Preview by Jonathan Yarkony
2014 Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) Highlights
This year’s Canadian International AutoShow, presented by autoTRADER.ca, taking place at Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre from February 14th to 23rd, promises to go Beyond Expectations, bringing the future of cars to us now.
Show times are:
12:00 PM – 10:00 PM (February 14)
10:30 AM – 10:00 PM (February 15 – 22)
10:30 AM – 6:00 PM (February 23)
This year’s show will highlight the latest and greatest in upcoming technologies and a wide array of features that will make their way into vehicles of the future. But as always, the cars are the stars of the show, and there is a great lineup of concepts, exotic supercars and newly revealed production cars for us to see for the first time.
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Last year, the 2014 Corvette Stingray was the star of the show, and it has since begun collecting accolades and awards (including North American Car of the Year, AJAC Best New Sports Car and an Autos.ca Top Pick). This year it’s an encore performance with Chevy upping the ante with the Z06 model, powered by a fearsome supercharged V8 making 625 hp and 635 lb-ft of torque. Always ready to tackle tracks everywhere with track-ready suspension and aerodynamics right out of the box, Chevy also developed a trick new track recorder that logs video and performance data.
And as usual, GM will be out in force at the Metro Convention Centre, with the Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado HD pickup trucks and Cadillac Escalade making their Canadian debuts as well.
2015 Ford Mustang & 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Click image to enlarge
2015 Ford Mustang
Some new model launches are evolutionary steps improving upon a proven product, while others are revolutionary, starting with a clean slate yet seeking to create the best execution of a vehicle’s mission. The 2015 Ford Mustang is a revolution. Ford is rewriting its legendary pony car’s script, starting with a fully independent suspension that should give it more sophisticated sports car manners to go along with its always-increasing power levels.
A 5.0L V8 returns for GT models, now making 420 hp, while the base V6 engine comes in at an even 300 hp. However, Ford is also adding a turbocharged 2.3L ‘Ecoboost’ inline-four with 305 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque (30 more than the base V6) to bring this classic nameplate solidly into modern sports car territory to go along with its contemporary looks.
2015 BMW i8 & 2015 Jaguar F-Type. Click image to enlarge
2015 BMW i8
BMW is putting its engineering savvy and passion for fast, dynamic cars into electric cars these days. This gas-electric scissor-doored exotic is a performance car of the highest order and quickly steps in as BMW’s halo sports car. It’s a plug-in hybrid with an electric-only range of up to 35 km, backed up by a 1.5L turbocharged three-cylinder gas engine. The gas engine produces 228 hp and 236 lb-ft sent to the rear wheels, while the 129-hp electric motor juices the front end. With extensive use of carbon fibre it weighs little more than a compact car, drinks only about 2.7 L/100 km, but is sure to accelerate, brake and turn like no other electric car you’ve ever seen before. Also look for the i3, a hyper-modern electric or range-extended EV city car that offers a surprising degree of that quintessentially engaging BMW driving experience.
However, BMW traditionalists will also have a chance to check out the new M4 Coupe and M3 sedan, now returning to a straight-six but with twin-turbos that bump power up to 430 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe
It doesn’t take long to see why this Jag will be on most people’s highlights list at the Toronto show. One of the sexiest production cars on hand, and more adventurous than almost any of the few concepts revealed in Toronto, the F-Type Coupe adds a slinky rear glass and metal to the artistry of the F-Type Convertible. Pricing is also lower than Convertible in the US (we expect the same here), and will be powered by the same lineup of 340-hp V6, 380-hp supercharged V6 and a supercharged V8 rated at 550 hp in the F-Type R model – good for about a four-second sprint to 100 km/h.