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Evo April 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.

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United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
ed speak

MY FIRST MEMORY OF A FOUR - wheel-drive performance car is of a Hannu Mikkola-driven Audi Quattro breaking up the monotony of Grandstand’s horseracing coverage. The seven-yearold me didn’t really understand how this bulky coupe could get the better of the wild Ford Escort RS1800 and the ace looking Opel Ascona 400. But by the end of the Swedish round of the 1981 World Rally Championship season Mikkola had claimed the Quattro’s first WRC victory, and the rest, as they say, is history (and a day lost ‘researching’ this topic on YouTube). When it came to performance road cars and four-wheel drive, Porsche was an early adopter, with the 959 in 1987, the 964-generation 911 Carrera 4 in ’89, and the 993-gen 911 Turbo in ’95. Both Ford and Renault offered four-wheel-drive…

2 min.
weight watchers

“So why can a car that arrives for test weigh-in at 50kg or more in excess of what its maker claims? It doesn’t add up” WE LIKE WEIGHING CARS here at evo. We have a set of calibrated scales that allows us to measure the corner weights to an accuracy of a few kilograms, so, as with performance and economy figures, we can find any significant variance from what a car maker claims. We care about weight because it influences how a car drives, affects all dynamics – acceleration, braking and cornering. It also affects fuel economy and emissions, and that’s about to become much more important for new cars. So why can a car that arrives for test weigh-in at 50kg or more in excess of what its maker claims? The…

2 min.
what is wltp and how does it work?

FUEL CONSUMPTION Mea sured in miles per gallon or litres per 100km CO2 EMISSIONS Which are directly related to fuel consumption POLLUTANT EMISSIONS Includes NOx, par ticulates, etc ENERGY CONSUMPTION Of alternative power trains, including electric vehicles NEDC New European Driving Cycle Designed in the 1980s Ba sed on theoretic al driving Ha s become outdated OLD TEST NEW TEST WLTP Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure Coming fully into force in 2018 Ba sed on real driving data Better matches on-road per formance Thus there was no incentive to lower the actual weight of an example sitting in the middle of the band. In WLTP, both the lightest (most economical) and heaviest (least economical) versions are tested. WLTP will also factor in the effect of options that can be specified and produce figures for individual examples. Currently, there is a lot of activity at rolling…

1 min.
so, what does ‘kerb weight’ mean anyway?

LET’S TAKE AS AN EXAMPLE THE BMW Z4 M Coupe of 2006-2009. Conceivably, the quoted weight of the little coupe could vary by as much as 150kg depending on which standard it is measured against. The kerb weight that we like to quote here at evo is the the DIN figure – that’s Deutsches Institut für Normung, or German Institute for Standardisation. This is the weight of the car with all the fluids necessary for operation, including a 90 per cent full tank of fuel. For the Z4 M Coupe this is 1420kg. BMW also quotes an EU kerb weight (sometimes called EEC kerb weight) of 1495kg. This is the DIN figure plus an extra 75kg for ‘driver and luggage’, and is the weight declared for emissions testing. There is also a ‘dry…

4 min.
lean, green thrilling machine

SPECIFICATION Engine Flat-six, 3996cc Power 513bhp @ 8450rpm Torque 346lb ft Weight 1400k g (est) Power-to-weight 37 2bhp/ton (est) 0-62mph 3.2sec (claimed) Top speed 194mph (claimed) Basic price £141, 346 On sale Summer 2018 1 ENGINE & GEARBOX The GT3 RS’s naturally a spirated 4-litre flat-six is carried over from the previousgeneration car (and the current GT3), with power increa sing by 20bhp to 513bhp at 8450rpm (200rpm higher than its predecessor) and torque rising by 7lb f t to 346lb f t. There’s a new titanium exhaust with 91mm diameter pipes, a revised intake system and a new engine mana gement system that account for the slightest of gains in the sprints (at 3.2 seconds it’s a tenth quicker than the old car to 62mph) but will have a big ger impact on the car’s a s-yetundisclosed Nürburgring lap time. Those…

4 min.
what dany did next

ALTHOUGH IT STARTED OUT AS a fairly typical car modification business, Ares Design has undergone a dramatic transformation in the past 18 months to become what its CEO, Dany Bahar, now proudly describes as a coachbuilder. You know Bahar, of course, he who, after roles at Red Bull and then Ferrari, had a three-year stint at the helm of Group Lotus. It was here that he helped to mastermind the dramatic unveiling of five concept cars at the 2010 Paris motor show, as well as return the Lotus name to Formula 1. Bahar’s acrimonious departure in 2012 was eventually settled out of court, but while he has been largely off the radar in the meantime, that’s not to say life has been dull. As much is confirmed as we arrive for the…