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.
Audi is previewing its wagon of the future with the debut of a stunning new concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The Audi prologue Avant show car takes the design philosophy of last year's Prologue concept
and applies it to a wagon body.
Mini has joined the raft of manufacturers determined to win the hearts and minds of gamers through Gran Turismo 6, where, unburdened by the stifling regulations that surround traditional racing series, manufacturers are able to let their imaginations run wild. The Mini Clubman Vision Gran Turismo takes the Clubman's fairly mundane shape and replaces it with a full racing aerodynamics kit, powered by a 395 hp (295 kW) engine.
As cars become more sophisticated, drivers have been able to say farewell to many of the challenges that driving used to hold – from power steering to sat-nav, cars are making it easier than ever to get from A to B. Porsche has decided that owners of its classic cars deserve some of this high-tech help, and has designed a sat-nav system to fit into the dash of cars dating back to the 1960's.
The latest Audi Q7 will be going in to battle with some seriously tough competition in the luxury SUV market – as well as the usual suspects like BMW’s X5
and Mercedes’ ML-Class (soon to be GLE-Class), Volvo has thrown its hat into the ring with the new XC90
. To set it apart from the crowd, Ingolstadt’s finest sound engineers have created the new 3D Sound system, which Gizmag tried out at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show
There might be something in the water over at Mercedes right now. From the ultra luxurious Mercedes-Maybach S600
to the insane 6x6 G-Class AMG
, Stuttgart’s engineers and product planners seem to be full of interesting ideas at the moment. Those same engineers seem to have done it again with the new G500 4x4 Squared, (or G500 4x42
) a near-production G-Wagen show car fitted with a portal axle system that gives it greater off road capability.
McLaren has drawn on its illustrious past to launch one of its most exciting cars for the future. A production-ready P1 GTR
will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show, finished in the same color scheme that adorned its famous namesake, the F1 GTR. The P1 GTR is a fully stripped out, tuned up, track-only version of the McLaren's insane hybrid P1 hypercar
, designed to showcase just how far Woking's finest engineers can push the performance envelope.
Aston Martin has applied some GT3 magic to its Vantage
, turning its compact V12 sports car into a limited edition road-going racer. With just 100 GT3’s to be built, Aston Martin has thrown all of its racing experience into what it describes as its "most performance focused road-going Vantage."
With its sights set on the law enforcement market, Ford has unveiled its latest Interceptor at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Powered by a 3.7-liter V6 or 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, the new all-wheel drive 2016 Police Interceptor Utility packs a number of clever features designed to help officers better deal with the specific challenges faced in the course of day-to-day patrol work.
Anyone who is in the market for a hot-hatch is spoiled for choice at the moment. The Ford Fiesta ST
provides for people who chase old-school driving thrills with its manual gearbox and lively handling, while Renault’s latest Clio RS and its dual-clutch gearbox appeals to a new generation of drivers. Opel has decided to join the battleground with its Corsa OPC, a turbocharged hot-hatch set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Amid ever tightening emissions restrictions, the time has come for Ferrari to replace its 458 Italia and its high-revving naturally aspirated V8 engine. Ferrari’s 488 GTB is the first turbocharged mid-engine V8 since the legendary F40, and follows the California T down the road of turbocharging for better economy.