Based in Melbourne, Australia, Scott grew up with a passion for cars and a love of writing. He now combines the two by covering all things automotive for Gizmag. When he’s got a spare moment, you can usually find him freezing himself silly in search of fresh powder to ski.
It's safe to say that motoring has changed a bit since the early 1900s. Modern cars are more luxurious, cheaper and safer than ever – a fact that we often take for granted. Gizmag was recently given the chance to chart the progression of motoring at the Australian Motoring Festival, where we saw everything from the motorized marvels of the late 1800s through to today's luxurious chariots.
Mercedes has given its ML-Class SUV a thorough reworking, with sharper styling, more efficient engines and brand-new name. The new GLE is the first Mercedes SUV to be offered with a plug-in hybrid option, perfect for tackling BMW’s recently released X5 xDrive40e
and Volvo’s stylish XC90 T8 Hybrid
With its screaming supercars and illustrious history in Formula One, the name Ferrari makes petrolheads weak at the knees in a way that few other brands can manage. Fans of the Prancing Horse had their fill at this weekend's Australian Motoring Festival with the chance to wander through a marquee chock full of everything from the legendary F40 to more modern offerings like the F12 Berlinetta.
Land Rover has expanded its Range Rover Sport lineup, plugging the gap between the entry level car and its more expensive V8 stablemates with the new Range Rover Sport HST. Powered by a retuned version of the Range Rover Sport's supercharged engine, the HST's 3.0-liter supercharged V6 produces 40 hp (30 kW) more than the the standard Sport, and features a more road-focused suspension tune for improved handling.
Tesla has released the latest over-the-air update for its Model S
, which includes a number of navigation upgrades designed to cut down on range anxiety by constantly communicating with the brand's burgeoning Supercharger network.
Automobile designer Henrik Fisker has created a one-off design study based on the Aston Martin Vanquish
. Dubbed the Thunderbolt, the car made its debut at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
, and features a luxurious interior with a high-tech Panasonic infotainment system behind those shapely carbon fiber body panels.
Honda has finally fully unveiled its latest entry into the competitive world of hot-hatches, with the launch of the Civic Type-R
. Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC motor, the new hot-Civic has already claimed the title of fastest front drive production car around the Nurburgring Nordschelife from Renault
, and Honda is also claiming that the car is the quickest front-drive hot-hatch in the sprint to 100 km/h.
The brand new Audi R8 has only been out for a matter of weeks, but Ingolstadt’s engineers have already turned it into a GT3 racer. The R8 LMS R8 racer not only meets the new GT3 safety standards that are set to be introduced in 2016, but meets the crash test requirements for the much lighter Le Mans prototypes. To achieve this, Audi has modified the car’s front crash structure and used carbon fiber–reinforced polymer (CFRP) for the rear structure.
Porsche has used the 2015 Geneva Motor Show to unveil its most track-ready, stripped-back 911 yet – the 911 GT3 RS. Powered by a a 4.0-liter flat six engine that develops 373 kW (500 hp) and 458 Nm (338 lb.ft), the new generation RS is 0.8 seconds faster to 60 mph than the outgoing GT3 RS 4.0
, with a sprint time of 3.1 seconds on the way to a top speed of 193 mph.
Infiniti has previewed a new entry into the increasingly crowded premium-compact SUV segment with the showing of its QX30 Concept at the Geneva Motor Show.