The Reward For Surviving the Worst Winter In Memory

For those of you who’ve been hiding under a rock, here’s what you missed over the last 120 days of weather.

First, the ice storm left a good chunk of Toronto with no power, conveniently arriving just before Christmas and effectively ruining the holidays for a couple hundred thousand people by  Then, we had THE SAME EXTREME COLD ALERT for most of January and February. Then, some soulless person coined the phrase “Polar Vortex”. Then, we ran out of salt. Then, the whiteouts caused hundred-car pileups. Then, the airport shut down for days on end (more than one airport, more than once). This is all that will be written about last winter… It is all I can remember without getting hypothermia.

Seriously, at what point does this sick joke end? I am convinced that more snow came down in North America this winter than anywhere else in the world. Ever. Combined. Segue to blue skies and birds chirping…

Last weekend, I confirmed that winter might have won a couple of battles, but I (really, ALL of us) won the war on winter. I pulled my summer car out of storage, slapped on a set of summer tires and burned through a tank of gas in one night. Windows down…sunroof open…tears of joy streaming down my face ( actually happened) . There was no wind chill, no frost warning. Frankly, it was 14C and almost warm enough to be a in a t-shirt. It was a euphoric experience. No police were on the roads, surely they knew the hardships that car nuts had endured and decided to take it easy on us. Between 3rd and 4th gear, and somewhere near 8000 RPM, it came to me: winter is actually over.

I am officially calling on all people to stand up and unite! We have kicked winter’s butt! Put insurance on your summer car! Do an oil service, rotate your tires! We can even get our hands dirty if you don’t want to! RIP DOWN YOUR STREETS AT 6000 RPM! SUMMER CAR SEASON IS HERE! YESSS!!! I really hope you are as excited as I am for the snow to be gone. Stay tuned for a hot summer season of events, cars, bios and humorous stories from your favorite auto bloggers at Auto|One Group!

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Winter Warriors

Let me paint you a scenario: Your into cars. No, no, you LOVE cars. Speed, handling, exhilarating exhaust notes, attacking corners, the list of what drives your passion goes on and on. You live in the excellent northern realms that we call Canada. You only have room for one car and it needs to handle our northern climate. This is a dilemma.  Your automotive compass is compromised. Do you get something that is going to appeal to your right foot and take the bus in the winter? Do you know how unpleasant an overcrowded city bus is in the winter? All those warm bodies in massive jackets jammed together, all the slush on the floor of the bus ruining your shoes. Foggy windows, foggy glasses?!?! Not pleasant. Having to wait outside for a bus in the freezing cold… Avoid at all costs!

What you need is the Canadian hybrid sports car. Nothing green about this car. You need a sports car that is great in winter. Yes they exist. 2 door and 4 door and even some wagons!

Audi S4/S5/RS5

Audi’s legendary Quattro all-wheel drive system is one of the best all-wheel drive systems. Audi starting making all their cars available in all wheel drive during the 1980’s and it has been synonymous with the brand ever since. Weather you need 2 doors or 4 Audi has your back. The S4 is the responsible choice with seating for 5 and 4 exits. The RS5 is the car your inner car nut wants to get with explosive power, 2 escape hatches (doors) and ridiculous handling. When the RS5 is done melting snow it will turn phenomenal laps at your local track.

Subaru WRX STI

The Legend from Fuji Heavy Industries lives! Subaru’s all-wheel drive system is so good that it can modulate 100% of the power to one wheel. This means you have to try really, really hard to get the rally legend stuck. With room for 5 this is a no-nonsense stripped out fan boy race car. These cars have a cult following and have the performance to back them up. For cold weather fun accept no substitute to a turbo flat 4 cylinder.

 this is Ken Block launching his Subaru off a snowboard jump….with snowboarders….

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

From the company that brought you household air conditioners is this gem. The lancer follows a similar recipe as the Subaru: take a 4 door economy car, add all wheel drive, turbo’s great suspension and breaking and take it to the track! While the lancer evolution is great in the snow, it really shines on the track. They are less of an off-road rally car and more of a track car but you will never know the difference. You will be having too much fun sliding through corners.

Mercedes E63 4matic

For those of you that don’t know the AMG E class is now all wheel drive. We are all mourning the death of the 200 foot Smokey burnouts they provided at will. We are however, welcoming the fact that these torque monsters can now be driven in the winter. Available in sedan and wagon (with amazing rear-facing seats for the kiddies) these cars will get you to the chalet faster and in more comfort than anything else on this list. If you have a family and need something with some space and comfort. This is your best bet.

Lamborghini Gallardo

So you have deep pockets eh? You want something REALLY fast eh? This might be your best bet. I know, Italian exotic cars are not good winter cars but since the fruitful interracial marriage with Volkswagen, Lamborghini has gained access to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive. the result is this: 550 plus horsepower V-10 driving all 4 wheels, a body that is largely carbon fiber, aluminum and other high end materials. Mr. Snowman will never know what hit him.

Goes to show that there are cars to fit all budgets and needs for one season or all 4. Go drift some winter roads and have fun! As always, we have a range of winter prep packages and tire packages custom suited to your vehicle and your needs.