Canadian International Auto Show

THE ULTIMATE 911, the most powerful ever conceived, was one of five incredible new Porsche sports cars that revved into the Metro Toronto Convention Centre last month for the Canadian International Autoshow.

Several elements make the 911 GT2 RS so special — 700 horsepower from a 3.8-litre flat-six, a blistering 0-to-60-mph time of 2.8 seconds, numerous aerodynamic flourishes including a massive rear wing, weight-saving measures such as carbon-fibre, and top-tech go-fast engineering like the special tank of distilled water in the front trunk used to cool the engine’s intake charge.

It’s no wonder the 911 GT2 RS conquered the Nürburgring last September with a record-breaking fastest lap — beating the last production-car holder the Lamborghini Huracán LP 640-4 Performante as well as the previous record holder, Porsche’s own 918 Spyder.

New Porsche Cars Canada CEO Marc Ouayoun assures us that, despite the GT2 RS’s staggering performance numbers, it is indeed a car for the street, not necessarily track focused. Car And Driver magazine sums it up, “Fastest factory-built 911 ever, visceral character, driver friendly.” Those last two words are often what separates a Porsche from exotics like Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren.

The 911 GT2 RS can be yours for just $334,000. An additional Weissach package costs $35,370 and helps further lighten the vehicle with a carbon-fibre roof and magnesium wheels. 

Porsche also peeled the wraps off the new 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, packing 607 horsepower, featuring higher-grade materials and luxury appointments, and limited to just 500 units worldwide. Price is set at $293,800. 

A third 911 unveiled was the Carrera T, showcasing a purist’s concept of the 911 with less weight, shorter transmission ratios from the manual gearbox, and rear-wheel drive with a mechanical differential lock. Horsepower is rated at 370. The T stands for Touring. The rear and rear-side windows are made from lightweight glass, sound absorption materials are down to a minimum. Many items here are not available on the regular Carrera. The price is $116.500.

The two final Porsche introductions at the auto show were top GTS versions of the 718 Boxster and Cayman — boasting 365 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.5-litre boxer four-cylinder (up 15 horses from the S). As with Porsche’s other GTS models, these range-toppers come equipped with a standard pack of performance parts: among them the Sport Chrono Package, Porsche Torque Vectoring and Porsche Active Suspension Management with a 10-millimetre lower ride height. Trademark GTS black styling cues are outside, Alcantara trim is on the inside.

Other Porsches adorning the show floor included Macans, Cayennes and Panameras (including an E-Hybrid and the new shooting-brake wagon-like Sport Turismo). One Macan particularly impressed, a Turbo model outfitted with Performance Package, dressed in silver with red highlights, wearing big 21-inch 911 Turbo Design wheels, emphasizing the sport in sport utility.

The Canadian International Autoshow is a must-see for any car enthusiast. The Porsche display did not disappoint. As well, the company had a special separate 70 Years Of Porsche exhibit. And the north and south Metro Toronto Convention Centres showed off many other stunning vehicles. A big draw this year was the Koenigsegg Agera RS, the fastest production car on the planet, with 1,360 horsepower and a proven 457.94 kph top speed! </>

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