Porsche’s 911 Turbo S and its AWD rivals headline the March 2022 issue of evo India, along with a mighty face-off between the Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha
The March 2022 issue is headlined by the Porsche 911 Turbo S which has been pit against its AWD cars like the BMW M4 Competition xDrive, the Toyota GR Yaris and the Audi RS3 to see if this drivetrain format can still deliver thrills. Also on the cover is the Mahindra Thar against its only worthy rival, the Force Gurkha. The Thar has been heavily updated and now the Gurkha gets a generational upgrade to take it on fair and square.
Also in this issue are first-drive reviews of the Skoda Slavia, both in 1.0 and 1.5 guises, the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the first all-electric BMW M car, the i4 M50. Apart from this, we also drive the RWD Porsche Taycan to see if it is the best enthusiast EV. On the other end of the spectrum, we also have the latest Mercedes-Maybach S 580 on test, to see what the upper echelon of luxury feels like. On two wheels, we have a massive shootout of the four best electric two-wheelers you could buy today — the Ola S1 Pro, the Ather 450X, the TVS iQube and the Bajaj Chetak. We've also ridden the Tork Kratos R, the Bounce Infinity and the Honda CB650R. Our TUNED section takes a look at two enthusiast driven automotive clubs – 4S Auto and Autodose India.
911 Turbo S v rivals
As the power figures in cars these days start to climb higher and higher, more manufacturers are starting to adopt AWD drivetrains. But is this the solution? We find out by taking out the Porsche 911 Turbo S against the BMW M4 Competition xDrive, the Toyota GR Yaris and the Audi RS3 Saloon
The Skoda Slavia is built on the familiar MQB A0 IN, and comes with two engine options – a three-cylinder, 1-litre TSI that can be paired to a six-speed manual or torque convertor or for the enthusiast, there’s also the 1.5-litre four-cylinder TSI mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG gearbox. Can the Slavia make sedans great again? We get behind its wheel to find out.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Maruti Suzuki recently launched the updated Baleno and it took us all by surprise with its competitive pricing. The update to the Baleno apart from cosmetic changes includes a comprehensive overhaul of the chassis, updates to the engine, and brakes. Highlights include a HUD screen and a 360-degree camera. There’s also better quality steel used to build the car. Is it a mere facelift or a proper improvement over the older car?
The electric revolution is catching up and catching up fast. Gone are the days when electric mobility simply meant battery operated cars that went no faster than a slow RC car. Now, however, we have the very first electric BMW M car, the i4 M50, which makes a mental 536bhp with its twin e-motors. Does it deliver the M formula that we’ve all come to expect from a BMW M?
The Porsche Taycan is an extremely desirable EV. We drove the base model with RWD and 469bhp of electric power to find out if it can check all the right boxes, and can truly deliver on the thrill of driving.
This is opulence. If you thought the Mercedes-Benz S-Class was the epitome of luxury on four wheels, wait till you set foot in the Mercedes-Maybach S 580. The made-in-India Maybach comes with a massive V8, more space and even more luxury than a regular S-Class.
Mini Cooper JCW
Mini is a brand that’s iconic and instantly recognisable like few other car manufacturers in the world. We drive the facelift of the three-door John Cooper Works to find out if it lives up to its driving heritage too!
Force Gurkha v Mahindra Thar
The Mahindra Thar finally has a properly worthy opponent in the Force Gurkha. Can the Thar hold its own against the 4x4 prowess of the Gurkha? We drive the two SUVs on-road and off-road to find out.
Jeep Compass Trailhawk
The Trailhawk takes the Compass’ serious off-road ability a step further. Now updated for 2022, we drive the facelifted Jeep Compass Trailhawk in its natural habitat to see what has changed.
ICON: Audi Quattro
Audi, with their Quattro technology, set the ball rolling for a revolution in the automotive industry that would redefine the way manufacturers could harness all the power from their engines. We drive the original Audi Quattro to see where it all began.
Our cover story was all about finding out which the best AWD sports car is. It’s no secret that electric cars have become extremely competent over the years and scarily fast as well. So, why didn’t we include EVs in our AWD story? Read this story to find out.
Ceat Milaze tyres
Tyres play a crucial role in our quest to attain the #ThrillofDriving, but it is a factor we often overlook. Knowing when it is time to change your tyres is not always as easy to figure out as it seems. But, CEAT Tyres has a solution.
Electric Scooter Comparo
The EV revolution is here, even in the two-wheeler department with the offerings becoming more polished and promising enough to actually replace your ICE-powered scooter. But in the influx of EVs which one should you be spending your hard-earned money on? We pit the four best offerings — the Ola S1 Pro, the Ather 450X, the TVS iQube and the Bajaj Chetak to find out.
Tork Kratos R
Tork Motors has been around for a while now and they have finally launched the Kratos R, a performance-oriented electric two-wheeler that comes with a lot of promise. Can the Kratos R deliver on all that Tork Motors claims and will it become the benchmark of the #ThrillofRiding? We ride it to find out.
Bounce Infinity E1
The Bounce Infinity E1 is the first consumer product from the company Bounce Infinity that has been around for a while now after having operated a fleet of EVs for a while now. The E1 comes with the promise of being a properly viable solution to the ICE scooter with adequate amounts of performance, a solid chassis setup and a trick up its sleeve — a swappable battery. Is this the most viable electric scooter option then?
The CB650R is the most affordable inline-four in Honda’s catalogue of products. It looks gorgeous with its neo-retro styling, has a creamy inline-four engine, gets a solid chassis setup but can it do enough to justify its Rs 8.68 lakh price tag in an extremely competitive segment?
TUNED: Autodose India
You don’t need a fancy car or bike to be an enthusiast. It really isn't about what you ride or drive but it’s the passion you poses that makes you an enthusiast, These are exactly the values that Autodose India is founded on. We take a deep dive into what the community is all about.
TUNED: 4S Auto
Four Seasons Auto is one of the finest tuning shops in Mumbai who have a strong belief in the electric future. We take a closer look at what makes this team of driven enthusiasts tick.