“The Canadian International AutoShow is one of the few major auto shows in the world that features every manufacturer retailing vehicles in that country.” Jason Campbell, CIAS General Manager
“The Canadian International AutoShow is one of the few major auto shows in the world that features every manufacturer retailing vehicles in that country,” said Jason Campbell, the shows General Manager. “We have an audience that continues to grow. This enthusiasm from both our manufacturers and retailers has been what’s made The AutoShow the best place to shop and compare the newest cars in the market, and the 2019 AutoShow (is) no exception.”
There are many TrackWorthy cars on display at this year’s AutoShow. In addition to the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, the Nissan Leaf NISMO RC, and the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak, here are some of the other highlights:
Audi R8 Spyder
Audi’s racing heritage is built into every R8. “Motorsport is part of our DNA,” stated Oliver Hoffmann, Technical Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “With around 50 percent shared parts with the R8 LMS GT3 and even 60 percent with the R8 LMS GT4, no other automobile is so close to motor racing as the R8.”
Jaguar XE SV Project 8
The Project 8 set a lap record around the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife setting the quickest lap time ever for a street legal four door sedan. The ability to slow down the Project 8, from a top speed of 322 km/h, is achieved by the largest and most technologically advanced carbon ceramic brakes ever fitted to a Jaguar production car. They are lighter too, saving 18 kg’s of unsprung weight. The Project 8’s front racing seats are trimmed in Ebony leather with Oyster contrast stitching and are made from special lightweight magnesium-frames.
The Project 8 body has received extensive aerodynamic performance upgrades including an adjustable front splitter, rear diffuser and large adjustable rear spoiler. The angle of the rear spoiler can be adjusted to either reduce drag or maximize downforce. The wing can achieve up to 122 kg of downforce at speeds of 300 km/h. The base price for the XE SV Project 8 is $208,000.
Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport
Porsche unveiled the New Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport race car, three years after the launch of the first Cayman GT4 Clubsport. For 2019, the GT4 Clubsport comes in two versions; the Trackday model for amateur racing, and the Competition version which is eligible for national and international racing series.
The Porsche 718 GT4 Clubsport is powered by a 3.8-litre flat-six cylinder engine that generates 425 hp, up 40 hp over the previous generation. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. The racing braking system features 380 millimetre diameter steel brake discs at all four corners. The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport weighs in at just over 2,900 pounds (1,320 kilograms).
The car is delivered with a welded-in safety cage, racing bucket seat with a six-point racing harness. The safety fuel cell has a capacity of 115 litres to enable it to be competitive in long distance endurance races. The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trackday model costs 134,000 Euro plus country-specific VAT (USD $151,000) and the Competition model costs 157,000 Euro plus country-specific VAT (USD $177,000).
“The new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport possesses significantly more racing genes than its successful predecessor,” stated Porsche’s head of motorsport Fritz Enzinger. “The power of the engine has increased considerably. At the same time, we were able to increase the downforce and the cockpit is now even better suited to drivers’ needs. I’m confident that we can build on the excellent sales figures of the predecessor, of which we have delivered 421 cars.”
Canadians Orey Fidani and Scott Hargrove will be racing this Cayman GT4 Clubsport in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series, which has a stop in Canada at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville, Ontario on July 5 to July 7, 2019.
Subaru BRZ Raiu Edition and WRX STI
Subaru Canada has created a limited edition BRZ Raiu Edition for 2019, “Raiu” means thunderstorm in Japanese. Production will be limited to just 100 cars in Canada and are offered in the exclusive Cool Grey Khaki exterior. The BRZ comes with a naturally aspirated 16-valve 2.0 litre 4 cylinder boxer engine which generates 205 hp and a 6-speed close ratio short-throw shifter manual transmission. It has a limited-slip rear differential, front sports seats in black leather and Alcantara, Brembo performance brakes, SACHS performance dampers, STI front lip spoiler, STI side-sill spoilers, STI rear-side under spoilers, dark alloy wheels, black door mirrors, black shark-fin antenna, black badging and gunmetal grey 17 inch rims. The 2019 Subaru BRZ Raiu Edition has a base price of $33,795. Subaru are also offering a WRX Raiu Edition with a base price of $40,995.
Toyota GR Supra
As Cyril Dimitris, Vice-President, Toyota Canada has stated, “The 2020 Toyota Supra is a legend and favourite amongst racing enthusiasts.”
The Supra will come standard with 19-inch forged alloy wheels fitted with 275/35R19 performance Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires in the rear and 255/35R19s up front. Braking will be courtesy of 13.7-inch front rotors held by 4-piston Brembo calipers. Standard on the Supra is Adaptive Variable Suspension. This system instantly adjusts damping force in response to driver input and road conditions. Two settings for the suspension are available – Normal and Sport.
The 2020 GR Supra is the first global model developed by Toyota GAZOO Racing (GR), the international umbrella for Toyota’s global motorsport program and has a base price of $64,990.
Volkswagen Golf R Oettinger and Golf GTI Rabbit Edition
In addition to the I.D. R Pikes Peak all-electric race car, Volkswagen brought two special Golfs to this year’s AutoShow. The Golf R on display is equipped with the $6,500 Oettinger aero package. It includes an Oettinger 4-pipe rear skirt with diffuser, a rear pipe silencer, a roof spoiler, side skirts, a front spoiler and front spoiler splitter. The Golf R is available in forty-six amazing colours, four of which are no-cost options. Oryx White Pearl costs $495, and the remaining 41 extremely vibrant colours are a $2,995 option. Power is sent to all four wheels of the Golf R via Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive through either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG automatic with paddle shifters.
Power is supplied by the turbocharged 2.0 litre inline four cylinder engine which generates 288 hp at 5,400 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 rpm. The Golf R has a base price of $42,495 with the 6-speed manual, and $43,895 when equipped with the 7-speed DSG.
Also on display is a Cornflower Blue 2019 Golf GTI Rabbit (base MSRP $33,995) which falls between the base GTI (base MSRP $30,845) and the top of the line Autobahn (base $36,145). All three cars are powered by turbocharged 2.0 litre inline 4 cylinder engine that develop 228 hp at 4,500 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1,500 rpm. The base GTI comes with 17” rims while the Rabbit and Autobahn come with 18” rims, the Rabbits are in Pretoria Black.
Article © Copyright 2019 TrackWorthy Group Ltd.; Photographs © Copyright 2019 TrackWorthy Group Ltd. and Gary Maavara