As you might now, Canada is not the biggest or the most influential market. Combine that with a very strict eco-friendly set of laws, and you get a very strict and limited market.
And of those cars that actually made it to Cananda, some would feel a bit under-powered because they were de-tuned versions.
Inspired by this great injustice, editor Brendan McAleer decided to research and find out which are the Top 5 Grey Market European Exotic Imports. In other words, he wanted to know which are the most desired cars that never got to Canada.
The real surprise is that two of these cars belong to BMW. Besides the 1994-1995 Audi RS2, Mercedes-Benz’s Unimog and the 1985-1991 Citroen CX, Canadians seem to miss most the E34 M5 Touring and Alpina’s B10 BiTurbo. The E34 BMW M5 saw the Canadian market, but only as a de-tuned version, sporting a 3.6 liter engine producing 310 Hp instead of the normal 2.8 liter / 340 Hp unit.
As for the Alpina B10 Biturbo, the decisive factor that kept the car from the country was the low number of units produced, around 500. That made the car a scarce sight in Canada.