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 BMW M4 Cabriolet | Shaun Keenan for Ignition

Tested: 2015 BMW M4 Cabriolet

BMW M4 Cabrio: Top Down There are few things in life as satisfying as hitting the open road in a convertible on a warm and sunny day. Feeling the wind in your hair, sun on your head and shoulders, your favourite tunes playing through the speakers, and with a near unobstructed view of the world around you while enjoying your… 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 →

2015 Ford Edge Sport | Shaun Keenan

Tested: 2015 Ford Edge Sport

The Mustang of Crossovers 2.0 On the mountainous, desert roads outside of Scottsdale (in and around the Tonto National Forest in particular) the Sport model demonstrated that you can have a sporty, dynamic handling crossover vehicle without having to shell out the big bucks for a German steed. When Ford entered the market with the Edge in 2006, the crossover… 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 →

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat | Shaun Keenan

Tested: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

#WTHellcat?! The first time I drove the Dodge Challenger wasn’t back in the summer of ’71 (I wasn’t event born yet) and, no, it wasn’t an original coupe from the last days of the penultimate muscle car era. But it feels like just yesterday that I and the then-new 2009 Challenger SRT bonded on the high-performance test track during AJAC’s… Read more →