In the course of imagining such a pleasure cruise, we solicited the help of Protravel International’s Curtis Parris to suss out the five best road trip spots to explore with our favorite new rides.
Ready to daydream… and possibly plan? Then read on.
The Destination: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Parris Says: “At the Amalfi Coast, one can test drive one’s sports car on the 25 miles long Strada Statale 163. Don’t make any mistakes on this road, because the two-lane street is frighteningly close to the edge of the steep southern shore. However, being able to fully concentrate on the road might be a challenge because of the scenic view of the coastline on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy. Visit the island of Capri and take advantage of the amazing food.”
The Car: Acura NSX
Ride Appeal: Revving up for its big rollout next year, the 2017 Acura NSX is looking to reclaim its status in the supercar world after nearly a 10-year hiatus. And this idyllic spot seems like the perfect place to do it.
The Destination: Stelvio Pass, Italy
Parris Says: “This winding pass is located in the Italian Alps, where travelers can not only say they have taken this exhilarating drive, but also that they have hiked or skied the mountain and so turned this drive into an unforgettable experience. The Italian Alps offer activities for all kinds of interests. Besides indulging in nature through hiking or walking, one can see historic sights, beautiful castles, cathedrals and churches in close-by towns and villages.”
The Car: Ferrari 488 GTB
Ride Appeal: The chance to experience any Ferrari on this road seems well worth the jet lag that comes with traveling abroad. But tackling the adventure in the new 660-horsepower 488 GTB could be exceptionally epic.
The Destination: Touge Roads of Mount Fuji, Japan
Parris Says: “Leading up to Japan’s famous Mount Fuji, this road is known for drifting and an unforgettable driving experience. Also visit Lake Kawaguchiko, part of the Fuji Five Lakes region, or Kamakura, a coastal town not far from Tokyo known for its surfing beaches and historical attractions such as the ‘Giant Buddha,’ temples and shrines’.”
The Car: Cadillac CTS-V Sedan
Ride Appeal: While most would probably be initially skeptical about taking a four-door Cadillac on a Japanese road known for drifting, the new 640-horspower 2016 Cadillac CTS-V sedan has the goods to deliver.
The Destination: Sani Pass, South Africa
Parris Says: “The Sani Pass, located in the west of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is famous for its extremely dangerous road which requires the use of a 4×4. The pass is also referred to as the ‘Roof of Africa.’ Combine the drive with a guided safari. Seeing South African wildlife is something one simply has to do. The area offers activities ranging from horseback riding, to golf, to historic and cultural sights, to mountain, quad or motor biking.”
The Car: Filson Edition AEV Wrangler
Ride Appeal: The kind of terrain that comes with The Sani Pass is perfectly suited for a vehicle like a Jeep. But a limited-edition Filson AEV Wrangler (first introduced in late 2014) would certainly spice up the adventure.
The Destination: Col de Turini, France
Parris Says: “The Col de Turini is a high mountain pass in the French Alps. This drive is known for a stage of the Monte Carlo Rally—because of its tight road and many dangerous hairpin turns—and has also been featured three times in the Tour de France. My recommendation is to start this tour with the Col de Turini (via Lantosque). The traveler can then drive via Sospel to Menton and end the trip by taking the A8 to Vence or include Monaco.”
The Car: Porsche Cayman GT4
Ride Appeal: A car heralded as the benchmark for its segment, the new Cayman GT4 has the chutzpah to handle Col de Turini ridiculous turns. Just try to keep your eyes on the road, not the view.