Real-World Performance / The Drive
Our Test Vehicle (Western Route)
We selected a test vehicle that would
serve our enthusiastic driving
requirements that wouldn’t break the
bank in the process. We settled on a
5-speed sterling silver BMW Z4
convertible for our 1500 mile journey.
The Bimmer was rented from
of Las Vegas, NV, an agency that offers
high-line vehicles for hourly (ouch),
daily, or weekly rentals.
Besides being hideously expensive to
rent, we resisted our initial urges to
selecting a yellow Lamborghini Gallardo or
the "arrest-me-red" Ferrari 360 Modena for
the test as we really didn’t want to
attract that much attention, considering
our expected driving style. These
works-of-art look like they deserve a
speeding ticket while parked!
While we don’t condone speeding, we
wanted to use these radar detectors in a
manner consistent with their intent - to
protect their drivers from would be
Of course, we applied
to our rental vehicle lights in the
event we inadvertently stumbled upon a
laser speed trap and fortunately for us,
the car did not require a front license
As such we routinely cruised “in excess”
of posted limits and sometimes found our
speed to be occasionally north of the
rural areas of western states are a bit
more conducive to this sort of driving.
In other words, we wouldn’t necessarily
attempt driving as boldly in urban areas
and/or more populated states with more heavily
traveled roads - but we did want to
experience the full potential of these
great radar detectors.
Red - Day 1, Blue - Day 2, Yellow - Day
3, Green - Day 4
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