All posts by Brett Davis

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

2019 BMW 8 Series revealed; 0-100km/h in as low as 3.7 seconds

Jun 16, 2018

This is it. The all-new BMW 8 Series coupe. It has just made its public debut at the Le Mans motor racing event in France, before it goes on sale in November. Inspired by the...

Upcoming Skoda Kodiaq RS claims 7-seat SUV Nurburgring record (video)

Jun 16, 2018

Ace Nurburgring driver Sabine Schmitz has taken out a new lap record for a production 7-seat SUV, using the upcoming Skoda Kodiaq RS diesel as the weapon of choice. Yep, a diesel. Schmitz pushed the...

Mazda SkyActiv-X engine to run 2-3 times leaner than regular engine

Jun 15, 2018

Some more details are starting to come through on Mazda’s interesting new SkyActiv-X SPCCI engine, also known as the Spark Controlled Compression Ignition unit. SkyActiv-X is Mazda’s next-gen philosophy for powertrain technology. The first of...

2019 Volvo S60 previewed, debuts ‘Polestar Engineered’ option (video)

Jun 15, 2018

The new, 2019 Volvo S60 will debut next week, and it looks like the range will be topped by a ‘Polestar Engineered’ variant for the first time. A teaser has been sent out on social...

Video: Forza Horizon 4 announced, gameplay based in the UK

Jun 15, 2018

Gaming fans will be excited to hear there’s a new Forza on the horizon… Forza Horizon 4. An unofficial trailer has been deployed to give us all a taste. The game is set to include...

Mazda CX-8 to go on sale in Australia from $42,490

Jun 14, 2018

Prices for the all-new Mazda CX-8 SUV have been announced for the Australian market, ahead of its showroom arrival next month. As revealed earlier this year, the new CX-8 will slot into the market in...

MY2018.5 Ford Escape prices announced, adds ST-Line option

Jun 14, 2018

Ford Australia will launch its first ST-Line trim package for its mid-size SUV later this year, with the arrival of the MY2018.5 Ford Escape. It goes on sale in September. Four main variant lines will...

2018 Porsche Cayenne review – Australian launch (videos)

Jun 14, 2018

It’s the most popular Porsche currently on sale. And although it might not be a sportscar in the company’s traditional sense, the 2018 Cayenne is the fastest and most capable production SUV it has ever...

Suzuki Swift Sport Red Devil edition announced in Australia

Jun 13, 2018

The awesome little Suzuki Swift Sport has been given some special edition treatment in Australia, in the form of the Suzuki Swift Sport Red Devil edition. It arrives in July. Set to add spice to...

Mercedes ordered to recall cars for unapproved emissions software

Jun 13, 2018

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler has been ordered to recall up to 774,000 vehicles in Europe following the discovery of emissions irregularities with some of its vehicles. The German government is ordering the recall because it...

2018 BMW X2 sDrive20i M Sport review (video)

Jun 13, 2018

Welcome to the sporty new BMW X2. Think of it as the little brother to the X6 and X4 in the coupe-style SUV range, and the sportier alternative to the X1. Its target market is...

Hyundai RM16 N prototype testing continues at Nurburgring (video)

Jun 13, 2018

Remember the crazy hot hatch concept car from a couple of years ago that Hyundai made with a mid-mounted engine? Well, it seems engineers are testing a prototype, inspired by that RM16 N concept. Hyundai has...

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