Drift school featuring Mercedes-AMG A 45 S headlines the June 2022 issue of evo India!
Ever wondered how to drift like a pro? Wonder no more, because the cover story of the June 2022 issue of evo India magazine is an in-depth tutorial on how to go sideways. From behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4MATIC+, we give you a step-by-step guide on how to drift. From setting up the car at entry, to getting the tail out, catching the drift and powering out — this story has it all. We also explore the performance of the AMG A 45 S, and its ability to go sideways on a whim! Sharing space on the cover is the Kia EV6. This is Kia’s first EV for India and it looks absolutely stunning — there really is nothing like it on the road. But those looks are backed up by ability, with plenty of range, performance, comfort and space packed in to it. A proper flagship for Kia in India!
Also in this issue, we have reviews of the Tata Nexon EV Max and the Porsche Cayman GT4 ePerformance. We head out road-tripping in the MG ZS EV, Nissan Magnite, Kia Carens and Hyundai i20 N Line, not to mention an epic 12 day adventure through Arunachal Pradesh with the Mahindra Thar and XUV 700 and through Kerala’s forests with eight raging Lamborghinis. On two wheels, we review the Triumph Tiger 1200, the Suzuki V-Strom SX and the Yamaha MT-15 V2.0. This and a lot more in the June 2022 issue of evo India!
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How to Drift: Mercedes-AMG A 45 S
Your go-to guide on how to drift a car! We’ve taken the Mercedes-AMG A 45 S to the Raymond Drift track, to give you a tutorial on how to drift a sports car. This advanced driving technique takes some practice but with the right technique, it is possible to learn. The AMG A 45 S is an incredible machine that has an intelligent AWD system that allows it to drift as you fancy. We harness its performance to tell you everything you need to know on how to drift a car, so you can look like a hero yourself.
Kia isn’t holding back with its first EV for India — the EV6 is based on the global E-GMP platform and promises brilliant range and performance. Add to this a long feature list, distinct styling and two variants, and you’ve got an EV that is hard to criticise. We drive it at the BIC to find out if is worth the asking price!
Tata Nexon EV Max
Tata Motors gives the incredibly popular Nexon EV more power, more range and more features. With approximately 300km of real world range, it Nexon EV is far more useable than ever before. But it also comes at a price — the Max costs Rs 1.5 lakh more than the standard Nexon EV. Do the upgrades justify the price? And has Tata built an EV worthy of being the only car in your garage?
Lamborghini road trip
It may look like a race-bred Cayman on the surface, but there’s a lot going on under the skin. The GT4 ePerformance is Porsche’s vision of an electric racecar for its customer sport programme. With nearly 1000bhp and built on a modified Clubsport chassis, this is no showpiece concept car though. It is a fully functioning race car, and we have a go in it!
Top fuel dragsters
We take a look at top fuel drag racers and the mental levels of performance they deploy. The singular focus on covering a quarter mile as quickly as possible has shaved off any excess and left only the essentials needed for brutal acceleration in a straight line. It isn’t a form of motorsport that India is exposed to, but it is wondrous once you start learning about what it entails!
evo India meet-up
Last month, we caught up with fans of evo India for our first ever meet-up! Enthusiasts from Mumbai, Pune, even as far as Ahmedabad tuned up in massive numbers to spend an afternoon with the team and talk cars. With experiential rides in two AMGs, contests, and a lot more, this was an incredible day out with like-minded enthusiasts!
Hyundai Great Driving Roads
When was the last time you took the scenic road somewhere? With highways springing up everywhere, road trippers often opt for them as they are the quickest way to get to your destination. But they aren’t always the nicest. We drive the coastal road from Mumbai to Goa, a road that has been largely ignored since the G-Quad has come up — a fitting start to our new series on Great Driving Roads in India.
MG ZS EV World Environment Day Road trip
The MG ZS EV now has more range, and we’ve taken it on a road trip to Chorla ghat and the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary. Tucked away in some of the densest parts of the western ghats, these forests are home to plenty of mammals, birds, insects and plants — it is after all one of the 36 biodiversity hotspots in the world! Taking an EV here is appropriate. It is silent and with zero tailpipe emissions, the MG ZS EV leaves the ecology here absolutely untouched and is the perfect car for a road trip.
Nissan Magnite Roadtrip
We go hunting for the Big, the Bold and the Beautiful in the Nissan Magnite through south India! A drive to the scenic Nandi hills kicks things off, followed by an exploratory off-roading session through the coffee estates of Kerala and checking out the gentle giants of the Dubare elephant camp.
Trans Arunachal drive
An adventure of a lifetime to Arunachal Pradesh! We take the Mahindra Thar, XUV700 and Scorpio to the near virgin state for 12 whole days, immersing ourselves in the food, culture and the vistas that it has to offer. And yes, there was plenty of off-roading on offer too!
Kia Carens to Goa
The Kia Carens is the long-distance car, and is the go-to car for road trips in the evo India fleet! We recently drove it to Goa with six people and their luggage (and camera equipment) on board, and it proved to be a comfortable, capable mile muncher. A punchy, efficient engine, well-sorted suspension and plenty of tech to keep passengers comfortable on the inside, it ensured we travelled in comfort and were well rested for a long week of shooting in Goa!
Triumph Tiger 1200
The Triumph Tiger 1200 gets a complete overhaul, and has its eyes set on the BMW R 1250 GS and Harley-Davidson Pan America! It gets a new platform, new engine and heavily updated design and features. It also comes in road-biased and an off-road biased variants — we ride the GT Pro and Rally Pro variants in the Himalayas to test its mettle.
Suzuki V-Strom SX
We finally get our hands on Suzuki’s ADV based on the Gixxer 250 platform. A lot has remained the same including the engine, gearing, suspension and even the main frame. There are a few tweaks to the swingarm and big changes to the ergonomics and styling, that give this motorcycle the ADV tag. Is it a bike that’s worth looking at in the sea of entry level ADVs?
Yamaha MT-15 V2.0 road review
The Young Media Racer Programme is back and this time around, our boy Mandar is suiting up in his leathers. At the MMRT, he took part in TVS Racing’s race training programme under the guidance of experienced factory racers, and then took part in the qualifying session for the season. Spoiler alert, he qualified! He recounts his weekend at the track and everything he learned in this story.
TVS Racing Diaries
TVS Racing forms a long-term strategic partnership with Petronas Lubricants — one that will further the interests of both brands in the field of motorsport. Both companies intend to share resources and lean on each other to grow — building better facilities for Indian motorsport athletes and giving them a global platform to perform at their highest. We dive deep in to what this partnership means for both companies and their stakeholders.
This month’s tuned section is an eclectic mix of cars — we’ve got a Mercedes-Benz GLS that has gone under the knife at Motormind Designs and has come out looking even more butch than before, there’s a Chevrolet Camaro SS with plenty of performance upgrades and also a look in to TechArt opening operations in India!