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Evo May 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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ed speak

IF YOU ONLY ATTENDED ONE MOTOR show in the calendar year you made sure it was the one held in the country famed for triangular chocolate. It was the show that celebrated the performance car and locked out the mundane. This year’s Geneva show? I’ve sat in more interesting budget meetings. Yes, there was wall-to-wall 1000bhp-plus electric hypercars but, seriously, how many are going to see the light of day? Pininfarina is the closest to making it, but the rest? The majority we spoke to admitted the cars on their stands were merely examples of what they could achieve. Underprepared, underfunded, under the illusion they know what they are doing. It was all a bit Dany Bahar, minus Brian May. There was some meat to get your teeth into, however. Aston Martin…

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badge envy

WEAPPROACH A SLEEK GREY BUILDING fortified by a towering wall, an electric gate and an imposing guard. Passports are handed over in exchange for security passes. This is hallowed ground for car design. Behind these walls are the studio and manufacturing facilities of a design house that constructed not just one aesthetic, but an aesthetic sensibility that has lasted its near 90-year history. Countless Italian design icons have been penned here, from the revolutionary Cisitalia 202 to the postmodern Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ and beyond, and that’s not to mention the numerous multi-million-pound bespoke commissions. This company has an insight into car design like few others. We’re talking about Pininfarina, and for the first time ever there is a car inside these walls wearing a Pininfarina badge and no one else’s. It…

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open question

‘BANG!’ I CAN’T HELP BUT INSTINCTIVELY DUCK. THE ‘CRACK’ THAT carves the air sounds just like a live round being fired across the open roof of this 720S Spider. Yes, we’re in Arizona, surrounded by endless cacti and passing through a narrow, dusty ravine, perfect for an ambush, but really, am I actually being fired upon? It’s only when I click the left-hand paddle again as we approach the next corner - one of precious few deviations from the straight ahead around here, it must be said - that I realise it’s not a Colt, or a Winchester, but emanating from the twin barrels that are connected to one of McLaren’s exuberantly powerful twin-turbo V8s. Lifting the lid on supercars is supposed to ratchet up the drama level, to put you…

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pista the action

WHAT’S IN A NAME? WHEN IT COMES TO the Ferrari F8 Tributo, a great deal. Tributo is the name Ferrari has given to the 488 GTB’s replacement revealed at the Geneva motor show. It’s in recognition of the three consecutive Engine of the Year awards that Ferrari’s 3.9-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 has collected since 2016. But there is more to it than that, as the F8 Tributo also pays tribute to the concept of the mid-engined V8 Ferrari, because this will be the last of its kind. ‘This is as far as we can take the V8 engine in terms of performance with the current [emissions] legislation,’ Ferrari’s chief technical officer, Michael Leiters, told us at Geneva. ‘We will need to use hybrid technology in the future. It’s the only way to…

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508 concept hints at 400bhp c43 rival

DESPITE THE MOUNTING PRESSURES, Peugeot seems determined not to abandon the performance car just yet. Leading its charge (no pun intended) is the 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered Concept, a 400bhp hybrid sports saloon with a 0-62mph time of just 4.3sec. It’s been a long time since there was a truly credible French sports saloon, particularly one from PSA, but this 508 might just change that. Power comes from three sources: the familiar Peugeot 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, used here in 197bhp guise, which powers the front axle along with a 110bhp electric motor, drive being deployed through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. And on the rear axle is a second electric motor with 200bhp, and yes, that does equal more than the 400bhp stated above – 507bhp in fact. However, the peak…

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plus six upgrades more than skin-deep

IT MAY LOOK VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL TO ITS predecessors, yet underneath the 1930s styling of the Plus Six is not only BMW’s latest turbocharged straight-six 3-litre engine, but also an all-new platform that Morgan says will underpin the next decade of cars from Malvern Link. The ‘CX Generation’ chassis is a riveted and bonded aluminium structure of the type that has formed the basis of Morgan’s high-end models since 2000, but it’s 100 per cent more torsionally rigid than before, while being no heavier at 98kg. The wheelbase has also grown by 20mm, which helps to provide 200mm more legroom in the cockpit and a 31 per cent increase in storage space. The B58 TwinPower engine produces 335bhp and 369lb ft of torque, which combined with a reduced kerb weight of just 1075kg…

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