The 2014 Canadian International Auto Show is currently being held in the city of Toronto. I was there during media day, to see what catches my attention. Predictably, anything fast, expensive or loud does it for me. Hope everyone enjoys the gallery below:
Let’s start with THE best car from the show, the McLaren P1. It has a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 which along with its hybrid electric powertrain produces 903 hp. Only 375 units will be made globally, from which just seven will end up in Canada. Price is a cool $1.2-million.
If you’re sad that you cannot get your hands on that XKR-S GT, not to worry, because the Jaguar F-Type coupe will go on sale later this year. It will be available with two V6 engines, and one V8, all of which are supercharged. Prices start in Canada from $72,900.
Staying with the British (yes, I do like the cars this nation produces), there is also the new Rolls Royce Wraith coupe. This sleek coupe is not like any Rolls the world has seen before, and it is said to drive better than most also. It should move along quite nicely, thanks to its twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12 engine that produces 624 hp. Hopefully I can get to experience the Wraith first hand later this year.
Changing pace a bit, and I give you the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. This is a lighter, tighter, track-focussed version of the Camaro, and I like it a lot. The reason for my admiration for this car is simple, it has a 7.0-litre V8 engine that produces over 500 hp, it has massive carbon-ceramic brakes, and despite the fact that it has lapped the Nurburgring race track in 7:37.4 – which makes it faster than a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 and the Porsche 991 Carrera S. Plus, in Canada it’ll cost you $77,400 – which is not a lot when you consider what it can compete against.
Lamborghini doesn’t worry about competing with Chevrolet, because they play in different leagues. A Lamborghini is all about a driving experience, from the visual to the visceral. The Aventador Roadster certainly accomplishes that with its angular styling, and backs it up with its power, which comes courtesy of a 6.5-litre V12 that produces 700 hp. It can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.0 flat, and will top out at 350 km/h. Since it doesn’t have a roof, the Aventador Roadster must also be one of the fastest hair dryers in the world.
If you want your car to be fast yet environmentally green, than perhaps the BMW i8 will suit you. A turbo charged 1.5-litre,three-cylinder gas motor, and an electric motor system propels this 2+2 coupe, which will help this car achieve performance figures that are on par with a E92 M3. I’ll get into more details on this vehicle later in the year, so keep revisiting this site.
When I was growing up, Volvo’s used to be boxy and slow. Not any more. The Volvo S60 Polestar is a truly fast car, able to take you and your family from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds, and onto a top speed that is electronically governed at 250 km/h. It can do that because under its hood is a turbocharged 3.0-litre, inline-six motor that produces 345 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. It can be yours from $64,895.
You’ll need a bit more for this next one, the Ferrari 458 Speciale. You’ll need over $300,000 to bring one of these home, but you will have a gem of a car which features a naturally aspirated 4.5-litre V8 that produces 597 hp. Zero to 100 km/h is dealt in 3.0 seconds, while its top end can nudge 330 km/h. Combine the performance with its looks, its sound, and the prestige, and it seems like the perfect car. I’d bring one home tomorrow, if I could.