Electrics headline July issue of evo India with Porsche Taycan India Relay, Audi Q6 e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQA and more

Also in this issue, posters are back. And we have reviews of the Altroz Racer, BMW i5 M60, Aprilia RS 457, and all the dope on the new Bugatti Tourbillon
July 2024 evo India issue
July 2024 evo India issueTeam evo India

Posters are back! Before we get to the stories headlining the July issue of evo India, we’re here to tell you that one of the best parts of collecting magazines is back. We’re kicking things of with arguably the greatest poster car of this year — the Bugatti Tourbillon! We’ve a detailed story on the Tourbillion inside, plus a poster fit for your bedroom wall. And this is just the start! Expect more exclusive evo India posters over the next months. Stay subscribed so you don’t miss another one.

Back to the July ’24 issue — the magazine is headlined by the Porsche Taycan India relay. This was a record attempt of epic proportions, where a fleet of Taycans drove the Golden Quadrilateral to set the record for the fastest EV relay drive around this mammoth network of roads. Not only was it a logistical challenge, but it also challenged our endurance (we didn’t stop for anything except car swaps!) and challenged the notion that India isn’t ready for performance electric cars. 

There’s more. We have reviewed the new Audi Q6 e-tron, Mustang GT, Mercedes-Benz EQA, and the BMW i5 M60, plus the new Altroz Racer. On two wheels, we dive into the latest cross-country beast from BMW, the R 1300 GS, and explore the hottest metal to hit our streets, the Aprilia RS 457. We also head out for a fun day out, pitting the Hilux against the Thar RWD and the Himalayan.

No issue of evo India is complete without road trips, and this month we have several of those. First, we drive up the highest motorable pass in Arunachal with the Mercedes-Benz GLC. Next, we fired up some VWs and made our way to the Siachen base camp as part of the new VW Experiences campaign. We were part of the AJAI Bharat Drive as well, heading to Arunachal in the Mahindra Scorpio N. Then we embarked on another Mahindra drive — the Monastery Escape to Ladakh. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about motorcycles — we rode the Triumph Scrambler 400X through the North East as well.

Are you in the market for a new car but finding the prices too high? The first part of our used heroes series is in this issue featuring the Maruti Suzuki Swift.   

All this and much more in the July 2024 issue of evo India. Get yours now!

Porsche Taycan Golden Quadrilateral record

Is India ready for a four-door, performance electric car? We put the Taycan to the ultimate test, attempting the national record for the fastest EV relay around the Golden Quadrilateral. A fleet of Taycans were positioned strategically across the country, passing the Soul Electrified baton around the G-Quad. From Mumbai to Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and back to Mumbai, we covered 6021km in 100 hours and 43 minutes to set a new record for the India Book of Records.

From Mumbai to Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and back to Mumbai, we covered 6021km in 100 hours and 43 minutes to set a new record for the India Book of Records
From Mumbai to Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and back to Mumbai, we covered 6021km in 100 hours and 43 minutes to set a new record for the India Book of RecordsTeam evo India

Audi Q6 e-tron

Based on the brand new PPE platform, co-developed with Porsche, the Q6 e-tron delivers more range, performance, space, tech and efficiency than Audi’s previous e-tron models. Due in India by the end of the year this sits in a sweet spot and could reinvigorate sales of luxury EVs says editor Sirish Chandran after testing it.

Audi pushes forward towards electrifying their entire portfolio by 2033 with the PPE based Q6 e-tron
Audi pushes forward towards electrifying their entire portfolio by 2033 with the PPE based Q6 e-tronTeam evo India

Mercedes-Benz EQA

In the first half of 2024 Mercedes sold the most luxury electric cars in India and the EQA will be crucial is sustaining that lead. The smallest and most affordable electric Merc is based on the GLA, comes in one long-range variant with a 70.5kWh battery, and delivers around 450km of real world range.

Mercedes-Benz's most affordable electric car is here
Mercedes-Benz's most affordable electric car is hereTeam evo India

BMW 5 Series LWB

The new 5 Series will only be available in the long wheelbase version for India – tackling Mercedes’ best-selling Indian model, the E-Class, head on. We get behind the wheel for a very short drive to bring you our first impressions.

Now longer than the LWB E-Class, will the new BMW 5 Series finally change BMW's fortunes in this segment?
Now longer than the LWB E-Class, will the new BMW 5 Series finally change BMW's fortunes in this segment?Team evo India

Narain Karthikeyan vs Tata Altroz Racer, i20 N-Line and Fronx Turbo

To find out how quick the new Tata Altroz Racer is we headed to the CoASTT race track and handed Narain Karthikeyan the keys. And to give us perspective we also brought along the  Hyundai i20 N-Line and Maruti Suzuki Fronx Turbo to see which can set the fastest lap time

Tata Altroz Racer takes on the Hyundai i2- N Line and Maruti Suzuki Fronx in a head-to-head lap time battle around the race track
Tata Altroz Racer takes on the Hyundai i2- N Line and Maruti Suzuki Fronx in a head-to-head lap time battle around the race trackTeam evo India

Bugatti Tourbillon Poster

The Chiron replacement knocks it out of the park with an 8.3-litre V16 hybrid engine pumping out 1775bhp pumping out headline numbers — 0 to 100kmph in a blistering 2.2 seconds and a top speed of 445kmph. But performance is just one aspect. The detailing is extraordinary, adopting details from the watch world to deliver an extraordinary interior. It’s so amazing we have a poster of it

The Bugatti Tourbillon is a ground up project with a bespoke hybrid V16 at its heart
The Bugatti Tourbillon is a ground up project with a bespoke hybrid V16 at its heartTeam evo India

Mercedes-Benz GLC to Arunachal Pradesh

Visiting the North East used to be quite a challenge but with the new infrastructure projects accessibility has transformed. We drove the GLC to Arunachal Pradesh to discover the new Sela Tunnel and also did the Bum La pass for perspective

We take the GLC to Arunachal to drive to its highest motorable pass
We take the GLC to Arunachal to drive to its highest motorable passTeam evo India

Ford Mustang GT

The pony car gets an update for 2024 and ditches the smaller capacity engines, roaring exclusively with a V8. And our test car had a manual gearbox. Now we wait for Ford to announce their return to India, and hopefully bring this in limited numbers

Only with V8, this might be the Mustang you really need
Only with V8, this might be the Mustang you really needTeam evo India

Visiting Bentley Motors in the UK

India has been identified as a major growth market and a major reorganization of Bentley India’s operations are underway. We travelled to Crewe in the UK to see how cutting-edge technology meets timeless hand-crafted skills, to create some of the most luxurious cars and SUVs on the planet

Mulliner Opulence edition for India marks the start of Bentley's push into "biggest growth market"
Mulliner Opulence edition for India marks the start of Bentley's push into "biggest growth market"Team evo India

Mahindra Thar v Toyota Hilux v Royal Enfield Himalayan

We all have different ideas of what the perfect weekend vehicle is. But with so many options in the market, how do you choose? We head out into the wild outdoors with our three favorite picks — the Thar, Hilux and Himalayan

The story of a trail ride that ensued
The story of a trail ride that ensuedTeam evo India

VW Taigun to Siachen

We joined the VW Experiences drive, taking the Taigun from Leh to Siachen base camp and then heading back to Manali visiting the Shinku La pass along the way

A journey of a lifetime that became a race against time
A journey of a lifetime that became a race against timeTeam evo India

Used Swift buying guide

Find new cars too expensive? And don’t know how to pick a used hero? We've done the groundwork for and our new series kicks off with the Maruti Suzuki Swift.

Maruti Suzuki Swift features our first edition of Half Price Heroes
Maruti Suzuki Swift features our first edition of Half Price HeroesTeam evo India

BMW R 1300 GS

What do you do when you've left the competition in the dust? BMW's response is the R 1300 GS that isn't just better that the preceding the 1200, it's raising the segment bar with enhanced performance, improved technology, and refined design.

Does this adventure bike with all its changes claim its throne back?
Does this adventure bike with all its changes claim its throne back?Team evo India

Aprilia RS 457

The made-in-India-for-the-world Aprilia left us awestruck on track. Now, we are testing it on the road to understand how easy (or difficult) it is to get along with our not-so-forgiving conditions in India.

Can the Aprilia RS 457 impress on the streets as much as it does on track?
Can the Aprilia RS 457 impress on the streets as much as it does on track?Team evo India

Triumph North East ride

The Scrambler 400X is a motorcycle for the wanderer — capable of dealing with bad terrain while remaining perfectly composed on good tarmac. The North East has a mix of both, and we joined Triumph on their latest ride here to discover the capabilities of this motorcycle and also the promise that this land holds.

The inaugural adventure ride by Triumph India in the Northeast was a truly enchanting experience
The inaugural adventure ride by Triumph India in the Northeast was a truly enchanting experienceTeam evo India

Rally school

Snap Racing is offering enthusiasts an opportunity to get to grips with its rally-prepped Polos, with expert guidance on how to extract the maximum performance from these machines. We strapped ourselves in to learn how to send it fast and sideways on gravel

The idea of this school was to give people a taste of what rallying is all about
The idea of this school was to give people a taste of what rallying is all aboutTeam evo India

KTM RC Cup

Not every race ends well. Our man Mandar found out firsthand during the tense RC Cup finale — a crash in the class that he was participating left him injured, but also showed him a brutal side of racing that makes bike sport one of the toughest, most gritty sports out there

Mandar has a wild time at the 2024 KTM RC Cup
Mandar has a wild time at the 2024 KTM RC CupTeam evo India

TVS One Make Championships

Motorsports often remains a distant dream for many, but TVS Racing is making it more accessible than ever. As part of its TVS One Make Championship, we had the opportunity to head out on track and spend a weekend with real racers.

We also explore TVS Racing’s pathbreaking Electric One Make Championship, highlighting the Apache RTE race bike, the championship and the riders participating in it along with how it will contribute to R&D for future road programs

YMRP is a competition to find the fastest new kid on the block
YMRP is a competition to find the fastest new kid on the blockTeam evo India

Tuned: Audi S4 and Mercedes-AMG CLA45

Ever wondered what happens when two childhood friends achieve their dreams? In our Tuned feature we meet Gautam and Dhruv, who fulfilled their childhood dreams by buying their dream cars last year, and are now customising them to perfection.

When two best friends are also mod nerds
When two best friends are also mod nerdsTeam evo India

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