Evo March 2021

Produced by world-class motoring journalists and racers, evo communicates the raw emotion of owning, driving and testing the world’s greatest performance cars. Bringing together informative car reviews, vivid photography, exciting track tests and dramatic drive stories in glorious landscapes, evo is considered the bible for performance car enthusiasts.

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2 min
ed speak

DESPITE EVERYTHING 2020 THREW AT US IT STILL managed to deliver a bumper crop of new driver’s cars, as eCoty 2020 demonstrated with one of the toughest years of judging and the closest voting we’ve experienced in the past 22 years. We said it at the time, and we stand by it today, any of our eight finalists could have claimed the title and not a single judge would begrudge the result. Such a stellar year is traditionally followed by a fallow period as everyone catches their breath, takes stock and prepares for the next chapter. Looking through the 2021 product plans there doesn’t appear to be any downtime and this year looks to be as strong as the last. Two of 2021’s new stars have been revealed this month. Porsche’s next…

8 min
porsche taycan

NOT A TURBOCHARGER IN SIGHT. REAR… erm, rear-motored. Rear-wheel drive. Up to 469bhp with overboost and 90kg or more lighter than the four-wheel-drive versions. This is it. Porsche’s take on a purist EV. Or at least a purist EV supersaloon. It’s called, simply, the Porsche Taycan. Prices start at £70,690, a £12,890 saving over the 4S and almost half the price of the headline-grabbing Turbo S, and it still rips along at quite a pace in all its spooky silence. Or accompanied by an haunting sci-fi plasma-y warp-drive soundtrack should you switch on the (optional) Electric Sport sound. Driving EVs is a very simple business. Explaining their performance potential and various battery options is not. So here goes… That 469bhp figure is largely misleading. In fact, the Taycan produces 322bhp, has…

7 min
toyota gr supra 2.0

THIS LATEST VERSION OF THE SUPRA IS QUITE THE departure, being the first four-cylinder version in the model’s five-generation, five-decade life. But, of course, the GR Supra is already like no Supra that has come before, with significant chunks sourced from BMW, including the turbocharged 3-litre straight-six and now the turbocharged 2-litre four. There’s a hefty cost saving by dropping two cylinders and one litre: almost £8500, for a list price of £45,995. The main things you expect to sacrifice are a charismatic soundtrack and lots of ready torque. The 3-litre Supra is more subtle than you might expect but its straight-six suffuses the snug cockpit with a quietly confident burr, and even a modest throttle squeeze delivers a rich swell of torque. As it turns out, the 2.0 is missing…

6 min
bentley flying spur v8

THERE WAS A CHARM TO BENTLEY’S flagship Mulsanne that far outweighed its attributes, which by rights should have placed it firmly in the ‘not an evo car’ category. At well over 5 metres in length it wasn’t a car you’d fling around on a whim. And as it weighed over 2.5 tons you didn’t really want to, because that’s a whole lot of real estate to try and keep on one continent should it go a bit Brexit and want to leave. Its six-and-three-quarter-litre V8 wasn’t especially advanced, relying on more traditional, tried and tested technology to deliver its thumping performance rather than leading the advancement of the internal combustion engine. But it was a magical motor to experience. It was the heart and soul of the big Bentley until its…

7 min
meet the new boss

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT A LAP TIME. BUT before we get heavy with the numbers, I think it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate the aesthetics, because this new GT3 feels like a much bigger transformation than with previous generations. Devoid of its disguises, it looks startlingly more trim and taut than a standard 992. It’s as though, in order to match the kerb weight of its forebear, it didn’t just need a strict diet but full-on surgery. The way the standard car’s bulbous bottom has been sliced into. The way the lower front looks as though it has been pulled open and a jaw removed. The deeply sunken nostrils… it’s almost brutal. It has to be the most aggressive GT3 to date. The most RS non-RS. Just look at…

5 min
the long ranger

BY 2030 WE COULD BE WATCHING all-electric racers like this competing in endurance races such as Le Mans, Daytona and Spa, says Lotus Engineering. Its design study, titled E-R9, is what it imagines such a long-distance racer could look like and combines not only pure electric power and adaptive suspension geometry, but also ‘morphing’ surfaces for adaptive aerodynamics and jet fighter-style ‘aero vectoring’ for highspeed cornering. It’s a great-looking sports racer, with its delta-wing upper body and jet-fighter canopy, and Lotus has deployed its free-thinking, competition-honed expertise to imagine what technology it might embody. But is it really possible that we could have electric endurance racers in just nine years’ time? The current pinnacle of electric racing, Formula E, features single-seaters with a top speed of 174mph racing on street circuits…