Cars & Motorcycles

Evo April 2017

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.
stuart gallagher

THE PACE OF PROGRESS FEELS GLACIAL, THE entry point looks financially restrictive and the appetite is there but only in the form of curiosity. Similar to choosing the tasting menu because it’s the only scenario in which you could ever consider eating steak and strawberry pie, taking the decision that your next performance car is going to have some form of electric propulsion is a bold one. Albeit one with fewer risks to your digestive system. At one end of the spectrum there is Tesla. A decade ago we looked at its mildly restyled Elise and read its tech spec, made a noise that mixed recognition with a dose of cynicism and went back to marvelling at an 8-litre, 16-cylinder petrol engine that could propel the car to which it was…

7 min.

MAKE SURE YOU’RE SITTING DOWN for this, but the Toyota Yaris is getting a bigger engine. Where once was a 1.33-litre four-cylinder unit, there will soon be a ‘big-block’ 1.5-litre four. As a result, power climbs from 98bhp to 110bhp, torque from 92lb ft to 100lb ft, and the 0-62mph time drops from 11.8sec to 11sec dead. Exciting stuff. But there’s an important subtext to Toyota’s strategy, and it’s one we may start to see more frequently in the coming years with evo engines. The change won’t just benefit performance and put some favourable numbers in the next Yaris brochure, but also improve driveability and realworld economy and emissions. Economy and emissions have been two major factors in the trend for engine downsizing. The theory is sound: reduce engine size and you reduce…

2 min.
new metal

Describing the Chiron’s production facility as a factory would be crude, so Bugatti calls it ‘the Atelier’. Just 20 employees will piece together the new French hypercar inside the logo-mimicking, oval-shaped building. Previously the birthplace of the Veyron, it has undergone numerous modifications, including the installation of a new dyno able to handle the Chiron’s 1479bhp. The site can now fulfil 70 orders per year, each car taking six months to complete. Skagen Hagen Connected Price: from £185 From: skagen.com The first of this month’s trio of timepieces for people who fancy a watch with smart functions, but not an actual smartwatch, comes from Danish firm Skagen. It looks pleasingly like a conventional watch but will connect to your Android or Apple phone, enabling it to offer activity tracking, sleep monitoring, smartphone notifications,…

2 min.

DURING LAST YEAR’S evo summer tyre test at Continental’s vast Uvalde proving ground in Texas (issue 226), one tyre outshone all the others in the dry tests. The 1.8-mile handling circuit is designed to be as demanding and revealing a test of a tyre as possible. Tight and tricky in places and fast and flowing in others, it tells you everything you need to know about a tyre – about its lateral grip, traction, braking, steering precision and linearity – within just a couple of laps. The tyre that set both the fastest lap time and scored highest in my subjective assessment was the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. Until the end of 2016, the Super Sport, launched in 2010, was the grippiest and most stable ultrahigh- performance tyre available this side of…

1 min.
motor sport moment

THE 2017 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP GOT UNDERWAY in Monte Carlo in January. And as is the fashion with many of today’s FIA motorsport series, rallying has come in for a number of technical changes this year in a bid to spice things up on the stages. With reigning champions VW having walked away from the sport, its spot in the manufacturers’ table is taken by Toyota Gazoo Racing, run by multiple world champion Tommi Mäkinen. VW’s departure left world champ Sébastien Ogier unemployed until he found himself in one of Malcolm Wilson’s M-Sport Fiestas. And despite losing 40 seconds on the first day and dropping back to ninth, Ford’s new boy cut through the pack to second place, ready to take advantage when rally leader Thierry Neuville broke his Hyundai’s suspension, handing…

1 min.
letter of the month

letters@evo.co.uk @evomagazine @evomagazine READING SIMON GEORGE’S ‘I BOUGHT ONE’ THOUGHTS regarding his 80,000-mile Ferrari 458 Italia (Buying Guide, evo 232), something struck a chord. He wrote: ‘There’s no need to fear putting big miles on a 458, except of course for the depreciation.’ Now this got me thinking… What if all supercar owners actually got out and used their cars more? And when I say all, I really mean all. The 458 has shown it can handle it, the various new McLarens seem to be fine with miles, Porsche has never shied away from big numbers, and with Lambo now stealing much from Audi – including build quality if a certain orange V12 is anything to go by – I have no doubt the days have long gone where you couldn’t get your Countach…