an exotically attractive trip on 2 continents




magine an extraordinary journey, a decade of escape across two continents separated by the Atlantic, to discover exceptional cars, all at the 2024 Toronto Auto Show.

The exhibition of Autostradal magazine invites you aboard a thrilling story, where roars of engines and voluptuous curves mingle with humor and anecdotes.

usa : the 1999 shelby series 1

The Shelby Series 1, a sports convertible born from the spirit of Carroll Shelby.


Inspired by the legendary Cobra of the 60s, it is adorned with voluptuous shapes looking like a venomous snake and a rare exclusivity. Only 249 of the planned 500 will be assembled, due to a too high price tag.

Note that this model was the only creation created from scratch by Carroll Shelby, who was then 74 years old. Mr. Shelby’s health problems will have harmed the development of the car as the successor of the Cobra.

Engine: L47 V8 Aurora 4.0-liter supercharged
Transmission: Manual ZF 6-speed
Power: 250 horsepower for the base version and 450 supercharged
Maximum speed: 290 km/h
Acceleration 0/100 km/h: 4.1 seconds
Weight: 4182 pounds
Number of units produced: 249 and 16th equipped with the supercharge system
Production years: Between 1998 and 2005 as 1999 model

    - Imagine yourself, walking on a desert road from Arizona or Nevada to contemplate the mountains and the cactus!

germany : the 2006 porsche carrera gt

The Porsche Carrera GT, a pure supercar straight out of the Nürburgring.

Its 5.5-litre V10 engine howls its power while its movable fin unfolds, like an eagle ready to take flight. The Carrera GT was the first Porsche to feature a carbon fiber chassis.

The development and production of the V10 engine and chassis was disrupted by various technical problems delaying production by one year.

Engine: 5.5-liter V10
Transmission: Manual 6-speed
Power: 603 horsepower
Maximum speed: 330 km/h
Acceleration 0/100 km/h: 3.5 seconds
Weight: 3043 pounds
Number of copies produced: 1270 and 1 of 89 color "Fayence Yellow"

    - Think about it for a moment! to drive this supercar from Monaco to Stutgard, it must be exhilarating on the German Autobanns!

germany : the 2007 weismann gt mf4

The Weismann GT MF4 combines elegance and performance in the form of a coupe and a roadster. Its beautiful curved in composite material dress is placed on an alumiunium chassis providing lightness worthy of the most legendary sportsmen!

This two-seater German beauty with a retro style inspired by the 60s, equipped with a 367 HP BMW V8 engine, whispers the secrets of dolce vita on the winding roads of the Alps. The word "weismann' translates into the word "sage".

The car had a time the nickname "car of the sage" which is a little funny because being a high performance sports car.

Engine: 4.8-litre BMW V8 N-62
Transmission: Manual 6-speed
Power: 407 horsepower
Maximum speed: 291 km/h
Acceleration 0/100 km/h: 4.6 seconds
Weight: 3064 pounds
Number of units produced: 247 between 2003 and 2009

    - A question arises! Where to drive this beautiful little sports car? On the autobanns of the German Alps or on the winding roads of French Alsace?

italia : the 2007 lamborghini murcielago lp640 versace

The Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Versace, an eccentric but tasteful alliance between haute couture and Italian raw power. A marriage in 2 colors between the Italian audacity and the refinement of the house Gianni Versace Couture.

The two colours in question are:
 • Black on body and stylish stichings on seats and door panels
 • White interior and similar style design applied to the bottom of doors

The car to see and be seen in the Mediterranean region or in California like Jennifer Lopez who would have been seen driving such a car according to rumors!

It would not be surprising to have worn a green dress during a trophy night in 2000.

Engine: 6.5-liter V12
Transmission: Manual 6-speed "E-King"
Power: 632 horsepower
Maximum speed: 340 km/h
Acceleration 0/100 km/h: 3.7 seconds
Weight: 3671 pounds
Number of copies produced: 20 in Versace edition produced in 2007

Imagine driving this supercar on the French Riviera to Italian Tuscany! The festival of heads that turn in its path!

usa : the 1998 dodge viper gts

The Dodge Viper GTS, an ultimate incarnation of terror on four wheels haunting roads and endurance racing circuits.

Its 8.4-liter V10 engine and 600 horsepower make the road shake and promise thrills to the adventurous souls.

Some owners said the Viper has 2 speeds, fast and very fast!

Engine: 8.0-liter V10
Transmission: Manual 6-speed
Power: 450 horsepower
Maximum speed: 193 mph
Acceleration 0/100 km/h: 4.7 seconds
Weight: 3383 pounds
Number of units produced: 854 Viper GTS assembled in 1998

Visualize yourself driving this legend and think about the emotions experienced while driving on the California coastal road between San Francisco and Los Angeles!

the final words...

The Autostrada Magazine area is much more than just an exhibition.

It is an invitation to an extraordinary journey on 2 continents.

I would even say more, an odyssey where each car gently tells you its mechanical poetry on beautiful panoramic roads evoking beautiful gentle walks or on at a faster pace.

Now buckle up and let yourself be carried away by the pleasure of a car ride somewhere in the world!


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