De­nied! Five cars Cana­di­ans can’t buy

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - AUTOS - By Jodi Lai

Au­tomak­ers have a habit of deny­ing Cana­di­ans some of their most fun-to-drive of­fer­ings. Un­for­tu­nately, the world’s au­tomak­ers be­lieve if the Amer­i­cans don’t like a car, then the Cana­di­ans wouldn’t like it ei­ther. This is so un­be­liev­ably wrong. Our tastes are much more Euro­pean than the Amer­i­cans, so au­tomak­ers, please take note and send th­ese gems over to our shores.

We know it costs a lot for au­tomak­ers to bring low-vol­ume cars to Canada to meet our strict reg­u­la­tions and such, but in­dulge us Cana­dian gear­heads once in a while, won’t you please? Volk­swa­gen Scirocco R and GTS I’ve never hated Volk­swa­gen un­til I dis­cov­ered it’s not bring­ing the Scirocco R into Canada. What a tease. Why is it we still get the Eos, when the last time the Scirocco landed on our shores was 1989? With its mus­cu­lar stance and big rear haunches, this Volk­swa­gen “makes the GTI look like a shoe­box,” Driv­ing’s Bren­dan McAleer wrote re­cently.

The hot two-door, four-seat, fron­twheel-drive hatch is pow­ered by Volk- swa­gen’s ubiq­ui­tous 2.0-litre turbo four-cylin­der and pushes 265 horse­power and 258 pound-feet of torque. Let’s all col­lec­tively shake our heads at VW for not shar­ing the Scirocco, in any form, with us. Audi RS 6 Avant It may be auto jour­nal­ists are the only peo­ple who want wag­ons, but we can’t help but think how prac­ti­cal and awe­some the Audi RS 6 Avant would be on our roads. It has all the power of a su­per­car with ex­po­nen­tially more prac­ti­cal­ity, so you can haul the kids to hockey faster than all the other par­ents on the block — and do so while in the mid­dle of a snow­storm.

I never thought I’d de­scribe a wagon as sexy, but, damn, RS 6. Damn. (I’m not even go­ing to get into how an­noyed I am that we won’t get the Mazda6 diesel wagon, the Ford Fu­sion wagon and the Audi S3 hatch in Canada.) Alfa Romeo Gi­uli­etta Al­though Alfa Romeo was nice enough to bring the mag­nif­i­cent 4C onto our shores (not yet, though, we’re still wait­ing on that prom­ise), we can’t help but think how much we would like its more af­ford­able Gi­uli­etta sib­ling. With that clas­sic Alfa grille on a prac- tical hatch­back body, the 1.4L tur­bocharged four-cylin­der fits our tastes ex­actly. And you can get it with a 170hp 2.0L tur­bod­iesel? Please? Honda Civic Type R Al­though it hasn’t been re­leased to the rest of the world yet, the up­com­ing 2015 Honda Civic Type R has al­ready been slated as a Euro­pean-only model. Rats. Pow­ered by a 2.0L turbo four-cylin­der, Honda is pre­dict­ing the pocket rocket will out­put 275 horse­power. “Honda con­firmed am­bi­tions for the Civic Type R to be­come the fastest front-wheel-drive car around the in­fa­mous Nür­bur­gring cir­cuit in Ger­many,” the au­tomaker said in a news re­lease. We want.

Here’s what our own Graeme Fletcher said af­ter driv­ing one: “It MUST come to Canada. Ford Fo­cus ST? VW Golf GTI? The Civic Type R will show both a clean set of wheels.” Re­nault Mé­gane Re­nault­sport We don’t get Re­naults at all in Canada, but this here is one we’d like to see right away from the French au­tomaker. The Re­nault Mé­gane Re­nault­sport is just what we like: A hot hatch with hot looks to match. It looks re­ally sporty and ul­tra-ag­gres­sive. And it pushes 222 horse­power. And 265 lb.-ft. of torque. And 90 per cent of that power is avail­able from 2,000 r.p.m. all the way to red­line. And that’s with the 2.0L turbo four-cylin­der! (There’s also a race-bred 3.6L V6 avail­able.)

The Re­nault Mé­gane Re­nault­sport is also only avail­able as a six-speed man­ual, which is great news be­cause it weeds out the, ahem, am­a­teurs who can’t drive stick. Re­nault, s’il vous plait! Je t’en sup­plie!

Volk­swa­gen Scirocco R

Re­nault Mé­gane Re­nault­sport

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