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evo issue 248 - on sale now!

Lee Stern
18 Apr 2018

We celebrate the very best hardcore specials past and present and drive Lotus’s most extreme model produced to date.


This month in evo 248 we explore our favourite hardcore specials across various categories in a 32-page feature, exhibiting Japense icons, Italian excotica, extreme hot hatches and more. Continuing the hardcore theme is our first drive of the Lotus 3-Eleven 430, the fastest road car ever produced in Hethel. To bring things back down to earth we throw VW’s Up GTI into its first twin-test against the Renault Twingo GT. And a trip to the colder climes of Lapland sees us take a Subaru BRZ to low-grip surfaces in awe-inspiring surroundings.

Single-minded, utterly focused and uncompromising, harcore specials are the lifeblood of evo. Often limited-run models, these cars, ranging from supermini to supercar, are built to deliver pure, distilled and unsanitised driving experiences. In this month’s issue we’ve gathered the very best of the breed, from a Toyota Yaris GRMN to a McLaren 675LT, in a series of double headers to pour over, discuss and, of course, drive these rare cars.


At £13,750 the Up GTI looks to have it all: the GTI badge, Germanic build quality and a billing as the Mk1 Golf GTI’s spiritual successor. It's little wonder then the diminutive GTI has been well received by all, however it’s yet to face any real competition. To put that right, we’ve pitched it against Renault’s Twingo GT to see how it fares.

> VW Up GTI review

A rear-wheel-drive sports car might not be the default choice to tackle snow-covered roads, however to prove otherwise we set off on a road trip through Lapland in a Subaru BRZ, shod with studded tyres, to discover grip-free driving thrills in rally stage-like settings.

Elsewhere, our editor waves goodbye to evo’s long-term Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, and a drive of a 585bhp Celtic-tuned version does little to diminish our adoration for the supersaloon. Keeping it all things Italian, we also look at the prospects of a £50k Ferrari and guide you through the buying process with the advice of informed specialists. 

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