Montreal 2011 Auto Show

Synopsis: I review the 2011 Montreal auto show, took some great photos of some interesting cars, but more importantly I managed to get close up with the new 2012 Nissan GTR Black Edition, follow below and leave some comments to let me know what you think.
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I don't care how they do it in Japan - Obviously!
The 2011 Montreal Auto Show, which happens every year and is The place to see what manufacturers will be selling in 2011. Pretty much everyone shows up, except for the euro manufacturers of course, because lets face it, theres not a whole lot exciting about small cars with small motors.
Ridiculous Chrome Machine
The real excitement - for me anyways - is always the exotic section, I love to see cars from my neck of the woods, cars I've seen in shops at the same time as mine, and cars I've seen at the meets and around the track, thats always fun because then you have a sense of familiarity, and its like: "Hey! I know this car! I saw it at Autoworx last summer, I know the mechanics who built this car, and I remember seeing it when it was still in really rough shape!"

R32 Godzilla
well I'd heard on some of the local forums that they were featuring a 1991 Skyline in the exotic's section, so when we got to the first room, and the first thing I saw was this angry green Godzilla, I was sort of disappointed and excited at the same time. I was excited because, yes indeed, this was the exact car I saw at Autoworx, the mechanics who built that motor and made that thing run are the very same guys who change my oil and spark plugs, they told me the story of how it was one of the first cars they'd built in their new shop, and they really wanted to make it something special, attention to detail was not overlooked in anyway.


R32 Godzilla
For example, the HKS SSQV3 blow off valves were installed one on either side of the intercooler charge piping, there was no "racing" motivated reason for it, they just thought, "man, that would be cool one on either side" and so they did it!. The last time I saw this green Godzilla it was in need of a lot of work, but it seems that they've got that all sorted and the owner of the car must be quite pleased being featured in the show.

How-ever, I was disappointed because for once I'd love to see a proper looking Skyline featured, I understand its a car show and the more flashy the more attention it will get, but really for my taste, theres nothing better than a Skyline with a full N1 body kit, or in the later models the Z-tune kits, those are just stunning to look at it. This, on the other hand, was very green, and very flashy.
R32 Godzilla
Super charged 350Z
There were hundreds upon hundreds of new cars at this show, and I didn't bother to snap shots of all, only the ones that were interesting really. So, as we made our way through the rest of the cars I spotted a super-charged 350Z, which was cool, until I thought about how the hood closes over top? I don't think it does to be honest!

S2000
There was also a pretty nice white S2000 hard top, by the looks of it, one would think it's been set up for drag racing with those large rear wheels like that and the small fronts, the offset wasn't exactly flush I would say, but still pretty clean looking. Most people crack the hood a little bit when showing the car so people who are interested can see, I guess there wasn't anything worth showing under his hood, unfortunately.

Lexus drifter
I've never been a fan of the all the flash and glamor on cars, actually I've found it's always the ones who are tucked away in the corners, that don't have LCD screens strapped on every sun visor, and with basic paint jobs to be the really interesting cars. They're the ones that always make me think: "Hrrmmm, well, they didn't spend any money making the car look fast, so what is it that makes this car special?".

I came across this 4 door Lexus that just spoke volumes to me, this car whispered to me as I walked by: "Drifting, dreaming about drifting....". It's clearly been set up as a very serious track drifting car, but lovely indeed!

As we continued along the path, winding through the maze of cars, I was just about to walk past this blue S13, then I noticed it was right hand drive, so I thought to myself: "hrm, ok thats cool, never saw this car around town before today, I'll snap a photo". So I snapped this quick pick... but then I noticed something, and for those with a keen eye, see if you too can spot it before moving on to the next photo.
It was housing an RB26! Oh, my, god, this was awesome! I really loved this car, the body kit was perfect, not too much, but just enough aero. The rims were spot on, flush, baller, the full package, inside it had a full cage, and proper racing seat, but that engine?! in this car? what were they thinking?... I know! They must have thought: "I want this car to have nothing but rear wheel spin"... and I'm sure it does that, very nicely, as it goes sideways around a track. This S13 with S15 front end conversion is such a beautiful ride, and probably my favorite of the entire show.
RB26 S14

There were a couple more nicely done imports being featured in the "exotic" section, I'd always thought of exotic's to be more like Lamborghini's and Ferrari, but hey, I guess there's bound to be some translation errors in this province. 
There were these 2 Mazda RX-7's, and one 350Z, the Z looked pretty intense, huge fenders, it looked pretty heavy though. The red and silver one was a bit odd looking with the all the vents on the sides.

The last one, the green and black RX-7 was sporting a very well done body kit, I believe the VS stands for Veilside, I've got a number of Veilside items fitted to my own personal car, and if I could find more, I would have those as well. Veilside is one of my favorite Japanese tuning companies, and I was pleased to see one of their kits applied so properly.
Veilside Body kit on Mazda RX-7
There was also what looked like an NSX to me, but I could be very wrong at that, it didn't have the same styling as a usual NSX but also didn't resemble anything else I recognized, so if you know what this yellow one is leave me a comment in the comments section.
Honda NSX
DC-2 with Type-R kit
These last 200SX was decent, the one all done up in orange was sporting some incredible airbrush work, and the wheels set it off nicely, again probably all show and not much go for this one. The silver DC-2 had a nice type-R body kit and seemed familiar to me, I just couldn't put my finger on where I'd seen it before, but I know I have! Maybe at one of the local meets.
Mercedes SLS -Gull wing doors
Mercedes SLS - Gull wing doors
We were now heading out of the modified cars section and moving into see some of the dealer cars. There were a number of cars I was looking forward to seeing, as I 'd only ever seen them on top gear UK. I can hear him now, that voice of Clarkson in the back of my head endlessly criticizing the stupidity that is the gull-wing door system on the new SLS, he's right though, it does look rubbish if I do say so myself.

I was happy to see the new Corvette ZR1, god what a machine! I know many people are at odds and ends between import and domestic, but if I'm truly honest, I really do like the new corvette, its as fast as hell, and boy does it ever look mean in the flesh.
2012 Corvette
I quickly found the Subaru section, and was happy to mess with all the knobs and buttons in the cars, they had the Subaru Rally Canada team car up on the rotating display which I thought was a nice gesture, but what really caught my eye was the model of the EJ25 engine they had on display, they'd set it up with clear plastic parts to show people how an engine works, really a fantastic demonstration, and the only company to do it! So I shot a quick video of it:
  
The last car that I really wanted to have some time with was the new 2012 Nissan GTR. I wanted to sit inside, and make noises like I was actually driving this thing, move the gear knob around, turn the wheels, press the pedals, play with the launch control buttons, I would have even settled for just an open bonnet to have a peak at the engine bay, but no! Instead we, the public have been locked out from the GTR, not allowed to enjoy the interior, the engine bay, not even the trunk space!
2012 Nissan GTR "Black edition"
Now, they've called this one the 2012 GTR Black Edition, but the paint is blue? I don't really get it, there's almost no Carbon Fiber visible anywhere on this thing, and I really wasn't making any sort of intimate connection with the wheels either, I'm hoping they've only screwed up this one, in Montreal, and the rest of the world has a proper Black edition. I remember when they first announced the black edition last year, the rims were going to be a different color, but the same rim none the less, I love those Rays Engineering rims that come normally on the GTR. And the paint! I would assume Black edition would mean, ya know.. black paint, and tinted windows, oh well I guess theres always next year to look forward too.
2012 Nissan GTR "Black edition"
Seeing this thing in person, and feeling so let down, I've had an idea! In the spring, I'm going to see if I can't get my hands on a real GTR, and take it for a test drive and do a proper review, I'll keep everyone updated on that front as it develops. Anyways, here's the video walk around I took to give everyone a good look at this thing:
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There were plenty of beautiful cars to look at, but I wouldn't have much to say about them, so I've posted their photos below for some eye candy:













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