Evo May 2020

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.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK


ed speak

AS I WRITE, THE UK IS HALFWAY THROUGH its initial three-week lockdown due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Our friends across Europe are further into their battle against this pandemic, America is preparing for the worst, while Asia hopes to be heading towards a glimmer of light. Regardless of where you are, the priority is to stay safe. Stay at home. The UK was struck down by Covid-19 as we started to put this issue together. We’ve had to replace stories we had planned for months with ones we hadn’t intended on bringing you for months to come. But rest assured we haven’t compromised on quality to bring you this issue, and our drives of Porsche’s new 911 Turbo S, Ferrari’s SF90 Stradale, Lamborghini’s rear-drive Huracán and Morgan’s new Plus Four, to…

caterham super seven 1600

THE FIRST TIME I GO FOR THE BRAKE pedal in the new Super Seven 1600, I’m reminded that driving a Caterham requires a very particular set of prerequisites. A taste for the outdoors is handy, as even with the roof up plenty of the elements will find their way inside the cabin, and with it down I’m being spattered with whatever that suspiciously brown substance is on the road below. A slender figure helps too, at least in the narrow-body cars, and good muscle memory is also useful, if only to operate the various unmarked switches peppered across the dashboard. But above all, you must have suitable footwear. Preferably a set of racing booties. You’ll look a bit of a prat in the local village café, but vitally, it will allow you…

porsche 718 cayman gts 4.0

IT WAS THE NOISE THAT HIT YOU first and from that point on you felt disorientated and distracted, unsettled despite the knowledge that beneath you was one of the purest driver’s cars you could buy. It was what lay over your shoulder that left you feeling uneasy. The driving position was as expected. Steering wheel in your chest, hips just above the catseyes, legs stretched out deep into the footwell, pedals kissing the soles of your shoes. Your shoulder, elbow and wrist perfectly angled to work that strange lever rising from the transmission tunnel. The ride was just so, too: compliant at low speed, locked down and focused as the pace picked up. And there was a precision to the steering that allowed featherweight control, and brakes that required no second…

birds bmw m140i

OH, HOW WE CHUCKLED WHEN BMW launched the first 1-series in 2004. The quirky Bangle-era surfacing, the unusual rear-set proportions, the modest engines and the slightly flaky interior. Ho, ho, ho. The laughter subsided with the 130i, and when coupe variants and the blistered 1M Coupe followed, the 1 finally justified comparison with the BMW greats. Another generation followed, playing once more with styling and powertrains but still condensing everything we liked about BMWs into an appealingly compact package. BMW’s latest 1-series has given us fewer reasons to crack a smile. Less amusement, more apathy. Front-wheel-drive-based, with transverse four-cylinder engines and uninspiring dynamics, it might make you realise how much you took those previous 1-series – unusually styled, but traditional BMWs under the skin – for granted. It was also what convinced Kevin…

mercedes-amg cla45 s 4matic+ plus coupe

‘Whoever set up these latest 45s has woven real tactility into their elevated abilities’ WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THE WHOLE ‘four-door coupe’ thing? Not sure myself, but then I grew up in the 1990s when the roads were awash with proper coupes. They were different shapes and sizes, and there was fair variety under the bonnet too, but all stuck to broadly the same formula: four seats, two doors, and a luggage area separated from the cabin. I’m prepared to make an exception for the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 S 4Matic+ Plus Coupe, even though I can feel my blood pressure rising typing out its full, long-winded name. For a start, it’s based on the car that finished third in eCoty 2019, the A45 S. Secondly, while it has 100 per cent more…

driving by numbers

IMAGINE: YOU’RE DRIVING ALONG AND suddenly your speedometer breaks. The dial reads zero and the needle’s not moving. You have absolutely no idea of the exact speed you’re travelling at. One question: can you still drive safely? The answer’s rather obvious, isn’t it? There are probably not too many drivers who would stop immediately and put in a panic call to the AA. And if they did, they’d be more concerned with legality than safety. After all, no one wants a £100 fine and six points through the post. But if you can drive safely and you’re no more likely to crash or hit a pedestrian with no speedo, why do we place such a reliance on speed limits as road safety tools? And why do we now talk about speed…