Supercars at ImportFest 2015
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
August 22nd, 2015
Now that our extensive (600+ photo gallery) coverage of ImportFest 2015 is up, it’s time to focus on the beautiful sportscars that are not only rare, but also carry a big price tag – yes, it’s all about the supercars! The show packed hundreds of cars at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, but it was the supercars that (like always) caught the attention of general show goers. There was everything represented from the usual selection of Nissan GT-Rs and European creations like the Ferrari 458 Italia, as well as Deadmau5’s #Purracan Lamborghini.
The crew over at Sekanskin had an incredible display of vehicles, all of which were supercars this year. This red wrapped Audi R8 with it’s twin black stripes and matching black wheels is a prime example of the high quality work they do.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, this is Deadmau5′ new project toy – the #Purracan as he calls it. Just last year, his controversial #Purrari was showcased at ImportFest and now that’s history. This Lamborghini Huracan has been transformed via vinyl wrap from Sekanskin and done in a similar Nyancat fashion as his last project – even down to the pink brake calipers.
If you’re a Lamborghini fan as much as I am, then this 2012 Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale will have you drooling. Considered as the last version of the Gallardo before its replacement the Huracan, this $300k+ monster is a light weight and slightly more powerful beast. Nearly 150 lbs have been shed with the use of carbon fiber (anywhere possible) and the mighty V10 has been tweaked for 570-horsepower.
By far one of the most beautiful Ferrari creations of all time is this 458 Italia. By the looks of it, not much was done to it other than the optional black factory wheels. Whether you’re a fan of the prancing horse or not, there’s something to be said about the fluid design of the 458 and that screaming V8 that puts out a massive 562-horsepower at 9,000 rpm!
The Advanti Wheels booth had a display showcasing a beautiful pearl white Maserati GranTurismo. Although it might not be an MC Stradale edition, it is still one of the best looking supercars of all time and it packs a punch too with it’s Ferrari drivetrain taken from the F430. Unlike its cousin the Ferrari, the Maserati is more GT car – meaning a mix of sport and luxury, capable of long drives.
Okay, so the Acura NSX might not be a legit supercar, but it is still considered one by many for its engineering, achievements, and price point at the time of $65,000 – and this was in 1992! Often given the tag line of being a poor man’s Ferrari due to its mid-engine rear-wheel drive layout, the NSX is still one of the most sought after cars to this day.
No show could be complete without a GT-R or two or three. Yes, the Nissan GT-R (R35) is a true supercar with it’s $120k price tag and ability to smoke most European sportscars in the $250k+ price range with ease. Throw some money at it and what you end up with is a very viable competitor on the track and a great looking machine on the streets. This particular Hakone white model is kitted with the Rocket Bunny wide body conversion.
Another Rocket Bunny wide body conversion on this GT-R, although it’s slammed thanks to air ride suspension. Not sure if adding air ride is good thing given that the GT-R was designed to be a track lap smasher rather than a hard-parked gem, but to each their own.
One of the nicest aero kits for the R35 GT-R is that of TommyKaira. This multi-piece kit adds to the design cues of the Nissan, without distorting things too much like the previous examples.
Even the Team ImportFest GT-R was kitted with the RocketBunny conversion. It’s as if this aero kit is the go-to for GT-R owners looking to make a statement.
The piece de resistance of our supercar feature from the show is one that might not actually be considered a supercar as it is more of a kit car than anything else, but it’s still damn cool. Yup, this is the Batmobile! Surely if Bruce Wayne can drive a Lamborghini Aventador as his daily, his crusader-mobile would be as cool, right? Well, it’s worth a laugh at least.
Don’t forget to check out our extensive gallery from the show!
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