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Romanian Roads

The engineering that went into the Romanian mountain roads is amazing. Those curves, bridges and dams in such a remote environment - absolutely spectacular.

It took us four days to drive from Graz in Austria all the way down to Romania. And while the motorway network in Hungary is as interesting as everywhere in the world, we were pretty excited when we got off tracks in Transylvania and started to climb the mountains.

You'll have the best driving day in your entire life

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From Alba Lulia on it was just heavenly. Very little traffic but instead amazing roads, perfect tarmac and views, that will leave you speechless. And yes, we are not joking here, it really IS this beautiful out there.It turned out, that the Mercedes GLC Coupé was pretty good on the job as well.

When they first told us, that we would have to drive those fancy SUV-things in search of the perfect road, we thought it all might be a bit pointless. But in the end the extra ground clearance and the all-wheel drive gave us the possibility to go places, where no sport car or even hot hatch could go.

It turned out, that the Mercedes GLC Coupé was pretty good on the job as well. When they first told us, that we would have to drive those fancy SUV-things in search of the perfect road, we thought it all might be a bit pointless. But in the end the extra ground clearance and the all-wheel drive gave us the possibility to go places, where no sport car or even hot hatch could go.

I'd have never thought I say that, but I really kind of like this little GLC now.

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We even had to stick to the 250d with its 204hp, but it turned out that it was a pretty good choice, too. First: fantastic range - which, believe me on this, is extremly important, because it's a bit, erm, "remote" up in the Romanian mountains and petrol stations don't show up too often. Second: a nice punch from those 500Nm and a clever gearbox whose nine speeds really made the best out of the narrow diesel power band. And last: good grip. The adaptive suspension and the massive tires made it fun to throw the GLC Coupé at some corners.

Don't get me wrong, it's no sportscar - it's not even close to being that - but it was really good fun in Romania. Driving on the absolute limit of the car, with squealing tires, melting brake pads and an engine constantly at the redline can be rewarding. Because you know it gave you all it can.

About to dress up.

In the end Romania is a great country to drive your heart out. But: avoid the Transfagarasan. Not that it is not a good drive, it definitely is, but it really is too crowded. Take the Transalpina instead. Drive it three, four times, eat with the shepherds, take your time aside the road and enjoy the views.

It really is worth it.

Pictures by Teymur Madjderey and Tim Adler. Bump them and join their tribes!

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