I decided to go to the Auto Show this year. It had been a few years since my last visit and I wanted to see what was new. Even though most manufacturers are present at the Montreal Auto Show, it isn’t a very important event within the international car community. Very rarely do we get new reveals and manufacturers don’t necessarily display their full lineups. You need to travel to Detroit or Geneva for the big shows.
Like most enthusiasts, I love gawking at the supercars: machines that are about pushing the boundaries of what people think is possible. We were particularly blessed in that department this year with cars such as: the Ferrari LaFerrari, a million-dollar hybrid hyper car that can hit 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds; the Pagani Huayra, a car with an interior design that belongs in a museum; the Ferrari 488 GTB, Ferrari’s newest mid-engine beauty; the Lamborghini Aventador SV (the SV stands for superveloce, enough said), and finally the Porsche GT3 RS, a lightweight track-bred version of the regular 911. Sorry, I got a little carried away there… back to reality.
There are really only two reasons to go to a car show. The first reason is if you’re like me and just being around cars gets your blood pumping and your face smiling. You get to sit in different new cars, play with their buttons, and check out all their features.
The second is of course for someone who is actually in the market for a new car and is looking to narrow down the field. There is really is no better place to analyze and dissect the specifications and features of different cars, go back and forth, sit in every seat, see which one is the most comfortable and, hopefully, by the time you leave, have it down to two or three models to then go test drive.
So, if you find yourself in the first or second group, go for it! If you aren’t, then, unfortunately, I feel this event has turned into a cash grab for everyone involved and just isn’t worth it.
Here are a few interesting things that stood out:
- It is impossible to look proper while getting in or out of a BMW i8. Pants not optional for women.
- Fact: the Nissan Juke has less trunk space than a Ford Fiesta, almost five cubic feet less.
- On a more personal note, I can’t stand the people who walk around with a camera in hand taking quick snaps of almost every car without really appreciating what’s in front of them.
Appreciate the art people!