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May 12, 2011

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Best of the 2011 Canadian International Auto Show

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I know it’s been a couple of months since the 2011 Auto Show in Toronto, but I guess the old saying, “better late than never” still holds true! This year’s Auto Show was definitely a lot smaller than previous years. The powers that be decided on using the Metro Toronto Convention Centre as the lone building for the yearly event.

Despite having fewer exhibits, the show still delivered! Ford had an excellent showing this year. The new Ford Explorer seemed to attract a lot of attention. The fully loaded model, with an MRSP of $54,000, was absolutely gorgeous!

Ford also had a customized Ford Fusion on display. It had a custom sound system, big Asanti wheels and tires, and was chromed out to perfection.

One of my favourites was definitely the Lexus IS-F. The performance sedan continues to target the BMW M3 and Audi RS4, delivering 416 horsepower at 6600rpm and 371 lb-ft of torque. It has a 5.0 Liter V8 engine. Rumor has it that there will eventually be a coupe model available. Lexus has updated this year’s model with new IP guages, silver coloured-trimmed steering wheel, and a aluminum finish ornamentation. The sport mode switch has been moved for easier access.

In addtion, vehicles with black interior receive the option of Alcantara seat inserts with leather bolsters that inhance its sportiness. The IS-F is based on the rear-wheel-drive Lexus IS. The IS-F is the world’s first “direct sport-shift” transmission. Heavy-duty Brembo brakes with 14.2-inch discs. The IS-F also features custom-designed 19-inch forged alloy wheels with 225/40R19 up front and 255/35R19 at the rear as standard.

Of all the exhibits at this year’s show, my favourite car had to be the brand new Lexus LFA. The LFA is powered by a 4.8-Liter V10 engine that generates 560 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. It is definitely a super car. And for the price of $375, 000, it damn well better be!

Some of the other features on the LFA include: Titanium valves, connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons, six-speed sequential gearbox, 20-inch BBS wheels wrapped in 265/35 ZR20 Bridgestone tires up front and 305/30 ZR20 in the rear.

The topper definitely has to be the acceleration. The LFA can go from 0-62 MPH (100km/h) in 3.7 seconds, maxing out at 201.94MPH.

The only suggestion I have for Lexus, simply to give the car a cleaner look, is to remove the amber side-markers and replace them with clear ones. An LED light would make all the difference in the car’s appearance.

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