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Evo January 2020

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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United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
ed speak

THE MANUAL GEARBOX: THE endangered species that defines a performance car, or an archaic piece of engineering that should be consigned to the scrap metal bin? It’s quite a prickly subject, so you don’t put your support behind today’s double H-pattern transmissions if you’re not prepared to back yourself the whole way. There may be plenty of advocates for the old stick shift, but some will also defend an automatic gearbox with similar vehemency. Personally, I think it’s about having the right transmission for the car. Would the 812 Superfast be improved with a six-speed, open-gate manual? No it certainly wouldn’t, primarily because it would mean sacrificing so much of the V12’s character, and who would have an arm quick enough to keep up with the changes required anyway? And how…

11 min.
alpine a110s

THE HANDWRITTEN SIGN ON THE HIGH, whitewashed brick wall says ‘SINTRA’ in large, faded letters. For anyone with a modicum of interest in the history of the WRC, the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais, just to the northwest of Lisbon, will always send a shiver down the spine. For it was here, nearly 35 years ago, that everything beautiful and simultaneously hideous about the Group B formula came to an agonising, bloody crescendo amidst scenes that had exceeded merely a passion for a sport, and were more akin to religious fervour. It was right here, in fact; that fateful special stage named after Lake Azul, mere yards from last night’s hotel. Such was the excitement of witnessing first-hand the ballistic firepower of these projectiles that thousands flocked to the stages, and getting…

10 min.
lamborghini aventador svj roadster

PORSCHE 993 CARRERA RS. FERRARI 458 APERTA. AND NOW THE Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, modelled here in Roadster form. Like the aforementioned, this car marks the end of an era. One that has spanned six decades, creating dreams, posters and video clicks like few others. Just as air-cooled 911 flat-sixes and naturally aspirated Ferrari V8s were substituted for water-cooled and turbocharged units respectively, so too Lamborghini’s V12 will soon be an engine discussed in the past tense, as it is to be replaced in early 2021 by a hybridised variant. But the future can wait, because a 759bhp V12 doesn’t wait for anyone. Between this SVJ Roadster and its coupe sibling you’ll find few differences. The removable carbonfibre roof is the obvious change; coming away in two pieces it’s a test of your…

4 min.
ctc suzuki swift sport

SUZUKI’S SWIFT SPORT SHOULD BE the perfect hot hatchback, compact enough to nip down the narrowest of hedge-lined B-roads, and trading outright power (beneficial only in a straight line) for low weight (beneficial everywhere). Yet the current model has definitely missed the mark for us, and not just because the zingy old naturally aspirated engine has been replaced by turbo power. It’s more nuanced than that, the triple-S muddying its featherweight mass with stodgy steering and losing its cool when the surface beneath gets frisky. Throw in pricing that’s within a few beers of the monthly payment on a Fiesta ST, and the Swift is difficult to make a case for. There is, though, you’d think, potential. A blank canvas onto which the world’s tuning firms will gladly daub their colours. And…

5 min.
audi rs7 sportback

‘The RS7 even feels – whisper it – quite involving’ YOU HAVE TO HAND IT TO AUDI. THE NEW RS7 looks great from the back. It looks pretty good from some other angles too, but whenever I’m not sitting inside the car on this first encounter, it’s the rear view that I end up staring at the most. From back here there’s almost a hint of long-tail Le Mans racer to the wide arches and tapering Kamm tail. And let’s face it, if you’re buying an RS7, styling probably plays a not-insignificant part in the decision – those seeking true practicality would be wiser buying an RS6 Avant. Given manufacturers such as Audi still offer fastbacks, it’s safe to assume that for a healthy proportion of buyers aesthetics are a priority. Unlike the…

10 min.
still in the game?

TURBO. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT whenever I hear the word I always think of one car, and one car only. Since 1974 it has been the supercar anti-establishment. Exclusive, yet a defiantly pragmatic and practical alternative that in its own way forced those extravagant, high-maintenance and resolutely Italian supercars to get real, to become more useable, to not just suggest raw performance at every opportunity but to actually deliver it, all day, every day, all year round. On the turn of the key. When it arrived the 911 Turbo was undeniably exotic, but cut from a more futuristic, mysterious cloth. It may have only had three litres and made just 260bhp, but it punched way, way above its weight. It also had the lustre of being a homologation special,…