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.

Aston Martin AMR taps race team for hardcore sub-brand

Aston Martin AMR taps race team for hardcore sub-brand

Has green ever looked so good? Aston Martin may not have an all-new car for the Geneva Motor Show today, but its Aston Martin Racing arm does have a fresh brand, AMR, intended to slot in-between road and race. With AMR versions of all of Aston Martin's current line-up in the works, the promise is that everything from performance through to style will get tweaked.

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The 2018 Lexus LS 500h plays hide the hybrid

The 2018 Lexus LS 500h plays hide the hybrid

Lexus already wowed us back in Detroit with the reveal of its all-new LS flagship sedan; now it's the turn of the 2018 LS 500h hybrid to steal the show. Launched today at the Geneva Motor Show, the new sedan picks up Lexus' torch of big, luxury cars with electrified powertrains. In this case, it's the combination of a 3.5-liter V6 gas engine and a pair of electric motors.

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2018 Porsche 911 GT3 pleases purists with stick shift option

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 pleases purists with stick shift option

Porsche continues to give stick shift fans the manual transmissions they crave, and the good news is that the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 is no different. The coupe, freshly announced at the Geneva Motor Show today, puts a 4.0-liter flat-six engine at its heart, and then offers it with either Porsche's achingly-clever PDK transmission or, for those who want to row themselves, a six-speed manual. Of course, there's more to the 911 GT3 than just what your right hand grabs.

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Ferrari 812 Superfast cranks V12 to 789 HP

Ferrari 812 Superfast cranks V12 to 789 HP

Ferrari has dragged the silk from its latest supercar, the Ferrari 812 Superfast, and as the name suggests this isn't a slow beast. Mustering a heady 789 HP, it's the fastest and most powerful Ferrari yet, in fact, sitting atop a tree of very covetable cars. Under the hood there's a brand new 12-cylinder engine.

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Stunning Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept tests luxe-EV reception

Stunning Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept tests luxe-EV reception

Has the time come for a true luxury EV? That's what Bentley is testing the waters about at the Geneva Motor Show 2017 this week, bringing out the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept to gage the potential reception for an all-electric grand tourer. As the British automaker sees it, the requirements of the super-rich are slightly different to what other EV buyers might be concerned about.

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Audi Q8 sport concept teases world-first hybrid tech

Audi Q8 sport concept teases world-first hybrid tech

What if I told you that you could have the luxury of a big SUV, the performance of a V8, but the economy of a four-cylinder? That's what Audi is promising with the new Q8 sport concept, a second take on its SUV-range-topping Q8 concept that throws some "mild hybrid technology" into the mixture. And, while they may be saying "mild", this is no shy, retiring truck for the school run.

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Mercedes-AMG GT Concept is a hybrid for hooligans

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept is a hybrid for hooligans

Mercedes-AMG has made a hybrid, but the GT Concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show today is not your Uber driver's Prius. A sleek and attention-grabbing four-door coupe, the trick to appreciating the GT Concept is to look past the hot red bodywork. The real meat is underneath.

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2018 Volvo XC60 gives Swedish twist to SUV best-seller

2018 Volvo XC60 gives Swedish twist to SUV best-seller

Expectations for the 2018 Volvo XC60 are high: after all, its predecessor, the original XC60, is one of the automaker's most popular cars, despite now being nine years old. Throw in the reputation-redefining success of the Volvo XC90, and the stakes for the new midsize premium SUV are high. As you'd hope, then, Volvo has given the new car a distinctly Swedish twist.

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The McLaren 720S supercar is a 212mph engineering dream

The McLaren 720S supercar is a 212mph engineering dream

When McLaren wants to take on Ferrari and the other supercar makers it doesn't hold back, and the new McLaren 720S is fine example of that. Revealed today at the Geneva Motor Show 2017, the new 720S is the first model of the second-generation Super Series, McLaren's top-tier range of cars. Initially offered as a coupe, the 720S is all about light weighting and aerodynamic efficiency.

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Mayfield Robotics’ Kuri adds IFTTT to tap into your home

Mayfield Robotics’ Kuri adds IFTTT to tap into your home

Mayfield Robotics' Kuri robot companion may not have launched yet, but it's already getting smarter, adding facial detection as well as IFTTT integration. The personable robot was announced at CES 2017 back in January, a Bosch-backed project to put a friendly AI in the modern connected home. Now, the ways in which Kuri will be able to interact with both people and its environment have been improved.

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Nest two-factor authentication boosts IoT security

Nest two-factor authentication boosts IoT security

Nest is adding two-factor authentication to its smart home products, aiming to prevent third-parties or hackers getting remote access to your cameras or smart thermostat. The new feature follows increasing concern over the security of the so-called Internet of Things, a topic only likely to become more prevalent as connected devices proliferate. Nest will make two-factor authentication optional, though it's probably something you should turn on.

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This is it: The 306hp 2017 Honda Civic Type R

This is it: The 306hp 2017 Honda Civic Type R

The long wait is over: Honda has finally taken the wraps off the new 2017 Civic Type R. Long-anticipated by hot hatch fans, and notable for being the first Type R-badged Honda to be offered officially in the US, the newest, hottest Civic doesn't stint on power or aggressive design. Indeed, it gets impressively close to Honda's previous Type R-teasing concepts.

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