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This enthusiast’s-special issue has plenty of special stories, including getting behind the wheel of an F1 car
The November issue of evo India is an enthusiast’s delight, with Porsche’s latest Cayman GT4 being sent sideways taking centre stage on the cover. The Cayman GT4 takes the brilliant chassis from the 718 and fixes the one big grouse everyone had with it: the tiny flat-four motor. Instead, you get a proper 4-litre flat-six that has been fettled with by Porsche’s GT department, and even a manual gearbox. The Cayman has been honed for the enthusiast, with lap-times taking a backseat and involvement being priority. This 718 generation car has big shoes to fill, as the previous Cayman GT4 won the evo car of the year awards, slaying the likes of the Ferrari 488 GTB and Porsche’s own 991.1 GT3 RS to get there. We get behind the wheel to see if Porsche found room to improve on perfect.
That’s not the only Porsche in this issue. We make a trip down to the south of France to get behind the wheel of the Porsche Cayenne Coupe. A properly special story in this issue has to be getting behind the wheel of a 1998 Formula 1 car during this year’s race weekend at Spa. We have also driven the Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder, the droptop version of Lambo’s latest V10 supercar. We explore the origins of the Super saloon, and pit the BMW M5 Competition that was recently launched in India against the Mercedes-Benz E63 S. As for our road trips, the Toyota Yaris heads to the vineyards in Nashik, the Renault Duster makes its way to a world heritage site we go camping in the Triber and the Hyundai Venue journeys through the North East to explore the rich culture of football.
We have also driven a number of important cars: Porsche’s first electric car, the Taycan Turbo, Maruti Suzuki’s Kwid rival called the S-Presso, the Skoda Kodiaq Scout and new Hyundai Elantra. We’ve also pit the Maruti Suzuki Swift against the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, and the Kia Seltos against the MG Hector in some very serious comparison tests to see which ones are the better buy.
The bikes are no less exciting, we ride the much awaited KTM 790 Duke on track, to see if it lives up to the Scalpel nickname. We also ride its rival, the Street Triple RS on another track, halfway across the world. What are you waiting for, grab your copy now!
The Porsche 718 twins have always had one of the most sorted chassis in the business, however the engine — a flat-four — has always played party pooper. Not anymore, as Porsche’s GT department has got its hands on the 718 and stuffed a 4-litre flat-six behind the driver. The best part? It can still be had with a manual gearbox. The Cayman GT4 has always been about the involvement, and this one is no different. It is purpose-built to deliver the Thrill of Driving in every way it can.
How often do you get to drive an F1 car at one of the calendar’s most iconic circuits? Close to never, and that’s what makes this story so special. We get behind the wheel of a 1998 Minardi F1 car at Spa, on the day of qualifying of this year’s Belgian GP. Sure, a few parts have been swapped out from the original F1 car to make them more reliable, but this is the closest us mere mortals are going to get to the F1 experience.
Porsche makes very sporty SUVs. Porsche also makes one of the most iconic coupes around. It only made sense for the two to come together — the Porsche Cayenne Coupe takes after the likes of other SUVs with slippery roofs like the BMW X6. We’ve driven it (the mad Turbo variant, no less) in the mountains around the south of France and can’t help but be impressed.
When Lamborghini announced the Huracan Evo, we knew there was a Spyder around the corner. Heavier than the Coupe, this car is as comfortable belting around circuits as it is cruising along boulevards with an unfiltered naturally-aspirated V10 symphony at your beck and call.
The Super saloon is arguably one of the coolest genres of cars around, only second to super-wagons. This story traces back the origins of the fast saloon, and explores all the greatest hits through the years. Right from the BMW E28 M5, we’ve been treated to some immensely fast yet practical cars. It’s hard not to love them!
With over 600bhp each, can the super saloon still be called so? Or does it deserve a new name — hyper saloon, maybe? We pit the finest from BMW and Mercedes-Benz against each other hoping to find an answer.
Two new brands, two new SUVs. We pit the petrol automatic variants of the MG Hector and the Kia Seltos against each other to see which of them you should be putting your money on.
The Toyota Yaris, with its new dual-tone paint scheme, makes a trip to the Sula Vineyards in Nashik to discover the art of winemaking.
The Renault Duster on a road trip to Champaner, a city that dates back to the 8th century and is home to a lot of brilliant medieval architecture.
The Hyundai Venue drives through the North East, exploring the culture of football and how it unites the nation
The Triber is an interesting car: it can be a people mover, or can be something that lets you live life on your terms. In this story, we use the space in the Triber to head out on a weekend camping adventure
Nicknamed the ‘Scalpel’ because of how nimble and precise it is, the KTM 790 Duke marks a lot of firsts for KTM. It is the first time KTM has built a parallel twin motor. It is also the first time KTM is venturing in to the middleweight segment in India. Does it have what it takes to replicate the success of the smaller Dukes?
The king of the middleweight segment, the Street Triple RS gets a few updates including making it look meaner and Euro 5 compliant. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it is the ethos that Triumph seems to have used and we’re not going to complain.
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