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.

The Rezvani Beast Alpha’s crazy doors almost overshadow its speed

The Rezvani Beast Alpha’s crazy doors almost overshadow its speed

The LA Auto Show isn't short on high-powered automotive madness, but few can quite reach the excesses - and exclusivity - of the bizarre 2017 Rezvani Beast Alpha. Handiwork of the Orange County, California based automaker startup which has put extreme performance as its primary goal, the Beast Alpha takes the open-top Beast of 2015 and gives it a power and styling upgrade. That includes doors that could put gullwings to shame.

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All hail Mercedes-AMG’s E 63 S 4MATIC+, the anti-Tesla

All hail Mercedes-AMG’s E 63 S 4MATIC+, the anti-Tesla

With Tesla squeezing even more performance out of the Model S today, it's never been a better time to be an electric speed-addict, but what if your tastes lean more toward the Death Star than the plucky eco-resistance? The devils at Mercedes-AMG have just the answer, in the shape of the company's most powerful E-Class sedan ever. Dubbed the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+, it's 612 horsepower of fossil fuel burning magic.

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Bucking trends, Acura reveals vision of tomorrow’s dashboard

Bucking trends, Acura reveals vision of tomorrow’s dashboard

A concept car might be an eye-catching flight of fancy, but considering most of our time is spent inside our cars, concept interiors like Acura's Precision Cockpit are arguably more important. Revealed at the LA Auto Show today, the carless-concept is the fruit of single team responsible for materials, design, and software as Acura readies itself for an increasingly-connected, often-autonomous future. It's also the Japanese premium car company's opportunity to school rivals on just how dashboard interaction should behave.

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The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet is kinda ridiculous

The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet is kinda ridiculous

When you already have some of the most luxurious drop-tops in your line-up, how do you elevate open-air motoring to live up to the Maybach name? That's the challenge the Mercedes-Maybach team set itself, and the answer comes with this, the S 650 Cabriolet, at the LA Auto Show 2016. Hitting production in painfully small numbers, it's the hyper-luxe version of the S-Class convertible.

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America is finally ready for the 2018 Audi A5 and S5 Sportback

America is finally ready for the 2018 Audi A5 and S5 Sportback

Sometimes America gets what it wants, and sometimes it has to wait. In the case of the 2018 Audi A5 and S5 Sportback, the US launch has been some time coming. Fresh to the LA Auto Show 2016 this week, the slope-backed five-door coupes are finally making the jump from Europe.

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Now Alfa Romeo has an SUV, and we have so many questions

Now Alfa Romeo has an SUV, and we have so many questions

Alfa Romeo may not be the first automaker you associate with an SUV, but the crossover craze waits for no-one and the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the result. Launched today at the LA Auto Show, the luxury SUV takes the styling of the Giulia sedan and inflates it for the elevated driving position crossover fans lust after. Of course, since this is an Alfa we're talking about, there's a performance option for those with speed in mind.

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Aston Martin Vanquish S boosts power, style & eye-watering price

Aston Martin Vanquish S boosts power, style & eye-watering price

As good ideas go, taking what's acknowledged as one of the most beautiful Super GT cars and making it more powerful, even better looking, and more refined can't really be argued with. Figure us to be fans of the new Aston Martin Vanquish S, then, freshly announced for the LA Auto Show this week. It now musters up to 592 HP, and the British automaker promises that power will be delivered more smoothly and promptly than before.

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2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid priced up for eco-luxury next year

2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid priced up for eco-luxury next year

Cadillac has taken the wraps off its newest electrified car, and after the underwhelming reception to the ELR, it's taking no chances this time around. The 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid is set to hit North American dealerships in the spring of next year, taking the previously-released and well-received CT6 sedan as its basis, and then throwing in an electric powertrain. Together, the gas and electric systems are good for over 400 miles of range.

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Vinci smart headphones offer Alexa and standalone Spotify

Vinci smart headphones offer Alexa and standalone Spotify

Forget Apple AirPods: properly smart headphones should be able to stream your music all by themselves, not to mention throw in Amazon Alexa and act as personal DJ depending on what you're doing. That's the promise of Vinci, anyway, cutting the cord - physical or metaphorical - with your phone and instead using voice control and onboard smarts to stream from Spotify and other services. I tried a set out to see if headphones, not watches or eyepieces, really are the next big thing in wearables.

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2017 Honda Civic Hatchback First Drive

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback First Drive

Launching a hatchback in a country traditionally skeptical about the 5-door might seem an unenviable challenge, but Honda sees the 2017 Civic Hatchback as an opportunity to reframe the body-style as more about sport than boring practicality. Third in the 10th generation Civic line-up to reach the US, the new Civic Hatchback targets a small but growing subsection of compact car buyers: Honda says they're image-oriented, usually male, and relying on their daily-drivers to keep up with an active, outdoor lifestyle. That makes it the perfect place to launch the new Sport and Sport Touring trims in the Civic range.

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Jaguar I-PACE Concept previews Model X rivaling EV for 2018

Jaguar I-PACE Concept previews Model X rivaling EV for 2018

Concept cars are usually flights of design fancy, but nobody at Jaguar got the memo about being wildly impractical when designing the new I-PACE Concept EV. Making its striking debut at the LA Auto Show 2016 today, the beautiful concept takes a homegrown EV platform good for 0-60 mph in around 4.0 seconds and combines it with styling cues from the F-PACE and C-X75 concept. Best of all, this is no flight of far-off fancy: Jaguar says we can expect a production version of the I-PACE Concept in 2018.

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MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Review (late-2016)

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Review (late-2016)

Anticipation is a dangerous thing, and expectations around the long-awaited redesign of the Apple MacBook Pro for late 2016 were almost preternaturally high. Beloved workhorse of graphic designers, video editors, coders, and others wedded to the macOS ecosystem, any change to the MacBook Pro was going to be contentious. All the same, even stoic, self-confident Apple was seemingly rocked by the fierce reaction to features like Thunderbolt 3 and the brand new Touch Bar.

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