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evo issue 252 - on sale now!

Jordan Katsianis
8 Aug 2018

In one of our most dramatic and spectacular drive stories yet, we finally get to really experience the new McLaren Senna


What a transformation McLaren Automotive has gone through in just 8 short years. In that time, which is usually a single model cycle for most new cars, McLaren has transformed itself from a Formula 1 racing team into a major player of the road-going super, and hypercar genre. In evo 252 we finally have been able to get to grips with its most extraordinary road-going model yet: the Senna.

An uncompromising, track-focussed weapon it may be, but the Senna’s still a car designed to work on the road, so we took it to one of the best ones we know. The Highlands of Scotland, as wild and magnificent as the man who gave the Senna its name, was the ultimate test, not just for a car that has the capability of producing more downforce than an average GT4 racing car, but also one that has to deal with the craggy texture and unyielding ruggedness of the British Isles’ far north. It’s an incredible drive story, and undoubtedly will be one of the highlights of 2018.

> Click here for our on-track review of the McLaren Senna

Also in this month is another of our evo  Supertests, which is quickly becoming known as the toughest initiation ceremony for any new performance car. The contender in question this time is the all-new Renault Sport Megane RS. It’s certainly a car with baggage, with each of its predecessors setting high watermarks in the fiercely contested hot hatchback class. This all-new model not only has to overcome this imperious heritage, but also challenge the Volkswagen Golf R and Honda Civic Type R, the latter a previous Supertest winner, and a car that has already reset our expectations of what’s possible in a seemingly simple hot hatch.


Also in issue 252, we drive BMW’s new M2 Competition, an update on a car that felt so close to being the modern-day reimagining of the E30 M3 we have been waiting for, only to fall short at the final hurdle. Now, though, with a new M4-derived engine under the bonnet, and all-round improvements to the car’s dynamic package, will the new M2 Competition finally meet our admittedly lofty expectations? 

Finally, we pitch the new Lotus Exige Sport 410 against the Porsche Cayman GTS, keeper of arguably the industry’s finest chassis, to see if the tiny British manufacturer has what it takes to upset the German giant. We also hold our annual evo Tyre Test and see whether a second-hand 2010 Nissan GT-R really is a wise choice against an equivalent priced 2018 Audi S5. And of course there’s all the regulars, including Fast Fleet, first drives and all the latest automotive news. evo 252 is on shelves today, so make sure to go out and grab your copy now!

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