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Toronto Auto Show: Exotic cars you'll lust after


What makes a vehicle “exotic”?  First of all, it should be gorgeous. It should have outstanding performance. It should be shrouded in mystery. That it’s also expensive is naturally and automatically assumed.

An exotic car is the forbidden fruit. It’s completely out of our league but we grasp at the flimsy chance that somehow, someday, if the stars line up just right, we might have a shot.

The Toronto auto show has more than its share of Lustmobiles. Just make your way to the Auto Exotica area for some of the most exclusive cars currently gracing our shores. Here’s a list of some of the beauties that await you:

Aston Marton Vanquish Volante: Since I am saddled with the last name of Bond and a middle name of James (yes, really), Aston Martins have always been high on my list of dream cars.

From Sean Connery ejecting a Goldfinger minion from his DB5 to Pierce Brosnan’s invisible V-12 Vanquish, Astons have always held a special place in the Bond film mystique.

The Vanquish Volante on display at this year’s show doesn’t have an ejector seat, and you wouldn’t want it to become invisible. But with a 565-horsepower, 5.9-liter V12, the car will certainly go. For $300,000 and a willing smile, you could be the owner.

Ferrari 458 Speciale: When you say exotic, most people think of Ferrari or Lamborghini. You won’t be disappointed — the show offers a full selection of prancing-horse and fighting-bull Italian supercars.

Ferrari is represented by the 458 Speciale, the F12 Berlinetta and the FF — four seats and four-wheel drive.

Lamborghini Aventador: For Lamborghini fans, confirmed is the latest Aventador, the Toronto Star booth will feature a racing Lambo, and a special Lamborghini vehicle display will be part of a collaboration with Quebec artist Lisabel.

Rolls Royce Wraith: If you find Italian iron too common or too sporty, consider a Rolls Royce Wraith. The fastback, luxury coupe has a 634-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-12 and suicide doors hinged at the rear. The price of admission is $350,000 and you start bespoking from there.

Bentley Flying Spur: Or perhaps the Bentley Flying Spur is more to your liking. A 2,500-kg, four-door uber-luxury sedan, it is powered by a 616-horsepower, W-12 that pumps out a pavement-wrinkling 590 lb.-ft. of torque and does zero to 100 km/h in just over 4 seconds. It’s a quarter-million-dollar gentleman’s express