Category: Track Test

2017 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe | Shaun Keenan for Ignition

Tested: 2017 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe

AMG C 63 S Coupe: Improving awesome! Driving the new C 63 AMG S coupe is an exercise in restraint. I suspect that owning one, then, will be that and many more things. The car’s purpose is simple. To be the best C-Class ever. And it just might be. Along with its sedan counterpart, the C 63s are head and… Read more →

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R | Shaun Keenan for Ignition

Tested: 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

The Ace of Laguna Seca Carroll Shelby would be proud. No question. Were the Godfather of factory performance still here to take one of these out for a rip, he’d be impressed. Undoubtedly. Perhaps even in tears. They’re that good. The 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R are not only the most powerful naturally-aspirated ’Stangs Ford has ever built, they… Read more →

2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus | Shaun Keenan for Ignition Mag

Tested: 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus

From Le Mans To Your Driveway The Audi R8 supercar has been a bright star for the Four Rings since its 2007 debut. On the street and the racetrack. The company has sold nearly 27,000 of the road-going versions worldwide to date, and the second generation R8 – launched at the Geneva Motor Show last spring – is already on… Read more →

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

Fast Test: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V

The new ATS-V has little more than half the displacement of the even newer CTS-V. It develops 464 turbocharged horses compared to its brethren’s 640 supercharged Detroit ponies (on two fewer cylinders I might add). It starts at nearly $26,000 less than the CTS-V. There’s clearly a little bro, big brother relationship going on here, and there’s nothing wrong with… Read more →

2015 Porsche Cayman GT4 | Shaun Keenan

Fast Test: 2015 Porsche Cayman GT4

The Porsche Cayman GT4 does not pretend to be something it isn’t. So, what is it then? The all-new GT4 is pure unadulterated fun for the enthusiast driver, and it is available exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission to appease purists. Compared to the GTS, it is lighter (by 35 kg, for 1,340 kg ), more powerful by 45 hp,… Read more →

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S | Shaun Keenan

Tested: 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S

AMG! Better When Wet? I’ve driven many AMGs the past few years, but none have gotten me as excited as the new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT. Even the bodacious SLS AMG – now officially my second favourite AMG – no longer has the same appeal. With a $149,900 entry ticket, the uprated GT S coupe is a stout performer right o… Read more →

2015 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG S Model | Shaun Keenan

Tested: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG

The Sultan of Studio 63 (Yawn) My chauffeur seems slightly miffed. “The guy behind just turned left,” he says while checking the rearview mirror. “On the straight!” he chuffs before saying something in German to a colleague over the two-way radio in his right hand while nonchalantly holding the steering wheel with his left. My German is at best rudimentary,… Read more →

Cadillac ATS-V.R GT3 | Shaun Keenan

Cadillac V-Series Tech: Track-Tested to the Driveway

Just days before the L.A. Auto Show last fall, Cadillac hosted Ignition in Austin, Texas for an exclusive event at the Circuit of the Americas that included a sneak peek at the brand’s latest track weapon – the stunning Cadillac ATS-V.R race car – and hot laps with Johnny O’Connell in his 2014 Pirelli World Challenge championship-winning CTS-V race car… Read more →

2015 Corvette Z06 | Shaun Keenan

Tested: 2015 Corvette Z06

SUPERCORVETTE Spoiler Alert: Every time I think about the Corvette Z06, my mind wanders to the scene in Pulp Fiction where boxer-turned-fugitive Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) and lover Trudi (Bronagh Gallagher) flee town on a stolen motorcycle on the advice of mob boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames), who lost a lot of money on Butch after he threw his last… Read more →

2015 McLaren 650S Spider| Shaun Keenan

Tested: 2015 McLaren 650S Spider

Indulgence yes From the front, the 650S looks like the McLaren P1. From the rear, the hindquarters taken from the 12C make it look like a spaceship! It certainly screams ‘Hey, look at me!’ and it blasts off like a rocket. That it costs more than many houses, I can only imagine what the neighbours were thinking. The interior is… Read more →