Cars & Motorcycles

Evo January 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

TUESDAY 17 OCTOBER COULD PROVE TO BE a significant day for the performance car enthusiast. It was the day evo was in Shanghai for the reveal of Polestar’s first standalone performance car, while 5000 miles away in Norfolk we were also getting a debrief from Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Lotus, regarding its recent change of ownership. What’s the significance? Both companies are now owned by the Chinese conglomerate Geely. Having acquired Volvo in 2010, five years later Geely executives gave the green light to separate Polestar from the Swedish car maker, giving it the remit to become a standalone performance brand. A near 600bhp GT coupe (see page 68) isn’t a bad way to kick things off. In the late summer of 2017, Geely also acquired Proton, resulting in it taking control…

15 min.
ferrari gets dirty

PERFORMANCE SUVs • PORSCHE 911 CARRERA T • NISSAN GT-R/C YOU DON’T NEED TO LOOK at the sales charts to know that SUVs and crossovers are big business. Just take a short drive and you’ll appreciate what a huge off-roader-building binge the car industry has embarked on – and also how willing buyers are to get behind the wheel of one of these high-riding wagons. If you do glance at the figures, you’ll find they make shocking reading for performance car fans. Over the last full year of UK sales data (2016) the SUV’s market share increased by 28 per cent, with only superminis and small family cars selling more units. You might think this meteoric rise needn’t worry us evo types, because SUVs are mundane machines that are bought by people…

1 min.
dressed for success

letters@evo.co.uk @evomagazine @evomagazine SO, THE NEW TVR GRIFFITH HAS LANDED (evo 242). After the Nikolai Smolenski debacle, much kudos to Les Edgar and co for reviving this iconic British brand. I really hope this is the start of a long new chapter in TVR’s history. First impressions of the new car? I immediately thought: Subaru BRZ on major steroids. No bad thing there! I love the side-exit exhausts and the epic rear diffuser. The interior is suitably ‘TVR’, and that centre console has more than a hint of McLaren about it. If they can produce it, at scale, and with appropriate quality (always TVR’s biggest Achilles heel), I reckon they’ll have a winner. Rob Price, Surrey TheLetteroftheMonth winsanAviatorwatch The writer of this month’s star letter receives an Aviator Airacobra P45 Chrono. Inspired by the pilots’ watches of the…

7 min.

Comparison Ford Congratulations on a superb test of the hot hatchbacks from Honda, Ford and SEAT (evo 241). After the initial worldwide excitement over the Focus RS, there seems to now be a relative cooling off. This test shows why. Despite a considerable power advantage for the latest RS, the result on track, and road, is a Honda triumph. And this despite Honda (like SEAT) sticking to the little-mentioned quality that all decent hot hatches must have: reasonable fuel economy. I know it seems boring, but hot hatches are bought on the presumption of having great handling and ripping speed allied to practicality and reasonable running costs. It’s the very reason why I think they can rightly claim to be the best cars in the world. Yet the recent race to headlinegrabbing power…

7 min.
kia stinger gt-s

CAST YOUR EYE OVER KIA’S CURRENT MODEL line-up and you’ll find a raft of ‘me too’ crossovers and cost-conscious small cars that are only really notable for their long warranties – along with driving dynamics that would give Nytol a run for its money as a cure for insomnia. Yet look a little closer and there are clues that Kia’s focus could be changing – and changing in a way that gets the likes of you and me sitting up and taking notice. First there was the surprisingly accomplished Kia Proceed GT warm hatch; then the company delivered its most serious statement of intent by poaching BMW M division’s Albert Biermann. That was two years ago now, and since then the German has been working his magic behind the scenes in…

5 min.
aston martin vanquish zagato

WHEN THE SALUBRIOUS BUT somewhat static surroundings of a concours d’élégance are chosen for the world premiere of a new car, it is easy to jump to conclusions. In the same way that you don’t look to the catwalks of Milan when considering which pair of walking boots will best deliver you to the top of Snowdon, it would be easy to dismiss a car with the sensational styling of the Vanquish Zagato as probably being a bit rubbish for a run up the Llanberis Pass. Zagatos, however, should never be discounted quite so quickly. Many of the company’s early cars had racing at their heart, and indeed the almost-trademark ‘double bubble’ roof was born from the necessity of fitting helmeted driver and co-driver into the confines of small Italian competition…