Forty vehicles are making their Canadian debuts at this year’s Canadian International AutoShow, and fifteen of them are definitely TrackWorthy. More than 1,000 vehicles are on display covering more than 650,000 square feet of floor space. It is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the largest consumer show in Canada. Last year, nearly 340,000 people attended the Canadian International AutoShow.
Here are our highlights (in alphabetical order) of the TrackWorthy cars exhibited for the first time in Canada:
This year marks the debut of the first-ever BMW i8 drop top. The hybrid Coupe and Roadster are both powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine and a 9.4 kWh electric motor. Total power is rated at 369 hp. With electric power motivating the front wheels and gasoline power driving the rear wheels, the i8 will spring from 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds. The i8 roadster features extensive use of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) and aluminum in its chassis and body panels. The launch of the roadster, along with the refreshed 2019 i8 coupe, is set for this spring.
Our Take: The BMW i8 Roadster is a show-stopper with its top down and doors up, appearing as though it is ready to take flight.
Our Take: The CS succeeds in subtly adding performance and presence to this German muscle car.
Our Take: This car is mesmerizing to look at. It is so incredibly exotic looking all of which is meant for one thing, speed. We can only imagine how exhilarating and challenging it would be to race this car in battle with 600 hp under your right foot in a car that weighs just 2,050 lbs.
Our Take: We cannot predict the future, but this could end up being the most powerful Corvette ever. It is hard to image that the next gen ZR1 could have 800+ hp and 800+ lb-ft of torque, but we can always hope.
Our Take: If you are a fan of the original Bullitt Mustang, then owning this generation’s tribute car should thrill with every gear change of the white cue ball shifter.
Our Take: N models, including the i30 N, have not been made available in Canada, until now. Hyundai wants us to think of N not as an option on a car, but as a separate performance line (as M is to BMW, AMG is to Mercedes, etc.). We look forward to putting the Veloster N through its paces and experiencing that for ourselves.
Our Take: Unfortunately, right now, the Infiniti Project Black S Concept appears to be just that, a concept car. We hope that Infiniti decides to produce a car with this much performance potential at some point.
Our Take: Christian von Koenigsegg is one of the nicest and most understated supercar creators in the world who continues to deliver unimaginably fast hypercars.
Our Take: This car could provide its owner with the ultimate bragging rights: a Formula 1 drivetrain dropped (and very massaged) into a street legal road car. Owners can watch Lewis Hamilton win Formula 1 championships on Sunday, and then drive so much of that performance technology to work on Monday.
Our Take: We have heard for years that the majority of Porsches sold have four doors. We prefer those with just two, and so we are gladdened to see that at this year’s car show, it was all about Porsche’s TrackWorthy 2-door sports cars.
Our Take: We think this is one of the best-looking factory delivered WRX STIs to date. We would love to have one parked in our driveway, ready for an onslaught of track days (and taking on winter’s worst with a set of snow tires).
The Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) is open to the public at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from February 16th through February 25th. Details can be found at the shows website at autoshow.ca.
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