Sports cars to the top of the world headline the September 2022 issue of evo India!
For the September issue of evo India we joined 20 sports cars on the Mod Ball run, where a collective total of 9000+ bhp reverberated through the spectacular northern regions of Kashmir, Jammu, Ladakh, and even the fearsome passes of Zoji La and Khardung La. Who said India does not have great roads for driving enthusiasts?
We then set a national record for the longest drive along India’s western border, driving the VW Taigun on the Bharatmala and then the Border Fence Road. The latter is the first time civilians have been on the Fence Road through the Rann of Kutch right on the international Indo-Pak border, an absolutely spectacular drive.
Also in this issue, we have reviews of the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder Hybrid, Hyundai Tucson and Maruti Suzuki Alto K10. We even got a quick spin in the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara. We head out road-tripping with the Nissan Magnite and the Mahindra Scorpio-N, not to mention our epic record attempt along India’s western border with the Volkswagen Taigun. On two wheels, we review the Royal Enfield Hunter 350, the Honda CB300F and the Keeway Sixties 300i. This and a lot more in the September 2022 issue of evo India, on stands now!
Mod Ball Run
20 sports cars heading, quite literally, to the top of the world! We slapped a set of Vredestein Ultrac Vorti I rubber on the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 and joined 20 enthusiasts and their sports cars, experiencing a mix of roads, soaking in spectacular scenery, snaking up the passes of Zoji La and Khardung La, and proving that India has plenty of roads for petrol heads to explore.
Border Patrol with the Volkswagen Taigun
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, and the 1st anniversary of the VW Taigun, we drove from Tanot in Rajasthan to Nadabet in Gujarat along the Bharatmala and the Border Fence Road, setting a record for the longest drive along India’s western border. This is also the first time that the BSF has allowed civilians to drive the Fence Road, and it makes for an absolutely spectacular story.
Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+
The first-ever electric AMG may be devoid of a thunderous exhaust note but it goes like stink when you drop the hammer. We go #FullSend with the most exhilarating – and quiet – AMG yet!
Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder Hybrid
India’s first mass-market hybrid car is here and it delivers stunning fuel efficiency. It’s also mated to a very good chassis but does it deliver on the Thrill of Driving? We head out to the Nandi Hills to find out
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara
We take the SUV that has been twinned with the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder for a short spin at Maruti Suzuki’s sprawling R&D facility
Now featuring an entirely revamped design language, the Tucson gets a more eye-catching design and plusher cabin, while continuing to be powered by the tried and tested petrol and diesel powertrains. Does it justify its starting price of Rs 27.70 lakh?
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
The Alto K10 makes a comeback with the promise of cheerful motoring on a budget along with a new design and improved interiors to keep up with the times. Is it still fun to drive?
Nissan Magnite Big, Bold, Beautiful Drive
The last part of the Big, Bold, Beautiful series takes us to the spectacular man-made lagoon, the Ana Sagar lake in Jaipur. We also head to Ranthambore National Park hoping to spot big cats and more wildlife.
Fotu La with the Alcazar
At 13,500ft above sea level the Fotu-La pass on the Sringar -Leh highway has some of the best driving roads in India, and possibly, the world and we tackle it with the Hyundai Alcazar.
Harley Davidson Pan-America to Spiti
The Ed gets himself a Pan-Am and takes it on the ‘ride of a lifetime’ to Spiti. Learning to master the art of riding ADVs in extreme conditions, this is an adventure he will never forget.
Royal Enfield Hunter 350
The most affordable Royal Enfield gets chassis tweaks to make the roadster even more agile, zippy and fun to ride
Honda’s newest streetfighter is aimed at younger audiences and it promises to be the jack of all trades.
Keeway Sixties 300i
This retro-themed scooter from Keeway makes you trip down memory lane, albeit with a 300cc engine. The Rs 2.99 lakh price tag however is very current-day.
TUNED: BMW M5 Competition
Doc Nirmal Krishnan’s daily is a 700bhp BMW M5 Competition that is tuned superbly and can shame most sports cars in a traffic light GP. And if that wasn’t enough, it wears a shade of purple that would have your eyes pop. Read all about this TUNED sleeper sedan in the latest issue!