Tag: test drive

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 →

2017 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro | Shaun Keenan for Ignition

Tested: 2017 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro

Audi A4: Veni, Vidi, Vici One normally goes to Venice for a romantic gondola ride on the Grand Canal and explore the narrow medieval streets on foot, to drink caffè or eat tiramisu in the Piazza San Marco and to marvel at statues of famous explorers, Kings and Queens. It’s certainly not a place you visit to explore by car… Read more →

2016 Nissan 370Z Coupe Enthusiast Edition | Shaun Keenan for Ignition

Tested: 2016 Nissan 370Z Coupe Enthusiast Edition

Nissan 370Z: Red Zed Redemption Z is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, but instead of spending a ton of money on a big party with lots of fanfare, Nissan has decided to tip its hat to some of the brand’s most faithful followers by knocking 10 grand of the price of its top-selling, entry-level sports coupe. Nissan calls it… Read more →

2016 VW Golf R Variant | Shaun Keenan for Ignition

Tested: 2016 VW Golf R Variant

Golf R: Check Box for Wagon I test drove a handful of new Golfs during a recent trip to Germany. This 2015 VW Golf R Sportwagen is one of them. My travel cohorts and I each got seat time on and off the autobahns, as well as some interesting secondary roads in between Munich airport and the small, lakeside town… Read more →

2016 Nissan Maxima SR | Shaun Keenan for Ignition

Tested: 2016 Nissan Maxima SR

Maxima 4DSC The Original Family Fun-Haver I have many fond memories of the Maxima from my high school days. It was the mid-to-late ’90s when my best friend often arrived in my driveway or out front of school to pick me up in his mom’s third-generation 1992 GXE model. He also owned a Mazda RX-7 10th Anniversary Edition (may it… 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 →

2015 McLaren 650S at the yacht club | Shaun Keenan for Ignition

Tested (again): 2015 McLaren 650S Spider

Dream Weaver For many, dreams are the closest they will come to experiencing a car like this. I thought it would be fun to change that for a lucky few. So, instead of a long drive in the country, this time I went for a relatively short drive around my neighbourhood and other affluent parts of Oakville to gauge people’s… 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 →

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 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 →