Special Ferrari 488 Pista Celebrates Racing Success

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 23:00

We recently drove the Ferrari 488 Pista, and it left us wanting more. After all, it’s the most powerful road-going V-8 ever built by the Prancing Horse. Now, the automaker is rolling out a “Piloti Ferrari” version, featuring the same performance with cosmetic updates. The special model is available exclusively for customers involved in Ferrari’s motorsports programs, and it celebrates the brand’s success in the FIA World Endurance Championship last year.

The “Piloti Ferrari” 488 Pista features stripes in the colors of the Italian flag. This detail points to the racing version of the 488 GTE. Other details include a laurel celebrating the WEC win, PRO badging to indicate the class the winning car raced in, a matte black S-Duct, and natural carbon fiber dovetail suspended rear spoiler and vent surrounds. Each customer will also be able to put their specific race number on the car. The vehicle pictured features the number “51,” honoring the car that won the WEC Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles last year. Buyers can choose between four exterior colors: Rosso Corsa, Blu Tour De France, Nero Daytona, and Argento Nürburgring.

Peek inside the cabin and you’ll find black Alcantara seats that also pay homage to the Italian flag. The number shown on the car’s exterior also appears on the base of the steering wheel. There is a unique identification plate and “Tailor Made” badging as well.

The Ferrari 488 Pista features a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 that makes 710 hp and 567 lb-ft of torque. It has the best weight-to-power ratio of any road-going Ferrari, and it sheds around 200 pounds over the standard 488 GTB.

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Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Kia K900

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 22:00

Kia still has a ways to go if it wants to make a name for itself in the luxury vehicle category. But the second-generation K900 is a step in that direction. It adopts a modern exterior and interior, even taking a few cues from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But are the changes enough to make us desire the K900 over other luxury sedans?

The K900’s front face looks less generic than the old model. The new grille features a similar shape to the old one, but inside there is a new pattern that implies motion, and the individual cells inside the grille are concentrated in the center. They have been redesigned to resemble a water splash, in which ripples move away from the center of the impact. The K900 also features a new “duplex” headlamp design, reminiscent of the multi-tiered lighting elements on the headlamps of the S-Class. There are also new cut lines on the hood that suggest a more fluid look.

The 2019 Kia K900 is a bit longer and wider than its predecessor. A new thick chrome line runs across the side of the vehicle near the bottom portion of the doors. Is it garish or elegant? We’ll let you decide that one. From the side profile, you can also see the K900 has lost the decorative vent that was previously positioned between the front door and the hood. Keeping with the old model, the K900 still has flashy wheels and brightwork around the windows.

From the rear, we can really tell the K900 has been channeling the S-Class. The taillights are shaped similarly to those on the S-Class, and they have the same dual light elements as in the K900’s headlamps. More chrome has been added, right above the exhaust area. The old K900 looked like any regular mainstream car from the back, but this new model adds a lot more luxury to the rear.

Now onto the interior. It’s hard to argue the K900 hasn’t improved in this area. The K900 gets a new wraparound cabin design in which the trim on the side doors blends into the trim on the dashboard. A new 12.3-inch touchscreen is perched on the center stack, and the shifter is now smaller. A number of open pore matte wood choices are available, including Walnut, Beige Olive Ash, Brown Olive Ash, and Engineered Wood. For the new model year, Kia improved rear seat comfort with reclining capability, height-adjustable headrests, and available 12-way and 14-way adjusters for the driver side rear seat and passenger side rear seat, respectively. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is available.

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2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe Delivers 523 HP

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 20:26

After a 20-year hiatus, the BMW 8 Series coupe is returning to the U.S. The range-topping two-door made its official debut today and will go on sale this fall.

BMW hinted at the new model’s appearance last year when it debuted the 8 Series concept. Unfortunately, the production version doesn’t look quite as sleek as that model, but BMW took the most important design themes to heart. The model features a low-slung body, large air intakes, and a bold front spoiler. The model brings along LED laser headlights, which are the slimmest headlights of any BMW model to date. The roof gets subtle double-bubble contouring inspired by classic race cars, and it also features conventional trapezoidal twin exhaust tailpipes. Twenty-inch M light alloy wheels finish off the look.

At launch, the model will be available in the M850i xDrive variant. Equipped with a revised 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, the comely coupe produces 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. BMW claims it can hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, meaning it should be significantly quicker than a V-8-powered 7 Series. We tested a 7 Series with the 445-hp twin-turbo V-8 reaching 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.

The 8 Series utilizes an eight-speed automatic gearbox that has been enhanced with a wider gear ratio. This feature works in conjunction with an all-wheel-drive system that has a rear-wheel bias. Top speed is 155 mph.

The 8 Series comes in at a curb weight of 4,478 pounds, although BMW has made efforts to shed heft where it can. Many parts, including the doors and hood, are made of aluminum. To reduce weight, buyers can opt for a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic roof. Or they can splurge for the optional Carbon package, in which the rear spoiler, rear diffuser insert, air intake bars, and exterior mirror caps are made of CFRP.

Because it’s an M Performance model, although not a full M vehicle, the car boasts features befitting the title. Other than the M wheels, it gets an Adaptive M suspension and M Sport brakes.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find standard Merino Individual leather upholstery and folding rear seats. Other features include a standard head-up display, standard cruise control and optional stop and go functionality, standard parking assistant, standard gesture control, and standard ambient lighting.

Pricing information will be released closer to the model’s on-sale date this fall. Check out the full gallery below for a closer look at the 2019 BMW 8 Series.

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2019 BMW M850i xDrive brings back the '90s

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 18:30
The dream of the 1990s is alive in Munich. Thirty years after the original BMW 8-Series replaced the shark-nosed BMW 6-Series, the 2019 BMW M850i xDrive unveiled Friday at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France takes the place of the automaker's recently discontinued 6-Series coupe. The new 8-Series revives an historic nameplate, but it looks toward...
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Ford Eagle Squadron Mustang GT Honors Fighter Pilots in WWII

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 16:14

Ford has created a special Mustang to honor American fighter pilots who served in the Royal Air Force during World War II. The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT will debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed before heading to the auction block.

The special Mustang GT features the Eagle Squadron emblem on the hood in addition to other unique details throughout the body. The three Eagle Squadrons consisted of American volunteer pilots who fought in the skies over northern Europe, including the British coast and France, before the U.S. entered the war.

Thanks to a Ford Performance supercharger, the bespoke Mustang GT delivers 700 hp from its 5.0-liter V-8. To further customize the vehicle, Ford partnered with world champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his company RTR Vehicles, giving the mustang a special RTR carbon fiber wide-body kit. The model also receives a Tactical Performance suspension package.

Gittin will pilot the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K. on July 12. After this event, the muscle car will make its way to a fundraising fly-in event hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 26. Here, it will go up for auction, and all proceeds will support EAA’s youth education programs for the next generation of pilots. The highest bidder will also take home a plaque autographed by Gittin and members of Ford’s design team, as well as tickets for the upcoming Ford Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit.

“Supporting young pilots through the EAA charity auction reflects Ford’s aviation history, tracing back to the company’s early days and the Arsenal of Democracy during WWII,” said Darrell Behmer, Ford Mustang design chief, in a statement. “The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT build with Vaughn and the Ford design team is a great way to honor our heroes and keep the spirit of aviation alive for the next generation of American pilots.”

Ford has a history of introducing special edition vehicles with the EAA. Last year, Ford auctioned off a bespoke F-150 Raptor that paid tribute to the Lockheed F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft. Other bespoke creations include an Apollo Edition Mustang and the Mustang F-35 Lightning II Edition that was inspired by the Lockheed Martin F-25 Lightning II fighter jet.

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2019 Jaguar I-Pace, Racing brakes, Ford's new taxis: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:30
2019 Jaguar I-Pace Review The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace marks a moment in time. When the first copies find a home in American garages this fall, the I-Pace will be the first real challenger to the Model S and Model X. And then, Tesla’s control over the future narrative of electric-car adoption will end. Volvo to invest in lidar company for its...
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New regional HQ for Metro Bank as TK Maxx takes space on Bristol's Broadstreet

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:05
Metro Bank and retailer TK Maxx have taken space with Hammerson on Broadstreet in Bristol’s shopping quarter.
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Learn these 8 basics about towing before hitching up

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:00
Summer is here, and that means it’s time to break out boats, jet skis, and four wheelers. Those fun machines won’t get to the lake or the trail on their own. GM says that its research indicates about three-quarters of all light-duty pickup owners actually put their trucks to work towing things. Of those, nearly a third tow more than...
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Sly hire from Berkeley sees L&G boosts housebuilding arm

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:59
Legal & General Capital has made a duo of key hires for its housebuilding arm, Legal & General Homes, including recruiting finance director Chris Sly from Berkeley Homes.
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Wynnstay Properties sees 12% rise in NAV per share

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:08
Wynnstay Properties has revealed double digit increases in both net asset value per share and profit before tax in its full-year results to 25 March.
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WeWork Property Advisors secures planning for two City redevelopments

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:25
WeWork Property Advisors, the joint venture set up by WeWork and Rhone Capital, has secured planning permission for the refurbishment and re-development of two offices in the City of London: 51 Eastcheap and 120 Moorgate.
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Central London office market sees 15% uplift in take-up

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:11
Office take-up in central London hit 1.3m sq ft in May, well above the 10-year average of 1m sq ft and taking the year-to-date total to 4.9m sq ft, 15% higher than at the same point in 2017.
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Dublin Landings office building hits market for €99m

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:03
Joint developers Ballymore and Oxley are set to offer their No. 2 Dublin Landings property to the market for €98.8m (£86.3m).
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CBRE GI secures industrial double from Hillwood

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:33
CBRE Global Investors has acquired two recently completed distribution centres in Germany in a portfolio forward purchase from US-based developer Hillwood.
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Samsung signs for 20,000 sq ft King’s Cross ‘playground’

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:15
Samsung is to open a “creative and digital playground” within the Kings Cross regeneration scheme after signing a deal with Argent to take a 20,000 sq ft space at Coal Drops Yard.
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Clearbell closes new UK focused fund

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:27
Real estate fund manager Clearbell has closed its new £310m UK value add fund, Clearbell Property Partners III (CPP III).
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Stenprop starts trading as FTSE 100 climbs on back of ECB update

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:27
Industrial-focussed REIT Stenprop has kicked off trading on the specialist fund segment of the London Stock Exchange with a share price of 120p.
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15 SUVs with More Horsepower Than a Ford Mustang GT

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:00

Hot hatches such as the Honda Civic Type R and the Ford Focus RS offer a seriously tempting combination of performance and practicality. But what if you want something larger with even more power? In the past, that might have been a problem, but these days, you’re in luck. Here are 15 high-performance SUVs that will even outgun the 460-hp Ford Mustang GT.

Dodge Durango SRT

After years of rumors, Dodge finally gave the Durango the SRT treatment. That means you can now get a three-row American SUV with a 475-hp V-8. It’ll also hit 60 mph nearly 2.0 seconds quicker than the 360-hp Durango R/T.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S

If you’re willing to settle for a mere 469 hp, Mercedes will happily sell you the GLC 63 as a regular crossover. To see the GLC 63’s full potential, however, you need the S version, which is only available in coupe form. Pick that one, and you get a full 503 hp.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Many enthusiasts were disappointed to hear that Alfa Romeo had decided to cancel the upcoming Giulia hatchback. After a spin in the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, however, they might no longer care. Its twin-turbo V-6 makes 505 hp, enough to launch the Italian crossover to 60 mph in only 3.3 seconds.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Because Porsche recently redesigned the Cayenne, there’s no Turbo S version available yet. The Cayenne Turbo, however, is already on sale. Its twin-turbo V-8 makes 541 hp, and Porsche says it will hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography

Like the smaller Range Rover Sport, there are a couple versions of the Range Rover that make more than 460 hp. The SVAutobiography’s 557-hp supercharged V-8, however, is as powerful as it gets. That’s not as much as the SVR makes, but it’s still enough to get the full-size luxury SUV to 60 mph in a claimed 5.2 seconds.

BMW X5 M and X6 M

BMW didn’t necessarily need to build M versions of the X5 and X6, but it’s hard to argue with the results. Both SUVs handle far better than anything that heavy has any right to, and with a 567-hp V-8 sending power to all four wheels, they’re also seriously quick. Sixty mph arrives in 3.7 seconds regardless of which version you choose.

Read about the new 2019 BMW X5 here.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

There are actually a few versions of the Range Rover Sport that make more than 460 hp, but the king of them all is the SVR. Tuned by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division, the SVR’s supercharged V-8 makes 575 hp. That’s enough power to launch it to 60 mph in a claimed 4.3 seconds.

Mercedes-AMG G 63

The bad news is that when Mercedes redesigned the G-Wagen, it killed off the G 65. That means there’s no more 630-hp V-12 option. The good news is that you can still get it with a twin-turbo AMG V-8 that makes 577 hp. Sure, it’s less power, but it’s also more than anyone in a G-Wagen will ever need.

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S

With 550 hp, the GLE 63 is definitely more powerful than the Mustang GT. But if the folks at AMG had stopped there, it would have come up short compared to the X5 M and X6 M. The GLE 63 S, therefore, makes 577 hp.

Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

Unlike other AMGs on this list, there’s no S version of the GLS 63. Mercedes must have decided there was no need because the regular GLS 63 already makes 577 hp. Last time we tested one, the SUV hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.

Maserati Levante Trofeo

Maserati’s first crossover was already stylish and fun to drive, and with 424 hp, it was plenty powerful. The Trofeo version goes even further, swapping out the twin-turbo V-6 for a twin-turbo V-8. The result: 590 hp.

Bentley Bentayga W12

If you’re going to charge more than $150,000 for an SUV, it better make some serious power. Luckily, the Bentley Bentayga more than delivers. The V-8 version makes 542 hp, and the W12 makes a whopping 600 hp. That’s enough to launch it to 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds.

Lamborghini Urus

After a 25-year hiatus, Lamborghini finally got back into the SUV game this year with the Urus. It doesn’t have a V-12 like the LM002 did, but its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 is still plenty powerful. It’s good for 641 hp, enough to launch the Urus to 60 mph in a claimed 3.5 seconds.

Tesla Model X P100D

We still haven’t tested a Model X P100D, but the last P90D we tested made 532 hp and hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. We can only assume the upgraded P100D will be even quicker. Why? That version makes 680 hp.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Every SUV on this list makes a huge amount of power, but no SUV on the market today is more powerful than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. With a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 borrowed from the Hellcat twins, the Trackhawk makes 707 hp. Plus, thanks to its all-wheel-drive system, it’s a full half second quicker to 60 mph than the last Hellcat we tested.

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Dromeus Capital to target Greek real estate with €200m fund

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:00
Dromeus Capital, a specialist investor in emerging markets, has launched a €200m fund to invest in Greek commercial real estate.
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Profits down 19% at Mountview Estates

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 08:09
Mountview Estates has blamed the “uncertain economic climate” for a fall in annual pre-tax profits of almost 19%
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