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2015 Ford Mustang GT - Shaun Keenan 2014

2014 TestFest: Viva Niagara!

What a week it has been, my friends! I just returned home from six days and six nights in the beautiful and vivacious gorge town known as Niagara Falls, Ontario. It was no second honeymoon and, no, I wasn’t there to gamble. I did break even at the Fallsview Casino roulette wheel though — the only gambling device I’ve ever… Read more →

Video: Mini JCW throwdown on Mosport autocross course

A John Cooper Works Mini showdown Almost four weeks ago, PRN IGNITION hooked up with DriveTeq, Engineered Automotive and Wheels on Edge at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for a showdown and a throwdown of Mini Cooper JCWs. One is from 2003 and the other from 2013. It’s the very limited Mini JCW GP, or Grand Prix, model in fact. One… Read more →

Tested: 2014 Jeep Cherokee SRT

SRT pours on the awesome sauce As it were, the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT eats up the 20-turn COTA F1 track like Cookie Monster does chocolate chip cookies – nom nom nom! Gearshifts are so smooth and seamless, the chassis so firmly glued to the tarmac you’d swear this is no SUV. Tooling around on the street, the SRT V8… Read more →

Michelin puts total performance into new A/S 3

From the race track to your street car Brothers Édouard and André founded Michelin well over a century ago in Clermont-Ferrand, France where the company’s headquarters are still located. The company mascot, Bibendum, a.k.a. the Michelin Man, is approaching his 120th birthday and remains one of the oldest trademarks in the world. Michelin has come a long way from repairing… Read more →

Tested: 2013 Genesis Coupe, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ

Choosing a Scion FR-S over the Subaru BRZ or vice versa is like picking black or white at the start of any new game of chess. Everyone knows you should choose white in order to go first, but whoever gets black has the benefit of seeing the first move. The 2013 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are both powered by… Read more →

Tested: 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S

With 400 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S (991) also benefits from a slightly wider front track and more favourable power-to-weight ratio (compared to the 997). The optional seven-speed twin-clutch PDK automatic delivers impressive performance, including 4.3-second zero-to-100 and nine-second zero-to-160 times, whilst shifting more precisely and faster than any human I know. And,… Read more →

Tested: 2013 Ford Performance Vehicles

I’m in Ottawa to participate in Ford of Canada’s 2013 Performance Vehicles Program. There isn’t just one new high-performance model here, but several including the Mustang V6 and GT (both in coupe and convertible form) plus the track-happy Boss 302 and powerhouse Shelby GT500. The 2013 Focus ST is in attendance, too. And, since it’s been years since Ford has… Read more →

Back at Performance Publications

Alas, the day has come. After diving head first in to the automotive freelancing waters some seven-and-a-half years ago, it’s finally time to come back up for some air. I haven’t crossed over to the Dark Side (as in Public Relations), but I have come back to the land of full-time working zombies as the new Group Managing Editor for… Read more →

2013 Dodge Dart Test

Dart may be poison to compact rivals I’m in the land of trucks, SUVs and all things big-wheeled for the launch of the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart – the first Chrysler vehicle designed and built under Fiat’s ownership. This Dart is not similar to or related to the iconic ’60s American muscle car of the same name. In fact, the… Read more →