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evo issue 254 – on sale now!

Will Beaumont
3 Oct 2018

Supercars in every different configuration, size and price


If you’re of the opinion that all supercars have to be mid-engined, there are two front-engined V12-powered cars in the latest issue of evo that might just change your mind. Both the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera and the Ferrari 812 Superfast are put through their paces to find out if their long bonnets are in fact misleading and if these two are actually thoroughbred supercars.

The Aston has to prove its mettle in the spectacular Austrian Alps, as our deputy editor Adam Towler takes the 715bhp DBS to the Sölk Pass before exploring the even prettier and even more dramatic Grossglockner Pass. In the morning, while it’s nice and quiet, that is.

The Ferrari’s challenge is against the clock, but just how quickly can it lap the picturesque Anglesey circuit and how fast can it accelerate. With the north Wales circuit bathed in sunlight, the sea and Snowdonia visible in the distance, Richard Meaden guided the Ferrari’s naturally aspirated V12-laden nose to set a time any supercar would be proud of. Then, for the photos, he turned many sets of Pirellis into smoke.

For fans of more conventional supercars, ones with V8s, V10s and V12s positioned in the middle, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Both the McLaren 570S and Lamborghini Aventador have undergone thorough makeovers to make them sharper, faster and more exhilarating. We take the results, the 600LT and Aventador SVJ, to two different European circuits so we can determine just how successful each of the transformations are.

For those with not-quite-so-deep pockets, we drive three used supercars to see if you can experience some of the LT and SVJ’s magic for a fraction of the price. The triplet comprises a Ferrari F430, a first-generation Audi R8 and a McLaren MP4 12C – all deeply appealing, but ruinously expensive to run and a nightmare to own, surely? Well, you’ll need to read the feature to know the details, but, in short, no.

From second-hand cars to a car that’s so new it hasn’t even been unveiled yet. Still wrapped in camouflage, evo’s editor, Stuart Gallagher, drives Toyota’s Porsche rival, the new Supra.

This issue also features our 2018 Track Car of the Year test. Rather than a collection of track-only, limited production, obscenely expensive race cars, that made up some of our previous TCotY tests, this year’s group is more mainstream, more accessible. The 12 track-focused cars have been split into pairs, the Peugeot 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport takes on the Toyota Yaris GRMN, while elsewhere it’s Honda Civic Type R v Hyundai i30 N, Abarth 124 Spider v BBR Mazda MX-5, Caterham Seven 310R v Lotus Elise Sprint 220, BMW M4 CS v Porsche 718 Cayman GTS and, finally Porsche 911 GT3 v McLaren 570S Track Pack. Despite being paired off, each judge drove every car so we were able to decide on an outright winner. OK, two winners.

The ultimate trackday car has to be an ex-F1 car, doesn’t it? But it’s impossible to run anything as complex and sophisticated as a post-DFV-powered F1 racer, isn’t it? Not for Tour de Force, a Bedfordshire workshop that gets on with building, preparing and running 30-year-old and newer F1 cars. We visit the facility to find out what it takes to recommission an old Minardi or a Jordan Peugeot and how much it might cost.

We also get our first taste behind the wheel of the new, more powerful Mazda MX-5, the super coupe (or is it a saloon?) Mercedes-AMG GT63 S 4-Door, the Vauxhall Corsa GSi, a new AC Cobra 378, and a car bearing our name, the Lotus Elise Sport 220 evo Edition. You’ll find the issue in shops from today, so grab you copy now.

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