If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably know that I’m a huge fan of sports cars! I had the pleasure of owning a Porsche 911 for four years and a Cayman for two years, which only increased my interest in driving similar vehicles. So let me tell you, when I found the website for Scenic Rush, I knew immediately that I had to add that experience to my Vancouver wish list!
It’s a few minutes past 1:30 p.m. on this fine Friday afternoon when we arrive at the Scenic Rush location in a suburb of Vancouver. The sun is shining with a gorgeous temperature of 25° C (77° F); in short, conditions are perfect for a scenic drive!
The greeting is very friendly, and after filling out some ID papers, we take a moment to admire the vehicles on the lot. What do they have in common? They’re all superb sports cars, among the fastest in the world! Once the team of drivers is assembled, we’re briefed on the proceedings of our experience: over the course of 2.5 hours, we’ll drive four luxury cars on one of the world’s most beautiful highways, named the Sea to Sky Highway.
The briefing is detailed so that we understand the driving schedule and the safety requirements. I expect to hear something preachy like “don’t go too fast,” but not at all; we focus on safety, but also on having fun! Another positive aspect is that each of us is encouraged to drive and enjoy the ride at his or her own speed, so we don’t put pressure on ourselves!
Time to Try It Out!
My husband and I have decided to share the experience together! We could have chosen to drive four vehicles each but that would have separated us. So we’ve elected to enjoy the experience together. I’ll drive one of the cars and he’ll take over for the other three, even if it’s not exactly fair!
The Nissan GT-R: A Perfect Start!
It’s time to take our first car, a Nissan GT-R, for a spin! This coupé doesn’t look anything like a luxury vehicle. While still a sports car, it’s understated, more focused on tuning than on an upscale look. But you can’t judge a book by its cover; this car is also one of the fastest in the world, with 545 horsepower and the capacity to achieve 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) in only 2.7 seconds!
We leave the city at a moderate speed to warm up the vehicle, find our way to the Sea to Sky Highway, and off we go! Words can’t describe what we’re feeling: the acceleration thrusts us back in our seats, and the vehicle’s power is unbelievable even when compared to (for example) a Porsche! I love the car’s handling; we feel “glued” to the ground, and as each curve follows the last our enjoyment never wanes.
The Ferrari: the Most Legendary of Sports Vehicles
After about twenty minutes, we make our first stop. We catch our breath, exchange a few words with the other drivers (who, like us, are grinning from ear to ear), and then we’re behind the wheel again in a Ferrari F430 Spider! With its beautiful red exterior, it embodies what I think many of you would call THE quintessential sports car! This convertible drives very differently, and is much more rigid and sporty. We feel like we’re in a go-kart, but one with 490 hp! Hair blowing in the wind, we continue down the road, which just gets more and more beautiful! Don’t forget, much of the pleasure comes from this exceptional highway and its view of the sea (between accelerations, we can take a few quick glances!), and it really is a treat!
The Audi R8
We stop for a photo session and take a moment to get our bearings before zooming off again in our third car: an Audi R8. Every time we change vehicles, a staff member comes to explain the nuances of the next coupé (the range of subtleties changes from car to car) and to see if we have questions! Among the four that we test, this Audi is the most “classic” car, meaning that it’s the least impressive to drive from our perspective. It may be powerful, but it’s not as enjoyable as the others that we’ve tried…
The Best for Last: the Lamborghini!
The icing on the cake has been saved for the end: a Lamborghini Gallardo! It’s impossible to miss its bright “Ithaca Verde” color and ultra-sleek silhouette. We’ve been dreaming of this car, a symbol of extreme sportiness, for a long time! We’ve saved it for last for two reasons: first, because we now feel more at ease driving along this road, and also because the last portion of the circuit is the longest!
Obviously, the acceleration is incredible! My neck feels sore for a few hours afterward due to the abrupt and sporty gear shifts. I think that this is the car we like best, our top pick for the day!
Once we’re back on the Scenic Rush premises, we’re completely spent! So much enjoyment, so much concentration (because driving at top speed for two hours is exhausting), but above all we both can’t stop smiling! It was fascinating to get to drive these four cars, all very different from one another. We also appreciated how smoothly the experience was conducted! The perfect organization was the most positive factor. For example, a member of the Scenic Rush team accompanied us when we first took to the road and, knowing the route perfectly, could tell us when we needed to slow down for risky areas (difficult curves, traffic) and speed up for the easier stretches. What’s more, no one held us back, not even once, and we really could drive however we wished!
I can’t recommend enough that you test out this Vancouver experience! It was one of the most beautiful automobile excursions of my life and I can’t wait to go back... and yes, if you take a look at Scenic Rush’s website, you’ll see that they will soon be offering the same experience with vintage U.S. cars such as the classic Ford Mustang. Needless to say, it’ll give me a good reason to return!
- You can visit their website to see all of the available experiences and reserve online!
- Sea-to-Sky Experience: starting at 595 CAD for 2.5 hours with four cars. Be prepared to add another $75 if you want to share this experience with a friend or partner (as was the case with us) or an extra fee if you’d like to purchase one of the insurance packages available.
- Pick a day of the week when traffic is light so that you can get the most out of the experience!