2016 Edmonton Motorshow

It’s been a few years since I last attended the Edmonton Motorshow, and since then quite a lot has changed in the automotive world.

We’ve also seen a lot of new and exciting things recently at the L.A. Auto Show back in November, so my coverage is going to be a little selective this time around.

First up is the new and exciting Scion iM, more specifically the #iMProject16 pictured here. This was a crowd source project with fans being able to suggest exactly what to do to the car!

Since the beginning of the project, the car has been upgraded with a plethora of aftermarket parts, such as Rays Engineering wheels, Toyo Tires, a one-off GReddy exhaust, RS*R suspension (don’t quote me on that one), an INNO roof box, and the entire exterior has been finished off in Cyber Grape.

Of course this is just one example of how you can customize/personalize your car…

…but what you decide to do with your blank canvas is entirely up to you!

Right next to the #iMProject16 was something a little more hardcore: the Speed Academy FR-S.

This is a full on race car that has competed in the Ontario 1500 (a seven day motorsports challenge with 17 stages held over five different courses).

I absolutely love how badass this car looks and am really glad that Scion brought it out for the show!

As always Scion knows how to have a good time and had the beats bumping all day via their #ScionDJ!

Oh and did I mention that you could get a FREE haircut over at the Scion booth? Just how awesome is that.

I was really digging this slammed TLX over in the Acura booth.

Function over form you say? How about this ILX NASA Endurance race car then?

Might be a little hard to tell in the photos, but it looked like the mirrors in this car were actually 3D printed. Neato.

Of course the highlight of the Acura booth was the new NSX which was also one of the biggest talks of the entire show.

Be sure to keep an eye out for one of these prowling the streets of Edmonton and Calgary soon…

The new Miata still looking sharp.

I was actually hoping to see the new 2017 GT-R at the show, but I guess it’s still a little TOO new…

Subaru had some very interesting wraps on some of their vehicles showing what the drivetrain looks like on the inside.

The brand new BRZ Hikari Edition sitting pretty.

Ford brought out the new Focus RS Prototype to the show and I honestly think it looks fantastic.

The 2017 Infiniti Q60 looking very sharp.

BMW is always a fun auto manufacture to follow and their latest offering, the M2, is looking very promising so far!

I never realized how insane the interior of the Porsche Macan is until now. Almost feels like you’re piloting a spaceship instead of a vehicle. I quite like it!

A Macan out of your price range? No problem, how about this Porsche Bike RX? Yours for the low price of $6,699.00. That’s in USD by the way.

The Import Fest RC350 was over in the Lexus booth rocking a full Rocket Bunny kit and Vossen wheels.

I know a lot of people will say that the whole over-fender craze is overplayed by now but I really like how the Rocket Bunny kits flow on both the RC350’s and RC F’s.

Lexus has always had absolutely gorgeous concept cars and the LC500 is no exception.

This car looks sharp from any angle, even a little “futuristic” if you will.

In case you Lexus owners missed out, Lexus Of Edmonton was giving free massages to any and all Lexus owners! Of course they also had this IS350 built by my friends over at First Gear. In addition to the Velvet Carmine Gram Light 57Xtreme’s and gigantic Voltex wing out back, this car has recently been fitted with a full BLACK PEARL body kit fresh from Japan.

Auto detailing masters Auto Obsessed was on hand with an impressive display consisting of this immaculate Chevy Bel Air…

…a fully blacked out R35 GT-R…

…and an R34 GT-R V-Spec!

Local tuners SSS Motorsports brought out their 2JZ powered S14…

…which was sporting a full Hulk livery on the side.

It was this 240Z that was without a doubt the center of attention at their booth however.

Besides being extremely clean both inside and out, this car rocks a full RB26DETT swap!

Always been a fan of brightly colored BMW’s.

Honda Ci-wait what?

Awesome winter camouflage wrap on this FR-S over in the Tire Warehouse booth.

And again on this wide body Cayenne!

Absolutely mint Mustang.

Z28 Camaro looking like it’s ready to burn some rubber.

A very well-executed restomod Camaro.

The legendary McLaren P1 made an appearance over in the Racing For A Cure booth.

Lamborghini LP640 Murciélago brought out by my friends over at Avant Garde Motorsports.

Very cool livery on this CBR by Riverside Honda & Ski-Do.

Despite the drag strip at Castrol Raceway having been around for a long time, this is the first time I’ve ever looked at a full on dragster up-close. Boy is it cramped in there!

Sean also made it out in his STO Evo X race car that actually gave me neck pain last year.

EG Auctions was also on hand hosting live classic auto auctions throughout the weekend.

This meant that there was plenty of old school machinery to feast your eyes upon.

This 1992 Alfa Romeo 164 was probably one of my favourite cars there.

It felt more like being in a classic car museum to me rather than an auction.

This Lamborghini Diablo Roadster was also the feature auction of the day, complete in bright yellow with matching bright yellow seats. Damn.

Bagged Evo X over in the Cap-It booth.

I was glad to see that the folks from McLaren Vancouver made the trek out to be a part of the show.

After all their cars are somewhat of a rarity among the sea of Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, and Porsche’s, but my God do they ever look good.

Ferrari Maserati Of Alberta brought out the new 488GTB for everyone to take a look at.

Apparently the new Bentley Bentayga looks like Mater from Disney’s Cars…

Bond in the house.

Glad to see the Giallo Horus Aventador Roadster from Lamborghini Calgary is still kicking around.

As if bright yellow wasn’t enough for your Lamborghini, they took it one step further with this full matte finish paint. Awesome.

Don’t worry though, they still come in glossy colors!

The Lotus Exige LF1 looks so sinister…

And just like that, another motor show has passed, but not just any motor show. As many of you probably know by now, by the end of this year the Scion brand will be no more as they transition to the Toyota brand. In fact, this is the very last show that Scion will ever be a part of. I remember like it was just yesterday when Scion came into the spotlight with the boxy xB. Since then I feel like they have done so much to help enthusiasts such as myself to capture the essence of this tuning car culture that I’m a part of, but I guess it’s time to move on.

Until next time.


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