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Evo March 2018

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

THE LAST DECADE HAS SEEN THE art of creating the special performance car that appeals to the dedicated enthusiast and less so to the mainstream buyer, all but vanish. Unless you look to the very peak of the automotive pyramid, of course, and fraternise with those cars with GT, RS, LT and TDF in their names. While we’ll be the first in the queue to grab their keys, it’s the more attainable specials that excite us as much. A run in a Mégane R26 R or Golf Clubsport S can be as intoxicating as any drive in a 675 LT, but the former have been the exception rather than the norm. Happily, a glimmer of hope shines for those of us who look for a little something extra from a regular…

5 min.
why your next supersaloon is in for a shock

ELECTRIC SUPERSALOONS • FISKER EMOTION • 2018'S NEW CARS “Today the message has changed and electrification and performance are being discussed as acceptable garage buddies” Apart from LaFerraris, P1s and 918s, the idea of any degree of electrified powertrain is one to fill an evo reader’s heart with dread. It’s a shortcut to anaesthetising the cars we love. The internal combustion engine – especially a meticulously engineered petrol example – is too much an integral part of a performance car’s soul to be supplemented by a bootful of Duracells and AC motors. But the industry now thinks otherwise. But whereas just five years ago electrification was the means mainly to emissions gains, today the message has changed and electrification and performance are being discussed as acceptable garage buddies. And it’s the original performance…

4 min.
fisker’s electric ambitions recharged

Remember Fisker? If you do, it’s probably for the wrong reasons. Its brief but turbulent history resulted in one relatively unsuccessful luxury saloon, the electric Karma, a couple of concepts and an unhealthy quantity of malaise. Production Karmas suffered build quality issues, but the worst was yet to come: Fisker’s battery supplier went into administration causing build delays, and when Hurricane Sandy hit the US east coast in 2012 – destroying hundreds of vehicles waiting at port – the company’s insurer refused to pay up. Like Sideshow Bob stepping from rake to rake, founder Henrik Fisker then left the company in early 2013 and redundancies at Fisker soon followed, the firm finally filing for bankruptcy in late 2013. Chinese firm Wanxiang Group later bought the rights and tooling to the Karma and…

4 min.
2018’s must drive cars

JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER AS THE HEADLINES FILL WITH news of plunging car sales and airfields fill with unwanted diesel-engined cars, the automotive industry continues to race ahead at an unprecedented rate with new model launches and announcements. Alpina’s new B5 Biturbo 5-series-based saloon and estate are both now available in the UK. Priced from £89,000 they are not exactly an affordable alternative to a 320d Business Edition, but both will crack 200mph thanks to their twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 producing a whisker under 600bhp and 590lb ft of torque. As per BMW’s new M5 – deliveries of which start in the spring – Alpina’s hot new 5-series is also four-wheel drive. You’ll have to wait a little while longer for Alpine’s brilliant A110 sports car to arrive, with Europe taking delivery any time now but the…

2 min.
mansell in the limelight

YOU MAY NOT WANT TO HEAR it, but 25 years have elapsed since Nigel Mansell won his FIA Formula One World Championship in 1992, and then the following year took the CART IndyCar World Series crown, the only driver ever to achieve back-toback titles in these two disciplines. During his career he amassed 31 victories in F1 alone. British fans may well have dubbed him Our Nige, but the Ferrari faithful had a much more appropriate nickname for a racer with such a ferociously competitive spirit – Il Leone, the Lion. Mansell is to be celebrated at this year’s London Classic Car Show (London ExCeL arena, 15-18 February), as the event’s ‘Icon’ – last year Ferrari at 70 was similarly honoured. On display it’s expected that there will be a selection…

3 min.
20 years of evo

FOUNDING EDITOR Tell us your earliest evo memory Harry saying, ‘Oh, no, what am I going to read now?’ when Dickie and I told him that Performance Car magazine was closing. Harry was a farmer then and used to help with driving on group tests. Our answer to him was, ‘Well, we could always launch a magazine…’ What was the first car you drove for evo and what do you remember about the drive? It was a 996 911 Carerra that Dave Shepherd shot for the dummy issue to show what our road tests would look like. In the copy I pretended it was an RS and it sounded so good I gave it five stars. Prescient, that! What was the first car launch you attended for evo? The E39 M5, out of Munich airport. Photographer…