The Canadian International Auto Show is currently underway in Toronto. All the top auto manufacturers are present and putting their best foot forward, including some of the hottest cars ever made. Here's a small sampling of just some of the cars you can see in downtown Toronto today.
The Blue Lightning may look like a 2014 Lotus Evora, but under the hood is a totally different story. The standard 3.5-liter V6 has been replaced by the same drive unit as a Tesla Model S, making the Blue Lightning an all-electric sports car.
Mercedes AMG GT3
The race-spec version of the AMG GT, the GT3, has upgraded power: a massive 6.2-liter naturally aspirated engine putting out 622 hp. Top speed is just over 205 mph. This one is owned by DeVilbiss Racing in Scottsdale Arizona.
Koenigsegg Agera RS
Known as the world’s fastest production car, the Agera RS is capable of straight line speeds of over 284 mph. The optional 1 MegaWatt package upgrades the 5.0-liter V8 engines power from 1,160 to 1,341 bhp.
Aston Martin DB11
The replacement to the DB9, the DB11 is Aston Martin's current "grand tourer" sports car. Despite the V12 version of the car reaching almost 4000 lbs, the DB11 is capable of reaching 60 mph in less than 3.9 seconds.
The current car offered by French supercar manufacturer Bugatti, the Chiron builds on the Veyron's legacy for being an incredibly fast, incredibly luxurious supercar. Theoretically, the Chiron can reach speeds of 288 mph, but no tires in existence can withstand the stress of its 1,479 hp engine.
A giant killer, the Z06 is North America’s answer to Europe’s myriad supercars. Despite being a fraction of the price of much more expensive Porsches, Audis, and Lamborghinis, the Z06 can outperform many of them on the track.
Darth Vader Car
The Sith Lord’s personal ride, this car debuted at San Diego Comic-Con in 2014. Equipped with an LS3 engine producing 526 hp, this car is the only terrestrial ride Lord Vader will demean himself to drive.
A road-legal product drag racer with over 800 hp under the hood, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the epitome of American muscle cars. From a standstill, the car can reach 60 mph in 2.3 seconds.
Ferrari 488 Spider
The Roadster version of the 488, the Spider comes with a folding hardtop that only adds 110 lbs to the original version. A 670 PS 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 propels this car to 60 mph in under three seconds.
GM Firebird III Concept
Built during the height of the jet age, the Firebird III took many of its design cues from 1950s fighter jets. Although certainly outlandish in terms of design, the Firebird III pioneered standard modern features like cruise control, anti-lock brakes, and even air conditioning.
The second generation Ford GT proves that American manufacturers are just as capable of making a ludicrous supercar as everyone else. A 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine puts out 647 hp and propels the car to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.
The successor to the legendary Zonda, the Huayra is named for Huayra-tata, the god of wind for the native Quechua people of South America. The Roadster version pictured here was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
Spanish for hurricane, the Huracan is Lamborghini’s flagship supercar, replacing the former Gallardo. One of these cars was donated to Pope Francis, who promptly auctioned the car off and donated the proceeds to charity.
BMW i8 Roadster
Who says that electric cars have to be boring? The BMW i8 is a plug-in electric hybrid sports car for those who want performance without killing the planet to get it. The i8 Roadster is a convertible version introduced this year and made its Canadian debut at the Toronto Auto Show.
Rarely do Chinese cars make it to North America. The Revero is a plug-in electric hybrid sports car produced by Karma Automotive and sold in California. In addition to the standard plug-in electric drive, the roof of the car is covered in solar panels to charge the battery on sunny days.
The second car in McLaren's Super Series, the 720S features their newly developed M840T engine. With twin-turbos and producing 710 bhp, the car is capable of reaching 60 mph in 2.7 seconds.
Part of Nissan’s Z-Car family of sports cars, the 300ZX Z32 became extremely popular with tuners for its robust 3.0-liter engine and reasonable price. Formerly a king drift-racing car, it has since been replaced by the Nissan 370Z.
Nissan's flagship supercar and replacement to the legendary Skyline, the modern GT-R continues Nissan's tradition of making incredible sports cars. Much like the Corvette Z06, the GT-R is known for out-performing cars far more expensive than itself.
Porsche 911 Carrera
The modern incarnation of the Porsche 911 family that stretches all the way back to 1963. The second phase model, known internally as the 991.2, features a new, smaller, 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline 6 engine.
Audi R8 Spyder
The R8 has been Audi’s flagship car since being introduced in 2006. The R8 Spyder features a naturally aspirated V10 that produces 533 hp. The car shares much of its technology with the Lamborghini Huracan, its sister car.
The RX7 is legendary for being a small, lightweight sports car to feature a rotary engine—the same kind you’d normally find in a WWII propeller plane. Unlike in WWII, the rotary engine in the RX7 was much lighter and nestled low behind the front axle providing excellent weight distribution.
Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R
The Skyline is perhaps best known for its domination of the tuner and drift-racing scene. This model is no exception, having received extensive work since rolling off the assembly line in the early 1990s. Note the right-hand drive location of the steering wheel as these cars were never sold in North America.
Hyundai Veloster N
The N-series of performance cars have been on sale in Europe for a little while but will be coming to North America in 2018 starting with the Veloster N. Hyundai’s version of the hot hatch, the Veloster N will feature 275 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.
Subaru WRX STi
The second generation WRX STi is another popular tuner and drift car. This one has been extensively modified by Richard Boake to have an enormous front and rear spoiler to provide enough downforce for its 600 hp engine.