Archive for the ‘Accessories & Tech’ Category

Automatic for the people

“And everybody is aware of the fact that reduction is the ultimate maximum.” So says the delightfully saucy voiceover lady in this video extolling the virtues of the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. It’s a wonderful amalgam of corporatespeak and geeky technical illustrations that will hold your attention from start to finish. The 8-speed ZF ‘box […]

BMW shows off self-drifting skills

“Look mum, no hands!” BMW showed off some pretty cool things at CES in Las Vegas last week, but we don’t think anything was cooler than the M235i and 6 Series Gran Coupé which both featured what BMW calls ActiveAssist, or “highly automated driving”, part of its ConnectedDrive system. You and I would call it […]

Long live the manual gearbox!

It’s a fact of the modern automotive world that the manual gearbox is fast becoming the poor cousin of the double-clutch transmission. Lamborghini has put a cross through the manual box and worse, the purist’s supercar—the Porsche 911 GT3—is available exclusively with PDK. The same is happening at the cheaper end of the market, too. […]

Win Bathurst 1000 from the comfort of your lounge

The inclusion of Mount Panorama, Bathurst, as an official Gran Turismo track is only a few weeks away. The release of Gran Turismo 6 is scheduled for 6 December and if this preview is anything to go by the gamers among you are going to be happy. And if you don’t want to wait until […]

MINI reveals F56 driver assist technology

Ahead of its mid-November launch MINI has released information on the driver assistance technology to be found inside the all-new F56 model. In doing so we get a small preview of the car’s interior, at least the central screen in which much of the technology is viewed or accessed. For the first time MINI will […]

Michelin rides the Porsche 918 gravy train

When you’re a part of history you want the world to know all about it. Sometimes when you’re bragging about your special talents that can be tiresome. But other times, even though the viewer knows they’re being sold a product, the content of the message excuses the otherwise cynical intent. This video is one such […]

Audi releases A3 augmented reality user manual

Audi has announced the release of an augmented reality smartphone app for its new 8V A3 which can be used to replace the traditional user manual. It looks pretty cool, simply point your phone to a feature you want explained and before you know it the app provides you with the info. There’s a brief […]

This is one angry sounding 911

It’s rare that we highlight aftermarket goodies here on AUSmotive, not because we don’t love a bit of post-factory indulgence, mainly because there’s just so much out there we simply don’t have the time to keep up to date. However, this video we could not let slip. The car is a Porsche 991 911 Cabriolet […]

If you had to drive a Prius you’d be hacked off too

This story is more than a little disturbing. You think of big multi-national banks getting hacked. You think of your computer picking up a dodgy virus. But how many of us have ever thought about our cars being hacked? Andy Greenberg from Forbes recently met up with a couple of geeks to show us what […]

VIDEO: Porsche 911 GT3 technical highlights

Porsche has reeled out its very serious voiceover man to talk us through some of the technology found in the new 911 GT3. It’s all very serious sounding and there’s fancy graphics and everything. Just remember: reaching the limit is one thing, staying there is another.

OFFICIAL: Gran Turismo 6 coming soon

The next version of Sony Playstation’s volume selling driving simulator game, Gran Turismo 6, was previewed at a press gathering at Silverstone yesterday. The official word is GT6 will be in stores in time for “the holiday season.” That translates roughly to our spring, we expect, so September some time. Set to feature over 1200 […]

Look, it lights up like a Christmas tree!

BMW has produced this video to show off its M Performance steering wheel. The small display at the top of the wheel can scroll through a number of settings, including a quarter mile drag function. On the one had we think this wheel is pretty damn cool. But on the other, well, you’d look like […]

VIDEO: Mazda explains its i-ELOOP technology

Over the next little while you’ll be hearing a lot about Mazda’s new Skyactiv i-ELOOP technology. In Australia our first look at this new tech will be in the 2013 Mazda6. The i-ELOOP name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue easily, but it is a simple and clever way to ensure that no power from […]

BMW M Performance accessories previewed

In their Paris Motor Show preview BMW advised they’ll be making a stack of new M Performance accessories available. There’s no firm details just yet, but they will include, for the first time, new retrofit add-ons for the F30 3 Series saloon. Similar accessories will follow for the F31 3 Series Touring and 1 Series […]