New York City to vote this week on historic cap for Uber, Lyft ride-sharing vehicles

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 15:40
New York City officials will vote this week on whether or not to cap the number of ride-sharing vehicles from apps like Uber and Lyft at the current level and bar any new vehicles from operating, save those that are handicap accessible. MORE: Uber rethinks autonomous efforts in Pittsburgh in wake of fatal Arizona crash As the The New York Times...
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Takata airbag recall, Ford Mustang Bullitt driven, GM's first Volt: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 15:30
More Nissan Versas added to Takata airbag recall A handful of 2007-2008 Nissan Versa subcompacts have been added to the growing list of vehicles fitted with faulty Takata airbag inflators. New York City to vote this week on historic cap for Uber, Lyft ride-sharing vehicles New York City officials will vote this week on whether or not to cap the...
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St Modwen completes £53.7m portfolio sale to Hansteen

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 14:26
St Modwen Properties has exchanged contracts for the disposal of a portfolio of 34 assets to Hansteen Holdings for £53.7m.
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Schroder appoints Hubbard to head up real estate capital

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 14:14
Schroder Real Estate has appointed Robin Hubbard from Infrared Capital as head of real estate capital.
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Europa Capital & Sovereign Centros acquire Birmingham One Stop logistics scheme

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 14:10
Europa Capital has teamed up with Sovereign Centros to acquire a 189,000 sq ft logistics site at Perry Barr in Birmingham adjacent to its One Stop Shopping Centre and Retail Park.
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The 12 Quickest Pickup Trucks Motor Trend Has Ever Tested

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 14:00

Just because it’s a pickup truck doesn’t mean it needs to be slow. Unladen, many trucks are actually pretty light, giving them a strong power-weight ratio. And while load-hauling low-end torque (and appropriate gearing) is usually the priority for a truck, every now and then, manufacturers endow their most utilitarian offerings with surprising levels of accelerative thrust.

Below is a list of the 12 quickest accelerating production trucks Motor Trend has ever tested. We looked at our extensive database of test numbers and ranked each truck by its 0–60 mph time. If multiple trucks had the same 0–60 time, then the quarter-mile result was the tiebreaker. From big-displacement street trucks to desert-running off-road specials to well-equipped luxury pickups, each entry in the top 12 is exceptionally quick for a truck. And some are quick by any standard.

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie 4×4

Starting the list is Ram’s redesigned 1500 Laramie, which clocked a 0–60 mph time of 6.1 seconds on its way to a quarter-mile run of 14.7 seconds at 93.7 mph. The truck’s 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is to thank; it produces 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque and is backed by an eight-speed automatic.

2017 Ford F-150 Platinum 4×4 EcoBoost

Ford’s F-150 Platinum truck ties the Ram’s 0–60 and quarter-mile times, but its trap speed is slightly higher at 95.0 mph. This is done with Ford’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that churns out 375 hp and a potent 470 lb-ft (10 lb-ft more than GM’s 6.2-liter V-8). The truck’s slick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission also contributes to its swiftness.

2007 Toyota Tundra Limited 4×4

The first model year of the second-generation Tundra just beats the Ram, the F-150, and all the newer Tundras we’ve tested (with the exception of one, stay tuned). The Toyota’s 381-hp, 401-lb-ft 5.7-liter V-8, backed by a six-speed automatic, propelled the Tundra to 60 mph in 6 seconds flat and resulted in a 14.7-second quarter mile at 93.9 mph.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country

It should be no surprise to see GM’s 6.2-liter V-8 on this list. The sizable V-8 makes a potent 420 hp and 460 lb-ft, driving the High Country to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds and on to a quarter-mile run of 14.6 seconds at 96.6 mph—and that’s with the old six-speed automatic transmission. GM just introduced next-gen versions of the Silverado and GMC Sierra equipped with an updated 6.2-liter and new 10-speed auto, and we look forward to seeing how they stack up.

2003 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson

Going back 15 years, Ford’s bold F-150 Harley Davidson edition also hits 60 mph in 6.0 seconds but beats all of the above trucks to the quarter mile with a time of 14.3 seconds at 96.3 mph. The rear-wheel-drive truck is powered by a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 that pumps out 340 hp and 425 lb-ft and is backed by a four-speed automatic.

2014 Ford F-150 FX4 Tremor

The F-150 Tremor graced us with its presence for just one model year and is the first on the list to break the six-second mark, hitting it in 5.8 seconds. The single-cab truck’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 produces 365 hp and 420 lb-ft (six-speed automatic), good enough for a quarter-mile time of 14.3 seconds at 94.4 mph.

2016 GMC Sierra Denali 4×4

Packing the same 6.2-liter V-8 as the above Silverado but with an eight-speed automatic, the Sierra Denali hit 60 mph a little quicker with a 0–60 mph time of 5.8 seconds and a quarter-mile run of 14.2 seconds at 97.1 mph.

2009 Dodge Ram R/T

Back when Ram was part of the Dodge brand, the R/T sport truck was one of the quickest trucks on the street. The single-cab truck was powered by a 390-hp, 407-lb-ft 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. Even with a five-speed automatic, the old R/T clocked a 5.7-second 0–60 time on its way to a 14.4-second quarter-mile run at 93.4 mph.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor (Supercab)

It may weigh a sturdy 5,661 pounds, but the off-road-spec 2017 Raptor still hit 60 mph in a quick 5.2 seconds and is the first on the list to break the 14-second quarter-mile mark with a time of 13.9 seconds at 97.3 mph. Its twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 puts out a strong 450 hp and 510 lb-ft and is backed by a 10-speed automatic. Ford just announced this engine as an option for the 2019 F-150 Limited trim, so you can bet that equally powerful truck will make this list next time around.

2004 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning

Our bronze finisher is the quickest Ford production truck we have ever tested and the first one on the list to break 100 mph in the quarter mile, with a trap speed of 102 mph crossing the line in 13.6 seconds. Under the hood is a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 that makes 380 hp and 450 lb-ft, which routes power to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic and rockets the Lightning to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.

2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10

Arguably the craziest production street truck ever built, the Viper-powered Ram SRT-10 easily makes the list with a 0–60 time of 4.9 seconds and a 13.2-second quarter mile. Powering this special Ram is a huge 8.3-liter V-10 that pumps out 500 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque. The best part? The truck was available with the same six-speed manual used in the Viper. As impressive as a sub-5.0-second 0­–60 is, there’s still one truck that’s quicker. The SRT-10’s 107.1-mph trap speed is the fastest on the list, however.

2008 Toyota Tundra TRD Supercharged

Although it’s been 10 years, the Tundra TRD Supercharged sport truck is still the quickest-accelerating production truck we have ever tested. The TRD parts, including the supercharger, didn’t void the Tundra’s new vehicle warranty and were ordered and installed at the dealership. With a 0–60 mph time of 4.4 seconds and a quarter-mile run of 13.0 seconds at 106.3 mph, the Tundra easily takes the quick pickup crown. The supercharged 5.7-liter V-8 cranked out a whopping 504 hp and 550 lb-ft and was paired to a six-speed automatic.

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More Nissan Versas added to Takata airbag recall

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 13:35
A handful of 2007-2008 Nissan Versa subcompacts have been added to the growing list of vehicles fitted with faulty Takata airbag inflators. Nissan last month said that it had identified 233 Versa sedan and hatchback models with passenger-side airbag components that could explode. The cars were inadvertently not included in an earlier recall of the...
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COS signs for new concept store at Coal Drops Yard

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:02
Fashion retailer COS has signed for a new 6,210 sq ft concept store at Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross.
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Aviva acquires £73m pre-let Prospero Ansty for Lime Property Fund

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 09:33
Aviva Investors has acquired a pre-let 490,000 sq ft industrial scheme at Prospero Ansty for £73.4m for its Lime Property Fund.
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Hiscox takes first pre-let at AXA's Twentytwo

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 08:43
AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets has exchanged on the first pre-letting at Twentytwo with Hiscox, the insurance group.
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Landlords settle dispute over House of Fraser CVA

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 08:05
House of Fraser has settled a legal row with landlords in a move that will pave the way for the closure of 31 of its 59 shops.
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Office Space in Town buys Midtown office

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 07:59
Office Space in Town has acquired the long leasehold interest in 20-22 Tudor Street in London’s Midtown for £21.35m from Meadow Partners.
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Regus-owner ends takeover talks and looks to reposition UK business

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 07:51
Regus-owner IWG has told Starwood, Terra Firma and TDR that it doesn’t plan to continue talks about a potential takeover of the business.
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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt First Drive

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 05:01

When it comes to tribute cars, the more authentic, the better. No one’s impressed by a half-assed effort. Ford, whether it really intended to or not, has built a startlingly credible tribute. The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is exactly the car you’d build for an ill-conceived Bullitt remake starring Channing Tatum.

It starts skin deep. The look is bang-on, all Hunter Green and black wheels and cue ball shifter. For my $11,000 upcharge, it’s not only the best-looking Bullitt edition yet but the best-looking Mustang currently on sale. The body is clean, no wing or badges save the massive bull’s-eye on the trunk, which I would’ve shrunk or skipped. Like the movie car, it’s understated, and those in the know will recognize it for what it is. No need to scream about it.

The engine does all the screaming you’ll need, anyhow. Fitted with a multi-mode exhaust system finished in four black tips, it sounds all the world like Frank Bullitt’s car when you open it up. It makes you want to run up through the gears at every opportunity, moderately hard acceleration and slow shifts, just like in the chase scene.

The slow shifts come standard, too, because like standard GTs, the six-speed manual doesn’t like to be rushed. You can do it, sure, but you’ve got to put a little muscle behind it to seat the shifter all the way in gear. It’s much smoother and easier if you shift slowly.

Same goes for the handling. Being it’s functionally a GT with Michelin Pilot Sport 4s fitted standard, it retains many of the handling frustrations—frustrating because we know Ford can make a Mustang handle like a supercar, but apparently only if it says Shelby on it. As is, the Bullitt gets nervous and twitchy when you push it past 75 percent of its capability. The stiff springs and limited travel of the suspension, particularly in the rear, results in a lot of instances of the tire losing contact with the pavement. Any kind of bump in the road is enough to make it skip, and if the bump is in a turn, it’ll skip to the side a bit, too. You couldn’t be blamed for thinking Ford maybe put a live axle back in to make this tribute car the real deal.

Perspective, though, can be as important to cars as it is to movie making. Looking at it another way, Ford’s built you exactly what you need to re-create the iconic chase scene. Let’s face it, neither Bullitt’s Mustang nor the bad guys’ Charger handled particularly well even for the day, and that’s part of what made the chase great fun to watch.

If you and your film school friends are planning a shot-for-shot remake of the chase, you’re set up for success. The PS4 tires are strangely short on grip for Michelin performance tires, and the ABS has a hair trigger Frank Bullitt would be proud of. So overcooking that hard right and having to peel out in reverse to make a minor three-point turn will be the easiest scene you shoot. Good thing, because you’ll only get one take. The computer allowed us one good burnout before throwing a warning about both pedals being pressed and cutting power, and Line Lock doesn’t work in reverse.

You won’t even need to rerecord sound effects later, because those Michelins start to howl under moderately hard cornering, and as noted, the exhaust sounds perfect. It’s like having your own Foley artist in the trunk who only does cars.

Really, the only thing missing is the body roll. Bullitt’s car rode high and leaned a lot in corners, and this tribute car doesn’t do either. Movie accuracy aside, it really could stand to ride softer, as even with the optional adaptive magnetic shocks it’s quite stiff over the bumps and in the holes. No need for that if it isn’t going to corner like a GT350R anyway.

By the same token, I’d skip the optional Recaro race buckets and get the standard seats, which are far more comfortable when you’re cruising around San Francisco chasing down leads, not Chargers. Ol’ Frank got by with a lap belt and no headrests; you’ll be fine.

The digital dash I’m more conflicted on. I love the graphics, but it’s maddeningly frustrating to use with myriad controls on the steering wheel and the center stack and menus upon menus. Worse is the way it teases you with the illusion of customizability when you’re actually very limited in which settings you can alter and which mode you’re allowed to alter them in. I think the analog cluster is period correct, but the screen is standard, so you’ll just have to deal with its eccentricities.

If you prefer jumping cars to jumping through hoops, I’d strongly recommend a bit of custom reinforcement under the car. Bullitt’s car received stiffer springs and welded reinforcements around the shock towers, plus braces to tie them together front and rear. The new car is a million times more rigid than the ’68, but it’s got a lot less ground clearance and suspension travel, not to mention worse approach and departure angles. Frank got three jumps down Taylor Street unscathed. You’ll get one.

Unlike the movie car, though, you won’t need to hop up the engine. The new Bullitt gets the GT350’s intake manifold and throttle body along with an open air box. That and some computer tweaking nets you extra horsepower, though with nearly 500 on tap you won’t really notice the difference all the way up at the 7,000-rpm power peak (400 shy of redline). Ford even played with the variable cam timing to give it a lopey muscle car idle.

Ford’s delivered just about the perfect modern interpretation of the Bullitt, then, so all you need now is a black Charger, a black turtleneck, some bad guys, and a gas station you can blow up. A green Beetle and tweed jacket wouldn’t hurt, either, and you should be able to swing them with all the money you’ll save on Dodge hubcaps. I suggest you get on it quick, though, partly because VW is liable to cancel the Beetle any minute now (forget about getting a white Firebird) and partly because the movie celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, so the number of people who recognize the Mustang Bullitt from the movie versus those who remember it from the previous Mustang Bullitt special edition cars is quickly shifting in the wrong direction.

And please don’t cast Channing Tatum.

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2019 BMW M5 Competition First Drive: Fighting Weight

Motortrend News Feed - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 11:01

Not long ago it seemed that the BMW M5 was irreversibly sliding toward a midlife crisis. The F10 model carried the misguided swagger of a frat boy with the neglected body of a 26-year-old going on 40. But in 2018, the F90 M5 delivered a swift about-face. Instead of succumbing to the inevitability of middle age, it went to the gym, shaping up and slimming down. So if the 2018 M5 was the model to finally get off the couch and hit the treadmill, then the 2019 M5 Competition is a Tough Mudder, an ultra-marathon runner, an extreme athlete willing to go the distance and then some.

Previously an option package, Competition is now a standalone model for 2019, geared to the customer who demands even sharper reflexes for track days and is even willing to sacrifice a bit of daily-driving comfort in exchange for more dialed-in performance at the limit. Power comes from the same twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 as the M5, gaining a bump in power from 600 to 617 hp. It’s channeled through the same eight-speed automatic and drives all four wheels (a two-wheel-drive mode is available). All that hot air routes through a standard sports exhaust out back.

Nail the throttle, and the M5 wastes no time punching a hole in the atmosphere. BMW estimates the M5 Competition will leap from 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds, but in our First Test of the regular M5, we recorded a petechia-inducing time of 3.0 seconds. Could the M5 Competition break the 3.0-second barrier?

But of course, straight-line speed is only a small fraction of the M5 Competition’s raison d’être. “It’s more than just upping the power,” says BMW M CEO Frank Van Meel. “It’s in the way the car drives.”

So in addition to more power, BMW firmed up connections throughout the car. Springs are stiffer by 10 percent, and the vehicle also rides 7mm lower. Ball joints replace rubber mounts on the toe links at the rear axle, while up front, the anti-roll bar mountings have been redesigned and camber has been increased. Even the engine mounts have been stiffened by 50 percent. The result: a car that bends, bobs, and weaves even less than the already-stout M5.

Flingable? Tossable? Yes. The M5 Competition approaches corners with a sprightly demeanor, eager and agile. Although the M5 Competition is expected to carry the same curb weight as the M5, the increased overall rigidity makes it a lot more enjoyable to throw that mass around. The last M5 we tested weighed in at 4,268 pounds, which is only 200 pounds heavier than the college-weight 1999 E39 M5—made all the more impressive given the all-wheel-drive components and 20 years of safety improvements. The M5 Competition is also the lightweight contender in its category, besting the Audi RS7 (4,407 pounds), Mercedes-AMG E 63 S (4,581 pounds), and the Porsche Panamera Turbo (a cheeseburger-diet-worthy 4,662 pounds).

This lighter mass is instantly noticeable as I take the M5 Competition for a few laps around the wildly entertaining Ascari racetrack on the outskirts of Ronda, Spain. This private track includes turns with such charming names as The Screw, Piff-Paff, and The Kink. High-speed straights are followed by blind corners and sudden elevation changes. It’s as fun as it is demanding. As I rocket out of the last turn onto the front straight, the M5 Competition schusses down the tarmac as if carving through fresh powder.

The transmission is brilliant in its anticipation, trading gears up and down with a swift, keen intuition. In manual mode, I hit the rev limiter several times until I familiarize myself with the upper ranges of the V-8’s aural cadence: The increase in frequency doesn’t bring along a sense of corresponding urgency. It lacks the telltale note of an engine singing at the height of redline, ready to drop an octave in search of more rpms to devour. Blame the overboosted M Sound soundtrack, which pipes through the stereo speakers a literal false note—call it exhaust tuning by Bowers & Wilkins. Yes, yes, I get it; right now you’re a race car. If any engine configuration deserves to naturally show off the combustible fruits of its labor, it’s the burbly beauty of a V-8. Keep the flaps open on the pipes and dial down the digital enhancement, and you’ve got yourself a winner.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the steering feel is as absent as the exhaust note is prominent. Though BMW has made strides on rediscovering the joys of tactile sensation, there’s still a disconnect between the wheels on the ground and the wheel beneath my hands. The only time I feel something approaching feedback is when the lane departure warning vibrates the wheel. BMW engineers have proven they can program a mode for every occasion. So how about this: I’d love to see a Natural mode added to the mix, delivering a purity of steering feel and exhaust note. The rest of the M5 Competition experience is so visceral, so thrilling, so involving. It’s only fair that these two components exhibit that same sensorial impact.

Speaking of the senses, sharp eyes will pick up the exclusive visual changes on the M5 Competition, beginning with the black “M5 Competition” badge on the trunk. Elsewhere, high-gloss black trim abounds, replacing body-color bits on the mirror caps, rear apron insert, and Gurney lip on the trunklid, while the chrome found on the tailpipes, side gills, and front grille also give way to the same high-gloss black. Exterior door handles lose their brightwork in exchange for a full body color treatment. The overall effect imbues the M5 Competition with a subtle yet sinister shadow, though the blacked-out kidneys look more like two amoebae on the verge of symbiosis than an iconic design element.

Fun Fact: When the M5 debuted back in 1985, it was the fastest production sedan in the world. According to Van Meel, it was built out of necessity: It turns out the security detail had trouble keeping up with BMW’s CEO of on high-speed autobahn runs, so they appealed to the M racing division for help. Van Meel sees the M5 Competition as a worthy successor to that legacy: a no-compromises sports car that just happens to have four doors and a trunk.

Available now, the M5 Competition starts at $110,995, commanding a $7,300 price premium over the standard M5, but well worth the cost if frequent track days are in your future. The M5 Competition completes the about-face from its paunchy predecessor and charges headlong into middle age with a renewed sense of focus and vigor.

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2019 Subaru Impreza

The Car Connection News Feed - Sat, 08/04/2018 - 11:00
The 2019 Subaru Impreza compact sedan and hatchback stand out for their impressive all-weather ability, if not their outright performance. With the 2019 Impreza, Subaru courts its snowbelt base while piling on a high level of safety gear, a roomy interior, and decent fuel economy to appeal to places where snow isn’t a constant. Overall, the...
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2019 Cadillac CTS

The Car Connection News Feed - Sat, 08/04/2018 - 05:01
With each passing year, luxury sedans like the 2019 Cadillac CTS seem to fade further into the rearview mirror in favor of crossovers, trucks, and SUVs. That’s a cryin’ shame, as strong-performing sedan ison-par with European competitors, whether in base, Luxury, or V-Sport trim. Accordingly, we rate the Cadillac CTS at 6.5 out of 10...
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Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Audi Q3

Motortrend News Feed - Sat, 08/04/2018 - 01:00

When Audi first brought the Q3 to the U.S. back in 2014, it had already been on sale in Europe for three years. In fact, we originally drove the Q3 in 2011 before Audi had any plans to sell it here. But when the subcompact crossover market took off a few years later, the German automaker was forced to change its plan. Unfortunately for Audi, by the time the Q3 got to the U.S., it already felt dated. Last month, though, Audi introduced a redesigned Q3. So how does the 2019 Q3’s look compare to the old one?

Up front, there’s still some similarity in the grilles, but that might be the only part of the fascia that looks familiar. For the second-gen Q3, Audi went with a much more aggressive look, using sharp lines and angular headlights that remind us of the range-topping Q8. Compared to the new model, the old Q3’s fascia looks generic and even a bit bland.

From the side, the Q3’s sportier styling continues. Instead of building on its predecessor’s minimalist profile, the 2019 Q3 gets wide, flared fenders and some serious curves. Out back, the outgoing Q3’s uncomplicated rear end is replaced with one that’s much more stylized.

Inside, the Q3 has always been spacious and packed with features, but the 2019 version adds some serious style, as well. Using design elements borrowed from other recently redesigned models such as the Q8 and A7, the Q3 combines a high-resolution digital gauge cluster and a large touchscreen infotainment system with an intuitive layout and attractive materials.


Pricing has yet to be announced, but the 2019 Q3 will probably start around $35,000 when it goes on sale in the U.S. Hopefully, Audi doesn’t make us wait as long for this generation as it did the last one. What do you think of the Q3’s new look? Let us know on Facebook!

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Volkswagen Considering a High-Performance EV

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 23:30

Due in part to the fallout from its emissions cheating scandal, Volkswagen has big plans for electric vehicles. Next year, it will begin selling an electric hatchback in Europe, and a year later, an electric crossover will go on sale in the U.S. By 2025, Volkswagen says it intends to offer a total of 15 EVs. So far, executives haven’t said much about what kinds of vehicles those will be, but from the sound of it, at least one will be a performance model.

According to Autocar, Volkswagen is seriously considering offering an R variant of one of its upcoming EVs. At the moment, though, product planners reportedly still aren’t sure which one it will be. There’s also the challenge of making sure Volkswagen’s first high-performance EV lives up to the R badge on the trunk.

“If we do an R electric car, then it will be a proper R, or else it wouldn’t make sense,” Jost Capito, the head of Volkswagen’s R division, told Autocar. But when asked about a potential timeline, Capito kept his response vague. “We have an idea based on what’s going on on the racing and production side, but we haven’t defined a date yet,” he said. “The development [of electric technology] is going too quick that every month you have changes. At some point, you have to say: this is what we want, define it and go for it.”

As for which EV Volkswagen plans to hot-rod, Capito said it “depends on how we define performance vehicles.” He then added, “You need the space for motors and batteries, and the battery technology. It’s more complex in the past than with performance engines.”

If you look at the electric I.D. R that recently broke a Pikes Peak record, that should give you a pretty good idea of what Volkswagen’s thinking about right now. “This project was a demonstration of what the ID family will be, and what R will be in an electric future,” Sven Smeets, Volkswagen’s racing boss, told Autocar. “Our idea was to convince people that electric cars are not boring. They can be very emotional, and we’ve proven that.”

Source: Autocar

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Hennessey’s 10,000th Vehicle is an 808-HP Ford Mustang

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 22:45

Hennessey announced this week that it has built 10,000 vehicles since opening its doors in 1991. To commemorate the occasion, the Texas tuner has begun production of the Heritage Edition Mustang, which packs 808 hp.

The 10,000th vehicle is a Heritage Edition Mustang painted in red and white. This color scheme, which takes after the one on the Ford GT Heritage Edition, will be the only color scheme available. Hennessey will make just 19 copies.

But what’s under the hood? Hennessey took a standard Mustang GT and gave it 808 hp and 677 lb-ft of torque. With the upgraded output, Hennessey claims the model can hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and continue on to a top speed of more than 200 mph. In our recent First Test, we clocked a 2018 Ford Mustang GT hitting the mark in 3.9 seconds with “just” 460 hp and 420 lb-ft on tap.

The special Mustang comes with upgraded fuel injectors and high-flow fuel pump, a high-flow air induction system, an air-to-water intercooler system, beefy Brembo brake calipers, and a lowered suspension. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires wrap around 20-inch alloy wheels. There’s also a Carbon Aero front splitter, side sills, and rear spoiler, as well as a serial numbered dash plaque and engine plaque that designate the car’s order of production from one to 19.

Buyers have the choice between the factory six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission. All Heritage Edition Mustangs come with a complete three-year/36,000-mile warranty. Prices start at $89,950, putting it well above the standard Mustang GT that can be had for just north of $36,000.

Source: Hennessey

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