September 25, 2013

Import Expo 2013

Import Expo 2013
Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
September 14th, 2013

As a first for any Canadian show series, our good friends at Import Expo teamed up with NYC-based SNTRL to create a tuner event like no other south of the border – in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Bringing thousands of spectators from across both countries and hundreds of top level rides, this new spin to the show was just what it needed to stay in the limelight. Everything a gear head could ever want was all under the roof of the Atlantic City Convention Center from race cars, JDM rides, VIP saloons, stanced-out builds, and plenty of beautiful models.

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The iconic demo ride of Import Expo is this clean Sorcery widebody NSX updated with white wheels.

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The selection of cars under one roof was unlike any previous Import Expo event and thanks to the help of SNTRL, the word go out.

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It might be rare up here in Canada to see a Mitsubishi EVO, let alone two of them highly modified and sporting chrome-like paint or is it vinyl? What’s not love about this AWD monster and the last to be powered by the infamous 4G63 engine?

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Soothing the VIP soul were a handful of rides like this Lexus SC430 painted in a high metallic green-gold and sitting on air ride.

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If GT-Rs are your thing, you had plenty of eye candy to choose from ranging from the R32 all the way up to the latest R35 creation. Suffice to say that with this being a show based in New Jersey, these RB/VH powered beasts are probably throwing around 500+ horsepower numbers easily.

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Orange and purple, a colour theme almost never seen nowadays at shows. Regardless of one’s taste, it’s a 13B powered RX-7 with an exhaust dump on the side and rolling on 3-piece Work Meister S1 wheels – yes please!

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For some reason there was an incredible amount of Subaru STi builds at the show, in a variety of styles. Case in point is this matte army green one with blacked-out lights, black wheels, and a gold coloured intercooler for accent. If only military vehicles were this cool!

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Got chameleon? We’ve only seen this type of paint once before in the Great White North at Import Expo 2012 on a Honda Fit. Could this be an emerging trend for next season or are they just long lost Honda cousins? Time will tell.

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There were plenty of gorgeous cars from the Liberty VIP Car Club who rolled hard like this gold GS300.

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The boss of all VIP (and luxury cars) is none other than the Lexus LS. In this case decked out with gold wheels and emblems.

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It isn’t common to see a BMW M3 go the VIP route, but this blue E46 has pulled it off complete with a flared wheel arches. The rollers of choice are a custom built set of Luxury Abstract Grassor-C with a neo-chrome finish on the  massive lip.

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There was also a nice display of custom Honda Ruckus scooters ranging from the mild to wild and in every colour imaginable.

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One of the most devilish looking Nissan 370Zs ever spotted. Gold on red looks awesome, especially when it’s slammed on the ground!

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Minty fresh matte green STi anyone?

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In typical Subaru fashion, this STi sedan was rocking blue and gold. It seems that the matte vinyl game has stepped it up in the US, but will the trend continue?

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Candy apple red is what they call it and damn does it look beautiful on this widebody Subaru creation!

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We’ve all seen the Nissan 350Z done hundreds of ways, but none like this. A VeilSide widebody kit and sprayed in chameleon paint with carbon fiber doors. Damn is this an expensive build, but at least it’s creative.

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Our friends at Kaizen Tuning in Massachusetts made the trek to Atlantic City to showoff some of their crazy cars including this track-spec Evo X. Stay tuned for a feature on this asphalt tearing machine!

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The beautiful booty of the Nissan Skyline family! R32, R33, R34, and R35… all paying homage to the brand’s racing heritage and still drool worthy after nearly 20-years in the range.

Words: Giancarlo Pawelec
Photos: Brian Chin
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Check out our past coverage:

Import Expo 2011
Import Expo 2o11 – Track Event
Import Expo 2012

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September 13, 2013

5 Upcoming Supercars We Can’t Wait to Drive

Filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Adam Gordon @ 11:00 AM

The supercar world is in a constant state of flux. With access to the latest technology and outlandish budgets, supercar manufacturers have to stay on their toes to provide competitive cutting-edge vehicles to their niche market. Over the past decade, the supercar world we know has been going through immense transformation; some companies are completely redesigning their supercars, and others just couldn’t stay in the game.

Just like in major league sports, eventually the old guards and veteran players need to be retired or introduced to some new blood. As the world of supercars continues to push the envelope of road cars, we have heard about a number of upcoming supercars that want to change the game. Let’s take a look at some of the new blood, and see if they’re really up to the challenge.

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The Acura NSX Hybrid

The spiritual successor to the infamous NSX is on the way, and we can’t wait to get a closer look. Originally unveiled in the hands of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) while filming for The Avengers, and then again as a full concept in 2012, the NSX Hybrid has been causing quite a stir among supercar fans. While exact power figures for the mid-mounted V6 are still subject to speculation, we anticipate that the 3 electric motors that accompany it will put it to good use via the hybrid AWD system. Read more about this marvel of engineering here.

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The Audi Sport Quattro

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Audi’s old flagship, the sport Quattro, Audi has given new life to the Sport Quattro, creating a stunning coupe that will surely do justice to the Quattro of yesteryear. The biggest difference between the two, of course, is the new plug-in hybrid drive system with an estimated output of 515 kW, which translates to about 700 horsepower. Between the 560 horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 and the electric motor, the Sport Quattro allegedly makes an astonishing 90+ mpg.  That would put this at even higher mileage than the Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid. This, we’ll have to see to believe. Read more about this driver-oriented Audi miracle here.

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The McLaren P1

Ever since we got to know the McLaren MP4-12C and its Spyder counterpart, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the P1. The P1 will be powered by a 3.8L twin-turbocharged V8 engine, much like the one found in the MP4-12C. The difference is the fact that this one has been tuned to make 727 bhp. In addition, the P1 also features a KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) electric motor making 176 hp. By combining the two power outputs with a 7-speed dual-clutch, the P1 reaches an overall output of around 903 bhp. Combine that with the lightweight monocoque body, and you’re sure to have a blisteringly fast British marvel. To date, the car has only been sighted a handful of times while testing, including a cameo appearance at a McLaren event.

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The Jaguar C-X275

The concept that debuted in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show, which originally started as a celebration of Jaguar’s 75th anniversary, has come a long way to become the incredible engineering spectacle that it is today. After having the project shelved, and revived again, the C-X75 looks like it’s on the way to becoming one of the most technologically advanced and groundbreaking road cars ever built.

Like all of the cars mentioned above, it features two engines. The combustion engine is a 1.6L turbocharged AND supercharged four-cylinder making more than 500 horsepower (Yes, you are reading that correctly), which is coupled with two electric motors to achieve an overall output in excess of 800 horsepower. This power is delivered to the car’s all-wheel drive system via a 7-speed AMT at up to an incredible 10,300 RPM. In addition, the Jag can drive up to 37 miles (60 kms) on electric power alone. All of that technology under such a stunningly beautiful car, and we’re interested.

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The Lexus LF-LC

The Lexus Future – Luxury Coupe debuted just last year at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, and it’s new age design gained it a lot of fans, including us. While technically still in the concept stage, it’s reasonable to believe Lexus is working on making this a production model, especially after revealing a blue version of the concept at the Australian International Motor Show. Many of the car’s features, both aesthetic and technological, are derived from the Lexus LFA. From the look of things, the LF-LC is set to become a 500 horsepower, rear-wheel drive, hybrid drive-system coupe that will likely attempt to compete with the Nissan GTR or Acura NSX.

What will the future hold for the automotive world? We like to think that these 5 examples are a glimpse into that future, but only time will tell. Is there a supercar set to come out that we didn’t cover here? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter!

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July 25, 2013

Sneak Peak of the Acura NSX Prototype at Mid-Ohio Raceway

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — AutoMotoFoto @ 10:00 AM

Acura today released an image of a prototype NSX supercar, announcing that the running prototype will take to the racetrack just prior to the Honda Indy 200 IndyCar Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The NSX prototype with custom graphics will lap the road course in advance of the race on August 4, 2013. The race will be broadcast live by NBC Sports Network starting at 3 p.m. EDT.

Global development of the NSX, slated for launch in 2015, is being led by engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Raymond, Ohio. Additionally, it was announced in May that the next-generation Acura supercar will be produced at the newly established Performance Manufacturing Center in nearby Marysville, Ohio.

The prototype model maintains the styling and proportions of the NSX Concept that debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, while packaging the production vehicle’s mid-mounted V-6 engine mated to Acura’s innovative new three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system.

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May 14, 2013

The Acura NSX is to be produced in Ohio

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — AutoMotoFoto @ 1:00 PM

Acura today announced that the all-new NSX supercar will be produced at a new Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, a $70 million advanced production facility encompassing 184,000 square feet to be housed inside Honda’s former North American Logistics facility and located in the midst of Honda’s existing R&D and production engineering operations.

The site for the new production facility, which will be Honda’s third auto plant in Ohio, is only a few miles from the Honda R&D Americas, Inc. Ohio Center that is engineering the supercar for production and adjacent to Honda of America Mfg.’s Marysville Auto Plant. The Performance Manufacturing Center also is close to Honda Engineering North America, Inc., center for the development of new production technologies.

A part of Honda of America, the Performance Manufacturing Center will be a unique manufacturing operation that will employ approximately 100 highly skilled manufacturing associates drawn from within Honda’s existing operations in Ohio. In addition, associates at Honda’s engine plant in Anna, Ohio, will assemble the NSX powertrain.

“Thirty years ago, building cars in America was a big dream.  Working together, here in Ohio and across North America we turned this dream into reality,” said Hidenobu Iwata, president & CEO of Honda of America and the head of Honda’s manufacturing operations in North America. “The location of this facility is in the midst of one of the greatest collections of engineering and production talent in the world.  So it makes sense that we will renew the dream and build this high-tech, supercar in Marysville, Ohio.”

In addition to the plant location, Honda announced that Honda R&D Americas chief engineer Ted Klaus is leading the global team developing the new NSX, and Clement D’ Souza, associate chief engineer at Honda of America, is leading the team that will bring NSX to mass production in 2015.

“This new plant will be as unique as the vehicle we will build here,” said D’Souza. “In creating the plan for this plant, we looked closely at each process and determined the perfect blend of associate craftsmanship and technology to adopt a new approach to manufacturing.”

The Acura NSX Concept was on display at the event, attended by local community and government leaders, including Ohio Governor John Kasich, showcasing the NSX’s low and wide stance that will help fulfill the Acura brand product direction centered on the synergy between man and machine.

The new NSX is being developed by a global R&D team led by designers and engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. located in Los Angeles, Calif., and Raymond, Ohio. The NSX will feature a unique powertrain and body structure to provide an incredible driving experience. It will be powered by a mid-mounted V-6 engine mated to Acura’s innovative new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system.

“We have a very clear understanding of the high customer expectations luxury buyers around the world have for a supercar, and our challenge is to exceed them and create new value for the customer,” said Klaus. “This new Performance Manufacturing Center will be key to this challenge.”

Once selected, the team of production associates at the Performance Manufacturing Center will begin training and establishing manufacturing processes that will be used to build the all-new NSX. The next generation NSX will be built exclusively at the all-new Performance Manufacturing Center. In addition to being sold in North America, the NSX will be exported to customers throughout the world.

The original Acura NSX was built at the Takanezawa Plant in Japan from 1990 until production moved to the Suzuka Plant in early 2004, where it was produced until 2005. Part of the Tochigi Factory, the Takanezawa Plant was the first manufacturing facility in the world to mass-produce an all-aluminum body and balance advanced production equipment with hands-on “craftsman” processes.

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May 10, 2013

Ertefa Meet | May 9, 2013

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 1:00 PM

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Smartcentres Woodbridge
Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
May 9, 2013

Earlier in the day the weather was less than favorable with dark clouds and spouts of rain, however by late afternoon and evening things had cleared up and the Ertefa meet seemed to be back on – despite no clear confirmation. Last week’s meet brought out hundreds of cars spilling over onto adjacent parking lots and causing a bit of a traffic nightmare in the vicinity, but thankfully no drama occurred and it was just good times. This week’s gathering was smaller both in quantity and selection of vehicles, possibly due to the poor weather earlier in the day. Regardless, it was bound to be a good time of like-minded gear heads hard parking their pride n’ joy or daily driver for that matter.

The usual sound blasters were wailing their beats from the trunks of various Scions and sporting some under-glow lights as if it were the day of Fast and The Furious, guess some things never change.

These two stanced out Hondas looked awesome with their aggressive fitment wheels – the Acura TSX at back with Quebec plates and the Accord Coupe with concave wheels.

It’s not often you see a Lexus in Desert Sage Metallic – yup, that’s the name of the colour on this IS. Add to it a set of concave wheels, front lip, and some aftermarket green projector lights in the headlight housing with the L emblem. Kudos for originality!

Gotta love the support from enthusiasts in Toronto! This Honda Civic was rep’n AMF with our rainbow chrome / black decal, our friends at PUR Automotive and Too Fast Motors.

Who needs paint nowadays? This E30 BMW was rocking a mean stance, hood-less, and a rusty finish on the body panels! We’d love to feature it in the coming weeks, so if you know the owner – reach out to us!

For the more purist E30 BMW fan, this gunmetal beast was simply proper. The right stance, the right wheels, and the M-power racing colours for an added touch.

There’s a beast amongst the flock, can you spot it? It isn’t everyday you get to see a Euro car parked up next to an old school muscle car.

Another rarity in the tuner world is this Chevy Cobalt. This supercharged beast definitely stands out from the crow being yellow, but also by rocking the white wheels. Is it just me or are the white-wheels theme back?

The always charming Melissa Danielle was also spotted at the show and rocking an AMF women’s t-shirt! Awesomeness! We’re pro-female car enthusiasts, so be sure to check our eStore in the coming weeks as we launch some gear for our female fans!

Minty fresh on pure white – what an awesome combination and killer looking Mazda3. Gotta love the Toronto city skyline decal on the mirror – notice it?

Standing out like a sore sexy thumb, this late gen NSX made everyone drool. Can there be any better Japanese all-motor sportscar?

The awesome, fully built, insane looking, and drool-worthy Honda S2000 from the crew at APH / NextMod.

In the world of vintage cool, the Datsun 510 ranks among the top 5. This ’71 510 Coupe is the reason everyone loves JDM classics especially when you consider that it’s rear-wheel drive and 40+ years old!

Ride’n on three… yup even showed up to wow crowds. Umm… how’s the turning radius on these things? Anyone know?

One of the coolest cars by far at this week’s meet was this Chevrolet Impala low rider. It had all the essentials – hydraulics, wire wheels, chrome plated everything, plush velvet interior, and a paint job worth more than half the cars at the meet itself. It’s good to see these rare gems at the meet especially considering their price value and that sadly we’re not in California whereby it would be more commonly found. Hopefully we can track the owner down for a feature, question is – is he / she game for it?

Be sure to check out our past coverage of the Ertefa meet:

May 2nd, 2013

Words: Giancarlo Pawelec
Photos:
Giancarlo Pawelec & Adam Gordon

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April 25, 2013

Honda to be Partnering Sponsor and Competitor in 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — AutoMotoFoto @ 11:00 AM

As a further extension of its growing commitment to grassroots racing in North America, Honda announced today that it is making a major commitment to the 2013 running of the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as both a sponsor and race participant, with plans to field products in nine race classes, a first for any OEM in a single Pikes Peak event.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. will serve as the Partnering Sponsor for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the first time the company has participated as a corporate sponsor of the legendary race event. The 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is scheduled for June 30, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“Pikes Peak presents us with a unique opportunity to showcase Honda’s diverse product lineup and to energize Honda fans around world, as we work to further strengthen Honda’s presence in racing at all levels,” said Mike Accavitti, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations for American Honda. “Our associates will be working hard between now and Race Day to prepare this diverse field of race vehicles and showcase the Honda racing spirit.”

With support from Honda’s North American R&D and motorsports companies – Honda R&D Americas, Inc. and Honda Performance Development, Inc. – the company will campaign a broad range of Honda and Acura vehicles, as well as Honda motorcycles and ATVs. Honda will showcase its diverse range of fun-to-drive/ride products and will field 10 products in nine race classes, the most ever for a single race participant.

Along with Honda IndyCar team Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports pilot Simon Pagenaud, the vehicles will be developed and piloted by Honda’s North American associates, under the banners of Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Team-Honda Research (THR). Pagenaud’s Pikes Peak vehicle entry and racing class will be announced at a later date.

As a further extension of Honda’s sponsorship effort, Honda Power Equipment will be supporting race operations, with Honda generators providing electricity and light to the pits and staging area.

 

Honda 2013 Pikes Peak entries:

Category Class Vehicle Driver / Rider Honda Company
Car Pikes Peak Open Acura NSX [1st gen. NSX] James Robinson Honda R&D
Time Attack Acura TL SH-AWD Brian Shanfeld Honda R&D
Exhibition Honda CR-Z hybrid coupe Sage Marie Honda North America
EV Honda Fit EV Roy Richards Honda R&D
Motorcycle 250 Honda CRF250R Nick Robinson Honda R&D
250 Honda CRF250R Dane Marsack Honda R&D
450 Honda CRF450R Jeff Tigert American Honda
Exhibition Honda CBR1000RR Alex Moreno Honda R&D
750SS Honda CBR600RR Erik Dunshee Honda R&D
ATV 450 ATV Honda TRX450 Keith Steidl Honda R&D

 

Honda has competed in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on a less ambitious scale in the recent past. In 2011, Honda campaigned a Fit hatchback that was built and piloted by Honda engineers from North America. In 2012, the company fielded an Acura NSX powered by an ALMS P2 twin-turbo V-6 engine supplied by Honda Performance Development (HPD), and outfitted with an ex-Le Mans body and wide body kit, with support from members of the Ohio-based Honda of America Race Team (HART). Prior to that, Honda set records in the EV class in 1994 and 1999 with the Honda EV Plus. This year also marks the return of advanced Honda EV technology to America’s second-oldest race, in the form of a 2013 Honda Fit EV.

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February 27, 2013

CIAS 2013 – Part 1 by AMM | Honda and Mazda

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 11:00 AM

With the Canadian International AutoShow wrapped up and the recent announcement of the partnership between AutoMotoFoto.net and AutoMoto Mods earlier today, here is the first of many YouTube videos to come from it! The guys over at AutoMoto Mods are a wild bunch of die-hard automotive enthusiasts that cover some awesome DIY tech installs and show coverage unlike others.

With Part 1 of the CIAS 2013 video, the AMM crew ventures to the Honda booth and checks out some unusual new models (insert laugh), then head over to the Acura booth to check out the NSX concept car (of sorts), and finally end with a trip to the Mazda booth and their unveiling of the all-new SKYACTIV-D (diesel) engine.

Words: Giancarlo Pawelec
Video: AutoMoto Mods

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February 15, 2013

Canadian International AutoShow 2013 – Part 1

Canadian International AutoShow 2013 – Part 1
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
February 15 – 24, 2013

Marking its 40th anniversary this year, the Canadian International AutoShow kicked off once again with a great opening ceremony revolving the changing times and trends. The first of many press conferences began at the Nissan booth whereby three vehicles were unveiled along with the latest winners of the Grey Cup, the Toronto Argonauts.

The first of many vehicles unveiled was the Nissan Juke now offered as a NISMO version. This sporty looking crossover was designed and developed with the same passion that has made NISMO synonymous with motorsports. Powered by a 1.6-litre, four cylinder matted to a turbocharger good for 197 horsepower. This limited edition Juke will be available in Canada later in the year although pricing has yet to be confirmed.

One of the highlights this year was concepts from every maker. Nissan unveiled the Resonance which was created at Nissan Design America in San Diego, California. This futuristic looking sport utility vehicle features a floating roof design, beautiful wood trim interior, and all the tech-happy gadgets one would expect. Powering it is a hybrid electrical system that includes Nissan’s proprietary “one motor, two clutch” system that combines a gasoline engine with an electric-battery motor which sends power to all wheels. According to Nissan, this is their new philosophy for future production vehicles both in way of styling and drive train offerings.

After much anticipation, Infiniti revealed the latest creation in the luxury sports sedan segment – the Q50, a vehicle which will replace the long standing G nomenclature. The Q50 defines Infiniti’s future leap into design philosophy, technology innovations, and ultimately performance. The Infiniti Q50 will be made available with a choice of either their 328 horsepower 3.7-litre V6 engine or new hybrid engine featuring Infiniti’s Direct Response Hybrid System™ in either rear wheel or all-wheel drive. Sales of the Q50 are said to begin during summer of 2013 and by the looks of it, we’re sure it will do well against more mainstay luxury sport sedan competitors.

No auto show would be complete without some beautiful ladies, in this case a blonde and brunette smiling proudly in the Chrysler / Dodge booth.

It was no wonder why the press gallery was packed in the Chrysler / Dodge booth, the all-new Dodge Viper SRT was on hand for all to gawk and admire. After years of waiting, journalists and enthusiasts alike can breath in the fresh air from this 8.4-litre V10 powered snake. Power numbers are set at an impressive 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, making it the most torque of any naturally aspirated production car engine in the world! This new SRT is better in every way than its predecessor by roughly 50 % in way of chassis stiffness and performance. The new snake will be available this year with an MSRP of $97,395+

Over at the Acura booth, the NSX concept was once again revealed. It was first seen last year at the auto show, although it was merely a clay dressed up model on exhibit showing the styling cues. Unfortunately, that is all that is still known other than the fact that it will most likely be powered by a hybrid type drive train.

The reason for Acura bringing it out once again was to unveil the interior of it. Comprised of fine leather and carbon fiber material, the fit and finish of the NSX concept seems to be on point with the likes of current benchmark standards like that of the Nissan GT-R. Unfortunately this was a mock-up so the final production version will most likely differ, but it is reassuring to know that Acura is on the right path with the NSX – if it only went into production sooner than later.

Good news for Ford fans, the Fiesta will now be offered with an ST version. First revealed last year as a concept, the Fiesta ST is a more sports hot hatch than its normal sibling and one set to rival the likes of the Fiat 500 Abarth and Mini Cooper S. Under the hood will be a 1.6-liter four cylinder good for roughly 130 horsepower (albeit the European model packs 178 horsepower) matted to a manual six speed transmission. Compared to its base version, the ST sits lower by 0.6-inch, has a limited-slip differential, stability-control system, sport seats, new front and rear fascias, and bigger wheel package. Need a hot hatchback this coming year? Well this is definitely one to consider.

Also found at the Ford booth were a selection of modified “tuner” Ford Fusion models like this slammed metallic black one. Each Fusion was built by a leading industry group ranging from an air ride to aero kit design companies. What’s Ford trying to say with these creations? Simple; that the Fusion is a vehicle which can be versatile in function and still friendly to those wanting to modify it. There’s little left to say other than the fact that they have our vote!

A couple of Lincoln promo reps smiling always make these press conferences go smoother. It’s good to note that Lincoln is making a come back and trying to capture a younger demographic with fresh designs and technology offerings, but this is surely one way to do it as well.

Over at the Auto Exotica gallery at the auto show, there were plenty of high priced beauties scattered about. McLaren Toronto (Pfaff) brought out two prime examples of automotive engineering in way of the MP4-12C coupe and the spider. V8 twin turbocharged goodness and Formula 1 inspired engineering doesn’t get any better than this!

Known as the fastest Ferrari ever built, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta was also at the Auto Exotica gallery next to other V8 and V12 Italian siblings. Under the hood is a 6.2-liter V12 engine (shared with the Ferrari FF) that puts out a massive 730 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 509 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm. Such figures translate to a launch from 0 – 100 km/h in just 3.1-seconds and a top speed of over 340 km/h (210 mph). Yes, we’ll take two please!

Want the best track car that money can buy? There is nothing better than a Ferrari 599XX EVO! This all out race car from the Italian prancing horse takes a normal 599 and turns up the heat with the rev limiter raised to 9,000rpm of its V12 high performance engine and peaks with 720 horsepower. Thanks to the use of composite materials and carbon fiber body panels, the 599XX is truly the end all and be all of track cars – as well as being limited production. The 599XX had completed the Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring in a time of 6 minutes and 58.16 seconds – the second fastest time ever recorded for a production-derived sports car!

No you’re not dreaming, this is the real deal Maserati MC12 race car also known as the MC12 Corse. Consider this, a $1.7-million Maserati masterpiece (similar in almost every way to the Ferrari Enzo) and put on a race bred diet. Developed from the MC12 GT1 that took the 2005 FIA GT Manufacturers Cup, this track warrior is said to be used exclusively for track sessions and exhibitions. Considering only 12 units were ever produced, this makes it one rare machine and possibly the only one ever to be seen in Canada!

Quite possibly the best car ever for any automotive enthusiast – the Ferrari F40. This 471 horsepower V8 twin turbocharged monster dating back to 1987 was offered at $400,000 and now sells upwards of $1.6-million amongst collectors. Thankfully it exists thanks to Ferrari of Ontario!

The revised Lamborghini Gallardo sporting a new aero package and wheels also had onlookers amazed. It was first unveiled at the Paris Motor Show and is a hit or miss restyling change for the now decade old V10 Italian supercar. Regardless of one’s take on the different styling, it is still a raging bull that does 0 – 100 km/h in 4-seconds and tops out at 201 mph!

One of the most beautiful cars in the last decade is without question the Maserati GranCabrio. Here is the latest offering with a fresh from fascia and sporting a drop top design. If you’re a fan of the GranTursimo, you’ll love this overly stylish drop top. Powering it a 454 horsepower, 4.7- liter V8 mated to a six speed automatic transmission with paddle shift. Performance figures are rated at 0 – 100 km/h in just 4.9-seconds with a top speed of 180 mph. What more could one ever want in a perfect summer cruiser like this?

Be sure to check back tomorrow for Part 2 of our coverage from the Canadian International AutoShow!

For more information, please visit Canadian International AutoShow

Words & Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec

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