BMW M2 CS
This is the final iteration of the current generation of this great handling little BMW. The M2 CS has received similar upgrades found on the bigger CS or Completion Sport models, the M3 CS and M4 CS. “We have combined as many lightweight elements to the vehicle as possible to lower its weight and increase its dynamic potential” said Patrick Lalewicz, Senior Product Planner at BMW Group Canada. “As well we have increased the horsepower, up to 444, all to make it the ultimate track capable M2”. Plenty of carbon fibre upgrades can be found inside, outside and under the hood of this car. It is the first M2 to have a carbon fibre roof. The M2 CS on display is in beautiful Misano Blue (the same name as the colour on our Alfa Romeo Giulia) which is specific to the M2 CS. It is also fitted with unique lightweight wheels that have a subtle gold finish, and a louder, lighter exhaust utilizing titanium elements. The base M2 CS comes standard with, are you ready for it, a 6-speed manual transmission! For $3,900 you could go faster, but potentially have slightly less fun, and opt for the 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. And if you want the ultimate in stopping power, you could go for the $9,500 carbon ceramic brakes. The base MSRP is $97,750. Only 2,000 units will be built worldwide with about 120 coming to Canada.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
The new eighth-generation (C8) Corvette Stingray is unique for many reason, the biggest being that, for the first time its 66 year history, the engine has been moved from the front, to a mid-engined configuration. The all-new racing Corvette C8.R came painstakingly close to finishing on the podium in its very first race, the 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona last month in Florida. The leading Corvette ended up finishing a close fourth in its class.
Not only is the C8 all-new for 2020, it was revealed in July 2019 in coupe form, which is really a targa because of its removable top, but we were on hand to see the reveal of the convertible. And, another first for Corvette, is its retractable hardtop. All prior generations were soft top convertibles.
“The coupe does have the hardtop that you can remove, which does allow you to get a little bit of open air driving, but for those who want the full convertible experience, that’s where the new hardtop convertible kicks in,” said Jamie Dewhurst, National Marketing Manager, Car and Crossovers, Chevrolet Canada. Base MSRP is $69,998 including freight and A/C tax, for the coupe/targa and $78,998 for the convertible. The Z51 package can be added to either car. Both cars are powered by the next-generation 6.2 litre small block V-8 LT2 engine pumping out up to 495 hp when equipped with the performance exhaust which comes standard with the Z51 package. An 8-speed dual clutch transmission, another first for Corvette, sends the power to the rear wheels. A manual transmission is not offered. 0-60 mph for the coupe equipped with the Z51 package is 2.9 seconds, which is blisteringly fast for a car in this price range. “To put that into perspective, our C7 Z06, with 150 more horsepower, was blazing fast with a 2.95 seconds 0-60, proof of how this mid-engine Corvette has really taken this to the next level,” Dewhurst stated. The first coupes should be on the road by April with the convertible following a few months later.
Stopping power is provided by high-performance sports brakes with 360 × 30 mm ventilated front discs and 18-inch lightweight forged wheels with 225/35 R18 Hankook performance tires. Just 3,000 units will be made available worldwide with only 59 coming to Canada. If you ever see one of these pocket rockets on the road, you will have seen something that is very rare. They will be arriving in Canada sometime after the second quarter of 2020. Also uncommon is a 3-door Mini with a base price of $51,990. To put that in perspective, the entry level 3-door Mini has a base price of less than half that, $24,590.
All Mini JCW GP’s come exclusively in Racing Grey Metallic with the roof and mirror caps in Melting Silver metallic. Each car is numbered from “0001” to “3000” on the surface of the front wheel arch panel. It’s worth buying this car just for that over the top rear spoiler.
Complete car show details can be found at the 2020 Canadian International Autoshow website.
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