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Evo April 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

3 min.
ed speak

THE ONLY BENEFIT OF NOT BEING ABLE TO sleep the first night I’m in a different bed is I have plenty of thinking time before the alarm goes off. My go-to subject to occupy this time? The five-car garage conundrum. It takes an hour or so to set the criteria: should it be a daily, classic, track, supercar and dream car portfolio, or a more relaxed and open-plan garage where I can have multiple examples from the same category? A mix of both is common, and on more than one occasion a category has been swapped out for a previously unconsidered one, such as the time I was torn between a Hilux and an Ariel Nomad for my post apocalyptic vehicle (I chose Nomad). And of course there are times when…

9 min.
lotus evora gt410

NO ONE LIKES TO MISS OUT. TOO FAR along the queue when the birthday cake is sliced up. Too late to the bar when a mate is getting the first round in. Yes, I missed out on our big Porsche 992 Carrera S group test (evo 261) because I was working on a different story, and I couldn’t help but look on enviously as the 992, Audi R8, Vantage and the rest blatted around the Scottish Borders for a couple of days with the usual crew. Yet the real surprise on location, so I’m told and have subsequently read, was the Lotus Evora GT410 Sport. A wildcard entry, it reminded one and all of the particular magic that seems to radiate only from Hethel. And while its age and deficiencies in…

6 min.
aston martin db5 stunt car

FORGET FOR A MOMENT THAT THIS ASTON Martin DB5 replica is a purpose-built stunt car created for the latest Bond movie, No Time To Die, and instead consider the following bold, yet simple statement: this is the purest, most exciting, most entertaining and most downright enjoyable new car evo will drive all year. How so? Well, for starters it weighs 1000kg. It’s also rear-wheel drive and has a six-speed manual transmission with a mechanical limited-slip differential. Under the bonnet is a high-revving, 340bhp naturally aspirated straight-six. Oh, and it wears modest-sized tyres, lays no claim to blistering lap times or neck-snapping downforce, and has a complete absence of electronic driver aids altogether. It all seems too good to be true. And in a way it is, for this replica DB5 exists only…

5 min.
bmw m8 competition coupe

‘The engine is little more engaging than you’d expect from a luxury limo’ I’VE BEEN TRYING TO GAME OUT WHO might be the buyer for BMW’s M8 Competition. It won’t, I suspect, be the typical M-car fan, as those who want the involvement and balance of a road-and-track sports car won’t be moved by the M8’s 1885kg kerb weight or near 2-metre width shoulder to shoulder. Nor is it likely to be a traditional grand tourer customer, since the Competition bits give this 8-series too firm an edge for true continent-crossing comfort. Additionally, you’d have to not be particularly interested in some of the other choices available at this level, from AMG GTs, Aston Martin Vantages, Audi R8s and Porsche 911s, to BMW’s own i8 – less powerful, but more forward-looking and…

4 min.
bentley flying spur

TO SUGGEST BENTLEY’S NEW FLYING Spur is merely a stretched Continental GT, with an additional pair of doors and rear seats that put any first-class airline cabin to shame, would be to undersell Crewe’s most sophisticated four-door saloon to date by a huge margin – to the point where you would be dangerously close to being one of those types who suggests you could buy a Skoda Superb instead and save yourself six figures. ‘They’re both large saloons from the VW Group. How much space and quilted leather do you need?’ Well, quite a lot when it’s this good. You see, the Flying Spur, and the new Conti GT, are so much more advanced than the cars they replaced that they feel like the engineers skipped a generation and have landed…

5 min.
dreamscience ford focus st

‘If the old car had this much power it’d probably have pulled the whole front end off’ WE STRUGGLED TO GEL WITH THE previous-generation Ford Focus ST. There was undoubtedly a talented chassis – something you can typically rely on from Ford – lurking beneath the brash styling, but unlocking its full potential was a challenge because under power the front wheels always had their own ideas. In an age of sophisticated electronic diffs and the like, the ST’s ability to overwhelm its electronic nannies, light up its tyres and follow ruts like a bloodhound was exciting, but not particularly welcome. So there’s a moment, when I’m driving the car you see here, that I realise how far the Focus ST has come on in this latest generation. I’ve keyed in the…