the lorry and a Bugatti Veyron shot past me and left me like I was standing still. The whole thing took less than five seconds to play out. The only one I've ever seen in the wild.
^
Great story!
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Old May 16, 17, 4:15 pm
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A2 is a very fast but also somewhat crazy/ aggressive Autobahn. It has some tricky passages, but also very long and straight ones. A trip to Berlin is often the first time I push a new car into the limiter.
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If it were me, I'd be off to the Nurburgring, with apologies to whatever/whomever else I had planned.
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Originally Posted by CPRich View Post
If it were me, I'd be off to the Nurburgring, with apologies to whatever/whomever else I had planned.
A 14 hour round trip just to be shown up by some wag in a tuned up Smart car?
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Originally Posted by CPRich View Post
If it were me, I'd be off to the Nurburgring, with apologies to whatever/whomever else I had planned.
Not that great idea given that most (if not all) major car rental companies exclude driving on a race track (even on "sightseeing laps").

Don't drive only on the Autobahn. Find some place with twists.
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If it were me, I'd be off to the Nurburgring, with apologies to whatever/whomever else I had planned.
With a rental car? Not really a good idea.
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Old May 17, 17, 7:23 am
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Originally Posted by CPRich View Post
If it were me, I'd be off to the Nurburgring, with apologies to whatever/whomever else I had planned.
That's what not to do unless OP is ready to buy the rental-company if necessary a nice M2. Also a little bit like: Hey, I'll be in Miami, let's go surfing in Malibu

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Old May 17, 17, 11:40 am
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Originally Posted by WorldLux View Post
Not that great idea given that most (if not all) major car rental companies exclude driving on a race track (even on "sightseeing laps").

Don't drive only on the Autobahn. Find some place with twists.
Yes, they were emphatically clear on the subject of racetracks. I can expect a fine just for being caught on one, apparently.

The twisty roads are proving hard to come by. Twisty roads are usually a result of hilly bits and the local area is really flat.
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Old May 17, 17, 12:16 pm
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The twisty roads are proving hard to come by. Twisty roads are usually a result of hilly bits and the local area is really flat.
Indeed - the way would be too long. Only racetrack you can and will drive without problem is AVUS-Ring, but its not that much fun today.
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Plus the A115, which goes on the former Avus track has a speed limit of 100 since 1989.
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Old May 18, 17, 10:08 am
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Quick update. Didn't get much sleep last night. Did about 400km overnight on the A2 and out to Dresden. Got pulled over by a cop who spotted me experience a "traction issue" on a slip road. He laughed, told me to calm down and got me to rev the engine.

The car was incredible but isn't an Autobahn beast. It was much more interesting on the occasions I hit the turns. I want one sooooo badly...
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