Rare Porsches, Ferraris and More Coming to the Vancouver International Auto Show

Photo sourced from Vancouver International Auto Show

Photo sourced from Vancouver International Auto Show

Car lovers, here’s some news to get your motors running. Western Canada’s biggest auto show is returning to Vancouver, March 24-29.

The 2015 Vancouver International Auto Show will fill the Vancouver Convention Centre with the newest models from major manufacturers, as well as high-end sports cars, green vehicles and more.  An estimated 85,000 visitors are expected to come kick the tires on some of the hottest cars out there.

A perennial favourite at the auto show is the exotics section – a display of rare and powerful luxury and sports cars from around the world.  This year’s event features models from Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Lotus, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Bentley and McLaren. The highlight is a rare $1.3-million Porsche 918 Spyder, one of only three sold in B.C.

Photo sourced from Vancouver International Auto Show

Photo sourced from Vancouver International Auto Show

But the event is about more than just horsepower. Visitors will also have a chance to test drive the latest hybrid and electric vehicles, right outside the Vancouver Convention Centre. New models from Toyota, Lexus, Ford, Nissan, BMW, Mitsubishi, and Mercedes Smart will be available. You can also admire (but not drive) an all-electric Big Foot monster truck and the first Hyundai Tucson hydrogen fuel cell car in Canada.

Drivers actually in the market for a new vehicle can also check out the latest models from the big car makers, shown off in “lifelike” settings inside the convention centre. For example, the newest Subarus will be presented in an outdoor scene, Range Rovers will be backdropped against mountain vistas and Jaguars will be shown cruising ritzy downtown streets.

Photo sourced from Vancouver International Auto Show

Photo sourced from Vancouver International Auto Show

Several next-generation concept cars will also be on display. The Infinity Q80 shows off the latest self-driving technology, coupled with a powerful 550-horsepower hybrid motor. The Cadillac El Miraj stuffs a twin turbocharged V8 engine into a classic two-door coupe. And Nissan engineers helped develop the Liberty Walk GTR, one of only two examples of a high-performance model that’s already gone viral on the Internet.

Still hungry for more four-wheeled fun? You can also check out classic and customized hot rods, iconic cars featured in movies and TV series filmed in Vancouver and even life-sized models of Hot Wheels cars.

Photo sourced from Vancouver International Auto Show

Photo sourced from Vancouver International Auto Show

The Vancouver International Auto Show is March 24-March 29 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. General admission tickets are $15-$20, depending on date.

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