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Alluring Autobahn

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Alluring Autobahn

Gripping Roads takes iconic cars through the winding bitumen that separate drivers from those who just own, operate and maintain a vehicle AFTER THE Nürburgring, the Autobahn is the most coveted blacktop in all of Germany. It’s a place where speed is limited only by ability.

While many areas have been capped to 130km/h, around half of Germany’s Autobahns have unrestricted speeds.

Stretching 529km, the majority of Autobahn 9 is six lanes wide with a surface like an airport runway. The stretch connects the capital Berlin with Munich, and when travelling via Leipzig and Nuremberg, the iconic road features many sections where the speed limit is at the driver’s discretion.

Enter the Mercedes-Benz AMG Hammer. With a factory indicated top speed of 300km/h, this Affalterbach hotrod rocks a 265kW twin-cam V8. The four-speed automatic and a regally-appointed interior make the Hammer your ideal Autobahn automobile: A leather lounge attached to a rocket.

For the demands of the Autobahn, the Hammer’s 17-inch AMG Aero 1 wheels have been fitted with Toyo Proxes T1 Sports. The T1 Sports are rated for 300km/h, and should conditions turn inclement, the traction of the tyres will not suffer.

Trucks are banned from the Autobahn on Sundays, meaning the best chance of light traffic – the perfect time to test the T1s.

Passing on the right is illegal and the left lane is where heart Passing on the right is illegal and the left lane is where heart rates rise, so paying attention at all times is required.

After gingerly starting in the far right lane, among holiday makers, we move to the middle lane; a clunky kick-down of the automatic is a reminder of the car’s vintage.

Hitting the throttle harder and it’s difficult to avoid the thought of impending arrest.

After a check of the mirror and a mash of the throttle, we move left once more. The car is stable and staunch as it gluttonously consumes ribbons of asphalt.

A clear stretch of road appears, as cars in the middle lane whip past as though in reverse. The car and its tyres can take you to the limit; how far you push is up to you. can take you to the limit; how far you push is up to you.

Autobahn 9

Surrounded by lush green forest, Autobahn 9 is the ideal way to get from Berlin to Munich for Oktoberfest

Car of choice

Mercedes-Benz AMG Hammer

Loosely based on the W124 E-Class, with the exception of an AMG-tuned twin-cam M117 V8. In the late 80s, its 540Nm and 0-100km/h time of 5.3sec gave it a halo generally reserved for Italian metal 4 of M117 Nm sec ved

Toyo’s tyre of choice

Proxes T1 Sport

Toyo’s Proxes T1 Sports are ultra-performance passenger-car tyres that are built to stand up in both wet and dry conditions. Built in Japan, the tyres feature an asymmetric tread pattern to minimise tyre noise Japan, the tyres feature an asymmetric tread pattern to minimise tyre noise