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This month's evo, issue 131

28 Apr 2009

How fast? Past masters v new heroes, plus Nissan 370Z takes on Cayman S, Mazda MX-5, old v new and we drive the three times Le Mans-winning Audi

News
After being called ‘a bunch of pansies’ and several girls’ names, Caparo has finally unveiled a decently hardcore version of its T1. For the wimps out there we also have news of some forthcoming McLarens

Driven

Tramontana R, Bentley GTC Speed, Infiniti Convertible, Hyundai Genesis, Colt Ralliart, Brabham BMWs, SEAT Leon FR, Honda S2000, Mountune Fiesta

Letters
Do you think the Aston Martin One-77 looks like a Chrysler Crossfire? Have you written to us about it? Then buy another copy of the mag for your mum because you’ve made it into print
 
Nissan 370Z v Porsche Cayman
Nissan is gunning for the Cayman with the new 370Z (and that’s not our interpretation, that’s what Nissan’s press pack says). Brave move…

How Fast?
As time and technology march on hand in hand, how much effect has it had on performance? We find out with eight revealing head-to-heads
Escort RS Cosworth v Focus RS
Aston Vantage 600 v Mercedes SL Black
Lotus Elise SC v Tesla Roadster
• E30 M3 v E92 M3
• Peugeot 205 GTI v Abarth 500 Esseesse
Jaguar XJ220 v Lamborghini LP640
• Lotus Carlton v VXR8 Bathurst S
Caterham Levante v Caparo T1

MX-5 20th anniversary
The Mazda MX-5 is great again – just in time for its double-decade anniversary. We take new and old to the perfect road in the Lake District

Driving the Audi Le Mans winner

Most racing drivers would give a couple of children to get to drive the Audi R10. James Mills is not a racing driver and he’s a bit nervous (but on the plus side he didn’t have to hand over any offspring)

evo Sport
John Barker warmed up at Spa in 2007 (podium), then had a bit of a leg stretch at Le Mans last year (win), but this time it’s the big one: factory driver with VW at the Nürburgring 24hrs. No pressure…

Subscriptions
We’ve heard that Horne and Corden both get their own copies

Long-termers
David Yu’s new Nissan GT-R has arrived and the spring weather has brought out a lesser-spotted Capri

The Knowledge
Sweeping changes this month. See if you can spot the difference

Ask the Experts
Thinking of buying a Westfield and possibly driving it on the Autobahn? Then read on…

Birth of an Icon: BMW E30 M3
Want to see how one of these should be driven? Just look up ‘Patrick Snijers M3’ on YouTube

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