$200K Mercedes-Maybach SUV, Koenigsegg Jesko, Amazon and Kia electric car chargers: What's New @ The Car Connection

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Quiznos targets UK expansion

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US sub sandwich chain Quiznos is planning to open up to 75 outlets in the UK, Property Week can reveal.
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Placefirst reveals plans for £27.5m build-to-rent scheme in Bolton

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Build-to-rent developer Placefirst has revealed plans for a mixed-use in Bolton as part of a wider regeneration of the town centre.
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JLL appoints Matt Jones to its logistics team

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JLL has hired Matt Jones, formerly of CBRE, to join its logistics team under the leadership of Ed Cole.
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Knight Frank appoints Charlotte Boyle as non-executive adviser

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Knight Frank has appointed Charlotte Boyle as a non-executive adviser effective as of 1 September this year.
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Supermarket Income REIT increases share issuance target by 60%

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Hyperion takes final space at One Creechurch

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Savills brings 27 Dublin investment properties to market for £39m

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Savills has brought a collection of 27 Dublin investment properties to market with a guide price of €46m (£39m).
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FirstPort acquires Barratt London’s property management arm

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Savills Ireland appoints Mark Reynolds as deputy managing director

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Warehouse One Distribution sublets 150,000 sq ft warehouse in Chesire

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Third-party logistics operator Warehouse One Distribution has sublet a 150,000 sq ft unit in Winsford, Cheshire from box manufacturer Schoeller Allibert.
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2019 Audi TT

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Cerberus partners with Arrow Capital on £643m Spanish logistics portfolio

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Cerberus Capital Management has joined forces with Arrow Capital Partners to manage a €750m (£643m) portfolio of light industrial and logistics assets in Spain.
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The Collective acquires the Paper Factory Hotel in New York

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Co-living operator The Collective has acquired the Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City in New York with plans to turn it into a 225-bedroom co-living space.
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Empiric Student cost-cutting drive boosts earnings

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GCP bullish on student outlook as NAV rises 6%

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GCP Student remains bullish on the outlook for student accommodation, despite Brexit, as it reports a 5.9% rise to 157.93p in its NAV per share in its half-year results.
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No Comparison: Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye vs. Ferrari 812 Superfast

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There’s an old joke: You ask, “What’s the difference between an elephant and an ant?” The mark answers, “I don’t know, what’s the difference?” You reply, “Come on, you don’t know the difference between an elephant and an ant?”

News flash: The Ferrari 812 Superfast is a much better automobile than the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye. It just is. I’m mentioning this because Ferrari—like Rolls-Royce and, to a lesser extent, Lamborghini—has this infuriating prohibition against comparison tests. This forbiddance is particularly annoying because modern Ferraris are so good. This 812, the 488, both flavors of Lusso, the new Portofino—I’ve driven them all, and all are wonderful. Nine times out of 10, the prancing horse would mule-kick the competition in the teeth, and that 10th time would be close. So, to reiterate, this ain’t a comparison test, but if it were, the Ferrari stomps the Redeye like an elephant squishes an ant. Chiaro? Prego.

What are you reading then? We car freaks are either living in or just about to enter the end times as far as internal combustion engines are concerned. The automotive world is going electric, and you can’t stop progress. You can, however, toss two fourth-quarter Hail Marys to illustrate just how good our kids ain’t gonna have it.

The Superfast produces 789 horsepower, and Dodge’s super-torquey (707 lb-ft) über Hellcat generates 797 ponies. With the exception of ultra exotics like the 1,479-hp Bugatti Chiron (price tag: starts at $3 million), these two bellowing monsters are the most powerful street cars available for purchase. Both machines are a celebration of what we’ll miss most when they’re gone: big, loud, screaming, thumping, grin-inducing, pupil-dilating, chest-compressing, mother-loving, gasoline-burning engines.

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The question then becomes, what’s it like to drive two cars that possess (within rounding errors) 800 horsepower? More fun than you’re imagining, I promise.

Since the initial Hellcat Challenger with 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque was released, the reviews have read essentially like this: “Great gobs of power, Batman, but what the Hellcat needs is better steering, handling, grip, and brakes. Oh—and it could lose some weight.”

To Dodge’s eternal credit, its answer to that near-unanimous, near-ubiquitous criticism: Add more power! (I love that.) Even if nothing good happens in terms of instrumented testing. The Redeye’s 0–60 time actually increases when compared to the Widebody Hellcat Challenger, and although its quarter-mile time drops by a tenth, that’s not something I’d brag about or spend money on. The figure-eight time also shaves a tenth. Braking is greatly improved—104 feet from 60 mph versus 112—so there’s that. Did I mention the Redeye is 32 pounds heavier than the 4,489-pound Widebody Hellcat?

The increase in trap speed is worth analyzing, as it’s an improvement of nearly 3 mph. That means we know that the ever-so-slightly detuned Demon engine under the wide-nostril hood is making the power but the Redeye is even more traction limited (see the 0–60 time) than its little bro. So although stoplight racing might not be the Redeye’s raison d’être, roll-on racing—say, 50 to 150 mph—leaves almost nothing to be desired. Trust me.

I say “almost” because, well, I drove the 812 Superfast. Ferrari lists the top speed as 211 mph, which is pretty fast. But in a world filled with Koenigseggs and the aforementioned Chiron, I wouldn’t call 211 mph “superfast.” I would call the Superfast super quick (which is super-veloce in Italian, but that’s a Lamborghini descriptor and hence verboten).

The sprint to 60 mph takes just 2.8 seconds. Kids raised on Instagram IV drips will scream about how the Tesla Model S 100D Ludicrous+ is quicker (2.3 seconds), as is the Porsche 911 Turbo S (2.5 seconds) and McLaren 720S (2.5 seconds). It’s all a video game at the end of the day. What’s crazy about the 812 is that this bright yellow GT is naturally aspirated, rear-wheel drive, and heavy (3,845 pounds). Look at the only other similarly powered rear-driver I can think of—the 755-horsepower Corvette ZR1. On sticky R-compound tires, the lighter Chevy needs 3.0 seconds to hit 60 mph, and the Corvette out-torques the Ferrari by 185 lb-ft.

Then comes the quarter mile. The 812 Superfast smashes it in 10.4 seconds at 138.6 mph. Bye-bye, Tesla (10.5 seconds at 125.0 mph)! See you later, Porsche (10.6 at 129.6)! The lightweight, twin-turbo 720S is quicker (10.1 seconds at 141.5), but the carbon-tubbed Brit weighs 678 pounds less than the fizzing Italian. The 720S is also the quickest non-million-dollar hybrid hypercar we’ve ever tested, and it’s (probably) underrated by 100 hp. To reiterate how superveloce the 812 Superfast is, the somewhat lighter (3,650 pounds), similarly powerful ZR1 runs the quarter in 10.8 seconds at 133.1 mph.

The Ferrari aces the figure eight in 23.3 seconds, a full second quicker than the Hellcat Redeye. With this metric, the 812 is a half second behind the ZR1 (22.7 seconds), but the Ferrari is on street tires. Pirelli Corsas would probably drop it very close to the magical 22-second barrier, where merely excellent-handling cars are separated from the best there is. Braking from 60 mph is 99 feet, and anything under 100 feet is world class—doubly so on street tires.

OK, so how are these two to drive? What are they like? How do they feel? I entered into these vehicles with a romanticized vision of grand touring: “Dearest Gertrude, I fear that the fear we fear the most has come to pass: Our stores of caviar are depleted. I must venture forth from Paris to Odessa (where else?) to procure more. Keep the bubbles warm and bubbly chilled. Ta!” (Side note: Modern-day Euros would just jet to the Black Sea on Ryanair for 5 euros a leg.)

As such, I assumed that the car to cross the Continent in would be the 812 Superfast. Nope! One thing that surprised me about the duo is that the Dodge is a far superior grand tourer—a more willing, comfortable, and compelling travel partner. Kowalski never had it so good. The Superfast is much less comfortable. And louder. The stereo isn’t as good. The seats are harder and don’t recline. And on and on and on. Still, I can’t remember a super sled that can hit crazy speeds (“Can we just say, ‘No more than 150 mph,’ your honor?”) as quickly and easily. That V-12 just rips.

And the car itself … allow my Head 2 Head co-host Jethro Bovingdon to explain: “Mind a bit blown. Turns like a mid-engine car, slides like an E60 M5, accelerates like a McLaren F1, noise and engine response from the gods.” I concur as he continues: “Utterly astounding that Ferrari’s front-engine ‘GT’ is this sharp and capable. I find it slightly depressing that spending all that money is genuinely worth it (because I can’t afford the interior carbon-fiber trim, let alone the car), but it’s uplifting that Ferrari pushes and pushes to develop something this wild and yet usable.”

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Should you think this is exaggeration, the McLaren F1 LM could do 0–100–0 mph in 11.5 seconds. This Ferrari? 9.5 seconds. That’s insanity. By the way, that pesky McLaren 720S does 0–100–0 mph in 8.8 seconds, which is insanity on angel dust. The Redeye is, in some ways, as equally crazed. The F8 Green Dodge did the 0–100–0 mph dance in 11.8 seconds, unbelievably just 0.3 second off the McLaren F1 LM (I feel nuts just typing that) but a light-year or so away from the Ferrari’s performance. Mostly because there’s no traction. As Jethro said, driving the Redeye is like driving a normal car in the wet.

If you pore over your back issues of MotorTrend, you’ll observe a funny phenomenon. Each time a new chapter of the horsepower wars gets opened, the old superlatives come out to play. The 400-hp car launches like a trebuchet. With 500 hp, the thing is like a Saturn V rocket. 600? An F-16. 700? To quote myself, a Hellfire missile! Therefore, essentially 800-horsepower cars ought to accelerate at the speed of light squared with more power than Rome at the height of its glory. And that’s all true, obviously.

Of more significance is that 800 horsepower works. Both cars, as different as they are, are capable, livable, and most important, totally usable in the hands of mere mortals. Superlatives aside, there’s nothing to fear but fear (and depreciation) itself. More presciently, the upcoming electrification of the automobile is going to allow for comparable/greater power levels, at even lower price points. Can’t wait! Doubly so because I now know there’s nothing to be scared of.

I can’t imagine two front-engine, rear-drive, approximately 800-horsepower cars being more different. “Odd couple” doesn’t begin to describe it. The Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye is an extreme taken to an extreme. It’s as ridiculous as it is wonderful, as unnecessary as it is desirable. The thing is a you-have-got-to-be-kidding-me caricature of a muscle car. If I may be so bold as to recommend one change to the inmates running the Dodge asylum: 900 horsepower. Never let the bastards get you down!

As for that Ferrari, the 812 Superfast is an all-singing, all-dancing virtual impossibility of a supercar. The 812’s V-12 is the greatest engine ever made. No? Name a better one. I’ll wait. The seven-speed dual-clutch rivals, if not bests, Porsche’s PDK in terms of shifting perfection. A real gobsmacker. You know, a 30-year mortgage at 4.4 percent would be only $2,376 a month. Want. So much want.

Were this a comparison test, I would now swiftly, conclusively declare the Ferrari the winner. Since it ain’t, I’ll have to end it by saying people on Redeye budgets need not concern themselves with half-million-dollar Ferraris. Besides, the Mopar has more power. And those lucky enough to afford the 812 can afford a Redeye, too. Carry on.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD Front-engine, RWD ENGINE TYPE Supercharged 90-deg V-8, cast-iron block/alum heads 65-deg V-12, alum block/heads VALVETRAIN OHV, 2 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 376.3 cu in/6,166 cc 396.4 cu in/6,496 cc COMPRESSION RATIO 9.5:1 13.6:1 POWER (SAE NET) 797 hp @ 6,300 rpm 789 hp @ 8,500 rpm TORQUE (SAE NET) 707 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm 530 lb-ft @ 7,000 rpm REDLINE 5,800 rpm 9,000 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 5.7 lb/hp 4.9 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic 7-speed twin-clutch auto AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.09:1/2.07:1 4.38:1/2.76:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar Control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 14.4:1 11.9:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.0 1.8 BRAKES, F; R 15.4-in vented, grooved 2-pc disc; 13.8-in vented, grooved disc, ABS 15.7-in vented, drilled, carbon-ceramic disc; 14.2-in vented, drilled, carbon-ceramic disc, ABS WHEELS 11.0 x 20-in forged aluminum 10.0 x 20-in; 11.0 x 20-in, forged aluminum TIRES 305/35R20 107Y Pirelli P Zero 275/35R20 102Y; 315/35R20 106Y Pirelli P Zero (PZ4) DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 116.2 in 107.1 in TRACK, F/R 65.6/65.7 in 63.5/64.8 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 197.5 x 78.3 x 57.5 in 183.3 x 77.6 x 50.2 in TURNING CIRCLE 38.9 ft 41.1 ft CURB WEIGHT 4,521 lb 3,845 lb WEIGHT DIST, F/R 57/43% 47/53% SEATING CAPACITY 4 2 HEADROOM, F/R 39.3/37.1 in 37.0/- in (est) LEGROOM, F/R 42.0/33.1 in 44.0/- in (est) SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 58.5/53.9 in 55.5/- in (est) CARGO VOLUME 16.2 cu ft 12.0 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH 0-30 1.8 sec 1.2 sec 0-40 2.5 1.7 0-50 3.3 2.3 0-60 4.0 2.8 0-70 4.8 3.4 0-80 5.8 4.1 0-90 6.8 4.9 0-100 7.8 5.8 0-100-0 11.8 9.5 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 1.6 1.1 QUARTER MILE 11.8 sec @ 128.0 mph 10.4 sec @ 138.6 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 104 ft 99 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.95 g (avg) 1.03 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.3 sec @ 0.82 g (avg) 23.3 sec @ 0.93 g (avg) TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,500 rpm 2,200 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $73,190 $343,712 PRICE AS TESTED $91,740 $474,489 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes Yes/Yes AIRBAGS 6: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain 4: Dual front, front side/head BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/36,000 miles 3 yrs/Unlimited miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 5 yrs/60,000 miles 3 yrs/Unlimited miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 5 yrs/60,000 miles 3 yrs/Unlimited miles FUEL CAPACITY 18.5 gal 24.3 gal EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 13/22/16 mpg 12/16/13 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 259/153 kW-hrs/100 miles 281/211 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.22 lb/mile 1.43 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium † SAE Certified

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Spied! Second-Gen Nissan Juke Keeps the Funk Alive

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 23:45

Nissan may have discontinued the Juke here in the U.S., but we haven’t forgotten about it. Its looks were just as polarizing as the way it drove. While some thought it was quirky and fun-to-drive, others considered it a cramped econobox. Either way, the second-generation Nissan Juke is on its way, at least for global markets. And it appears to have changed quite a bit.

Unless the camouflage is leading us astray, the prototype appears to have slim headlights. This look is quite a contrast from the bug-eyed appearance of the previous model, which placed the daytime running lights atop the fenders parallel with the hood. The lower lamps, which could again serve as the car’s actual headlights, are still round but are smaller now. The grille forms a deeper V, giving it a bolder look, and the lower vents have changed.

The model keeps its small size, but it appears that the Juke loses its distinct hips. The taillights also look more streamlined.

Autocar reports that the new Nissan Juke will likely be revealed later this year and go on sale in 2020. Expected powerplants include turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder and 1.3-liter four-cylinder engines.

A new Juke is long overdue, considering the first generation debuted in 2010. It’s unclear if the new model will arrive Stateside, but we’re not getting our hopes up since the Juke was never a strong seller here. Besides, Nissan recently gave us a new mini-crossover called the Kicks. While that compact CUV offers strong value, it doesn’t have nearly the amount of personality as the Juke, nor does it offer all-wheel drive.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe Gets a Redesign

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 23:01

Mercedes offers the GLC Coupe to those looking for something a little different from a traditional crossover, and now, the model is getting a face-lift. For 2020, the rakish SUV boasts an updated exterior and a new infotainment interface.

According to the specs provided by Mercedes, the GLC 300 Coupe shrinks slightly in length. The model is 3.0 inches shorter, while maintaining the same width and wheelbase. Height has increased by almost an inch, however. In terms of exterior design, look for updates to the grille, headlights and taillights, and front and rear fascias.

Like the regular GLC crossover, which was also recently updated, the Coupe features a new 2.0-liter turbo-four with 255 hp, an increase of 14 hp from last year. Torque remains steady at 273 lb-ft.

Inside the cabin, you’ll encounter new upholstery options. But the bigger news is the improved technology. The model benefits from the MBUX interface, which has a new voice control system that allows drivers to issue commands by saying “Hey Mercedes.” There are many other ways to interact with information in the car. The model receives a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The old rotary push button on the center console has been replaced by a new touchpad. The steering wheel is also new with touch control buttons for operating different functions.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe now has gesture control recognition and navigation with augmented reality, in which arrows are superimposed directly onto the touchscreen image, making it hard to miss a turn. Expect the latest driver aids, including active lane change assist, steering assist, and route-based speed adaptation.

We’re still waiting for Mercedes to release full specs for the GLC Coupe lineup. But we do know the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe will debut at the New York auto show next month. Sales begin by late this year.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe debuts with more power, tech, and updated looks

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 23:01
The updated 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe bowed Monday ahead of its formal unveiling at the 2019 New York International Auto Show in April. Like the standard 2020 GLC-Class that debuted earlier this year, the GLC Coupe features refreshed styling with a new infotainment system and a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine underhood. It goes on...
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