evo India — December issue is out now!
This month, we are heading to the fastest roads in the country in a Ferrari, Lamborghinis and a McLaren. And of course, there’s the Mahindra Thar too
The hunt for India’s fastest road, in India’s fastest car is the headline feature of the December issue of evo India. We get our hands on the only McLaren 570S Coupe in India and to find out how good it really is we pit it against the Ferrari 488 Spider, Lamborghini Huracan Evo and Evo Spyder. And the road? Snaking its way through the desert in Rajasthan, this stretch of pristine tarmac is a part of the Bharatmala project along the borders of India and is the perfect playground for these supercars.
Sharing space on the cover is the epic road trip we undertook in the Mahindra Thar, driving it to its namesake, the Thar desert. We wanted put the Thar’s highway ability and liveability to the test during this 4000km road trip, but were also keen to find out if all the improvements to comfort affected its off-road ability. Spoiler alert: it hasn’t.
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Fast cars, fastest road
10 years ago, the Ed came to Rajasthan looking for the fastest road in the country with an Audi R8 and a Suzuki Hayabusa. In a bid to recreate that story, we head back to Rajasthan with an even more accomplished bunch of cars and an even more spectacular stretch of tarmac. McLaren hasn’t officially entered the country but there are a handful of cars around — and this Papaya Orange 570S Coupe is one of them. With a Ferrari 488 Spider, Lamborghini Huracan Evo and Huracan Evo Spyder for perspective, all members of Club GT In Kolkata, we go tearing down the most spectacular piece of tarmac we have ever seen in this country.
Thar to the Thar
This was one of the most fun road trips we’ve done in a while! Driving the Thar to the Thar desert involved getting though cities, open highways and village roads. Everywhere we drove, we were mobbed by locals wanting a closer look, and faced a barrage of questions about our cars. We put the Thar’s mile-munching ability, comfort, practicality and off-road ability to the test, but more importantly, our eyes were opened to the allure that this SUV has. There may be a number of SUVs that would be more comfortable on the road, but none of them can tackle dunes like the Thar did and then drive you 2000km back home. And that’s what makes it special.
BMW X3 M
Mercedes-Benz has found a number of takers for its mid-size AMG SUVs, and BMW wants a piece of that pie. The X3 M takes the familiar X3, and winds things up a couple of notches with a new in-line six-cylinder engine from the M Division, and a revised chassis. It may be understated on the outside, but it certainly packs a punch.
The cat is among the proverbial pigeons with the Magnite’s super-aggressive pricing. Can the spacious, comfortable Compact SUV with the turbo-petrol engine and CVT gearbox turnaround Nissan’s Indian fortunes?
Nissan GT-R Nismo
The R35 GT-R seems to have been around forever, and there’s yet another iteration — this time a Nismo. It is now lighter and faster, with plenty of components being borrowed from the GT3 racecar. The GT-R has been around in this form since 2008, and could this be the last of its kind?
Renault is all set to unveil the production variant of the Kiger, having showcased the show car not too long ago. In this story, we explore what we know about the Kiger — its styling, possible drivetrain options and where it will sit on the spectrum of compact SUVs in India. We also explore the groundwork Renault has done in India leading up the the Kiger’s unveil — with the Duster, Kwid and Triber.
Volkswagen has big plans for India with its SUVs! It all started at Auto Expo with the unveil of its SUVW campaign, followed by the launch of the Tiguan Allspace and T-Roc soon after. In this story, we spend some time with the Tiguan Allspace, while discovering what sets VW’s SUVs apart. We also inch closer and closer to the launch of the Taigun, the made-in-India SUV from Volkswagen that should be well priced and bring in the numbers for the company!
Kia Sonet: Forts of Maharashtra
The Kia Sonet makes for a great road-trip car! Punchy performance, good ride quality, an interior filled with features — it checks all the right boxes. After heading to the Forts of Udaipur last month, we look at forts far closer to our home base in Pune. The Sonet has, after all, drawn on our country’s heritage for its inspiration and by the looks of things, it fits right in!
Hyundai: Be The Better Guy
Road safety is a conversation that needs to be had in India, and with the pandemic, there’s a lot more you need to think about every time you step in to a car. In this story, we take a few Hyundai owners on a short road trip where our team of expert drivers brief them on necessary precautions to take to protect yourself from Covid-19, and also essential road safety tips to remain safe on our roads.
Fast Bikes Section
Ducati has unveiled its new line-up of motorcycles including the Multistrada V4, while we got our hands on the Honda Hornet 2.0, the updated BMW G 310 R with its revised (and competitive) pricing, while we line-up the modern Royal Enfield Intercepter 650 alongside the Interceptor from 1960.
We feature a motorcycle in Tuned for the first time ever! This BMW S 1000 RR has got a full system Akrapovic exhuast, along with an upright bar to make it more comfortable! We also feature Obsessive Compulsive Detailing, a detailing company in Hyderabad that strives to make cars look their best. Don’t miss our story on the various ways you can spend a Rs 20 lakh budget to soup up your car — it could just be the inspiration you need to get started!
Fast Bikes Free Supplement
We line up the best superbikes of the year, for an epic test for the coveted Ultimate Sports bike crown. These include the likes of Honda’s all-new Fireblade, the Ducati Panigale V2 and V4, Triumph Daytona 765 Moto2, Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory, Suzuki GSX-R 1000R, Kawasaki ZX-10RR, Yamaha R1M and last year’s winner – the BMW S 1000 RR. We ride them on road, on track, highways and test them for usability and comfort, but also outright lap times. Which one will take the crown?