I can’t take my eyes off of this luxury, sports sedan beauty, making its premier appearance in Canada. The details on the doors handles, the grill, a few copper touches on chrome, but most of all the translucent porcelain finish. It looks like a custom car made lovingly in someone’s garage. Surprise—it’s a newly designed Hyundai. This hybrid concept has an eight-speed automatic transmission. The five finalists for the 2017 Luxury Car Awards in N.Y. in April include Genesis. And the car will come to you. Genesis At Home service brings a test vehicle to your home or office. (Genesis Motors Canada, 75 Frontenac Drive, Markham)
At first glance this gorgeous, red Maserati sports car makes my eyes light up. And at second glance my brain kicks into gear. This is not just a pretty face; this is style and power. Commonplace on the treacherous roads of the Amalfi coast, this beautiful vehicle fulfills every auto-dream. Pass by the Maserati Yorkville showroom and have a good schmooze about the technical details. (Ferrari of Toronto, 101 Avenue Road, Toronto)
PFAFF BMW M235I RACING
If you’ve dreamed of being a Danica Patrick or a Mario Andretti, dream no more. The new Pfaff BMW M235i Racing is a production-based, entry-level racing car. It’s used in series and events such as the VLN Endurance Championship and the Canadian Touring Car Championship. But don’t even think of driving it down Bay Street. This is for track driving only and it has a powerful six-cylinder in-line engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology. The price is $145,000 CAD, but if you just want to dip your toe in the water, it’s available to rent at around $2,500 for the day—reasonable for what could be one of the most exciting days of your life. (Pfaff Autoworks, 214 Courtland Ave, Concord)
Sara Waxman, OOnt, is an award-winning restaurant critic, best-selling cookbook author, food and travel journalist and has eaten her way through much of the free world for four decades, while writing about it in books, newspapers and magazines. She is the Editor in Chief of DINE and Destinations magazine.