Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for R3 Media since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in San Francisco, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

2016 Lexus GS F pairs luxe and lunatic

2016 Lexus GS F pairs luxe and lunatic

Lexus had already spilled the beans on its 467 HP surprise for the Detroit Auto Show, the 2016 Lexus GS F, but there's no denying it's an intriguing beast in the metal. Latest to the Japanese company's F SPORT line-up, and spiritual successor to the IS F, the midsized sedan sticks with Lexus' controversial design language - including a vast "spindle" grill, angular LED headlamps, and splashes of carbon fiber to emphasize its sporting ambitions. Those ambitions aren't just on paper, mind: with 389 lb-ft and a 7,300 rpm redline, this Lexus should shift.

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Ten new Ford GT details we love

Ten new Ford GT details we love

Ford dropped jaws and set supercar fans twittering when it revealed the new Ford GT at the Detroit Auto Show today, a classic name reborn for a 600+ horsepower monster. While we'll have to wait until next year for Ford to actually put the 2017 GT into production, what particularly impresses is just how how detailed the car is today. Incredible aerodynamic contouring, lamps like precious jewels, and a level of finish that we're simply not used to seeing from concepts and prototypes, we couldn't help but whip out the zoom lens to share some of the more delicious details from the new GT.

Update: If you want to see the full car in all its glory, our original Ford GT article has plenty of live images. Past the cut, we're going to focus in on some of our favorite details.

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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider ditches roof, cranks up exhaust

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider ditches roof, cranks up exhaust

Chopping the top off an existing car is one of the easiest ways to expand your range, but when you're starting with the Alfa Romeo 4C, a Spider version is still plenty interesting. The Italian marque brought a bright, custardy-yellow 4C Spider along to Detroit today, giving the convertible its first showing (and, perhaps ironically, with snow and sleet figuring significantly outside in Wintery Michigan) as well as its carbon fiber trimmings, ahead of its arrival at US dealerships this coming summer.

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Hyundai wants to reignite the Millennial truck love affair

Hyundai wants to reignite the Millennial truck love affair

It's the El Camino for the crossover generation, with Hyundai's moon buggy styled Santa Cruz concept sating what the company insists is a lingering appetite for pick-ups among Millennials. Truck sales among younger buyers may be fading, Hyundai said during its Detroit Auto Show event, but that's an opportunity not a hinderance, it insisted. The result is a "Crossover Truck Concept" that seats five and offers a fairly capacious load area, all in a footprint more commonly associated with a moderately sized sedan.

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VW’s Cross Coupe GTE is a big blue moody monster

VW’s Cross Coupe GTE is a big blue moody monster

After Volkswagen served up its vision of the dashboard of tomorrow at CES last week, the company has another high-tech concept car in the shape of the Cross Coupe GTE for Detroit. The German company's interpretation of homegrown design for American tastes, the concept takes a crossover body and then hunkers it down with a more aggressive stance, while under the hood there's a hybrid powertrain that pairs a V6 gas engine with two electric motors, for a total of 355 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.

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2016 BMW 6 Series boosts M6 and adds customs

2016 BMW 6 Series boosts M6 and adds customs

BMW has brought its new 6 Series range along to Detroit, using the auto show to reveal a sleek sedan, performance drop-top, and a new M6 Coupe. The 2016 6 Series will be available in three body styles, with a four-door Gran Coupe for those who demand usable space in the rear for four, and a more traditional Coupe and Convertible for those who don't so much care for those in the back. However, of the new line-up, it's perhaps the M6 which will get most attention.

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This is it: The 2016 Acura NSX

This is it: The 2016 Acura NSX

It's the car Acura fans have been waiting over two decades for, a new Acura NSX, and it's finally made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show today. Powered by the combination of a twin-turbocharged, 75-degree DOHC V6 engine with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and trio of electric motors making Acura's Sport Hybrid system, the 2016 NSX will be built in Ohio, America, and was designed - both outside and under the sinuous design - predominantly by a US-based R&D team. The result is a new supercar contender created over the course of the past three years.

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Ford GT reborn as 600+ HP uber-coupé

Ford GT reborn as 600+ HP uber-coupé

Ford has revealed its new GT, an all-new carbon fiber supercar set to push the limits of its EcoBoost turbo technology, and set to go into production in 2016. The new coupé, revealed at the Detroit Auto Show alongside the 2017 F-150 Raptor today, has the most powerful EcoBoost turbocharged engine Ford has ever produced, a twin-charged 3.6-liter V6 good for more than 600 horsepower. Final performance figures are yet to be confirmed, but the incredible - and modern, unlike the GT40 - design is striking from the outset.

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor gives truck a sports boost

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor gives truck a sports boost

Ford may have a hit on its hands with the F-150, but all along it knew what truck lovers really wanted: a new Raptor. Sure enough, that's just what it's brought along to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year, the new 2017 F-150 Raptor that's lighter than its predecessor, more powerful - despite a shift from a V8 to a V6 that's likely to be controversial among purists - and more capable across different terrains, Ford claims. It also looks suitably aggressive, you'll be pleased to hear.

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Buick’s Avenir is lustworthy (& I can’t believe I just said that)

Buick’s Avenir is lustworthy (& I can’t believe I just said that)

A beautiful Buick? Wonders never cease: while GM's affordable-luxury marque may be better known for appealing to the golf set, its Avenir concept for the Detroit Auto Show is a legitimate stunner. The huge sedan is inspired by the sea, so Buick claims, with calming waves that coast along the side profile, but beyond the marketing hype it's simply a genuinely good-looking car. It's also clearly a modern Buick, with a huge grille, plenty of chrome that manages to not look out of place, and a particularly distinctive rear.

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