More Speed Restrictions Coming To Autobahn?

3-Series, News | April 8th, 2011 by 7
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One of the biggest joys of being in Germany is to enjoy the almost always speedless autobahn. Any car enthusiast dreams to take their own …

One of the biggest joys of being in Germany is to enjoy the almost always speedless autobahn. Any car enthusiast dreams to take their own BMW on the Autobahn and push its limits. But in the past years, German government has imposed more and more regulations on the freeway and nowadays, there are plenty of speed-limited zones around the major cities.

A recent report by Bloomberg confirms that worse times are ahead of us. The Green party won a regional election last month in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and one item on their platform thast stands out is a plant to set a 120 km/h (75mph) speed limited on the autobahn in Baden-Wuerttember, less than half the top speed of a recent Porsche model.

About 65 percent of the state’s highways currently have no speed limit.

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Autobahn at night by Fotohamster

The initiative has nothing to do with road safety, but rather with ….as expected, the green movement. Bloomberg quotes party leader Winfried Kretschmann, the future premier of the state, as saying that vehicle traffic contributes to 30 percent of Baden-Wuettemberg’s CO2 emissions.  A high number in his opinion.

Interesting enough, both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz have their headquarters established in this state and both companies are known for their sporty, fast cars.

Will our European Deliveries become less fun? We certainly hope not since this has been the main driver for us to come to Europe to pickup our lovely bimmers.

[Source: Bloomberg via InsideLine ]

7 responses to “More Speed Restrictions Coming To Autobahn?”

  1. viper says:

    how stupid.
    then no point of having something bigger and more powerful than a smart car or a corsa with 1.0 engine and top speed of 150kmh.
    that law will never pass. I really hope that some people are smarter than 120kmh. and stupid speed limits. HOW STUPID!! STUPID. what a bull

  2. Robert says:

    Sounds like the key issue is the >>relatively higher<< CO2 emissions at higher speeds and their effects.

    In a similar vein, I lived in Germany when they first realized that their forests were dying and it seemed tied to auto emissions. It's a tough choice for someone to endanger a key, natural resource just for higher speeds.

    I'm sure that the Green paerty will have to make their case far more clear and compelling before Germans (in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg ) will go along with this restriction.


  3. Robert says:

    … and yes, I strongly recommend that anyone purchasing a new BMW take advantage of the free benefits of:

    (a) BMW rebate for Euro Delivery (around 5%, as I recall, that pays for the trip and includes includes Euro insurance for your new vehicle)

    (b) delivery at the new BMW Welt, and

    (c) the opportunity to tour Europe in your new ride, on the best roads in the world. Wheeeeee!

  4. Gabe says:

    I think you mean “limitless” not “speedless”. :)

  5. Mike says:

    Another example of the left jamming their unproven theories down our throats!

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