Cars & Motorcycles

Evo June 2018

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.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
ed speak

I TOOK A STEP BACK IN TIME THIS month with the help of a BMW E30 M3 Roberto Ravaglia edition. Now before you think I’m going to hark on about when cars were simpler, more involving and charismatic machines… er, you’ll be kind of right. The cause for the M3’s arrival was to attend the 76th Goodwood Members’ Meeting in something suitably (though only just) period. It was brilliant. I’ve always had a soft spot for BMW’s homologation special, every drive a ‘pinch me’ moment of driving simplicity matched to engineering perfection. This time was no different. Rear-wheel drive, 215bhp, 170lb ft of torque, five gears, and an LSD. Oh, and 225/50 R16 tyres. I couldn’t have wished for more, and quite frankly I didn’t need any more at 6am on a…

6 min.
bring on the competition

TWO DOORS, COMPACT PROPORTIONS, blistered body work. Sound familiar? It should – it’s been the visual recipe for some of BMW M’s most enticing models since the E30 M3 (and the 2002 Turbo before that). It’s a recipe that, following a short hiatus, the BMW M2 revived in 2016, but one key ingredient was missing: a true M engine. There’s no doubt the M2 was an appealing car (if not a faultless one), but for all its rowdy road and track behaviour and stocky stance, it never quite felt like the naughty exercise in back-room engineering that its 1M Coupe predecessor had. No longer: BMW’s new M2 Competition, which will replace the regular version in the M line-up, is arguably the car the M2 should have been from the star t. There’s…

3 min.
audi rs5 sportback

1 BODY The RS5 super-GT will soon be available in Sportback form for the first time, gaining two rear doors and a hatch as per its mainstream A5 Sportback relative. The RS5 Sportback shares the standard A5 version’s 60mm increase in length over the equivalent coupe, bringing rear-seat passengers extra leg and headroom. The boot is bigger, too, though not as capacious as the RS4 Avant’s. The RS5 coupe’s wider body styling has been carried across, with Audi’s designers lengthening the rear box arches by 54mm to suit the Sportback’s long side-profile. The extra length of the Sportback over the coupe adds 45kg to the lesser S5, and we expect this to be mirrored on the RS5, leading to a kerb weight of around 1700kg. 2 POWERTRAIN Powering the RS5 Sportback will be the…

6 min.
advantage aston

Matt Becker Chief Engineer ASTON MARTIN’S HEAD OF vehicle dynamics, Matt Becker, has become one of Britain’s most highly regarded car engineers, and deservedly so. Having learnt his trade at Lotus for 26 years – much of that under the watchful eye of his dad, the late great Roger – Becker left to join Aston in 2015, shortly after Andy Palmer took control, and hasn’t had a moment to spare since. He now commands a 250-strong team, and the new Vantage is very much his first Aston. Becker explains: ‘Although the Vantage shares quite a lot of its fundamental components with the DB11, I’d say the majority of the dynamic characteristics of the car are down to me – particularly in terms of the suspension kinematics, the compliance targets we set, the…

5 min.
new amg c63 revealed

WHILE THE MERCEDES-AMG C43 SHOWED off its 2018 upgrades at the Geneva motor show in early March, its bigger brothers, the C63 and C63 S, had to wait until the New York show a few weeks later for their moment in the spotlight. The entry-point C63 models – in coupe, saloon, estate and cabriolet forms – now have the same electronically controlled limited-slip differential that previously only came with the S specification cars, while both the non-S and S are the recipients of a new gearbox. Gone is the previous C63’s seven-speed MCT auto, in its place Mercedes’ nine-speed transmission, as found in the C43 and many more of the company’s models. It still features a pack of wet clutches rather than a torque converter, despite this more powerful integration, while…

1 min.
bentley takes on pikes peak

BENTLEY IS HEADING TO THE Pikes Peak hill climb this June with its Bentayga W12. The British firm hopes to take victory in the SUV class on the hill, although at the time of writing it’s a class of one, including the Crewe effort. More importantly, perhaps, Bentley hopes to break the SUV record set by a Range Rover in 2013. Ironically, the course’s gradual switch to an all-asphalt surface in recent years means it now feels less suitable for vehicles of this type than it might once have been. Bentley has signed Rhys Millen for driving duties, whose vast experience includes two outright victories and 14 class wins at Pikes Peak. He becomes the seventh official ‘Bentley Boy’, a distinction reserved for drivers contracted to race cars directly from the factory. The…