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Evo June 2021

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
Autovia Limited
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12 Issues

in this issue

6 min
peugeot 508 sw pse

IN A PREVIOUS LIFE THEY WERE CALLED GTIs. They were cars that defined and dominated sectors, inspired a generation and put Peugeot on the map as a company that was less about quirky design and engineering and more about creating a fully resolved product that had the widest appeal possible. Be it 205 or 309, when the GTI badge was applied it resulted in more than just a breathed-on mainstream model; these early day Peugeot GTIs set the benchmark for affordable driver’s cars. And then, after the 106 and 306, it all stopped. The fallow years followed, excellence only briefly reprised with the recent 208 and 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport (and the unofficial GTi, the RCZ). Then we were led to believe that was it: Peugeot was out of the…

2 min
buyacar buying guide: volkswagen up gti

AGTI-BADGED VERSION OF THE UP ALWAYS seemed like a no-brainer – so much so that Volkswagen even hinted at such a thing way back in 2011 when the Up made its motor show debut in Frankfurt. It took until 2018 for a production version to arrive, but better late than never, right? The Up was an entertaining little sprite in standard form, and it only got better by strapping a turbocharger to the 1-litre three-cylinder engine, tying down the chassis a little and daubing the appropriate GTI visual cues over its boxy shape. The result didn’t set any new standards for feedback or chassis balance, but what the 113bhp Up GTI did offer, in an era of increasing performance, expense and sheer size, was uncomplicated driving fun. Throwing the GTI through a…

4 min
alpina d3 s touring

THERE WAS A TIME WHEN A COMPACT estate car with a sizeable diesel engine was the dream ticket for those who wanted a respectable level of performance to go with their frugality requirements. And if that diesel-sipping engine happened to have six cylinders, or more, better still. This inevitably meant that the German manufacturers did what they do best and entered into an arms race to see who could produce the most ludicrous diesel engine for a production car (step forward Volkswagen, with its 5-litre V10). But it was BMW’s straight-sixes that managed to get the balance of efficiency and performance just so, making the models they were fitted to feel less like load-lugging torque monsters and more like peppy and responsive performance cars. Pair one of those engines with an…

3 min
phwoar horse

IT’S YET TO BE NAMED, AND EVEN IF YOU have pockets deep enough actually getting hold of one will be no easy task, but one thing’s not in doubt: this is a front-engined Ferrari berlinetta with an 819bhp naturally aspirated V12, and just the thought of that is enough to fry our minds. That horsepower figure, some 30bhp clear of the already monstrous 812 Superfast’s, is joined by the equally spectacular statistic of 9500rpm – a stratospheric 1000rpm increase beyond the point at which the Superfast hits its peak. To achieve this, Ferrari claims to have carried out some significant engineering work on the F140-series V12’s internals, and also to its breathing, both in and out, and we’re not surprised: as far as the art of the internal combustion engines goes,…

1 min
cupra formentor

THE CUPRA HAD A FEW DAYS’ REST THIS month when I finally got my hands on the key to evo’s Lamborghini Aventador SVJ long-termer. More about that next month, but in the meantime I’ve come to the conclusion that the Formentor falls into that category of great cars that are not that thrilling to drive. Don’t get me wrong, on the right road it’s hugely capable and covers ground very quickly. The issue I have is that it’s just not that much fun when you’re doing the normal stuff. I love it when a car manages to excite you just driving to the shops and back, as such journeys are the reality of so much of our time behind the wheel. For example, the sound a car makes matters, so when it’s…

4 min
emira: lotus’s last blast for ice

EMIRA IT IS, THEN. The name given to the car that will create the bridge between the Lotus we know today and the electrified Lotus of tomorrow. And it will happen within the decade. Not bad for a company that was still sourcing the chicken wire used in the Elise’s front clam opening from the local farm supplies shop as recently as 2016. Lotus today isn’t the Lotus of, well, any time in the last 80 years. Regardless of its owner and the promises given, it has rarely had the support it always needed. Poorly funded, under-resourced and often forgotten and left to fight for itself, it’s a miracle Lotus still existed for Geely to buy in 2017. No more the distant owner with a flaky credit line, China’s most ambitious…