Giving show-goers something to “dream” about has always been a key element of auto shows and that is certainly the case for the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS), which opens to the public in Toronto on February 15.
Whether it’s a case of shoppers fulfilling their present-day dreams, sealing decisions on the vehicle best suited to their needs, or those just dreaming of what might have been or may someday be, there’s something to fuel all manner of automotive dreams at the CIAS.
Gamers will appreciate the eSports Gaming Competition, while the Tuner crowd will enjoy checking out the latest accessories and some of the wildest tuner machines in the country. There’s a 50th anniversary celebration of the ever-popular Hot Wheels and the EV Zone will focus on fully electric and autonomous vehicles and the technologies that are driving this shift in the industry.
Those with dreams of past glories will appreciate the Art and the Automobile exhibit, showcasing true jewels of automotive design from around the globe, while Porsche fans will truly enjoy an exhibit honouring the brand’s 70 years of competition and building iconic sports cars.
But for many “dreamers,” the AutoExotica exhibit, located on the 100 level of the North Metro Toronto Convention Centre, will be the highlight of their show visit.
AutoExotica is a collection of valuable exotic cars that are rarely seen on Canadian roads, yet in this unique display visitors have the opportunity to get close and appreciate the beauty, style and artistry of such exotic nameplates as Koenigsegg, Aston Martin, Bugatti, Callaway Corvette, Lamborghini, Bentley, Karma, McLaren, Pagani, Rolls-Royce, Lotus and more.
The collection, valued at more than $100 million, is highlighted by the world’s fastest car, the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which smashed five existing production car speed records, including setting the highest top speed achieved by a production vehicle at 457.94 km/h, (284.55 mph), during trials in Nevada on Nov. 4, 2017. The actual record-setting Agera RS will be on display throughout the show as it makes its Canadian debut.
AutoExotica will also feature the Lamborghini URUS, which is making its first appearance in this country, as well. Lamborghini describes the URUS as the world’s first Super Sports Utility Vehicle and says it’s the fastest SUV on the planet.
Another new entry is the BAC Mono, a sleek single-seat formula-style car built by Liverpool, England-based Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) and designed to appeal to track enthusiasts. The Mono is being displayed courtesy of Pfaff Auto, the official distributor for BAC in Canada. The Pfaff display will also include a Pagani Huayra roadster, McLaren 570 GT race car and McLaren F1 car, plus a 2018 McLaren 720S Velocity by MSO and a 2018 McLaren 570S Spider.
Lovers of North American power appreciate the Callaway display, which will be its Corvette Z06 and a rarely seen SC757 Corvette AeroWagen, while a specially-wrapped, 500-horsepower 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is being shown courtesy of Barrett-Jackson, the American auction company.
Autostrada Forum Magazine will be showing several rare and visually stunning classic exotics from some of Canada’s most discerning collectors, as well as iconic current machinery, in Auto Exotica. The Autostrada showcased will includes a 1956 Pontiac Club de Mer (re-creation), 1977 Maserati Khamsin, 2015 McLaren P1, 1973 Ferrari Dino, 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO and a 2018 Ford GT.
Legendary Motorcar of Halton Hills will be showcasing probably the most high-value collection of vehicles per square foot at the show: a 1963 Factory Competition Shelby Cobra, the first Cobra to ever win a race, and first to win a championship (this car is formerly a part of the Shelby American collection, valued at $6 million); a 1969 GT 40, one of seven lightweight factory GT40s to be built to the same spec as the 1968 Le Mans-winning GT40 (valued at $9 million); a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO (valued at $2.5 million); and a 1961 E Type Jaguar roadster, a super-rare, flat-floor car that scored a perfect 1,000 points at the Jag Nationals.
Gentry Lane’s display features a Lotus Evora 400 IPS 2 2 and Lotus Evora 410 John Player’s Special, while Grand Touring Automobiles will be showcasing Lamborghini’s URUS and Aventador, as well as the Rolls Royce Phantom, Bentley Continental Supersport, Aston Martin DB11 V8, Karma Revero and Bugatti Chiron.
Tickets for the show are available at the AutoShow’s website (www.autoshow.ca), where details on admission pricing, discounts and ticket packages, as well as show hours are outlined.