RLP seals first two deals totalling £16.5m

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 00:00
Schroder Real Estate Investment Management and Palmer Capital have acquired two redevelopment opportunities for their Residential Land Partnership (RLP) joint venture.
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Porsche Really Doesn’t Want to Turbocharge the 911 GT3

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:05

Despite Porsche’s decision to turbocharge the 911 lineup, our first drive convinced us the 911 is “a better sports car today than it has ever been.” Certain dedicated Porsche fans won’t believe us, but we stand by our conclusion that turbocharging didn’t ruin the 911. That said, if you refuse to buy a turbocharged 911, you can always spring for the GT3 or GT3 RS. They’re the only naturally aspirated cars in the 911 lineup, and from the sound of it, that won’t change anytime soon.

Speaking to Australia’s Drive, Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Porsche’s head of GT road cars, said he fully intends to keep the 911 GT3 and GT3 RS naturally aspirated as long as possible. “I would like to continue with it. It makes the car unique—it’s still a light engine,” said Walliser. “A normally aspirated engine still fits a sports car. You cannot achieve the same with a turbocharged engine.”


So why turbocharge the rest of the 911 lineup? Walliser said that decision was “mainly driven by emissions regulations.” Eventually, those same regulations may bring an end to naturally aspirated GT3s, too, but according to Walliser, “The uniqueness comes from the normally aspirated engine. As long as we can do it, we will do it.”

Interestingly, he also told Drive that Porsche’s decision to bring back the manual option is already paying off. About a quarter of all GT3s are ordered with manual transmissions, and in the U.S., it’s close to half.

As for rumors that the next 911 will be mid-engined, don’t believe them. Walliser promised the engine is “in the right place… it’s in the back.”

Source: Drive

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2018 Tesla Model X

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 21:00
The 2018 Tesla Model X is the sole all-electric utility vehicle sold in the U.S. this year. Available in five- or seven-seat versions with all-wheel drive standard, its rated ranges of 238 to 295 miles should deliver at least 200 miles in most circumstances even at highway speeds. Tesla doesn’t offer traditional trim levels, but the Model X...
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2019 Subaru Ascent Starts at $32,970

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 20:30

The 2019 Subaru Ascent will arrive in dealerships this summer with a starting price of $32,970, the automaker announced today. At that price, the Subaru is more expensive than the base 2018 Volkswagen Atlas ($31,675), Honda Pilot ($31,875), and Hyundai Santa Fe ($31,830).

Standard features on the Ascent include a 6.5-inch multimedia screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, three-zone auto climate control, and four USB ports. The Ascent also comes standard with EyeSight technologies, including automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, and adaptive cruise control.

The next trim up costs $35,170. Upgrading to the Premium trim level brings a power driver seat, spill-resistant cloth upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear seat climate controls, heated front seats, and an upgraded 8.0-inch infotainment system. It also receives a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds, the maximum for the Ascent lineup. In terms of safety, Premium adds blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert over the base model.

Next up is the Limited trim, priced from $39,970. These models add leather-trimmed upholstery as well as LED steering responsive headlights, power rear liftgate with height memory, six USB ports, keyless access with push-button start, and more.

At the top of the lineup sits the Touring. This model, which goes for $45,670, boasts Java Brown leather seats and an upgraded leather heated steering wheel with a woodgrain-pattern finish. Also look for eight USB ports, navigation, a surround sound system with 14 speakers, panoramic power moonroof, and three-mode ventilated front seats.

All Ascents come with a CVT and a 2.4-liter turbo flat-four with 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. Both seven- and eight-passenger versions are available in the lineup. The base model is only available in the eight-seat configuration, and the top Touring trim can only be had with seven seats.

Source: Subaru

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Leaked! This Might be the New Toyota Supra

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 19:30

The Toyota Supra is coming back. We’ve known this since BMW confirmed plans to jointly develop a sports car with Toyota. But despite seeing plenty of camouflaged prototypes since then, Toyota did an impressive job of stopping information leaks. Until now.

Over on SupraMKV, the appropriately named Mark V Supra fan forum, user Supra93 obtained what appears to be an advance copy of Best Car Magazine with  what appear to be official images and a full feature on the new Supra. Our Japanese is extremely limited, so we can’t confirm any translations of the text, but assuming these photos are authentic, we now have a good idea exactly what the new Supra will look like.


Other than the generally legitimate look of the magazine, this (admittedly poor) image shows a race-prepped version of the Supra. If you compare it with the official teaser shown below that Toyota released a few days ago, the rounded rear fenders, double-bubble roof, and massive wing all match up. This is also the version we’re most confident will be at the Geneva Motor Show next month, but hopefully, Toyota reveals the road car, as well.

Without its GT racing-style livery and bodywork, we see a lot of the 2014 Toyota FT-1 concept in the new Supra. The styling has been toned down a little, but overall, it’s a fairly handsome sports car.  We especially like the look of the long hood, even if the car itself is little smaller than we’d expected. Whether or not it’s a worthy successor to the fourth-generation Supra still remains to be seen, but at least it doesn’t look completely watered down.

For more photos from the magazine, be sure to head over to the SupraMKV forum where they were originally posted.

Source: SupraMKV

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CapCo shares jump on Empress State sale news

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 18:24
Shares in Capital & Counties (CapCo) leapt by more than 3% on Thursday after Property Week revealed the group was in talks sell the Empress State Building, which sits at the heart of its controversial Earls Court scheme, to the mayor of London’s office for around £240m.
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Turn Your 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T Into a Civic Type R-Beater for $695

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 18:15

The redesigned 2018 Honda Accord is quick, hitting 60 mph in a Motor Trend-tested 5.7 seconds with Honda’s new 10-speed automatic and a 2.0-liter turbo-four, a detuned version of the engine found in the new Civic Type R, that makes 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the Honda tuners at Hondata, more horsepower and torque can be extracted from the turbocharged engine in different stages.

Using Hondata’s FlashPro device, the company claims gains of between 10-40 hp and has posted a dyno sheet of the Stage 1 tune that shows increases of about 10 hp and roughly 40 lb-ft. When Hondata put a factory Accord 2.0T on a dyno (see the video below), they recorded a baseline of 266 hp and 292 lb-ft to the wheels, well above Honda’s advertised power ratings. The estimated gains are based on those dyno numbers, so that puts the Stage 1 reflashed Accord at 276 hp and a healthy 332 lb-ft to the wheels using California’s 91 octane gas. That’s already more torque than the Civic Type R makes (306-hp and 295 lb-ft).

If Hondata was able to get 10 hp and 40 lb-ft from this tune, imagine the torque increase from the tune that gets you 40 hp. Well, we don’t have to imagine as Hondata posted a video of the dyno run with the Stage 2 tune showing peak torque of 375.8 lb-ft–a gain of about 80 lb-ft over Hondata’s baseline figure. Additionally, the Stage 2 reflash adds 50-55 hp in the middle of the power band, which is said to dramatically affect the driving experience.

The FlashPro only works on model-year 2018 or newer Accords with the turbo 2.0-liter engine and connects to the OBDII port without any ECU modification, but you will need a computer with a USB 2.0 connection. The FlashPro device retails for $695, and appears to enable both Stage 1 and Stage 2 tunes. However, it’s unclear if any additional aftermarket parts are required for either reflash.

Honda is slowly phasing out its naturally aspirated engines in favor of turbocharged engines. While Honda purists may cry foul over this, many enthusiasts are taking advantage of the impressive power gains that come from tuning a turbocharged engine. Check out the numbers Hondata got from the Accord’s 2.0-liter turbo-four in the video below, and also check out their baseline run to see how much power the new engine really makes.

Source: Hondata

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2019 Subaru Ascent undercuts competition with $32,970 base price

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 18:00
The 2019 Subaru Ascent will be priced under $33,000 when it goes on sale this summer, the automaker said Thursday. At $32,970, the 2019 Ascent's base price will be significantly lower than most of its chief rivals—factoring in the standard all-wheel drive on the Subaru. That price compares favorably to the least expensive all-wheel-drive...
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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Priced at $81,590

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 17:15

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio isn’t cheap. But considering it may be the quickest production SUV around, perhaps it’s worth the $81,590 price tag.

The midsize SUV goes on sale early this year. It packs a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine making 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, enough to launch it to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, according to Alfa Romeo. Standard Stelvios, which arrived in the U.S. last year, come with a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 280 hp and 306 lb-ft. We were able to hit 60 mph in 5.4 seconds in a regular Stelvio, matching Alfa’s estimate.

While the Quadrifoglio is expensive, the base Stelvio starts at a reasonable $42,990. Standard features on this model include leather seats, rear parking sensors, remote start with passive entry, a power liftgate, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

When you upgrade to the Quadrifoglio, you receive the upgraded engine as well as unique exterior styling including a roof-mounted rear spoiler and side sill insert. You also get Alcantara leather seats, 20-inch wheels, large six-piston Brembo front brakes, and DNA Pro drive mode selector with Race mode and adjustable adaptive damping performance suspension. Options include lightweight carbon-fiber shell Sparco racing seats and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.

Last year, Alfa Romeo announced the Stelvio Quadrifoglio set a new record for production SUVs on the Nürburgring. It posted a time of 7:51.7 seconds, making it more than 8 seconds quicker than the previous record holder, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, Alfa says.

Source: FCA

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Birmingham City Council fires starting gun on St Joseph's Snow Hill Wharf development

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:13
St Joseph has been given the green light from Birmingham City Council to develop a luxury waterside apartment complex in the city’s historic Gun Quarter.
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Do-not-drive order for Ford pickups, Toyota Supra racing concept, Elon Musk goes on a road trip: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:30
Ford, Mazda issue do-not-drive order for 35,000 compact pickups Drivers of more than 35,000 200 model year Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series compact pickup trucks should park their vehicles until their faulty Takata airbags can be replaced, officials said Monday. 2018 Honda CR-V vs. 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: Compare Cars They 2018 Honda CR-V and 2018...
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Capco sells Empress State Building to mayor of London's office

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 14:30
Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime to buy £240m Empress State Building in Earl’s Court from Capco.
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Death List 2018: The cars that won't be back next year

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 14:16
It's all a popularity contest. If you're a successful car, odds are good that you'll make an appearance the next year. But if you're the kind of car perpetually marked as the "manager's special" with an asking price that's about to become a begging price, you're probably not going to be asked to return for the next year. You've been cut. MORE: 10...
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Ford, Mazda issue do-not-drive order for 35,000 compact pickups

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:42
Drivers of more than 35,000 200 model year Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series compact pickup trucks should park their vehicles until their faulty Takata airbags can be replaced, officials said Monday. Owners of nearly 33,500 2006 Ford Ranger pickups and about 2,000 2006 Mazda B-Series small pickup trucks will be contacted by the two automakers after...
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LaSalle & Quantum put £300m Savile Row office on the market

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:30
Plaza Global Real Estate Partners, the joint venture between LaSalle IM and Quantum Global Real Estate, have put 23 Savile Row up for sale for a price believed to be in the region of £300m.
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Knight Frank bolsters resi development team with six new hires

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:15
Knight Frank has expanded its regional residential development business with six new hires across its new homes, land and planning remits.
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Lendlease & Evans get green light for York’s first BTR scheme

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:52
Lendlease and Evans Property Group have been granted planning permission to begin work on the first-ever build-to-rent development in York.
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Muse plugs in Premier Farnell for Logic Leeds site

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:49
Muse Developments has secured a pre-let to electronics giant Premier Farnell for a new 361,000 sq ft distribution warehouse on its flagship Logic Leeds site.
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Strawberry Star joins International Stock Exchange & secures £260m mixed-use scheme

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:30
London residential developer Strawberry Star has secured a listing on the International Stock Exchange with plans to raise £180m in equity, after exchanging contracts on the acquisition of a £260m mixed-use scheme in Luton.
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Spaces takes space at Scarborough & Metro's Acero

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:50
Scarborough International Properties and Metro Holdings of Singapore have signed Spaces as the second tenant at their Acero building in Sheffield, which will be the serviced office provider’s first site in Yorkshire.
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