All posts by Brett Davis

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. 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.

Opel: More Australian than you might think

Aug 08, 2012

Although Opel has never officially sold a vehicle locally, in the Sixties and Seventies the German brand had a strong influence on some of Australia’s most iconic cars. The Holden Commodore, for one, borrowed a...

BMW M builds a Z3 with a V12 engine

Aug 08, 2012

BMW’s performance team at M Division have built a interesting and fairly wild engine conversion for the old BMW Z3, shoehorning a big V12 engine into the engine bay. We’ve seen a Z3 with a...

Porsche Panamera junior ‘Pajun’ to feature V6 engines – report

Aug 08, 2012

Some more details are coming through about the upcoming Porsche sports sedan. Nicknamed the Porsche Pajun, it will be a junior version of the company’s upper large Panamera sedan. According to a recent CAR report...

Video: Audi TT RS heritage goes back to the Group B days

Aug 08, 2012

Audi has released an interesting new video explaining the heritage behind the cracking Audi TT RS, relating it to the awesome Audi Quattro race cars of the Eighties. In some ways the TT RS is...

SSC Ultimate Aero XT limited-edition marks end of production

Aug 07, 2012

Shelby SuperCars (SSC) has announced one last limited edition send-off model for the Aero; the SSC Ultimate Aero XT edition. With 1300hp, it’s looking to take out the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The SSC Ultimate...

2012 BMW 328i Luxury Line review (video)

Aug 07, 2012

The 2012 BMW 328i (F30) is the replacement to the old E90 330i. It doesn’t get a 3.0-litre naturally aspirated inline six, instead, it gets a cracking 2.0-litre turbo that loves to rev. It’s more...

Speedhunters Toyota 86 drift car shows off 600kW 2JZ power

Aug 06, 2012

Here at PerformanceDrive we love aftermarket tuning, especially crazy engine conversions. This Toyota 86 built by enthusiast website Speedhunters has to take the cake as one of the most wanted dream builds of this year....

Tramontana XTR with 888hp Mercedes-Benz twin-turbo V12

Aug 05, 2012

Spanish specialist car maker Tramontana is developing an insane new sports car called the Tramontana XTR. In terms of power-to-weight ratio, it doesn’t get much better than this. The XTR will be the company’s successor to...

Porsche 918 Spyder production car revealed in video?

Aug 04, 2012

A new video – which has since been set to private – seems to reveal the all-new Porsche 918 Spyder in production form. Only concept and prototype versions have been shown up until now. By...

2012 Opel Astra GTC review – Australian launch

Aug 04, 2012

Let’s get something clear right from the start, the 2012 Opel Astra GTC is not your typical Astra, nor is it a typical hatchback in the Australian market. It’s a brand-new stand-alone model from Opel...

DDMWorks Ariel Atom 700 is a bullet on wheels

Aug 03, 2012

In terms of raw acceleration and agility, the Ariel Atom 3 is hard to go by. Unless you have the DDMWorks Ariel Atom 700 of course. It comes with the same lightweight (657kg) platform, only...

Australian vehicle sales for July 2012 – Veloster holding on

Aug 03, 2012

The official VFACTS figures for Australian new vehicle registrations for July 2012 are out, and, contrary to what most were anticipating, the Hyundai Veloster has managed to hold off the popular new Toyota 86. Overall,...