Coolest Import Cars for Canada in 2017

2017 should be another exciting year for Canadian car enthusiasts.  One reason being that cars manufactured in 2002 are now eligible for import!

Canadian vehicle import regulations allow cars manufactured over 15 years ago to be brought into the country.  This means we will have access to cars produced in 2002 that were sold as either 2002 or 2003 models.

We are lucky to see cars like the Skyline GTR (R32-R34), Impreza STI (GC8), Lancer Evo (I-VII) and Lancia Delta Integrale EVO on the road.  Our American neighbours still have to wait 25 years until they can import cars from 1992!

Two guidelines for my selections this year:

  1. The car must not have been available on the Canadian market.
  2. Either be a new generation or a special edition not previously eligible for import

Now time for the list:

1. Mazda RX-7 Spirit R

Mazda RX7 Spirit R - The Ultimate Evolution of the RX7

This one hit me hard.  2002 was the end of the road for the FD3S Mazda RX-7, a lightweight RWD sportscar powered by an unique twin-turbocharged 1.3L rotary engine.

Mazda decided to send the legendary JDM icon in style by introducing the RX-7 Spirit R.  The motor was left alone with the 276hp gentlemen’s agreement still in place.

Focusing on the chassis, Mazda installed stiffer springs with matching Bilstein shocks.  The exterior and interior were also upgraded, highlighted by an adjustable rear wing.  A gorgeous set of staggered forged BBS wheels with sticky tires matches the aggressive styling.

Production of the Spirit R was limited to only 1,504 cars split between three variants:

  • Type A: 2 seater, 5-speed manual, over 1,000 made
  • Type B: 2+2 seater, 5-speed manual
  • Type C:  2+2 seater, 5-speed automatic (why Mazda!?!?)

Mazda RX7 Spirit R - The Ultimate Evolution of the RX7

If I could pick one JDM legend, the Spirit R would be the one sitting in my garage for the rest of my life.

Road & Track did a feature on the only factory LHD RX7 Spirit R in the world which was built for a Mazda North America executive.  What does a guy have to do to get a freaking custom built Spirit R around here???

Photos: Mazda

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24 Hours of Le Mans, and a Pair of GTR from McLaren and Mercedes-AMG

Porsche, Nissan, Ford and Ferrari Take Home Class Wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 84th 24 Hours of Le Mans wrapped up on Sunday with some controversy surrounding the LM-GTE class.  Even before the start of the race, Ford GT and Ferrari 488 were accused of sandbagging and was slapped with some last minute Balance of Performance Adjustments.

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2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO – Most Balanced GT-R Yet?

2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO

More Downforce, Stiffer Chassis, Retuned Suspension and Improved Interior Highlight the Updates for the 2017 GT-R NISMO

Nissan chose to unveil the 2017 GT-R NISMO at the Nurburgring, a place where it solidified its status as a bonafide supercar beater with a 7:08.68 lap time, beating out the likes of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Porsche 911 GT2RS and Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4.

The new GT-R NISMO will feature an updated front end and reinforced hood designed for enhanced engine cooling and improved aerodynamics.  The new design is capable of generating more downforce than any other Nissan production cars ever.The 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO’s front end features a freshened face highlighted by an aggressive new fascia. To help cool the car’s high-output engine, the dark chrome “V-motion” grille has been enlarged to collect more air, without diminishing the car’s aerodynamic performance. A new significantly reinforced hood avoids deformation at extremely high speeds, allowing it to keep its aerodynamic shape. Unlike the standard model, the front bumper of the GT-R NISMO – crafted with Takumi-like precision – feature layers of carbon-fiber sheets carefully overlapped to achieve the ideal amount of stiffness.

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