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2019 BMW 7-Series

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 14:12
The 2019 BMW 7-Series luxury sedan is proof that bigger isn’t always better. Although it swims upstream from buyers migrating to megabuck crossovers, the 7-Series coddles and cossets drivers and owners in leather, wood, horsepower, and technology. An update is on the way for 2020 that places the 7-Series into the crossfire of competing...
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Court rules in favour of Tate viewing platform

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 14:08
The Neo Bankside development has lost its right to privacy case against the Tate Modern over the art gallery’s viewing platform.
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Colliers raises EMEA revenue in 2018

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 14:03
Colliers has seen a 17% growth in its EMEA revenue for 2018 as its income rose to $623.2m (£483.3m) from $514.9m in 2017.
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:59
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class has the family-hauling goods of a big wagon, without the usual SUV setbacks. It’s one of the brand’s best-selling models, and for good reason: The GLE is a safe bet, one with plenty of high-end features and a great range of available customization options. We rate it 6.4 out of 10 overall. (Read more...
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Urban&Civic to develop huge Hertfordshire site

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:56
Urban & Civic has signed a deal with the Tyttenhanger Estate to develop out a 2,000 acre site in Hertfordshire.
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Lexus, Porsche, Toyota tops for long-term dependability in latest study

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:55
Three-year-old cars are more reliable than they used to be, J.D. Power found in its latest study of long-term reliability released Wednesday. The study named Lexus the most reliable brand, with 106 problems per 100 cars reported, while Porsche and Toyota tied for second place with 108 problems. Fiat, Land Rover, and Volvo took home the bottom...
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UKCM secures let with Home Bargains in Leicester

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:53
UK Commercial Property REIT Limited (UKCM) has let a 25,882 sq ft retail unit at St George’s Retail Park in Leicester to Home Bargains.
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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:53
The 2019 Mercedes C-Class runs deep with upgrades, but a quick glance won’t reveal many of them. The changes come mostly under its skin, which works out beautifully since the latest C-Class is one of the best-looking vehicles of its kind. In C300 or AMG C43 spec, the 2019 C-Class flourishes with a new base engine, and revamped safety gear...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:49
Mercedes-Benz sells five crossover SUVs, and the 2019 Mercedes GLC-Class is one of the better ones. It’s the C-Class for the rest of us who aren’t so attached to body styles rendered irrelevant by consumer taste. It’s also a family of vehicles that includes GLC300s with turbo-4s, AMG GLC43s with a twin-turbo V-6, and GLC63s with...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:47
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class changed its name just two years ago. If it’s still mistaken for an SLK it doesn’t mind much. It’s hardly a different car anyway, in SLC300 and AMG SLC43 trim. It still throws down the gauntlet at the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman and the BMW Z4, though it’s now the oldest gauntlet-thrower...
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Grosvenor’s Craig McWilliam new chair of Westminster Property Association

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:31
Craig McWilliam, chief executive of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, has been appointed as the new chair of the Westminster Property Association (WPA).
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Reworked 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport bows with Eclipse Sport Cross style

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:57
The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport made an early internet debut Tuesday ahead of its global unveiling at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next month. The photos released by the automaker show the Mitsubishi ASX, which the brand sells as the Outlander Sport in the U.S. The redesigned 2020 Outlander Sport has a new face that shares its large grille and...
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Viventi to invest £100m in UK BTR

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:52
US investor Viventi Capital Management plans to invest £100m in the UK build-to-rent market.
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CBRE sees double digit growth in EMEA for 2018

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:51
CBRE has reported a 24% increase in its EMEA revenue for 2018 to $5.5bn (£4.3bn).
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Pi Labs funds six proptech start-ups for its London based growth programme

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:24
Pi Labs has announced the launch of its seventh pre-seed growth programme where it funds and mentors promising start-up proptech companies.
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LGIM refinances Southbank Place

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:16
Almacantar has secured a £420m debt refinancing with LGIM Real Assets on One and Two Southbank Place at the Shell Centre Development near Waterloo station.
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Amazon makes investment in Aurora Innovation self-driving car company

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:00
Online shopping and technology giant Amazon last week confirmed that it has invested in a self-driving car technology startup called Aurora Innovation. Aurora listed Amazon as one of several investors in its latest round of fundraising. Aurora's financial documents show it secured $530 million, but it's unclear how much of that came from Amazon...
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2.6 Seconds to 60: Reviewing Yamaha’s Rocket, the YZF-R1M

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:00

Driving a car is a sensual experience. That’s the main reason we enthusiasts love it. Driving a car quickly geometrically magnifies that sensation. Riding a motorcycle further increases the environmental intimacy between man and machine. And riding a bike quickly leans the sensual needle all the way into the red zone.

And here I am, sitting on a Yamaha R1M, one of the very insanely fastest, world-beating sportbikes that Toyota Corolla money can buy. I’m decked out in Alpinestars gear that makes me look and feel like a MotoGP knee-and-elbow-and-shoulder-dragger, about to make a lifelong bucket list dream come true—thanks to Zack and Ari and the gang at Throttle Out.

Life is not just good right now. It’s fabulous. As I look through the visor of my full-face helmet, down the main straight at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, my whole body tingles inside the leathers. My conscious mind is pulling back hard on the reins of my subconscious urge to be on pace with the hardcore bike duo.

Easy, Randy, I know you want it bad, but this isn’t your natural track domain. There are only two wheels under you, buddy. Two tippy, slippy wheels.

Although I live and love automobiles, the very first motorized vehicle I owned was a Tecumseh lawnmower-powered steel frame-and-forked minibike (thanks, Dad). But even as a wide-eyed teen, I never desired or pursued racing a motorcycle. Therein lies the clue to the real difference between bikes and cars: Risk. Pain. Mortal peril.

I looked at the motorcycle situation and realized I was gonna injure my body at some point. There’s a reason the racing saying is “when you crash,” not “if you crash.” And the consequences on a motorcycle are obviously more severe when compared to being inside the confines of a safety cage of a car. It’s pretty much the same reason I only played football for real for just one eighth-grade year: It hurt. Driving a car fast actually alleviates pain. The focus it draws from me makes the whole rest of the world go away. On the bike, on track, I found the specter of pain to be clear and present.

With cars or bikes, track drivers have a less developed survival gene than the normal populace. With bikes, it’s practically nonexistent. So why do we want it, so badly, that we will put our well-being on the line? Because with the risk comes reward. Studies have shown that we humans need risk to survive—some more than others, I’ll grant you. My sensible sister-in-law thinks I’m nuts. In my world, it’s normal.

But the Yamaha isn’t my world. Layered in abrasion-resistant and armored materials, I ease the R1M onto the track. “Don’t crash this thing” is heavy on my mind, yet only self-inflicted. Zack and Ari wave me on with a cheery, “Have a great time!” They are even more cool in person than on video. The Yam has almost 200 hp at 444 pounds. That’s like 1,6,58 hp in your 3,680-pound AMG GT R. Thankfully, loads of electronic controls are a comfort in my mind, like the wheelie control that carries the front wheel just inches off the ground when I grab a fistful of throttle.

The R1M rips so hard that my hands feel weak from just hanging on. I know this is wrong, to strangle the bars tightly while riding, but I have a genuine fear of the thing shooting right out of my grip. Scenery blurs instantly. The pre-warmed tires feel sooo sticky, but the geometry and narrow clip-on-style bars feel awkward in slow hairpins.

The opposite of the AMG, the bike is easy and confidence-inspiring in the high-speed corners and clumsy in the tight ones. Or is it me? Probably. But I much prefer the fast ones, where the bike takes a strong set. At low speeds, it feels kind of tippy, like it wants the ground. The guys warned me to brake early, but the Yam seems to stop well—the greatest challenge being to not overuse the rear brake, which is barely tickling the ground anyway as the front forks dive toward the tarmac.

But the whole, thrilling time, I’m intensely aware of the close proximity of the pavement, and the speed at which it is rushing by. This sensation is nonexistent while coddled safely in the womb of the AMG. The risk changes everything.

In the end, I feel like I have taken the circuit at break-my-neck speed. I tell myself I must have come close to the 57.6-second laps I set in the AMG GT R or within shouting distance of Zack’s time on the Yamaha. But the stopwatch tells no lies. My best time: just a whisper over 1:09.

Find out what happens when a motorcycle ace gets behind the wheel of a Mazda Miata, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, and Mercedes-AMG GT R right here. 2019 Yamaha YZF-R1M 2019 Mazda MX-5 (Club) 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (Z07) 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R BASE PRICE $22,999 $30,485 $89,985 $157,995 PRICE AS TESTED $22,999 $35,975 $107,200 $195,945 VEHICLE LAYOUT Mid-engine, RWD, 2-pass motorcycle Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door convertible Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door hatchback Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door hatchback ENGINE 1.0L/200-hp/83-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4 2.0L/181-hp/151-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4 6.2L/650-hp/650-lb-ft supercharged OHV 16-valve V-8 4.0L/577-hp/516-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve V-8 TRANSMISSION 6-speed sequential manual 6-speed manual 7-speed manual 7-speed twin-clutch auto CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 444 lb (NA%) 2,318 lb (52/48%) 3,527 lb (50/50%) 3,680 lb (48/52%) WHEELBASE 55.3 in 90.9 in 106.7 in 103.5 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 80.9 x 27.2 x 45.3 in 154.1 x 68.3 x 48.8 in 176.9 x 77.4 x 48.6 in 179.2 x 79.0 x 50.6 in 0-60 MPH 2.6 sec* 5.7 sec 3.3 sec 3.4 sec QUARTER MILE 9.8 sec @ 149.9 mph* 14.4 sec @ 95.5 mph 11.4 sec @ 124.4 mph 11.3 sec @ 129.0 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 126 ft* 112 ft 91 ft 95 ft 1.25-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 58.2 sec 70.3 sec 59.7 sec 58.5 sec *Cycle World

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Superbike vs. Supercar: Yamaha R1M vs. AMG GT R vs. Corvette Z06 vs. Miata

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:00

If there’s one major difference between motorcycles and cars—aside from the weather protection—it might be the mystique that swirls around actually piloting a bike. With a bit of dexterity training, a decent internal gyroscope, and a trip to the DMV, anyone can obtain a license to ride a motorbike. But few of us do. And fewer still learn the skills to ride one well, and at speed.

Still, every handful of years a car magazine asks the question that has been barstool fodder for more than a century: Car or bike—which one is faster?

Now, before you start penning a furious letter to MotorTrend, know that I’m a lifelong motorcyclist, here to tell you that … cars are faster.

There, I said it. Cars have more horsepower, more tire grip, and more technology. It’s time we two-wheelers admitted it.

If anything, cars might be too good—so immensely safe and capable that improving a lap time might simply be a function of dollars spent rather than hours trained. Certainly from the perspective of someone who has spent a lifetime wheelying, sliding, crashing, and otherwise “training” himself to extract the most performance out of a motorcycle, it seems awfully simple to drive a car quickly.

Even a car enthusiast like yourself might have wondered, can anyone do it? More to the point: Is it easy enough that good motorcycle racers who have never driven a fast car around a racetrack could get in and match their own motorcycle lap time? And if so, how expensive and fast would the car need to be? These are questions that only a juvenile mind can ask and mature adults can answer. That is to say, I had help.

The representative we chose for motorcycling was Yamaha’s YZF-R1M, a 998cc (1.0 liter in car speak) inline-four that cranks out about 200 horsepower. The up-spec “M” package rings in at $22,999, adding self-adjusting Öhlins suspension, carbon bodywork, and a GPS data tracker. Sure, there are bikes that make more power, weigh less, cost more, and have been updated more recently. We chose the R1M because it is the quintessential state-of-the-art superbike that’s well balanced and supremely easy to ride.

After zipping and buckling the customary motorcycle safety gear, it was time to wrap my brain around the East Track at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Just outside Phoenix, this track probably won’t be on the Formula 1 calendar anytime soon, to be honest. But it’s a fairly smooth 1.25-mile circuit with just enough variance in 10 turns to keep you working hard. The R1 was as potent and obedient as I remembered, and in a matter of a few sessions we had a benchmark lap time: 58.2 seconds.

For the sake of easing me into automotive waters and keeping Mr. Editor Loh’s stress headaches to a minimum, my four-wheeled track baptism began in Mazda’s venerable Miata. If you MX-5 owners felt your spidey-sense tingling when reading the R1M specs, that’s because the horsepower and price numbers are surprisingly close. Sure, it feels slow compared to a superbike, but pitching it around Wild Horse left me with the impression that there are two types of people in the world: those who want a Miata and those who have never driven one.

The classic six-speed worked well but was clunky compared to the R1’s sequential tranny and clutchless up-and-down shifting. A helpful colleague explained how to heel-toe, but it didn’t matter; I couldn’t do it, and I didn’t feel as connected to the machine or to the road as I had on the bike. That was especially true in the handful of sections where the track transitions from right to left and vice versa. Keeping the car’s chassis stable wasn’t as intuitive; it’s not like moving your butt to a different place in the seat will help the machine corner the way it does on a motorcycle. Luckily, when I screwed up, it just meant a spinout, and the car was ready for more.

The Miata was tire-squealing fun like I’ve never had. I could have lapped until the tank was empty, but I was parched from laughing, and my times had leveled off at 1:10.3. A cool 12 seconds is a lot of ground to make up, but then if any car was going to close the gap in power-to-weight ratio, Chevy’s Corvette Z06 was a good choice. Blazed across the dash, a not so subtle reminder of the horsepower and torque figures: 650 of each.

Folks who caught wind of this experiment warned me that the ’Vette would be unruly or otherwise difficult. And yes, if you leave a gas station with cold tires only to jump on the boost train willy-nilly, it’ll snap sideways and slosh dark roast out of the cupholder. But once the tires come up to temperature, the Z06 is seriously athletic. There’s nothing like carbon-ceramic brakes and contact patches the size of Utah. The feeling of pushing your foot down and spurring 650 horses is special, and the Z06 will forever be the machine that showed me the light.

Happily, my heel-toe incompetence was solved by the Corvette’s nifty “rev-match” tech, blipping automatically on downshifts. It may be a high-calorie acoustic snack on the street, and purists may hate it, but rev-match was genuinely useful to me on the track. As viciously fast as the Z06 proved to be, it didn’t get me to the promised land of the Yamaha’s 58-second lap times. A 59.7 was the best I could muster. That left only the Mercedes AMG GT R and the question of whether adding around $100,000 to the MSRP could gain me a second and a half.

The Mercedes being painted a matte-metallic shade of money is about as on point as any color scheme. There’s simply no backing away from the opulence. Similar to the Z06, the AMG GT R’s interior feels sunken and weaponized with buttons—like being in the imagined cockpit of the futuristic hovering fighter-tank I built with Lego when I was 7. But where the ’Vette feels like a charming, blue-collar version of performance, the Mercedes is stoic and businesslike. Lots of smooth, dark surfaces with shiny bezels that catch your attention.

For a motorcyclist, my transmission prayers were answered with the AMG’s paddle shifters. Not needing to take my hand off the wheel to shift gears boosted my confidence, and the dual-clutch action deep in the hull of the AMG meant less time spent off the throttle. The Benz’s smaller mill doesn’t have the sheetrock-hauling torque of the Chevy, but everything happens faster—it revs quicker, and it went from understeer to oversteer in the blink of an eye.

The problem with the car being so damned good at everything was my brain having to keep up. During a superbike lap, my synapses fire extra-fast during acceleration because that’s when things happen the most rapidly. Midcorner, however, is a serene place where I operate almost entirely on instinct. It’s graceful and relatively slow. The turn is dictated by the relationship of speed, lean angle, and the whisper of two tires’ miniscule contact patches. There’s no room for heavy inputs or quick changes. A good car, I now know, creates savage forces during braking and corner entry. Reading how much traction was available when I was already braking and turning so much harder than I could on a motorcycle created more than a few short circuits in my head.

Despite being a sharper and less forgiving tool, the AMG GT R carried me around the track faster than the Z06, to the tune of 1.2 seconds. Leave it to the Germans to make a car heavier and less powerful than a rival yet quicker around a track. It was a thrilling 58.5 seconds, just a few painful tenths from my best motorcycle lap.

The truth is, driving a car fast is difficult in ways an average driver hasn’t yet felt and therefore can’t calculate. Deciphering the nuanced messages a car is transmitting at such violent speeds is a dark art. Even my motorcycle racing experience couldn’t prepare me for it. Failing to match my two-wheeled time in a $200,000 car wasn’t a surprise, but coming so close is a clear illustration of how unbelievably sophisticated and capable modern automobiles have become.

So what happens when pro driver Randy Pobst gets on a superbike like the Yamaha R1M? Find out here. 2019 Yamaha YZF-R1M 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata (Club) 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (Z07) 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R BASE PRICE $22,999 $30,485 $89,985 $157,995 PRICE AS TESTED $22,999 $35,975 $107,200 $195,945 VEHICLE LAYOUT Mid-engine, RWD, 2-pass motorcycle Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door convertible Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door hatchback Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door hatchback ENGINE 1.0L/200-hp/83-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4 2.0L/181-hp/151-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4 6.2L/650-hp/650-lb-ft supercharged OHV 16-valve V-8 4.0L/577-hp/516-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve V-8 TRANSMISSION 6-speed sequential manual 6-speed manual 7-speed manual 7-speed twin-clutch auto CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 444 lb (NA%) 2,318 lb (52/48%) 3,527 lb (50/50%) 3,680 lb (48/52%) WHEELBASE 55.3 in 90.9 in 106.7 in 103.5 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 80.9 x 27.2 x 45.3 in 154.1 x 68.3 x 48.8 in 176.9 x 77.4 x 48.6 in 179.2 x 79.0 x 50.6 in 0-60 MPH 2.6 sec* 5.7 sec 3.3 sec 3.4 sec QUARTER MILE 9.8 sec @ 149.9 mph* 14.4 sec @ 95.5 mph 11.4 sec @ 124.4 mph 11.3 sec @ 129.0 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 126 ft* 112 ft 91 ft 95 ft 1.25-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 58.2 sec 70.3 sec 59.7 sec 58.5 sec *Cycle World

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Housebuilders fall after strong start to the week

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 08:32
Housebuilders Berkeley, Taylor Wimpey, Barratt Developments and Persimmon were all among the 20 worst performing shares on the FTSE 100 on Tuesday.
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