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BMW M6 Gran Coupé & 2014 Audi RS 7. Click image to enlarge

 

BMW M6 Gran Coupé

BMW is showcasing the M6 Gran Coupé, a sleek fastback sedan with the monster twin-turbo V8 making 560 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. If you like the sound of launching to 100 km/h in less time than it takes for your jaw to drop at the gorgeous lines of this wannabe ‘coupé’, take a seat and start saving up for this pricey and prestigious luxury four-seater. With a space-age seven-speed M-Double-Clutch Transmission and the innovative Active M Differential, BMW claims that the “M6 Gran Coupé is equipped with one of the most advanced drivetrains BMW has ever developed.” Also look for a couple of interesting concepts at the BMW booth.

2014 Audi RS 7

Another German super-sedan making an appearance at CIAS 2013 is the sultry 2014 Audi RS 7. It will arrive packing the same 560-hp, 516 lb-ft twin-turbo V8 in the RS6 Avant available in Europe. Like the RS 5, the RS 7 will feature Audi’s trick Quattro all-wheel drive, tuned for racier models with an active sport differential that will vary torque side to side in addition to the front/rear split. And while performance will be stratospheric, the ride and comfort will be typical Audi thanks to adaptive suspension and adding touches like quilted leather and a profusion of carbon fibre trim to the A7’s already class-leading interior.

2014 Jaguar XFR-S

While some might find this dropped and boosted Jaguar garish in its French Racing Blue and boy-racer carbon-fibre spoiler, we think the XFR-S is obscenely hot. Jaguar’s XF is a pretty exclusive vehicle (it is practically royalty, after all) to begin with, and the R-S treatment pumps power up to 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque by dialing the Roots twin-vortex supercharger boost up to 11 (figuratively, not 11 psi), and rocking suspension, aerodynamic modifications to help it creep up to a 300 km/h top speed after breaking 96 km/h (60 mph) in 4.4 seconds. However, 2013 CIAS is one of the few places you will get a chance to see this rare beast—only 100 are destined for North America.

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2014 Jaguar XFR-S & Jaguar F-Type. Click image to enlarge

Jaguar F-Type


The new F-Type marks a return to one branch of Jaguar’s legacy: a two-seat, convertible sports car focused on performance, agility and driver involvement. As per Jaguar: “The F- Type is a continuation of a sporting bloodline that stretches back more than 75 years and encompasses some of the most beautiful, thrilling and desirable sports cars ever built.” Check, check, and oh yeah. As a modern-day reinterpretation of the famed XK-E it incorporates lightweight aluminum architecture and rear-wheel drive, powered by the new supercharged 3.0L V6 engine in 340-hp and 380-hp outputs plus a big-cat 495-hp 5.0L supercharged V8.

 

Green Choices

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Turbocharged Hybrid

While not exactly a Canadian debut at CIAS, Volkswagen is launching its Jetta Turbocharged Hybrid this winter to further bolster their extensive Jetta lineup. Combining a 1.4L turbocharged, direct-injection engine with a powerful and lightweight electric motor and seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission results in outstanding performance and amazing fuel efficiency.

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2014 Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel. Click image to enlarge

2014 Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel

The 2014 Mazda6 was already a winning combination with its good looks, sporty dynamics and roomy interior, but add its acclaimed an all-new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine and it will have efficiency to match many hybrids without sacrificing anything. It will also represent the first Japanese modern clean-diesel engine on sale in Canada in a non-commercial vehicle. Available with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, the high-output turbodiesel will provide powerful and responsive acceleration, incredible fuel economy, and meet all North American emissions standards without the need of expensive exhaust treatments.




About Jonathan Yarkony

Jonathan Yarkony is the Senior Editor for Autos.ca, a Brampton-based automotive writer with eight years of experience evaluating cars and an AJAC member.