A fast drive on the Autobahn A1 with a BMW 730d, Part 1: From Bremen to Hamburg
Since my Autobahn videos have become kind of a favourite to many visitors
of my channel, I decided to do a really nice, long and fast Autobahn run
(If you want to skip the speed-limited beginning, go directly to 11:10
So I chose to drive from a gas station west of Bremen to Hamburg, through
the Elbtunnel and back again to Wilhelmshaven. This video was taken on an
early Sunday morning, which means almost no traffic and hardly any trucks.
The car is a BMW 730d with 258 HP. I drove a distance of 340 kilometers in
roughly 110 minutes, which means an average speed of 185 km/h. This
resulted in a fuel consumption of 14.71 liters/100 km, or -- for our
American friends -- 16 MPG.
Considering it is a 2-ton car, that still had winter tyres mounted and that
it was a very windy day (as you can tell from the constant corrections of
the steering wheel), that is an okay result for a diesel, especially if you
bring to mind, that long stretches of road where done at 240 km/h -- which
by the way is perfectly legal in Germany.
The mounted winter tyres are limited to 240 km/h, so for safety reasons I
hardly exceeded that speed, even though the car is good for 255 on the
If you want to enjoy the German Autobahn like this, too, an early Sunday
morning -- starting at sunrise in the summer -- is the best time to do it.
That is about the only time, when you have enough space to really floor it.
The A1 from Bremen to Hamburg was recently reconditioned and expanded to 3
lanes per direction, which means the tarmac is less than a year old and
thus still very smooth and even. The newly-paved part begins at 10:05 min.
When there was a speed limited, I mostly used the radar-guided cruise
control. And if you wonder, why there is a speed limit of 120 km/h on a
perfectly fine three-lane Autobahn at the beginning of the video, it's
because of the state of Bremen. The Green Party is part of the government
there, which means for ideological reasons they implemented a general 120
km/h speed limit within the city limits of Bremen. But as soon as the
Autobahn goes into the state of Lower Saxony again, the speed limit is
On normal days it hardly matters, because traffic on the A1 is usually so
tight, that you cannot go faster
anyway. But on a Sunday morning joyride like this it really bothers.
This is a three-parter. Parts 2 (Hamburg to Bremen) and 3 (Delmenhorst to
Wilhelmshaven) will follow soon.
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