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Evo September 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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
ed speak

I N T H I S I S S U E W E P U B L I S H T H E R E S U L T S O F our annual tyre test (page 102). An evo regular since 2002, our test of the most popular size of performance tyre is second only to eCoty in terms of the organisation required to pull it all together. Following a week at the test centre, evo’s John Barker and tyretesting veteran Kim Adams spent twice as long again analysing the data, and retested any tyres that had thrown up an anomaly in the results. With tyres independently sourced and the manufacturers having no input aside from being asked to recommend which tyre they feel is most suitable for the test,…

4 min.
we’re going on an ‘m’ hunt

T W O - H U N D R E D miles per hour, nigh-on 600bhp and aerodynamics at the forefront of the design. Built in a limited production run and conceived by a skunkworks team. To this day, Jaguar’s XJ220 remains an enigma, a topic of conversation that fires the imagination and a car many regret not buying when values dropped below the price of a new F-type. In 2017, Jaguar’s ‘Saturday Club’ no longer gathers unofficially at Castle Bromwich to try to squeeze a V12 into a sleek structure and cover it all with an aluminium body. Today the club is called Special Vehicle Operations and it operates legitimately out of its own facility in Coventry. To celebrate its first birthday, SVO thought it would build itself a suitable present.…

3 min.
911 gt2 rs leads new-metal charge

EVEN DURING OUR BRIEF ride in a prototype car (evo 237), Porsche kept its cards close to its chest regarding the headline figures for the new GT2 RS. Now, however, we know more about this monstrous 911. Taking the 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six from the 911 Turbo S, Porsche has found an extra 119bhp, bringing the grand total to 691bhp (with an unchanged 553lb ft of torque). This in a rear-wheel-drive 911. The increase has been achieved by installing a pair of larger turbochargers, increasing the boost pressure and fitting a water-injection system to provide the necessary cooling. Engine breathing has also been improved and there’s a new lightweight titanium exhaust system, saving seven kilos compared with the Turbo’s exhaust. Drive is sent through a revised version of Porsche’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, with…

3 min.
the white stuff?

TH I S I S A BIG MOM E N T in the history of Alpine, the once iconic French brand that went dormant for a couple of decades but is now on the brink of making a spectacular return with an all-new A110. I’m sitting next to Terry Baillon, Renault Sport’s head of chassis development, as we spear serenely but also very quickly through the French countryside just south of Lyon. He’s driving, I’m watching, wondering, trying to work out just how good the new A110 will be to drive, because from the passenger seat it already feels pretty damn tidy to me. It’s an intriguing car for all sorts of weird and mostly wonderful reasons. It deliberately eschews huge horsepower, boasting just 249bhp and 236lb ft of torque from its…

4 min.
aftermarket brakes

ST O P P I N G . I T ’ S A S important as going. Maybe more so. (You can only brag about hitting 150mph if you didn’t subsequently hit an immovable object at a barely diminished speed.) Traditionally, the aftermarket has been able to offer improved slowing power because the engineers of mass-produced cars have to fit brakes that fall within a budget set by their company’s accountants. But improved safety legislation and higher customer expectations have raised the OEM game. The more switched-on marketing departments are even promoting their own trackdays for owners, so a very high standard of braking in extreme conditions has become more desirable and therefore fiscally acceptable. Another factor shaping the aftermarket is that, for many years now, the big players have been inextricably…

2 min.
silent charge

PURE-ELECTRIC VEHICLES seem set to one day dominate the automotive landscape, and many fear the thrill of driving maydiminish.However,thehorizon may not be as dim as first thought, as two marques at opposite ends of the evo spectrum have announced plans for electric offerings. SEAT intends to develop hybrid and pure-electric Cupra models, according to the company’s R&D boss, Matthias Rabe. The hybrids will use torque-rich motors to bolster acceleration and a full EV would get a dedicated platform. ‘Cupra and electrification is not a contradiction,’ says Rabe, who also claims SEAT’s first EV, due in 2019, will boast a 300-mile range. Aston Martin, meanwhile, has announced that it’s planning an electric car based on the Rapide AMR. Imaginatively named RapidE, the model will spearhead Aston’s zero-emission strategy, with Williams Advanced Engineering (which…