Cars & Motorcycles

Evo February 2017

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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2 min.
rally cars don’t need more grip...

I AM PREPARED TO BE PROVED WRONG ON THIS. IN fact I hope I am. But I genuinely fear that those in charge of the World Rally Championship have lost the plot. This month, those at evo who have a far more extensive anorak collection than me have spent more time with Citroën’s WRC driver Kris Meeke than they have with their own families. The rest of the time they’ve been chasing the news on every 2017 WRC team from Ford to Toyota and Hyundai and even Volkswagen. And it’s what they have reported back that’s of concern. For 2017, power is up. Corner speeds, too. The centre diffs are back, and programmable mid-stage, while aerodynamics are, well, judge for yourself on page 110. I grew up in Essex and even Harlow’s…

4 min.
mazda mx-5 rf

News BENTLEY BARNATO Business LOTUS RECOVERY New metal ASTON DB4 GT Motorsport ROBO RACING Tech NEW INSIGNIA ADDING A HEAVIER , RETRACTABLE metal roof to an MX-5 may strike some as counterintuitive to the whole philosophy behind Mazda’s lightweight sports car. After all, the model has always championed simplicity and purity over appealing to a mass market by dangling trinkets and tricks in a bid to win their monthly payments. However, for Mazda and the MX-5 a retractable roof is big news, and in today’s world of £40,000-plus Porsche Boxsters, £30,000-plus Lotus Elises, flaccid BMW Z4s, outdated Mercedes-Benz SLCs and disappointing Fiat 124 Spiders, the Japanese two-seater remains a lone, bright star. Of course, there is sound reasoning behind Mazda’s introduction of the RF – which stands for Retractable Fastback – despite its potential to clash with the soft-top: the folding…

2 min.
bentayga sales pave way for v8 ‘barnato’

JUST AS THE CAYENNE offended purists but made Porsche enough money to make endless GT3 derivatives, so the Bentley Bentayga SUV seems certain to allow the British firm to return to the two-seater sports car market. The Bentayga (pictured right) has been a smash, comfortably outstripping its predicted production run of 3600 cars in 2016 to hit a total of almost 5500. And forthcoming long-wheelbase and ‘coupe’ editions will only add to the coffers at Crewe. Bentley has been weighing up whether to base the next phase of its expansion towards annual production of 15,000 cars on a smaller SUV, or square up to rivals with a production version of the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept (pictured above) that was revealed at the 2015 Geneva motor show. Now the firm’s CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer,…

2 min.
lotus back in the black

LOTUS CARS HAS MADE a profit for the first time since Colin Chapman was at the helm of the Norfolk-based company. It is confirmation that Ceo Jeanmarc gales has got it right when pulling lotus out of the mire it was driven into by former boss dany Bahar. In the 30 months he’s been at hethel, gales has put his purchasing background to good use. ‘every nut and bolt, supplier and component that goes into every car has been scrutinised,’ he reveals. ‘Is this the best product for the job we need it to do? are we sourcing it from the best supplier? are we paying the right price?’ This may seem a simplistic approach by gales, but it’s an effective and successful one. the evora sport 410 and exige sport 380…

2 min.
new arrivals

ASTONMARTIN DB4 GT CONTINUATION The original Aston Martin DB4 GT was built between 1959 and 1963, with eight of the original 75 in special lightweight form. Aston Martin has now announced it will build a further 25 lightweight cars, to original specification, each with 340bhp from their twin-spark straight-six engines. Production will commence in late 2017. It’s clearly the latest fashion: Jaguar, Lister and Shelby have all created continuation cars in recent years. McLaren F1 continuation model, anyone? McLAREN 570S TRACK PACK GT3 and GT4 racing categories provide inspiration for McLaren’s Track Pack for the 570S. The rear wing is 12mm higher – adding a surprising 29kg of extra downforce at 150mph – while kerb weight is 25kg lighter thanks in part to Alcantara-trimmed carbonfibre seats and new alloy wheels. McLaren’s Track Telemetry…

3 min.
bmw’s electric future

BMW WANTS TO BE CONSIDERED A technology brand as much as it does a car manufacturer. In a speech during a showcase of BMW’s future product plans – there’s an i8 Spyder coming in 2018 and improved batteries (in terms of range and output) for both it and the i3 – Dr Ian Robertson, board member for sales and marketing, explained how the company’s move into autonomous driving and the digitalisation of how we connect with our car will see the German marque focus on digital technology as much as on its next generation of internal combustion engines. This switch won’t see BMW abandon the art of building cars completely, rather the development of its future models will be led by the requirements of electric mobility, autonomous driving and internet-based connectivity and…