The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is the Most Potent Naturally Aspirated 911 Ever

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 01:30

If the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 isn’t enough track car for you, the Stuttgart-based automaker is bringing back the RS designation for the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, which makes its public debut in Geneva next month. Porsche claims the new car is the most powerful naturally aspirated 911 it’s ever produced, packing 514 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque.

The GT3 RS’ 4.0-liter flat-six is an evolution of the 2018 GT3’s engine that’s tuned to a higher degree. The RS makes 14 hp and 7 lb-ft more than the standard GT3 it’s based on, and gets the same plasma-coated cylinder liners, larger-diameter bearings for the crankshaft, larger connecting rod bearings, and rigid valvetrain shims as the regular GT3. But unlike that car, which has the option of a six-speed manual, the RS is available exclusively with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission that’s specially tuned for the more powerful engine. Porsche estimates the 2019 911 GT3 RS can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds, a tenth of a second quicker than the previous RS. Meanwhile, top speed is capped at a modest 193 mph.


The GT3 RS gets all the same aero and lightweighting upgrades as the regular GT3, but also receives a carbon-fiber frunk lid and fenders, as well as a magnesium roof. The GT3 RS also inherits parts from the GT2 RS, including NACA ducts in the frunk lid that help with brake cooling and a larger front spoiler that works with the rear wing and diffuser to produce twice as much downforce as the standard GT3 at 124 mph. Underneath, the GT3 RS gets new helper springs at the front and rear axle as well as improved ball joints and a further refined rear steering system. The GT3 RS rides on 20×9.5-inch front and 21×12.5-inch rear forged alloy wheels wrapped in 265/35- and 325/30-size ultra-high performance tires, respectively.

Porsche also offers a $18,000 Weissach package that includes carbon-fiber front and rear anti-roll bars and coupling rods, a carbon-fiber roof, and carbon-fiber steering wheel trim and shift paddles for a total weight reduction of 13 pounds. For maximum weight savings, drivers can choose the optional $13,000 magnesium wheels that reduce weight by 25 pounds.

The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS will arrive on U.S. dealer lots this fall starting at $188,550 including destination

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Leaked! Your First Look at the Hardcore Ferrari 488 Pista

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:00

Just before Valentine’s Day, Ferrari posted a teaser that seemed to confirm rumors that it had been developing a hardcore, track-focused version of the 488 that might even dethrone the LaFerrari. Despite several leaks, we didn’t expect to actually see the car until the Geneva Motor Show next month. But official images appear to have been published early, as has the name, which means we can now show you the Ferrari 488 Pista.

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Yes, Pista, like the Italian word for “race track.” The original rumor was that Ferrari planned to call this car the 488 GTO, but it was never confirmed. The story we heard was that Ferrari wouldn’t even share that information with prospective owners until the official reveal. Assuming these photos are accurate, all that secrecy appears to have been for naught now that these photos are all over the internet.

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They might be a bit blurry, but it’s clear this is the same car that we saw in a leaked image last month. If previous rumors prove just as accurate, the 488 Pista will be significantly lighter than a standard 488 GTB, make more than 700 hp, and get a race-inspired aero kit. It may even be faster around a track than the LaFerrari. Considering that the LaFerrari is among the quickest production car we’d ever tested on a track, if the 488 Pista is quicker, that would be a serious feat of engineering.

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Watch the Hennessey Exorcist Camaro ZL1 Hit 217 MPH

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:15

Top speed isn’t a very important metric to the average driver, but when it comes to numbers you can brag about to your friends, it’s one of the most important stats there is. Because of this, the folks at Hennessey Performance took their Exorcist Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 out for a top speed run to give their customers a 200-plus-mph reason to buy their roughly $120,000 car.

Hennessey unveiled the Exorcist, a tuner special based on the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, last year as a foil for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. At the time, the Demon’s 91-octane 808 hp and race-gas-enabled 840 hp wasn’t known, so Hennessey endowed the Exorcist with 1,000 hp just in case. Hennessey didn’t reveal any top speed estimates when the Exorcist was announced, but now we know how fast it’ll go.

The run was conducted at the Continental Tire Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas. There, pro driver and Ford Performance Driving School director Brian Smith drove the Exorcist Camaro on Continental’s 8.5-mile high-speed oval track to a Racelogic VBox-verified top speed of 217 mph.

To reach that speed, Hennessey replaced the 6.2-liter LT4 V-8’s stock supercharger with a new unit displacing 2.9 liters. The tuning firm also upgraded the intercooler system, CNC ported the heads, installed a new camshaft and reworked the valvetrain, designed a new stainless steel exhaust system with long-tube headers and high-flow catalytic converters, and retuned the ECU.

For comparison, Chevy was able to get a stock 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 making 650 hp to  hit 202.3 mph going in one direction. While the Exorcist’s top speed is impressive, it’s nothing compared to the 300-mph result Hennessey is gunning for with its Venom F5 supercar. Top speed trials for that car won’t be carried out until 2019 at the earliest. In the meantime, Hennessey plans to do some acceleration tests with the Exorcist at the drag strip as well as handling and braking tests on a road course.

Watch the video below to go behind the scenes of the Hennessey Exorcist’s top speed run.

Source: Hennessey

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Nearly 75,000 Toyota Tundra, Sequoia trucks and SUVs recalled

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:03
Two separate issues have prompted Toyota to recall close to 75,000 late-model SUVs and pickups, the automaker said Tuesday. The recalls cover certain 2017 and 2018 model year Sequoia SUVs and Tundra full-size pickups that either need new software or may have been inadvertently assembled with rear seats that weren't tightened correctly at the...
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The Production Lexus UX Keeps the Concept’s Tailfins

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:15

Some of the things Lexus has planned for the Geneva Motor Show this year sound pretty dull. Europe will get its first look at both the three-row RX L and the LF-1 Limitless concept, and to celebrate the F division’s 10th anniversary, Lexus created a special edition RC F. That said, it looks like the production version of the UX concept  will also debut, and if it still looks anything like the concept (pictured below), it will be anything but dull.

When Lexus first showed off the UX concept back in 2016, we were told it was only a design study. About six months later, however, we heard it had been greenlit for production as a crossover one size smaller than the Lexus NX. Considering how bold and aggressive the concept’s styling was, we weren’t sure how much it would get watered down by the time we saw the final version. Based on a brightened version of the teaser image that Lexus sent out, it doesn’t look like much has changed. Including the weird-but-cool tailfins.

Brightening the teaser image also reveals what looks like a UX 250h badge. Aside from confirming that the UX will get a hybrid version, the 250h badge also suggests less power than the NX 300h’s 194 hp. Other versions may be quicker, but it’s probably safe to assume the hybrid UX will prioritize fuel economy over speed. Expect the UX to also cost a good bit less than the $37,000 or so it takes to get into a base NX.

Beyond those few details, we don’t know much, but we expect to find out more when Lexus reveals the production UX in Geneva on March 6.

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5 Reasons to Buy a Full-Size SUV Over a Large Crossover and 5 Reasons Not to

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:15

Many consumers nowadays overlook traditional, body-on-frame SUVs due to the rising popularity of crossovers. Their car-like driving characteristics and generous cargo capacity make crossovers more versatile, but are consumers missing out on some qualities that only a “real” SUV can offer? Here we’ll give you five reasons why a full-size SUV may be the better pick and five reasons to opt for a large three-row crossover instead. Considering the big difference in the starting prices of these two vehicle types, let’s assume the SUV is lightly contented while the large crossover comes loaded.

Five Reasons to Buy the Full-Size SUV SUVs–They can tow

Would you rather tow your boat with a crossover or a Chevrolet Tahoe? Exactly. Crossovers have a hard time competing with full-size SUVs in this category. The Tahoe boasts a maximum towing capacity of 8,600 pounds with a trailering package in rear-drive form with a 5.3-liter V-8. The Traverse, on the other hand, can handle just 5,000 pounds when properly equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 and a trailering package.

SUVs–They’re higher

Many consumers will ditch sedans in favor of crossovers because they want to ride higher on the road. But SUVs provide an even more commanding position over one’s surroundings. A higher ground clearance might also make consumers more confident on less-than-even terrain. Since an increasing number of crossovers are adopting swoopy designs, some find that more boxy SUVs have better visibility, as well. Plus, the added height and bulk of an SUV might help it dodge the parentmobile stigma that comes with many crossovers.

SUV–They thrive off-road

While many large crossovers offer all-wheel drive, you can’t beat the off-road capabilities of an SUV with true four-wheel drive. The aforementioned extra ground clearance doesn’t hurt either. All-wheel-drive systems typically lack a low range feature that uses a lower gear ratio to maximize available torque. And although all-wheel-drive systems can offer locking center differentials that split torque evenly between the front and rear axles, part-time four-wheel-drive systems can offer front or rear lockers that rotate both wheels on an axle at the same speed, helping to ensure at least one wheel finds traction instead of both spinning aimlessly. Many modern traction control systems can simulate that effect using the brakes, but there’s nothing like having the real thing when you’re stuck on a difficult trail.

SUVs–They have long-wheelbase versions

Sometimes the standard size just isn’t enough. For those who really need to maximize interior space, a long-wheelbase SUV may be the only way to go. Instead of the Chevrolet Tahoe, buyers can opt for the bigger Suburban. The Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, and Cadillac Escalade also offer long-wheelbase versions.

SUVs–They’re more powerful

You will encounter three-row crossovers with puny four-cylinder engines, but you won’t find them in the mighty full-size SUV category. Instead, they have V-6 and V-8 engines that are typically quite powerful. Sometimes that makes them quicker than their three-row crossover counterparts. In our tests, an all-wheel-drive 2017 Nissan Pathfinder reached 60 mph in 7.4 seconds, but it only took the heavier, but V-8-powered, 2018 Armada Platinum 4WD 6.2 seconds to hit this mark. We also clocked three different 2014-2015 Toyota Highlanders at 7.1 seconds, behind the 2017 Sequoia’s time of 6.6 seconds. Of course, there’s a downside to being more powerful…

Five Reasons to Buy the Loaded, Three-Row Crossover Crossovers–They get better fuel economy

We doubt this is a surprise, but crossovers easily win the fuel economy game. The Toyota Highlander provides a rather extreme example of this difference. The gas-powered version tops out at 21/27 mpg city/highway, while the hybrid version nets an even more impressive 29/27 mpg. But the Sequoia gets a miserable 13/17 mpg. Other large SUV EPA ratings include the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe that’s rated at 16/22-23 mpg, and the 2018 Ford Expedition that’s rated at 17/22-24 mpg (the longer Expedition Max is a bit lower).

Crossovers–They’re more affordable

Three-row crossovers start at a much lower price point than full-size SUVs. For example, the Ford Explorer starts at just under $33,000 before incentives, but it’ll cost you at least $52,890 before incentives for the new 2018 Expedition. It’s true that three-row crossovers can creep well past $50,000 on the higher trim levels, but even if you plunk down this money, you’re getting tons of features and technologies as well as higher-quality materials.

Crossovers –They’re more maneuverable

No one buys a three-row crossover for its superb handling, but they’re generally easier to lug around than a full-size SUV. You’ll likely find it easier to maneuver a three-row crossover into a small parking space, thanks in part to the lower ride height compared to full-size SUVs. Often, the crossovers are shorter in length than their full-size SUV counterparts. That’s the case for vehicles like the Highlander and Pathfinder, although the Traverse is about the same length as the Tahoe.

Crossovers–They offer superior ride quality

Consider some of the vehicles that share platforms with full-size SUVs. The Tahoe rides on the same platform as the Silverado and the Sequoia shares its bones with the Tundra. Meanwhile, crossovers typically sit on car-based platforms, giving them an edge when it comes to ride quality. Plus, big wheels and off-road-tuned suspensions put full-size SUVs further behind the curve when it comes to on-road comfort.

Crossovers–They’re “transition” vehicles

Switching from a sedan to a crossover is much less of a leap than switching from a sedan to a full-size SUV. And that’s not just true of sedans, but it also applies to pretty much any other category of vehicle including wagons, hatchbacks, and minivans. Many will argue that crossovers provide the best of all worlds, combining an easy ride and car-like handling with a commanding ride height and plenty of storage and passenger space.

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Second-Generation 2019 Kia K900 Teased Ahead of Official Reveal

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:15

Kia has released the first teaser for the second-generation K900, the brand’s rear-drive full-size luxury sedan. The profile shot reveals a more traditional silhouette, hinting at a less swoopy exterior design compared to the current model. Additionally, the headlights look like they’ve got a new LED accent pattern with two strips in the cluster that mimic the taillights’ light pattern.

Not much else has been released but it’s safe to say that the second-generation Kia K900 will be closely related to the Genesis G90 and come standard with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive should be optional this time around. Under the hood, the 2019 K900 could receive the same engine choices as the G90, which means a base 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 or an optional 5.0-liter V-8 paired exclusively to a second-gen eight-speed automatic transmission.

Current-generation Kia K900

A full array of driver assistance features should be available on the second-generation K900. The latest version of Kia’s UVO infotainment system should make an appearance but expect the one in the K900 to feature larger screens and displays compared to more mainstream Kia vehicles.

Kia says that the next K900 is a joint effort by its designers in Korea and in the U.S. Production will remain in Korea. Earlier this year, we reported that the new K900 could make its debut at the 2018 New York auto show. Additionally, Kia is also expected to announce a production version of the Telluride Concept to slot above the Sorento as a larger, more luxurious entry in the growing crossover market.

Source: Kia

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Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Concept Goes Completely Driverless

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 20:00

Autonomous technology still has a long way to go before it becomes commercially viable. But just because automakers don’t actually have self-driving technology to show off yet doesn’t mean they’re going to wait to design autonomous concept cars. In Volkswagen’s case, that’s the I.D. Vizzion Concept.

Like the rest of Volkswagen’s I.D. family, the Vizzion is designed to be electric. But while other I.D. concepts are more conventional electric vehicles, the Vizzion is meant to be autonomous. Unlike some other companies, however, Volkswagen designed the Vizzion to look more like a traditional sedan than a generic transportation pod. From what we can see, the I.D. Vizzion is a pretty good looking living room on wheels, but we’ll wait to pass judgment until we see the concept at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Volkswagen says the Vizzion will be controlled by a “digital chauffeur” that allows passengers to interact with the car without physical controls. As the press release explains it, “The concept car drives, steers and navigates autonomously in traffic, enabling passengers to freely structure their time during the drive. A virtual host, with which passengers communicate via voice and gesture control, knows the personal preferences of the vehicle guests–thanks to complete embedding into the digital eco-system–and it adapts to each of them individually.”

With a 111-kWh battery and two electric motors, the I.D. Vizzion should have a range of more than 400 miles, Volkswagen says. Both motors combine to make 302 hp and give Vizzion a top speed of 112 mph.

As with most fully autonomous concepts, don’t expect to see the I.D. Vizzion on the road anytime soon. That said, Volkswagen plans to offer a production version of the original I.D. concept in 2020, followed by a production I.D. Crozz and eventually a production I.D. Buzz. The I.D. hatchback will debut with semi-autonomous features, and fully autonomous features are planned for the I.D. family after 2025.

Source: Volkswagen

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Japanese-Spec Vezel Likely Previews Refreshed 2019 Honda HR-V

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:00

The refreshed Japanese-spec Honda Vezel may have just given us a look at the refreshed 2019 Honda HR-V. Much of the exterior remains the same, but it’s been freshened up to keep it competitive with the growing subcompact crossover class. Seen here in hybrid guise, Honda’s smallest crossover gets a couple of exterior design tweaks including a revised grille, new alloy wheels, redesigned LED headlights, and new LED foglights in the lower front fascia.

Inside, the cabin layout remains the same; however, Japanese-spec hybrid models get a cool-looking electronic shifter instead of a traditional mechanical one. The dash and center console are essentially carried over, but based on the interior shot, we can’t tell whether the all-important volume knob has returned on the refreshed Japanese-spec Vezel.

Honda Sensing, an active driver assistance suite that bundles together features like lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and road departure mitigation, is now available on the refreshed Vezel and we expect it to make an appearance on the U.S.-spec 2019 Honda HR-V as well. The U.S.-spec HR-V will likely retain the same 1.8-liter I-4 paired to either a six-speed manual or a CVT. The hybrid model seen here will probably remain exclusive to the Japanese market.

The latest version of Honda’s infotainment system, on the other hand, should find its way into the refreshed 2019 HR-V and finally give the crossover a much improved infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Check out the video below to see the refreshed Honda Vezel in action

Source: Honda

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: accidents happen

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 18:20
With over 20,000 miles accumulated so far, our long-term 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited has left the building. The building being the garage. In the twelve months the Pacifica did our bidding it saw Cheerios and milk, witnessed the solar eclipse, and shuttled countless passengers from one place to another without issue. A lot can happen in a year...
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UK commercial property deals up 66% in January

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:14
Investment in UK commercial property rose 66% in January compared to the same month last year, according to Savills.
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CBRE Manchester moves on from Booth Street's Belvedere

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:09
CBRE Manchester leaves the Belvedere office for larger premises.
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BMW's training school, 2019 Porsche 911 leaked, Climate science denied: What’s New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:30
BMW courts military vets with new training school A new vocational training program will give BMW owners another way to thank their mechanics for their service. 2018 Toyota Camry, some Lexus models recalled Toyota’s redesign of the 2018 Camry was meant to light a fire under the staid mid-size sedan, but this isn't exactly what they meant...
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Telford Plaza secures record letting to HMRC

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:05
HM Revenue and Customs has taken 112,256 sq ft across 13 floors of One and Two Telford Plaza in the largest commercial letting to take place in Telford in more than a decade.
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Tart London takes flagship restaurant space at Grosvenor's Eccleston Yard

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:52
Grosvenor has signed caterer Tart London to create its flagship restaurant at its Eccleston Yards development.
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Lok'nStore increases bank loan to £50m

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:44
Lok’nStore has increased its bank loan by £10m to £50m, providing funding for site acquisitions and working capital to support the group’s growth plans.
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Internos launches €300m healthcare property fund

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:57
Internos has launched a second open-end real estate alternative investment fund focussing on healthcare property, Care Invest II.
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Invesco forward funds £86m Liverpool BTR scheme

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:12
Invesco Real Estate has partnered with Patten Properties and Panacea Property Development to deliver 383 build-to-rent (BTR) units in Liverpool City Centre.
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BMW courts military vets with new training school

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:00
A new vocational training program will give BMW owners another way to thank their mechanics for their service. On February 26, a pilot class of nine U.S. Marines will begin a 16-week hands-on training workshop to become BMW technicians at San Diego’s Camp Pendleton Marine base. MORE: BMW unveils its latest crossover, the $51,000-plus X4 The...
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London Mayor and L&Q agree £500m investment in Barking Riverside

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:53
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a partnership with developer L&Q to invest £500m in a residential-led regeneration in east London.
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