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Feb 19, 2016
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From the Manila International Auto Show to the Manila Auto Salon, we certainly have no shortage of local car fests where we can drool over fast, shiny hunks of metal.

Today though, an international one takes center stage on these pages: the Canadian International Auto Show, the largest in the Great White North. It kicked off last February 12 and ends on February 21, at which point, an estimated 300,000 people will have already walked on its show floors.

Any car aficionado would have had a swell time in it. There's just one problem: Canada is 6,921 miles away. Luckily, we found a correspondent. Lorenzo Escobal, a Filipino-Canadian who runs a detailing business, Inception Auto Detailing, in Canada, went to the event and shared his photos with us.

Major car porn ahead!


1) Mercedes Benz AMG GT-S

Packing heat with a 503-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 and a seven-speed automatic. Goes 0-60 in 3.0 seconds and blessed with a wig-blasting top speed of 193 mph. 


2) Mercedes Benz SLC 43

Not as fast as the Merc above but still faster than most earthbound vehicles with its twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 that produces 362 hp.


3) Alfa Romeo 4C

Think of it as a stripped-down Ferrari. It's red, and it's Italian, minus the brute force: It only has 237 horses under the hood. But it's also only 2,500 pounds, which means it'll still feel as fast as it looks. 


4) Alfa Romeo Giulia

An Italian sports sedan looking to battle against the Germany's Big Three: BMW's 3-Series, Merc's C-Class, and the Audi A4. With the top-spec "Quadrifoglio" model coming in with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 making 503-hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, those guys better pay attention. 

It also looks good enough that the model wasn't able to fully distract us:


5) Tesla Model S

Elon Musk is dead-set on making electric cars cool. Their top-spec version, the P90D, has an "Insane Mode" which propels the car from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds, and an even more insane setting called the "Ludicrous Mode" which does it in 2.8 ticks. This isn't your typical Prius, friends.

6) Tesla Model X

Just to convince the auto world how serious they are, Tesla has also made the fastest SUV ever: the Model X, whose front wheels are powered by a 259-hp electric motor and a 503-hp motor powering the rear wheels. The result: 0-60 in 3.2 seconds.

And oh, have you seen those Delorean-like "Falcon Wing" doors flap up and down?

The Tesla Model X flapping its "wings"

Tesla's Model X makes its global auto show debut at The Official Canadian International AutoShow.

Posted by Inception Automotive Detailing on Thursday, 11 February 2016


7) 2017 Ford GT Supercar

The second coming of the Ford supercar that originally came out in 2005. This one is powered by a 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine, good for 720 horsepower and 539 foot-pounds of torque. It's designed to have one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car with its lightweight carbon fiber construction.

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8) BMW i8

Another hybrid car intent on dispelling the notion that hybrids are lame. Turbocharged engines and an electric motor pair up to pump out 357 hp, which allows the i8 to hit 0-to-60 in 4.2 seconds.


9) 2017 Audi R8

The bad news: the V-8 is gone. The good news: a 5.2-liter 540-hp V-10 engine has replaced it. 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot capability now standard. Possibly on Willie Revillame's wishlist again.


10) Lexus LF-C2

A topless (and really, really blinding) version of the Lexus sedan, the RC. Still in its conceptual stage but the model on which it is based range from a 241-hp turbo to 306-hp V6. We're guessing the LF-C2's specs will be close to those. 


11) 2017 Acura NSX

The revival of what many consider as the first Japanese supercar. The original one, first released in 1990, had a 270-hp engine. How times have changed. The new NSX is a hybrid, boasting a 3.5-liter V-6 and three electric motors for a combined output of 573 hp.


12) 2016 Dodge Viper ACR

It's one of the fastest production cars in existence that's still street-legal. But with its 645-horsepower, 8.4-liter V-10 engine, it's definitely toeing the line. In spite of the power, it's still known to be a beast a driver could skillfully control thanks to the amazing downforce its massive rear wing and front splitter provide.


13) Pagani Huayra

It has a 720-hp engine. It's named after an Incan wind god, Huayra-tata. Estimates say that there are only 100 of these in the wild. And it's worth $1.3 million. God bless you, Pagani. God bless you.


We're sure the numbers above from these amazing, modern rides have blown you away. So let's dial it down. Waaaay down. The auto show also hosted a section that featured restored antique rides, with the oldest being a century old. From oldest to "newest," have a look at the...

14) 1915 Cadillac

Pioneered the then-new L-head V8 engine, one of the first V8 engines ever mass-produced.


15) 1927 Ford Model A

Replaced the iconic Model T, which had been in production for 18 years at the time of the A's introduction. It ranged from $385 to $1,400.


16) 1930 Duesenberg

The Duesenberg, an American brand, competed with the most luxurious European cars of the era, such as Hispano-Suiza, Isotta Fraschini, Mercedes-Benz, and Rolls-Royce. As you can see, its design speaks of luxury. Its premium looks, however, couldn't save the company from going down in Depression-era USA.


17) 1930 Cord

The Cord was introduced in 1929 as the first American front-wheel drive car to be offered to the public. The car was hampered however by reliability problems. By 1937, its production was discontinued.

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18) 1931 Cadillac

Cadillac's first, and only V-12 powered car that was ever in production. Then considered a luxury vehicle, whose big engine produced 135-hp.


19) 1931 Chrysler Imperial

Another American luxury car designed to compete with the likes of the Rolls-Royce Phantom II, Mercedes-Benz 770, Packard Eight, Duesenberg Model J, Cadillac Series 355, and Lincoln K-series.


20) 1958 Pontiac

Known for introducing formerly high-end options such as fuel injection and air suspension in an everyday car and for its distinct four-headlamp configuration up front.

 

Photos by Lorenzo Escobal
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