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JLL loses finance chief

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 13:09
JLL’s finance chief Christie Kelly has quit the company after five years in the role.
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Construction experts claim ‘modular is the way forward’

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 13:05
A panel of some of modular construction’s biggest names made bold claims about the industry’s future at this year’s RESI convention.
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South Dublin resi site put on market for £31m

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:55
A 30-acre piece of land in south Dublin that has the potential to deliver more than 400 homes has been brought to market with a guide price of €35m (£31.1m).
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South Dublic public land resi site put on market for £31m

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:55
A 30-acre public land site in south Dublin that has the potential to deliver more than 400 homes has been brought to market with a guide price of €35m (£31.1m).
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Top US family offices back FirethornTrust, a new firm launched by ex-Tristan directors

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:37
Two of the richest US family offices are to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in UK real estate through an exclusive mandate with FirethornTrust – the investment company set up by former Tristan Capital directors Peter Mather and Chris Webb.
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Caddick Land hires new head of planning

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:32
Developer Caddick Group’s strategic land division, Caddick Land, has hired former IDP planning director Mike Jones as its new head of planning.
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Porsche 911 GT2 RS: 2018 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car Contender

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:00

The McLaren’s Laguna lap record lasted less than an hour before this Porsche shaved a whopping 1.48 seconds off of it with a drama-free, no-sweat textbook lap. That this heavier (especially in back), less powerful, less torquey car averaged 1.5 mph faster here (and 1.7 mph faster across our tiny figure eight) suggests that Weissach has defeated Woking in the chassis-development world cup.

Randy Pobst was utterly beside himself. “Somebody pinch me,” he said. “That was like nothing I’ve driven here ever before. My definition of a great-handling car is that it practically drives itself. It’s not a bloody wrestling match. It’s a dance.” He waxed enthusiastic about how it continues to respond to steering inputs midcorner on power, about the PDK sport mode’s perfect shift strategy, about the exceptional brakes, and about how easy it was to drive. “You could drive a 1:28 around here, not just me. It’s that hooked up.” Our other semi-pro, Jethro Bovingdon, concurred: “The GT2 RS rewards confidence and technique but rarely punishes mistakes.”

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But lap records on smooth tracks aren’t everything. Five editors begged to differ on the rough-and-tumble of Highway 198. Mark Rechtin found the front end “light and a little skittery” under hard acceleration and lacking the confidence of last year’s 911 Turbo S. Scott Evans felt “like the car is driving itself and you’re just hanging on. The Lamborghini begs you to use every horsepower. This one warns against it.” It was the only car that threatened to loop itself off the mountain—even with all nannies switched on. Ed Loh was surprised at how much he didn’t like it: “The chassis wasn’t particularly confidence-inspiring over rough pavement.” Our problem? We rookies foolishly set the suspension to Sport. Too stiff for the bumps. Apparently 911s can’t defy physics when their tires are airborne.

“This is the ultimate 911. For now,” Angus MacKenzie declared. And for some drivers and/or on some roads, it’s best.

Want EVEN MORE from 2018 Best Driver’s Car? See the cars in action right here. More 2018 Best Driver’s Car Contenders: “The torque vectoring is so effective, it feels like traction control. It ain’t. That’s what sticking 553 lb-ft of torque to pavement feels like.” -Jonny Lieberman, Senior Features Editor

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Rear-engine, RWD Rear-engine, RWD ENGINE TYPE Twin-turbo flat-6, alum block/heads Twin-turbo flat-6, alum block/heads VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 213.9 cu in/3,800 cc 213.9 cu in/3,800 cc COMPRESSION RATIO 9.0:1 9.0:1 POWER (SAE NET) 691 hp @ 7,000 rpm 690 hp @ 7,000 rpm TORQUE (SAE NET) 553 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm 553 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm REDLINE 7,200 rpm 7,200 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 4.9 lb/hp 4.9 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch auto 7-speed twin-clutch auto AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.96:1/2.65:1 3.96:1/2.65:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar Struts, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 13.1-17.2:1 13.1-17.2:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.6 2.6 BRAKES, F; R 16.1-in vented, drilled, grooved, carbon-ceramic disc; 15.4-in vented, drilled, grooved, carbon-ceramic disc, ABS 16.1-in vented, drilled, grooved, carbon-ceramic disc; 15.4-in vented, drilled, grooved, carbon-ceramic disc, ABS WHEELS, F;R 9.0 x 20-in; 12.5 x 20-in, magnesium 9.0 x 20-in; 12.5 x 20-in, magnesium TIRES, F;R 265/35R20 99Y; 315/30R20 108Y Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R N0 265/35R20 99Y; 315/30R20 108Y Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 N0 DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 96.6 in 96.6 in TRACK, F/R 62.5/61.3 in 62.5/61.3 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 179.1 x 74.0 x 51.1 in 179.1 x 74.0 x 51.1 in TURNING CIRCLE 36.4 ft 36.4 ft CURB WEIGHT 3,355 lb 3,355 lb WEIGHT DIST, F/R 37/63% 37/63% SEATING CAPACITY 2 2 HEADROOM 37.7 in 37.7 in LEGROOM 42.2 in 42.2 in SHOULDER ROOM 51.3 in 51.3 in CARGO VOLUME 4.1 cu ft (9.2 cu ft behind 1st row) 4.1 cu ft (9.2 cu ft behind 1st row) TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH 0-30 1.2 sec 1.2 sec 0-40 1.6 1.6 0-50 2.1 2.1 0-60 2.6 2.6 0-70 3.2 3.2 0-80 3.9 3.9 0-90 4.6 4.6 0-100 5.5 5.5 0-100-0 8.9 8.9 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 1.0 1.0 QUARTER MILE 10.3 sec @ 139.3 mph 10.3 sec @ 139.3 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 87 ft 87 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 1.17 g (avg) 1.17 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 21.9 sec @ 1.03 g (avg) 21.9 sec @ 1.03 g (avg) 2.4-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 88.30 sec 1:21.08 sec TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,950 rpm 1,950 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $294,250 $294,250 PRICE AS TESTED $328,880 $342,560 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes Yes/Yes AIRBAGS 8: Dual front, side, curtain, knee 8: Dual front, side, curtain, knee BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles FUEL CAPACITY 23.8 gal 23.8 gal EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 15/21/17 mpg 15/21/17 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 225/160 kW-hrs/100 miles 225/160 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.13 lb/mile 1.13 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium

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Aston Martin Vantage: 2018 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car Contender

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:00

“Wow. If this car doesn’t win overall, it should win most improved, rookie of the year, biggest comeback, and a few more. I’ve never driven an Aston like this.” Scott Evans spoke for many of us who have driven Aston Martins at past BDCs, where the brand has disappointingly finished near the bottom (eighth, 12th, and 12th). How the mighty have risen.

With strong brakes and a better-tuned chassis, this “brute in a suit” (kudos, Jonny Lieberman) inspired vastly more confidence than its Gaydon predecessors on Route 198. Most of us ran it in the Sport modes (not Track) with ESC on. Chris Walton appreciated its “delicacy and better compliance on bump steer and jumps.” Angus MacKenzie liked the way it “tracks true through turns, no matter what’s happening under the wheels” and that “it will get playful if you want, but the transitions are mature and measured.” Randy Pobst was its biggest fan: “This was perhaps my favorite car on the road drive because of its unique combination of ride, roll precision, and control—one of the best cars here.”

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But Pobst’s love soured in Track mode at WeatherTech Raceway. “It must be a lot firmer, because the car no longer wants to put power down,” he said. “There’s a twitch in the corner entry phase, a lot of understeer right in the middle, and then power oversteer on tip-in.” He begged for a second session in a less aggressive setting and found it easier to drive but no quicker. Nevertheless, his lap times were 1.63 seconds quicker than last year’s DB11 and 3.35 seconds ahead of 2016’s V12 Vantage S. Kim Reynolds struggled to rein in the drifts on our figure-eight course, too, where this Vantage roughly matched the DB11’s performance.

The Aston team could tune in a bit more neutrality—and perhaps buy an M5 to reverse-engineer the calibration of its essentially identical ZF eight-speed, as the Aston’s shift timing and logic need refining.

Want EVEN MORE from 2018 Best Driver’s Car? See the cars in action right here. More 2018 Best Driver’s Car Contenders: “The chassis seemed supremely stable. The quick steering was remarkably authentic. The whole vibe was one of effortless control.”-Jethro Bovingdon, Host of Ignition and Head 2 Head

2019 Aston Martin Vantage POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD ENGINE TYPE Twin-turbo 90-deg V-8, alum block/heads VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 243.0 cu in/3,82 cc COMPRESSION RATIO 10.5:1 POWER (SAE NET) 503 hp @ 6,000 rpm TORQUE (SAE NET) 505 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm REDLINE 7,000 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 7.4 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 2.93:1/1.95:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 13.1:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.4 BRAKES, F; R 15.7-in vented, drilled carbon-ceramic disc; 14.2-in vented, drilled carbon-ceramic disc, ABS WHEELS 9.0 x 20-in; 11.0 x 20-in, forged aluminum TIRES 255/40R20 101Y; 295/35R20 105Y Pirelli P Zero A6A DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 106.5 in TRACK, F/R 64.8/63.4 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 175.8 x 76.5 x 50.1 in TURNING CIRCLE 37.9 ft CURB WEIGHT 3,741 lb WEIGHT DIST, F/R 49/51% SEATING CAPACITY 2 HEADROOM, F/R 36.2 in LEGROOM, F/R 42.3 in SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 53.0 in CARGO VOLUME 12.4/9.9 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH 0-30 1.6 sec 0-40 2.2 0-50 2.9 0-60 3.8 0-70 4.8 0-80 5.8 0-90 7.2 0-100 8.7 0-100-0 12.6 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 1.7 QUARTER MILE 12.1 sec @ 116.3 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 100 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.98 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.0 sec @ 0.83 g (avg) 2.2-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 98.42 sec TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,400 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $153,081 PRICE AS TESTED $186,806 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes AIRBAGS Dual front, front side, f/r side, front head, f/r head, front curtain, f/r curtain, front side/head; f/r side/head, front knee, driver knee, passenger knee, pedestrian BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/Unlimited miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 3 yrs/Unlimited miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 2 yrs/Unlimited miles FUEL CAPACITY 19.3 gal EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 18/25/21 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 187/135 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.94 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium

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Kia Stinger GT: 2018 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car Contender

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:00

If seeing an RS, M, or ZR1 badge presets high expectations for a car, the “Kia” badge has the opposite effect. Several judges fretted that we’d invited a spork to a knife fight. Well, the Stinger started last, as the 12th car Randy Pobst lapped, but he instantly declared it “the biggest surprise of the week, with better balance than some of the big names that I’ve struggled with.”

Pobst recited the “B-word” (balance) eight times in his post-session download. Yes, the car is softly sprung and damped relative to this field, but it always laid over and took a nice, predictable set, carving corners with little need for steering correction.

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On the track, judicious use of the controls could easily induce controllable drifts. “I love a car that I can impose my own style on,” Jethro Bovingdon said. “The Stinger was always willing to adopt the cornering attitude I wanted.” Interestingly, it’s the only car in which Pobst’s fourth lap was his quickest, indicating that the brakes and tires never tired of slowing or turning the 3,906-pound sedan (third heaviest in the group). In case you’re wondering, its 1:46.16 lap time ranks 96th of 119 BDC laps, ahead of Mitsubishi Evos, Subaru WRXs, and the like.

Driven hard on 198, overly soft springs meant hard cornering over bumps prompted bump-stop visits that induced unwanted slides. Adding more brakes meant we felt some diagonal pitching. “I want to stiffen the springs about 50 percent,” Scott Evans said. But he also noted that the lusty twin-turbo never threatened to overwhelm the chassis.

Most criticisms apply to 10/10ths driving, but “once you calm down, smooth out feet and hands, and get into a rhythm,” Ed Loh noted, “the Stinger’s communicative steering and planted ride bubble to the surface.” It earned its ranking by proving more confidence inspiring and/or fun to drive than those that trailed it.

Want EVEN MORE from 2018 Best Driver’s Car? See the cars in action right here. More 2018 Best Driver’s Car Contenders: “It felt like the ultimate rental car—tires howling and demanding to be driven at maximum attack just for the fun of it.”-Jethro Bovingdon, Host of Ignition and Head 2 Head

2018 Kia Stinger GT POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD ENGINE TYPE Twin-turbo 60-deg V-6, alum block/heads VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 203.9 cu in/3,342 cc COMPRESSION RATIO 10.0:1 POWER (SAE NET) 365 hp @ 6,000 rpm TORQUE (SAE NET) 376 lb-ft @ 1,300 rpm REDLINE 6,500 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 10.7 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.54:1/1.97:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 12.2-13.1:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.4 BRAKES, F; R 13.8-in vented disc; 13.4-in vented disc, ABS WHEELS 8.0 x 19-in; 8.5 x 19-in cast aluminum TIRES 225/40ZR19 93Y; 255/35R19 96Y Michelin Pilot Sport 4S DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 114.4 in TRACK, F/R 62.8/63.7 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 190.2 x 73.6 x 55.1 in TURNING CIRCLE 36.9 ft CURB WEIGHT 3,906 lb WEIGHT DIST, F/R 52/48% SEATING CAPACITY 5 HEADROOM, F/R 39.4/37.0 in LEGROOM, F/R 42.6/36.4 in SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 56.4/54.8 in CARGO VOLUME 40.9/23.3 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH 0-30 1.7 sec 0-40 2.6 0-50 3.4 0-60 4.6 0-70 5.9 0-80 7.3 0-90 9.3 0-100 11.5 0-100-0 15.7 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.2 QUARTER MILE 13.1 sec @ 106.9 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 110 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.93 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.8 sec @ 0.79 g (avg) 2.2-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 106.16 sec TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,500 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $39,250 PRICE AS TESTED $41,250 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes AIRBAGS 8: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain, front knee BASIC WARRANTY 5 yrs/60,000 miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 10 yrs/100,000 miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 5 yrs/60,000 miles FUEL CAPACITY 15.9 gal EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 19/25/21 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 177/135 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.91 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium

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Ford Mustang GT: 2018 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car Contender

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:00

Although our Best Driver’s Car competition is by no means a numbers game, the 2018 Mustang GT Perf Pack 2 really needed to smack down its archnemesis, the Camaro SS 1LE that finished fourth here in 2016. The Mustang, unfortunately, missed that bogey, subjectively and objectively.

First the objective: A lap-time gap of 0.65 second at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is a lifetime. It even trails the Chevy by 0.3 second on our tiny figure-eight course. Time lost between the corners as a result of the Mustang’s 35-lb-ft torque deficit is easily forgiven for its fabulous soundtrack.

Randy Pobst felt the ’Stang is “not balanced like the Camaro. There’s a little too much oversteer in the entry phase and when I go to power. I would put a little more front anti-roll bar in it.” He was also vexed by the stability control, which, although disabled, seemed to resurrect after a lap or two.

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In the braking department, however, Kim Reynolds gushed, “When did the Mustang get such great brakes?”—a sentiment backed up by a Camaro-matching 94-foot stop from 60 mph. But Pobst and Chris Walton wished for initial bite that was a bit less abrupt.

Subjectively, Pobst loved the Mustang on the smooth track—but was surprised to learn the Audi TT RS ran quicker.

On our bumpy Route 198 hill climb, the rest of the jury was underwhelmed by the Ford. A balky high-friction shifter and too-roomy seat drew near universal disdain, as did the front end’s propensity to follow ruts.

The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 steamrollers are immensely sticky, good for 1.06 g on our skidpad, but they send vague, confidence-sapping messages to the helm—especially when transitioning into a curve, before the chassis settles into the corner. Many drivers reported making constant midcorner course corrections—especially in corners that provoked bump steer.

Scott Evans summarized the staff’s sentiments: “I was hoping for a budget Shelby, and what I got was a better GT.”

Want EVEN MORE from 2018 Best Driver’s Car? See the cars in action right here. More 2018 Best Driver’s Car Contenders: “There’s a ton of grip—those tires earn their keep—but the pronounced vertical body motions mean the car feels busy as speeds rise.”-Angus MacKenzie, International Bureau Chief

2018 Ford Mustang GT (Performance Pack 2) POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD ENGINE TYPE 90-deg V-8, alum block/heads VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 307.4 cu in/5,038 cc COMPRESSION RATIO 12.0:1 POWER (SAE NET) 460 hp @ 7,000 rpm* TORQUE (SAE NET) 420 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm* REDLINE 7,400 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 8.3 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.73:1/2.32:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 16.0:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.3 BRAKES, F; R 15.0-in vented disc; 13.0-in vented disc, ABS WHEELS 10.5 x 19-in; 11.0 x 19-in, forged aluminum TIRES 305/30R19 98Y Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 107.1 in TRACK, F/R 62.4/65.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 188.5 x 75.4 x 53.9 in TURNING CIRCLE 41.7 ft CURB WEIGHT 3,829 lb WEIGHT DIST, F/R 55/45% SEATING CAPACITY 4 HEADROOM, F/R 37.6/34.8 in LEGROOM, F/R 45.1/29.0 in SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 56.3/52.2 in CARGO VOLUME 13.5 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH 0-30 1.8 sec 0-40 2.4 0-50 3.4 0-60 4.3 0-70 5.3 0-80 6.8 0-90 8.1 0-100 9.6 0-100-0 13.3 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.0 QUARTER MILE 12.6 sec @ 113.5 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 94 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 1.06 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 23.6 sec @ 0.86 g (avg) 2.2-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 1:38.42 sec TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,750 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $44,685 PRICE AS TESTED $51,770 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes AIRBAGS 8: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain, front knee BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/36,000 miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 5 yrs/60,000 miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 5 yrs/60,000 miles FUEL CAPACITY 16.0 gal EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON* 15/25/18 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 225/135 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.06 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded regular * Horsepower/torque ratings with Premium fuel; EPA ratings with Regular

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Newsec hires ex JLL’s Angliss ahead of UK launch

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:53
Newsec has hired JLL’s Richard Angliss to lead the company’s UK business launch.
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Clivedale London buys long lease on De Beer's UK headquarters

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:32
Mayfair-based developer Clivedale London has bought the long leasehold on The Crown Estate’s 20-24 Carlton House Terrace from a pension fund client of LaSalle Investment Management.
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2019 BMW Z4 first look: Back in the roadster game

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:00
BMW's on-again, off-again flirtation with topless driving changed its status back to "in a relationship" Tuesday when the German automaker detailed its 2019 Z4 roadster. The latest Z4 will come in two configurations—sDrive30i and M40i—with a choice of turbo-4 or turbo-6 power. An 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters will...
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2019 Volkswagen Beetle

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:00
What was once the top-selling car of all time is now far from it, as the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle lives on for one more year before it is lost to the annals of history (at least for now). Still, we give this fitting tribute to the original peoples’ car 5.6 out of 10 overall for its quality, warranty, and attitude. (Read more about how we rate...
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Theresa May announces £2bn social housing fund

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 09:48
The prime minister will call on housing associations to lead their own major developments today when she announces £2bn of new funding to support social housing.
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PHP buys Northumberland keyworker asset

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 08:27
Primary Health Properties (PHP) has paid £22.8m for a keyworker accommodation unit near Ashington, Northumberland.
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NewRiver wins management of Canterbury’s Whitefriars Shopping Centre

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 08:19
NewRiver has signed an asset management agreement with Canterbury City Council to manage Whitefriars Shopping Centre.
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Triple Point launches share issue and placing to fund acquisitions

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 08:11
Triple Point Social Housing REIT has launched a share issue to raise up to £154.5m to fund an aggressive acquisition programme up to the end of the year.
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First SpaceX Moon Tourist Yusaku Maezawa is an Avid Car Collector

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 23:31

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has been chosen as SpaceX’s first private passenger. Maezawa will fly around the moon on SpaceX’s upcoming Big Falcon Rocket in 2023. The lucky space tourist posed with SpaceX founder and fellow billionaire Elon Musk ahead of the announcement this week (pictured in the Tweet below). Why should any of this matter to you? Because Maezawa also happens to be an avid car collector who owns some of the world’s rarest, most expensive vehicles.

Hanging out with @yousuck2020 before the @SpaceX moon mission announcement pic.twitter.com/RTOwutzMtG

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 18, 2018

Maezawa founded the online retail fashion company Zozo, which offers among other things a service called Zozosuit that lets customers self-measure themselves at home and mail away for a custom-fit suit. That may not sound like an idea that would make you billions of dollars, but nevertheless, Maezawa landed in 18th place on Forbes’ 2018 list of the 50 richest people in Japan. The publication pegged the 42-year-old’s net worth at $2.7 billion.

It should come as no surprise that anyone with that much money would have a few expensive cars, but Maezawa’s collection includes some extremely rare and noteworthy pieces. According to Reuters, the Japanese billionaire owns a Bugatti Chiron—likely one of the only examples in Japan. Meanwhile, his Instagram account is filled with photos of his Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, the ultra-luxurious convertible version of the G500 4×4² that was limited to just 99 units.

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すごいの出るみたい。 G650 Landaulet #g650landaulet

A post shared by Yusaku Maezawa (@yusaku2020) on Feb 10, 2017 at 5:50am PST

Maezawa also commissioned a custom Pagani Zonda called the Zonda Zozo, but that multi-million-dollar coupe was destroyed in a crash in 2016. Losing a one-off supercar would understandably devastate any car lover, but at least Maezawa has an Aston Martin One-77, plus a Valkyrie on order, to console him.

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#pagani #zonda #zondazozo

A post shared by Yusaku Maezawa (@yusaku2020) on Aug 14, 2015 at 1:09am PDT

It’s unknown exactly how much Maezawa paid for the first commercial trip around the moon, which will include passage for himself and six to eight invited artists, but he told Reuters the cost was “much higher” than the record-breaking $110 million he paid for a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting last year. Sounds like he may have to cut back on the supercars for a while.

Source: Reuters, Forbes

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2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Detailed, Launches in March

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 23:01

The 2019 BMW Z4 was unveiled last month sporting an aggressive look that takes the roadster in a bold new direction. But until now, BMW has been light on details, especially regarding the base engine option.

On sale starting March 2019, the 2019 Z4 will initially launch with the sDrive30i variant, which is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 rated at 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Z4 M40i will follow afterwards in the second quarter packing a 3.0-liter turbo I-6 that has now been confirmed to make 382 hp and 369 lb-ft, the same as the prototype we drove earlier this year. An eight-speed automatic will be the only transmission available. BMW says the Z4 sDrive30i can hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds while the M40i will do the deed in 4.4 seconds.

Compared to its predecessor, the 2019 Z4 is 3.3 inches longer, 2.9 inches wider, and 0.5 inch taller. However, its wheelbase is 1.0 inch shorter. The car rides on a new platform with double-jointed front spring struts and a five-link rear suspension, which BMW says is a first for its roadster lineup. Suspension components are now made of aluminum to help cut weight. To further improve handling, the Z4 will come standard with a new steering system with variable power assist and ratio to improve precision and ease low-speed maneuvering. Of course, the Z4 is best known to Toyota fans as the jointly developed platform-mate to the Supra.

To distinguish the Z4 M40i from the less power Z4 sDrive30i, it gets an adaptive M suspension with a 10-mm lower ride height, M Sport brakes, and an M Sport differential as standard. These features are also available on the Z4 sDrive30i as options. Three modes will be available, including Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. Electronically controlled dampers come with the M Sport suspension, which enables the driver to pick between a softer ride or sharper handling. All 2019 Z4s will come standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, and if you pick the optional 19s, you also get staggered-width summer tires that are wider at the rear.

Standard active driver assistance tech includes collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning. Blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, rear cross-traffic alert, and a new rear collision protection system are optional.

BMW will also allow buyers to customize their Z4s via their Individual program, allowing them to choose colors like Frozen Grey on M Sport models or opt for a soft top with with a silver effect. Other options include dual-zone climate control, interior ambient lighting, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

BMW’s iDrive interface comes standard on the 2019 Z4 and can be had with a 10.25-inch touchscreen when you opt for the optional navigation system. It’ll also be available with BMW Cloud storage, which enables drivers to take their infotainment settings from one BMW vehicle to another. Two USB ports comes standard and cars with the built-in navigation system get 20 GB of storage. The 2019 Z4 will be one of the first BMWs to feature remote software updates, allowing the car to refresh its software over-the-air or via a smartphone.

Inside, the 2019 Z4 has a slick-looking interior with a futuristic dash and an available 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Sport seats come standard and now have rails that are 0.9 inches longer to provide more range for adjustment. Trunk space has also increased to 9.9 cubic feet regardless of whether the top is up or down. A ski pass-through is optional for added practicality.

Source: BMW

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