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Cars & Motorcycles

Evo June 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.

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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
ed speak

THERE ARE TIMES WHEN THE automotive industry can appear glacial in its decision making, its ability to change and its willingness to adapt. An oil crisis over 40 years ago, environmental challenges against the automobile’s reliance on fossil fuels going back longer than that, but only now is there a concerted effort to find genuine alternatives. Take your time boys and girls… And yet, the flipside of this is times when changes take place in the blink of an eye, albeit a blink that makes the time a supertanker takes to stop look sprightly. It’s coming up for 12 months since we first put Aston Martin’s new Vantage up against its rivals from Porsche, McLaren and Audi (issue 250). It came up short. Very short. So short that evo’s test team…

1 min.

EDITORIAL 020 3890 3890 eds@evo.co.uk www.evo.co.uk evo, Dennis Publishing, 31-32 Alfred Place, London WC1E 7DP, United Kingdom EDITOR Stuart Gallagher MANAGING EDITOR Ian Eveleigh DEPUTY EDITOR Adam Towler GROUP WEB EDITOR Steve Walker ART EDITOR Rich Browne SUBEDITOR Jonathan Baker STAFF WRITERS Antony Ingram Jordan Katsianis STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Aston Parrott EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Sam Jenkins CONTRIBUTING EDITORS John Barker Richard Meaden Steve Sutcliffe David Vivian COLUMNIST Richard Porter EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Steve Fowler CONTRIBUTING WRITERS John Black Jethro Bovingdon Henry Catchpole Jeff Daniels Brett Fraser Matt Joy Ted Kravitz Mark McArthur-Christie CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Andy Morgan IT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT Peter Allen Bedford Autodrome Rob Gould #261 ADVERTISING 020 3890 3956 ads.evo@dennis.co.uk 31-32 Alfred Place, London WC1E 7DP CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Julian Lloyd-Evans GROUP ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Steve Machin ADVERTISING MANAGER Pierre Clements SENIOR SALES EXECUTIVE Emily Lowe DIRECT MARKETING MANAGER Hannah Manning-Swallow SALES EXECUTIVE Demi Davies COMMERCIAL PUBLISHER Sarah Perks NEWSTRADE DIRECTOR David Barker DEPUTY ADVERTISING MANAGER Alexander Rumble PRODUCTION MANAGER Mike Hills SALES EXECUTIVE Loukas Hambi CREATIVE SOLUTIONS DESIGNER Rob Callaghan SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER Avril Donnelly SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER Ludovica D’Angelo LICENSING & SYNDICATION INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR Ian Bedwell SYNDICATION MANAGER Ryan Chambers LICENSING MANAGER Carlotta Serantoni LICENSING & SYNDICATION EXECUTIVE Nicole Adams PUBLISHING PUBLISHING MANAGER Amrit Gill DENNIS PUBLISHING MANAGING DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL Nick Flood CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER Pete Wootton GROUP CFO/COO Brett Reynolds GROUP CEO James Tye COMPANY FOUNDER Felix Dennis…

7 min.

EVEN WITH THE DESENSITISING EFFECTS of an open-face helmet, the GT R Pro’s familiar and rumbustious hot-V V8 has a throb that works its way right through my body, as if the silencer boxes are nestled right up against my chest. Dry-sumped and mounted well aft in the car’s front half, the motor is indeed not far away, and sitting as I am so close to the rear axle, much of the exhaust system is probably in close proximity too. With 577bhp the Pro is no more powerful than the ‘regular’ GT R and has less power than the majority of the current supercar elite, but you’d never know it from the bellowing racket it makes – or care, for that matter, given the way it swallows Hockenheim’s expansive asphalt…

2 min.
gt remastered

I’M DRIVING A GT R PAINTED IN GREEN Hell Magno, and I’m doing my very best to concentrate on the changes to the dashboard in this facelifted version… and not be distracted by that ludicrous dry-sumped boom box up front that is threatening to dislodge my molars with its bassy exertionst. Outside you might notice new headlamps – if you look very closely – and the lesser AMG GTs have received a few more visual tweaks, but the majority of the revisions for this refresh can be found inside. The new tech is all very impressive on the eye too, even if it’s nothing we haven’t already seen on a number of recently introduced AMG models: a fully digital instrument display on a 12.3-inch screen inside the binnacle, complemented by a…

4 min.
pushed to the limit

ON MARCH 25TH THIS YEAR A GROUP OF MEPs in Strasbourg approved a set of road safety recommendations from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). So far so dull, but those recommendations included the compulsory fitting of speed limiters to new car models from 2022 (or they won’t get type approval) and to existing model lines from 2024. Elzbieta Bienkowska, an EU Commissioner, boldly claimed that limiters and the other planned restrictions ‘can have the same kind of impact as when seatbelts were first introduced’. Predictably, the story went up like a firework but fizzled out by the time the next Brexit twist had hit the front pages. ‘Pfft, don’t worry,’ seemed to be the view. ‘It’ll never happen – or you’ll be able to override them or turn ’em off…

4 min.

WHEN YOU’VE COME OFF your motorbike at a genuine 234mph, been presumed dead at the scene, broken 11 bones, been told you may never walk again, and spent three months in hospital and another three in a wheelchair, you’d probably consider chucking your daredevil pants in the washing machine and taking up a less perilous pastime. But not self-confessed speed addict Zef Eisenberg. A year after almost engineering his own demise he was back in the saddle of his rebuilt supercharged Suzuki Hayabusa and racing at Elvington, the scene of his crash. If the weather has been kind to him, by the time you read this Eisenberg should have completed his next adventure in high speed travel – breaching the 200mph mark on Pendine Sands in a 1200bhp Porsche 911 Turbo,…