2016 Toronto Auto Show

 

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The Canadian International Auto Show circuit makes its stop in Toronto this week. More than 300,000 people will flock to the 650,000 sq. ft. Metro Toronto Convention Centre to see the over 1000 of the latest car models, concepts, and technology that will come to dealership showrooms this year and in the near future. It is a great way for consumers to compare and contrast products from various manufacturers all in one building, as opposed to the time-consuming task of travelling from dealership to dealership. Here are some highlights from the show:

Auto Exotica

This year at the Auto Exotica section in the 100 level of the North Building there are some truly extraordinary cars. We can thank the Pfaff Dealership group up in Woodbridge, Ontario for bringing some of wildest exotics of the show. Being the sole distributor of McLaren, Pagani, and Singer automobiles in Canada, they pulled all the stops to bring the best of the best. Their booth encompasses all the brands mentioned: the full McLaren road car line-up (570S, 650S, 675LT) as well as the incredible McLaren F1 GTR Race car that got 3rd place overall in the 1995 24Hrs of LeMans. Next to the McLaren Line-up is a uniquely-specced Pagani Huayra, with a stunning metallic silver paint over blue carbon fiber accents and a gorgeous blue interior. The last car at the stand is the Singer Porsche 911, which incorporates modern technology into a classic 911 body. Maserati brought their entire model line as well (Quattroporte, GT, Ghibli). Grand Touring Automobiles of Maple, Ontario brought a Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible, a Rolls-Royce Wraith, a Lamborghini Huracan Spyder, an Aston-Martin DB9 GT, a Range Rover SVR, and a Jaguar F-Type Coupe. This is the section of the show that really blew me away.

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Art & The Automobile

 

The Art & The Automobile section of the show showcases some of the rarest, and prettiest, antique automobiles ever made. This exhibit is made possible with the help of the organizers at the Concours d’Elegance in Cobble Beach. One of the more noteable examples is the Isotta Frachini Tipo 8A SS, 1 of only 2 ever made. Featuring coachwork from American company LeBaron, this stunning automobile won Best of Show at the 2013 Concours d’Elegance Cobble Beach. It is located in the 700 level hallway of the South Building.

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DeadMau5

World-renowned DJ Deadmau5 bestowed us with his remarkable trio of cars this year. The famous Lamborghini “Purracan” as silly as it is makes a starking contrast when sitting next to the jaw-dropping McLaren P1. Sitting extra low in “race mode” and wrapped in a down right sinister combination of matte black and orange accents, the P1 had an incredible presence in the 700 level hallway in the South Building. The “Meowclaren” 650S Spider sat behind the aforementioned two yet still retained a sizeable crowd around it. This is a real treat that shouldn’t be missed!

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Tesla

2016 is the first year that Tesla has attended the Toronto Auto Show, and boy did they come with a bang. Making it’s global auto show debut, the Model X proudly displays its “Falcon” doors and a promise of the future. Sitting inside one, you immediately notice the massive windscreen that extends all the way to meet the hinges on the roof for the rear doors. The Model X retains the familiar 17 touch screen and UI from the model S. Tesla also brought along two Model S sedans.

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Alfa Romeo

Promising a big come-back to the North American market, Alfa Romeo has brought along two of their long awaited Giulia Sedan, both of which are the performance spec 505 hp Quadrifoglio editions. Boasting a 2.9L twin-turbo V6, the Quadrifoglio does the sprint to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and onto a top speed of an incredible 191 mph. Along side the Giulias were a pair of 4Cs, one a coupe and one spider. Seeing the 4C in the metal makes it all the more impressive. The lines are quite exaggerated by the fact that it is actually really wide. The wheelbase, funnly enough, is almost square.

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Race Cars

There were no shortages of race cars on display at this year’s show, however not all of them are entirely real. Both Audi and Porsche brought fiberglass replicas of their winning WEC racecars, the R18 e-Tron and the 919 hybrid, respectfully. They were stunning in their own right but they lack that sense of authenticity and stories that we try to look for in a race car. Thankfully, there were many more real race cars to make up for it. The Indy 500 exhibit showcased some of the most iconic vehicles that have raced in the Indy 500 since 1911. The physicality of the cars displays the timeline of the race so vividly, it should definitely be on your checklist. Subaru also brought a 2016 WRX STI rally car driven by Antoine L’Estage and codriver Darren Garrod on the Canadian Subaru Rally Team. Mazda had an MX-5 Cup car proudly on display at their booth, while Porsche also brought along the new Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

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