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.

Audi breaks luxury ranks with unusual 2017 A4 manual

Audi breaks luxury ranks with unusual 2017 A4 manual

At a time when manual gearboxes in the US are more commonly associated with base-trim cars, Audi is bucking the trend with a version of the 2017 A4 that eschews the automatic. The company has confirmed that there'll be a manual A4 quattro in its model year 2017 line-up, with a redesigned six-speed gearbox that promises to be both smoother and faster than the outgoing version.

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2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S First Drive

2017 Bentley Flying Spur V8 S First Drive

Nestling in-between the Flying Spur V8 - which is as "entry level" as a Bentley sedan gets - and the W12-engined original, the new 2017 Flying Spur V8 S is all about eager affordability. Feel free to put as many air-quotes around "affordability" as it takes to stomach the $205,000 starting price, drop your weary, wealthy body into the supple leather seats, and try to get with the old-school charm.

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Apple may buy McLaren to get “Project Titan” back on track

Apple may buy McLaren to get “Project Titan” back on track

Apple is reportedly negotiating to buy British supercar manufacturer McLaren, in a deal that could accelerate the Cupertino tech firm into the automotive big leagues. The rumored deal is the latest in the ongoing saga of Apple's so-called "Project Titan" car development, which is believed to be focusing on electric powertrain and self-driving car technologies.

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Google’s October 4 “Pixel phones” Nexus event is official

Google’s October 4 “Pixel phones” Nexus event is official

Google has confirmed it will hold an event on October 4, where we're expecting to see the next generation of Android Nexus smartphones. The event, which will take place in San Francisco, has been rumored for some time now, with Google predicted to make some significant changes to how it runs its own-brand smartphone program.

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Olympus outs mighty 12-100mm f4.0 lens and more at Photokina 2016

Olympus outs mighty 12-100mm f4.0 lens and more at Photokina 2016

Olympus doesn't just have a new PEN camera today, the E-PL8, but a fresh batch of M.Zuiko Pro lenses and a new flash for Photokina 2016. The trio of lenses span from a lengthy zoom through to a brand new macro, while the FL900R flash is dustproof and splash-proof to match your E-M5 II.

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Olympus PEN E-PL8 packs retro style and selfie features

Olympus PEN E-PL8 packs retro style and selfie features

Olympus has added a new, retro micro four thirds camera to its lineup, with the PEN E-PL8 adding a selfie-friendly option alongside the PEN-F. Announced at Photokina 2016 today, the E-PL8 is the successor to 2014's PEN E-PL7, complete with a 180-degree flip-down LCD display and an easier to hold grip.

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2017 Audi Q3 gets aggressive revamp to ape Q7

2017 Audi Q3 gets aggressive revamp to ape Q7

Audi's Q3 baby premium SUV is getting a makeover, with a sharper design that borrows cues from its Q7 big brother, as well as a more sporting S line version. Expected to hit dealer forecourts from fall 2016, the 2017 Q3 has bolder crease-lines and a more aggressive grille, and there's a new Q3 S line competition model added to the line-up.

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The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country might just charm America into wagons

The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country might just charm America into wagons

Volvo has taken the wraps off its latest luxury car, the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country, a beefed-up, ruggedized version of its new V90 wagon. Like the S90 and V90, the new car is a particularly Swedish take on luxury - plenty of leather and open-pore black walnut wood - but, unlike its siblings, the Cross Country specification increases ground clearance by 2.5-inches to 8.3-inches.

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2017 Audi Q7 3.0T quattro Review: Seven seat excess

2017 Audi Q7 3.0T quattro Review: Seven seat excess

If there's something clearly pathological about my attraction to vast, luxury SUVs despite having neither the family nor the lifestyle to demand them, I can probably take solace in the fact that a large chunk of America feels the same way. Audi's 2017 Q7 will do nothing to dissuade either them or I, redesigned from the ground up from its strong-selling predecessor and making a pitch as the most technologically advanced SUV this side of a considerably more expensive Tesla Model X.

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Furiously fast, the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster cuts the roof not performance

Furiously fast, the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster cuts the roof not performance

Trust AMG to take Mercedes-Benz's luxury droptop and give it a super-aggressive upgrade, with the new AMG GT Roadster and AMG GT C Roadster offering two levels of performance convertible. The Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster packs a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, good for 476 horsepower and 465 lb-ft. of torque, for a 4.0 second 0-60 mph run and a top speed of 188 mph.

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There are still more questions than answers about the Chevrolet Bolt EV

There are still more questions than answers about the Chevrolet Bolt EV

It was a moment of celebration for one of the American auto industry's stalwarts: the Chevrolet Bolt EV would, at 238 miles, go further than Elon Musk's upstart Tesla Model 3. Cue flag-waving in Detroit, not least because the Bolt EV is expected to arrive at dealerships later this year, versus the late 2017 promised for the "cheap" Tesla. Nonetheless, while the early feedback has been fairly glowing from drivers given previews at the electric car's wheel, there's still a lot Chevrolet has to do before the Bolt EV is anywhere near ready for primetime.

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2017 Cadillac XT5 Review – This is no mini Escalade

2017 Cadillac XT5 Review – This is no mini Escalade

As a Brit who harbors a dark, some might say unnatural love for Cadillac's Escalade, I'm used to wearing my perversions on my sleeve, but I may be immune to the charms of the 2017 Cadillac XT5. Though sharp styling and clever all-wheel drive are welcome, as is an impressively high quality cabin that in most respects punches above its weight, there's the all-important question of that magic spark that true love requires.

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