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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Lotus Evora – Spiritual Successor to the Original Acura NSX?

Lotus Evora Sports Racer

Lightweight, V6 Powered MR Sportscar.  Are We Talking About The Lotus Evora Or Acura NSX?

Acura NSX vs. Lotus Evora

Zygrene published a video review of the Lotus Evora S comparing the British sportscar to the first generation Acura NSX.  I can’t believe this comparison never clicked in my head as both cars look eerily similar on paper: mid-engine, rear wheel drive, V6 powered lightweight sportscars.

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McLaren 675LT Carbon, Subaru Breaks Record, NSX Pikes Peak Debut, Return of the Supra?

Acura NSX Time Attack 1 and 2 Vehicles

McLaren Special Operations Carbon Series LT

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) unveiled their Carbon Series LT this week.  Based on the 675LT Spider, the limited production supercar has 40% more carbon fiber components and displays them all proudly in an exposed carbon gloss finish.  The aggressive aero of the 675LT combined with the carbon fiber body panels really takes the looks of the car to a whole different level.McLaren MSO Carbon Series LTPhoto Credit: McLaren

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