2015 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto: 10 cars to see
The Toronto car show can be overwhelming. Many people spend too much time waiting to slide behind the wheel of a BMW M3, only to realize they’ve missed out on checking out a supercar in a different building.
Save yourself the hassle, just worry about checking out these ten must-see vehicles at the show.
1. Acura NSX
Gearheads have been drooling over this car since it made its official debut at the Detroit auto show. Well, prepare to pull your jaw off the ground after seeing this gem in Toronto.
Sharp, angular edges hint at the NSX’s powerful, yet modern cabin. The supercar’s rear wheels are powered primarily by a twin-turbo V6 coupled to a nine-speed DCT transmission. Two electric motors, meanwhile, power the front wheels – effectively providing four-wheel drive for the NSX.
2. Maserati Alfieri Concept
Making its Canadian debut at the show, the Maserati Alfieri Concept is sure to stun showgoers with its graceful body contours and Italian flair. It’s only fitting that a car designed to celebrate Maserati’s 100th anniversary is this gorgeous.
Exactly what’s powering this thing, and how much will it cost? As is the case with many concept cars, nothing is confirmed. But – this luxury model is an indication of what the next Maserati could look like.
3. 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell
Ok, I’ll admit this Hyundai won’t be turning heads. There’s no Italian design or Germanic power here, but pay attention to this car. Why? It’s the first production fuel cell electric vehicle that will be available in Canada.
Sure, you have a better chance of finding snow in Mexico than finding a hydrogen station to fill ‘er up, but on the positive side, this Hyundai has a range of 425 km on one tank. Also, nothing but water comes out of the exhaust.
4. Infiniti Q80
The Q80 isn’t a car you’ll find in a dealership anytime soon. Rather, the Q80 is Infiniti’s hint at what’s to come from the Japanese automaker. It’s not just a concept car based on bold, stretched curves, but on smart and connected technology too.
Infiniti says the Q80 is an autonomous car, meaning that it can drive itself. There’s also a hybrid powertrain under the hood to keep things green.
5. Jaguar Project 7
The Project 7 is an F-Type on steroids, borrowing some design inspiration from the classic D-Type that won Le Mans three times.
The high-performance sports car from Jaguar has a lightweight all-aluminum body that wraps around a 5-litre supercharged V8. It’ll hit 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds before topping out at 300 km/h.
Don’t get too attached, all seven Canadian models have been sold.
6. 2016 Audi TTS Coupe, Roadster
Audi’s small sports car has been redesigned for the next model year. The new look blends styling cues from modern Audi design language with the TT’s original lines.
For the third-generation model, Audi is equipping these two-door cars with an all-digital instrument cluster in a move that’s designed to reduce driver distraction.
7. MINI Superleggera Vision
This is car is the most extreme MINI at the show. It’s as if a British car went to get a suit from an Italian tailor, and walked out of the shop looking like this.
It’s a hand-made concept, a collaboration with Italian design and tuning shop Touring Superleggera.
The swooping hood and wide-mouthed rear are uncharacteristic of Mini cars, but this model offers a drastic look at what happens when the British and Italians team up.
8. 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
If straight-line speed is what gets you excited, check out this Charger, which Dodge claims is the fastest and most powerful production sedan in the world.
All that oomph comes from a 6.2-litre supercharged HEMI V8 that pumps out an intense 707 hp for a top speed of 328 km/h.
The big front grille and hood scoop isn’t just for show. Those body modifications are necessary to properly cool such a big engine, and to feed the superchargers enough air.
Did I mention it’s made in Canada?
9. 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S
This is the car that little kids will want as a poster hanging on their bedroom walls, and the car that grown adults will want on their driveways.
Its wide, gracefully curved body makes the GT S one of the most elegant yet athletic vehicles at the show. Power comes from a beefy 4-litre V8 biturbo engine tuned by AMG, which is the performance arm of Mercedes. The 510 hp engine will get the GT S up to legal highway speed in 3.8 seconds.
Possible deal breaker? No back seats.
10. 2017 Ford GT
The GT dropped jaws when Ford unveiled it to the world in Detroit last month, and now we’ve learned that there’s a Canadian connection.
The 2017 GT will be built in Markham, Ont. beginning later next year, but you can check it out now at the Toronto show’s Ford booth.
The mid-engine car features a twin-turbo V6 engine that’s designed to pump at least 600 hp to the rear wheels. Carbon fibre construction means the weight is kept low, so this car should deliver dramatic results on the road.
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