The exotic cars coming to the Canadian International Auto Show fall into two categories: those you can get, and those you can only dream about.
In the attainable group—albeit with a fat pocketbook, since the price is going to be about $400,000 (U.S.) — I'm most excited about the Ford GT. Manufactured by Multimatic in the GTA with local testing done last summer, this is a supercar with Canadian cred.
It will have the most powerful Ford EcoBoost engine yet, a 600 horsepower V6 nestled right behind the seats of the sleek coupe. The seriously gorgeous carbon fibre and aluminum body will be super light. The car will be very, very quick on the road or track, and in spite of the price, its low production volume all but guarantees it will sell out.
Lusting for something a couple hundred thousand dollars less? Look out for the new Acura NSX.
While the first 2017 Acura NSX (VIN 001) was just auctioned off in the U.S. for a cool $1.2 million, the next-generation Japanese supercar looks set to be a cult classic even before it goes on sale. Orders will be accepted starting in late February, and prices start at $189,900 before topping out at $250,100.
The 573 horsepower twin-turbo V6-powered NSX will be Acura’s first build-to-order vehicle. Customers will be able to design their NSX by selecting from eight exterior colours, four interior colour schemes and three seating surface options. Customers can further customize their wheels, brakes and add various carbon fibre packages.
In the Porsche world, Singer Vehicle Design is a customizing service based in California that takes a customer’s existing 964 model Porsche 911 (built from 1990 to 1994) and turns them into unique restorations. The cars get performance enhancements, while a serious effort is made to preserve the original aesthetic.
Singer recently teamed up with Pfaff Automotive Partners to bring this service to Canadian customers from its base in the GTA.
A 911 called "Minnesota" will be on display at the AutoExotica section. It, like all 911s restored by Singer, is named after its hometown. It's a 3.8-litre, 350 horsepower coupe with a six-speed gearbox, Ohlins suspension and a leatherweave interior. The colour combination is a spectacular homage to the old Gulf racing livery in blue and orange.
Also at Auto Exotica is a racing version of the McLaren F1 road car, which was the world’s fastest production car for more than 20 years. It’s also the first street car with a full carbon fibre chassis.
The car is powered by a BMW V12 engine, and just over 100 models were built. The F1 GTR won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, and the car coming to Toronto placed third in the endurance race in 1995.
Looking for an icon? A Roller is a status car for many, and the Rolls-Royce Wraith takes that concept to new levels.
It's got a unique silhouette with two suicide doors and a fastback roofline. Together, these make the Wraith look wicked fast.
And it is. The most powerful Roller ever goes 0-100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds.
The Wraith also has quirky new technologies, such as a GPS-guided transmission that shifts for you based on its knowledge of the road ahead.
You can stand in awe of this wonderful sight at AutoExotica as well.
This story originally appeared on wheels.ca