A winding road somewhere in the middle of Germany, in Hessen. A little heavier on the pedal, the 6.9 lifts off and presses the captain gently into the soft seat. The set-up, however, is extremely grippy. The road cruiser carves its way smoothly through the tight bends, accelerating effortlessly out of the corners. The threespeed automatic transmission attained top marks at the time, and still fits very well to the still powerful engine. Presently, the engine sharpens its tone with the burst of speed on the short straight. But even then, the unflustered feeling of gliding calmly through space remains undisturbed. As the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper wrote: The hydropneumatic suspension remains to this day, with its 38 lines, countless connectors and seals, a masterpiece of complex technology.