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Evo March 2020

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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

HAS THERE EVER BEEN A SET OF MOTORSPORT technical regulations that have transformed the ability of an uninspiring and mediocre road car into an iconic performance car as well as those that governed Group A? Strip away the wings, the spoilers, the box arches, vents and air intakes and return their powertrains and chassis back to those of the cars they were based on and this month’s cover stars are little more than a collection of uninspiring, insipid and, particularly in the case of the Escort, plain worst examples of cars built by accountants rather than engineers. Presented as their mainstream selves they have not a single redeeming feature between them. Group A, be it on the rally stage or the race circuit, produced some of the most inspiring performance road…

10 min.
jaguar f-type

CURIOUS THING, THE JAGUAR F-TYPE. IN C the brochure and in the metal it looks like the kind of object people should be scrambling over each other to buy, but sales have pottered rather than galloped. And on the road it’s never been the Cayman or 911-beater its broad pricing structure suggested it could (or should) be, though a second-place finish in eCoty 2014 for the F-type R highlighted the appeal of its wilder side. For 2020 Jaguar has implemented a few changes, which could bring some focus to the range at a time when sports cars, and particularly slow-selling ones, are getting harder and harder to justify. Outwardly these changes bring the car into closer step with the rest of Jaguar’s line-up – arguably much needed because the recent end…

9 min.
ford mustang shelby gt500

T’S EASY TO BE A CYNIC WHEN YOU’RE presented with the Shelby GT500. A car built with a clear focus on the racetrack but which weighs around 1900kg, is stuffed full of supercharged V8 for headline-grabbing power and is fitted with 305-section front tyres. An exercise in vulgar excess with heavy-duty engineering thrown at it in order to solve its inherent problems rather than a car conceived from intelligent and elegant design. It’s the sort of car that would induce panic attacks in Gordon Murray. There’s a purist lurking in me somewhere, too. I just can’t find him at the moment. Too busy marvelling at how any Mustang – let alone one producing 760bhp at 7300rpm – can get its power down so cleanly and change direction with such precision. Too…

9 min.
porsche 718 boxster gts 4.0

THERE IS ONE SIMPLE REASON WHY T Porsche appears to have shot itself in the foot somewhat by equipping the new Boxster GTS with the exact same engine as the pricier 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4: economics. Fact is, turning the 911’s 3-litre turbo motor into an atmospheric 4-litre engine has cost Porsche a not very small fortune. So Weissach’s bean counters knew they couldn’t realistically just use it in one car, the GT4/Spyder. Hence the reason why the new Boxster GTS, and the new Cayman GTS, are both powered by the same six-cylinder engine as their two big brothers. I’ll say that again, just in case you missed the significance: the new GTS is propelled by a six-cylinder engine, not by a curiously uncharismatic, turbocharged four-cylinder. This in itself is…

5 min.
mercedes-amg gt r roadster

IT’S A WHEELSPIN-IN-FOURTH KIND OF day, the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster is telling me. It’s also telling me, through the rhythmic thump of catseyes under Cup 2s, that Bedfordshire isn’t quite this car’s preferred environment. The AMG rumbles busily over the surface, tyres roaring on the coarse asphalt and cabin plastics jiggling and squeaking as imperfections and road studs jostle and twist the open-topped shell. These first impressions do call into question just who the GT R Roadster might be aimed at. Those who missed out on a Porsche 911 Speedster, McLaren 600LT Spider or Ferrari 488 Pista Spider, perhaps? Even so, it still seems slightly odd to chop the roof off the more focused version of AMG’s supercar. Roadster types will surely be turned off by some of the car’s…

5 min.
nissan leaf-nismo rc

THERE ARE CURRENTLY JUST SIX LEAF- Nismo RCs in existence – three of them in Japan, three in Europe. And that’s all there will ever be, say the bosses at Nismo. So there will be no road car to follow, and despite the fact that the letters R and C apparently stand for ‘Racing Competition’, there will also be no one-make series, no racing of the car anywhere in fact, not even in the forthcoming electric touring car series. And if that makes the RC seem like one of the most expensive irrelevances in the history of the automobile, consider this: Nissan may have zero intention of taking this car any further as a whole, but certain bits of it will, it says, make their way into the company’s road-going EVs…