One of the most anticipated and heavily-travelled areas each year at the Canadian International AutoShow is Auto Exotica, the home to some of the world’s most exclusive, powerful, and yes – expensive – cars on earth.
Suffice to say, it is a must-see attraction and 2019 is no different with 30 of the most sought-after exotic production cars, classic models and even a couple of race cars on display. With a combined value of more than $30 million, the Auto Exotica is a showcase every show attendee should check out.
So, with that in mind here’s a guide of every car on display in the 100 Level of the North Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Named in honour of the late great Brazilian McLaren Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, the McLaren Senna is one of the rarest cars to come out of the company’s facility in Woking, England. Only 500 copies were built and to the best of our knowledge all have been sold. Powered by mid-mounted 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 (789 hp / 590 lb-ft.) paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, the Senna has a 0-100 km/h time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 340 km/h.
The fourth McLaren to receive the LT (Longtail) moniker, the new 600 LT has a fixed rear wing and rear diffuser that extends the car’s bodywork by 74 mm. Powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 (592 hp / 457 lb-ft.) paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic that can launch the car to 100 km/h from rest in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 328 km/h.
McLaren 720S Coupe
The 720S replaces the 650S in McLaren’s Super Series line and brings performance credentials that are equally impressive. Power is derived from a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 that produces 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft. of torque and is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Oh, and it’s fast, too. 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 341 km/h.
McLaren 570S Spider Canada Commission
McLaren Special Operations and its Canadian distributor, Pfaff Automotive Partners, came together to create the 570S Spider Canada Commission, a model designed to celebrate McLaren’s racing and road-car history in Canada. Five copies were built – three for McLaren Toronto, and one each for McLaren Vancouver and Montreal – in Silica White with red exposed carbon fibre, along with red and white accents. Powering each car is a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 (562 hp / 443 lb-ft.) paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
McLaren 570GT XP Edition
This incredibly rare model was commissioned by McLaren Special Operations as part of the MSO Collection. Only six cars were built – all are finished in XP Green to pay homage to the McLaren’s F1 XP GT Longtail – and this is the only one designated for sale in Canada. Power comes from a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 (562 hp / 443 lb-ft.) paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
The successor for the Vanquish in Aston Martin’s lineup, the DBS Superleggera (super light in Italian) brings a beautiful design, prodigious power (5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 – 715 hp / 664 lb-ft.) and a hefty price tag ($400,916 MSRP in Canada). And, like all Astons, it’s bad fast: 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 340 km/h.
Bentley Mulsanne Speed
The most powerful Bentley Mulsanne sedan is one of the fastest heavy cars we’ve ever encountered. With a staggering curb weight of 5,919 lbs., the Mulsanne Speed still has a 0-100 km/h speed of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 305 km/h. Why is it so fast? Massive engine – 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8 that produces 530 horsepower and a staggering 811 lb-ft. of torque.
The Lamborghini Urus is anything but an average SUV. Built on the same platform that underpins the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne, the Urus is powered by a 4.0-litre turbo V8 (650 hp / 627 lb-ft.) paired with an 8-speed automatic. Oh, and it’s Lamborghini-fast: 0-100 in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 305 km/h.
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ
This limited-edition (900 units) Aventador reset the production car lap record at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with a time of 6:44.97 minutes thanks to a 6.5-litre V12 that produces 770 horsepower and 531 lb-ft. of torque. Incidentally, SVJ stands for Superveloce Jota which basically means superfast and track performance superiority. Basically, superfast on track. Amore!
The first-ever SUV for Rolls-Royce draws its name from the Cullinan Diamond, the largest diamond ever discovered that now resides in the British Crown Jewels. Built on Rolls-Royce’s all-aluminum ‘Architecture of Luxury’ platform, the Cullinan is powered by a 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 engine (563 hp / 627 lb-ft.) paired with an 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.
The high-performance plug-in hybrid Revero sedan offers both impressive power and range. Combined power is rated at 403 horsepower and 981 lb-ft. of torque. A 2.0-litre 4-cylinder combined with two electric motors yield a pure electric range of 80 km and a total range of 480 km. A DC fast charger can fill the battery from empty to 80 percent in about 24 minutes.
2008 Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4
Perhaps no car embodies the rare, otherworldly nature of supercars quite like the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4. Powered by an incredible 8.0-litre W-16 engine (basically two V8 engines bolted together) that produces an eye-popping 1,001 horsepower and 922 lb-ft. of torque. The car on display here is one of only 300 coupes built, the last of which was in 2015.
2005 Maserati MC12
The MC12 road car was built in very limited quantities (50 total) so that its race car variant could compete in the FIA GT and GT1 World Championship. It won the manufacturers’ title for Maserati in GT1 in 2005. The road car is staggeringly powerful: 6.0-litre V12 engine (630 hp / 481 lb-ft.) capable of 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 330 km/h.
1993 Jaguar XJ220
Powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 (542 hp / 475 lb-ft.), the sleek XJ220 was the world’s fastest production car for most of the 1990s with a top recorded speed of 341.7 km/h. The record was eventually broken by the McLaren F1 in 1998, but the XJ220 remains one of the 1990s greatest supercars. Just 381 were built between 1992 and 1994.
2006 Mercedes SLR McLaren
A product of a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren, the Mercedes SLR McLaren was sold from 2003-2010 with a total production run of 2,157 units. Powered by a 617-horsepower 5.4-litre supercharged V8, the SLR McLaren was inspired by the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR race car that won the World Sportscar Championship in 1955.
2012 Lexus LFA
Although the LFA was in production for just two years (2010-2012) and only 500 were built, the car established Lexus as a high-performance brand. Hand-built by a dedicated production team in Aichi, Japan, the LFA is powered by a 4.8-litre V10 that produces 552 horsepower and 354 lb-ft. of torque which produces a 0-100 km/h time of 3.6 seconds.
1996 Ferrari F50
The successor to the iconic F40, the F50 is a rare supercar with just 349 units built between 1995 and 1997. Powered by a 4.7-litre V12 (514 hp / 347 lb-ft.) that was derived from the 3.5-litre V12 used in the Ferrari 641 Formula One car (1990) driven by Alain Prost, the F50 also spawned a racing variant (F50 GT) that was intended to compete in the BPR Global GT Series before it folded in 1996.
2005 Porsche Carrera GT
The mid-engine Carrera GT was one of the most powerful supercars built in the 2000s and is regarded as one of the best sports cars ever built. Powered by a 5.7-litre V10 (603 hp / 435 lb-ft.), the rear-drive Carrera GT has a 0-100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 330 km/h. Porsche built 1,270 units from 2003-2007.
Lotus Evora Sport 410
The Lotus Evora Sport 410 is essentially a slightly more powerful version of the Evora 400. The Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre supercharged V6 produces 410 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. of torque (as opposed to 400 / 302 in the Evora 400) and is paired with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic to drive the rear wheels.
The mid-engine, rear-drive Elise roadster has been in production since 1996 and is now in its third generation. The model on display here is a second-gen 2006 model powered by a Toyota-sourced 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine (189 horsepower) paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.
1957 Aston Martin DB2/4
The DB2/4 is the successor to the DB2 and was in production from 1953-1957. It was available as a 2+2 hatchback, a drophead coupe and a 2-seat fixed head coupe. The 2.9-litre Lagonda Straight-6 engine produced 140 horsepower and 178 lb-ft. of torque in the Mark I introduced in 1953, and output increased to 165 / 180 when the Mark II was introduced in 1955.
1965 Shelby Cobra Dragonsnake
One of only four 289 Dragonsnakes ever built, this incredibly rare car has its original body and chassis intact, has never been damaged and has had just five owners in its history. Among the many modifications the car has received are a 3.77 rear end, Koni shocks, chrome roll bar, heater, radio and FIA style wheels.
1967 Mustang Stallion Resto-Mod
This Stallion is no ordinary Mustang thanks to its many modifications including a 5.4-litre engine and 2.9-litre Whipple supercharger that combine to produce a whopping 800 horsepower. Other mods of note include a 6-speed Tremec manual transmission, Wilwood brakes and custom interior.
1969 Corvette L89 Convertible
This rare Corvette L89 Convertible has a rather unique backstory as it is completely original, has only 358 original miles (576 km) on its odometer and has never been titled (registered). Only 390 Corvettes were built in 1969 with the 435 horsepower 427 cubic-inch (L89) engine. This one is numbers-matching and has all its original documentation. It is valued at roughly $375,000.
While it has a distinct concept look about it, the Devel Sixteen is in fact a real hypercar with a real engine. From Dubai-based Devel Motors, this land rocket will have a 12.3-litre quad-turbo V16 engine designed and built by Michigan-based Steve Morris Engines when it goes on sale later this year. Yes, the engine’s output is insane: 5,007 horsepower and 3,757 lb-ft. of torque. The price? $2.2 million. And word is Drake already has his name on one.
Tesla Model X
Tesla’s SUV entry has been on sale since 2015 and comes two ways for the Canadian market: 100D and P100D. Both models boast impressive range (P100 – 475 km, P100D – 465 km), all-wheel drive and seating for up to seven. And they’re also fast: the P100D can go from 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h.
Tesla Model S
Now on the market for seven years, Tesla’s fast mid-size sedan comes in two flavours for Canada – one for maximum range and one for performance. The P100 offers the best range (539 km), while the P100D is the fastest: 0-100 km/h in 2.7 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h. The P100 is also quite quick: 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds.
Tesla Model 3
Tesla’s compact Model 3 is available in three variants: mid-range battery, long-range battery and performance. The mid-range offers rear-wheel drive and has the lowest MSRP ($51,900), while the long-range and performance models have all-wheel drive, along with better range and performance. The performance model is the most expensive ($76,600), but it has the best range (499 km) and performance (0-100 km in 3.5 seconds).
1985 Lola T900 Newman/Haas Indy Car
Driven by IndyCar and Formula One racing legend Mario Andretti, this Lola T900 Newman/Haas racer found victory lane three times during the 1985 CART PPG Indy Car World Series season. Powering Andretti’s wins in ‘85 was the famed Cosworth 2.65-litre DFX V8 engine produced more than 800 hp.
SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team race car
Announced just last week at the Canadian International AutoShow is the new SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team which will campaign two cars in the 2019 Formula One World Championship. The team’s driver lineup with consist of Mexican veteran Sergio Perez along with Canadian Lance Stroll. Stroll’s father Lawrence is a part owner of the team.
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