Cars & Motorcycles

Evo November 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.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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12 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
ed speak

A FEW WEEKS AGO I SPENT SOME time in a very un-evo car: the Dacia Duster. And despite its SUV DNA, diesel engine and tyres more suitable for a gravel road than Bedford Autodrome’s West Circuit, it is a car that I have missed driving since its return to Dacia. At evo we’ve always celebrated the thrill of driving, no matter what the shape or form the machine takes. Or the performance it’s capable of. If it raises a smile, engages you in what it does and leaves you wanting more, it has done its job in our book. This is why the Dacia, all 115 diesel bhp of it, appealed so much. Let others look down their noses at it, but its back-to-basics approach was as refreshing as sipping that first…

1 min.

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12 min.
renault mégane rs trophy-r

I WONDER HOW THE MÉGANE TROPHY-R will be perceived in years to come? After 40-odd years of hot hatch history in the UK, the relentless march of technology, evolving social attitudes and market trends, we have arrived here, now, in summer 2019, with two cars that blow into tiny fragments the hot hatch ceiling. One, the Mercedes-AMG A45 S, packs an absurd 415bhp, and weighs an equally absurd 1560kg. The other is this exotic and eye-wateringly expensive Renault – an arguably even more extreme proposition. In the ripe, mellow, autumnal days of the pre-electrification internal combustion engine’s lifetime, is this really as focused, uncompromising and ears-pinned-back-fast as the hot hatch is ever going to get? In addition, the Mégane Trophy-R may very well be the last of the hardcore Renault Sport…

5 min.
kia stinger gt420

ONE LAP OF THE SILVERSTONE International Circuit is enough to be reminded just what fun you can have in a Kia Stinger GT S. It has its flaws – brakes that wilt relatively quickly, an automatic gearbox that’s a little slow and doesn’t always want to give you that decisive downshift, and plenty of pitch, dive and roll – but the fundamentals are shockingly appealing. It steers with precision, the 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 is gutsy and has a nicely raucous edge, and the big Kia’s balance is extremely fluid and adjustable, with a tendency towards easily provoked and prolonged oversteer. The Stinger is a real entertainer. No wonder Kia UK didn’t want to see its final evaluation vehicle and first press car sent to the crusher towards the end of 2018.…

6 min.
porsche 911 carrera

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE 1.6-LITRE Peugeot 205 GTI was ‘sweeter’ than the larger 1.9? The early 1.6-powered Mazda MX-5s were ‘sweeter’ than the 1.8 that followed, too, while you can be assured that the 3-litre six in BMW’s E36 M3 was a ‘sweeter’ unit than the 3.2-litre that succeeded it. Perhaps ‘sweeter’ is analogous to ‘slower’, and I do find it a little more than a coincidence that proponents of the ‘sweeter’ cars tend also to be owners of those particular models. I don’t often frequent Porsche forums, but no doubt somewhere there’s an early Boxster owner who’ll swear in the name of their rebuilt engine that the 2.5 is sweeter than the later 2.7s. With 911s, though, there’s a case to be made for the basic Carreras and Carrera…

5 min.
audi s4 avant

TWENTY-ONE YEARS AGO THE FIRST AUDI S4 reached the heady heights of inclusion in the very first evo Car of the year. It’s fair to say the latest S4 will not be replicating that feat, but that’s no slight on the competence of Audi’s latest hotshot saloon and wagon, more a reflection of how far the performance car game has moved along in the past two decades. But while the S4 remains both V6-powered and twin-turbocharged, today’s model drinks diesel. The stuff was just taking off in 1998 thanks to brawny Volkswagens and surprisingly swift Peugeots, but four years on from Dieselgate it seems an optimistic, if not misguided move by Audi. It’s not without precedent though. Recently we drove the latest S6 and S7 (evo 263), both of which are also…