Cars & Motorcycles

Evo January 2019

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

TWO WEEKS BEFORE McLAREN revealed its fastest-ever production road car, the team behind the Bloodhound land speed record bid announced it had run out of cash and had been forced into administration. For many, the concept of a land speed record belongs in a time when the UK was still excited by having four TV channels, and newspapers printed in colour made the, er, news. Today, billionaire man-children fire their electric sports cars into space for fun, but an LSR remains one of the biggest challenges in both automotive engineering and human endeavour. No one has ever claimed a significant benefit of travelling at 763mph on land in a single-seat, four-wheeled rocket, but when Andy Green went supersonic in 1997 it felt like a genuine moment of pioneering adventure. Just as…

4 min.
top and tail

THIS MONTH HAS BEEN A GOOD one for individuals on Porsche’s hallowed whitelist, with the unveiling of two special models on the 911 platform. The Porsche 911 Speedster and Porsche 935 will go on sale in 2019, though their 2018 announcement ensures both play a part in the company’s 70th anniversary celebrations. Even Porsche dare not build a 911 GT3 Convertible or Targa, so for those desperate to hear the GT3’s 9000rpm flat-six im freiluft, the new 911 Speedster will be the only way to do so short of breaking out the power tools. The GT3 donates its six-speed manual gearbox and titanium exhaust system too, along with its chassis set-up, while the speedster bodywork is a refinement of the Carrera 4 Cabriolet’s wide-arched and topless lines. The basic design is identical…

2 min.
if it ain’t broke…

THE ORIGINATOR OF THE sports saloon sector, BMW’s 3-series is now in its seventh incarnation and still regarded as the benchmark. Audi and Mercedes continue to chip away at its armoury, and the A4 and C-class have got close at times, but the 3-series has continued to cross the line ahead of both, especially when it comes to driving and dynamics. And despite roads congested with SUVs – soon to be joined by EVs – the 3-series remains one of BMW’s most important cars, appealing to fleets, private customers and, crucial to evo, drivers. Failure is not an option. 1 ENGINES Two-litre four-cylinder TwinPower engines will kick things off: a 187bhp, 295lb ft diesel (320d) and 254bhp, 295lb ft petrol (330i). The 320d comes as a six-speed manual or eight-speed Steptronic auto, while…

2 min.
infiniti’s dark knight rises

DESPITE ITS NAME ADORNING THE ENGINE covers of multiple Formula 1 World Championship-winning Red Bulls, Infiniti’s road cars are more Formula Renault 3.5 than RB9: a series of saloons, coupes and SUVs (what else?) that have failed to inspire thanks to their mix of humdrum design and so-so dynamics and powertrains. In short, Infiniti has lacked an edge, a sense of purpose and any reason for evo to consider any of its models as a credible alternative to the establishment. There could be hope, however, because Infiniti has been loosening its tie since 2017, when it started the development of Project Black S. Yes, it remains a concept, but it’s based on the existing Q60 coupe road car and has far more potential to make production than your regular show-stand concept. Previously…

2 min.
mazda’s rotary revival

NO COMPANY HAS PERSISTED WITH rotary engines as long as Mazda. From 1967’s Cosmo 110S until RX-8 production ended in 2012, Felix Wankel’s design was a staple of the Hiroshima firm’s range, finding its way into everything from sports cars to saloons, pickup trucks and even a bus. Rumours have predicted its return ever since, and the design may finally have found its niche, with Mazda confirming that the pistonless design will live again as a range-extending engine for a future electric vehicle. The rotary range extender will be sold alongside a pure battery electric vehicle when it comes to market in 2020. Both will play a part in Mazda’s ‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030’ technology plan, which includes research into alternative fuels, and advanced powerplants such as its Skyactiv-X spark-controlled compression-ignition engine (see…

3 min.
andy morgan staff photographer (1998-2007)

Tell us your earliest evo memory I found the first issue for sale, right next to where I was working in Peterborough – at the same publishing house where several months earlier the founders of evo had been working. Any magazine that had an NSX buyer’s guide was going to be good. It was the first magazine that truly reflected how I felt about cars. What was your first photoshoot for evo? I was asked to take some photographs for a feature, shooting alongside one of the top photographers in the country: Gus Gregory. I couldn’t have been more nervous. We started at MIRA in the pouring rain and I proceeded to constantly get in Gus’s way whilst we both tried to shoot – on transparency film – the cars going sideways around…