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The best engines in the world headline the February 2020 issue of evo India

This is an issue dedicated to the very hearts of the cars we love, with stories that enthusiasts will relish

By Team Evo India

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“The times they are a-changin’…” – timeless words by Bob Dylan, but he was almost prophetic. The times are changing rapidly, faster than we can keep up. Emission norms are strangling the internal combustion engine, and the end is in sight. But instead of mourning their loss, we thought of celebrating them. Our cover story this month celebrates the greatest naturally-aspirated engines ever built. Right from the humble VTEC Honda to the glorious V12s from Ferrari, and everything in between, this story brings together the most engaging engines this world has ever seen and gives them a fitting eulogy.

Some of our favourite engines are six-cylinders, and the following story is about the two most interesting six-cylinders of our generation: from the Honda NSX and the Porsche Boxster Spyder. One massive feature you cannot miss this month is our in-depth story exploring the Hyundai N brand, just in time for its India debut at Auto Expo. Going head to head are the Skoda Kodiaq Scout and Volkswagen share blood, and the Jeep Compass Trailhawk and BMW F 850 GS Adventure that have undeniable off-road legacies. We undertake some epic road trips too: one down the western coast of the United States in a supercharged Range Rover Velar and on to the Rann of Kutch in the Kia Seltos.

We’ve got behind the wheel of a number of new cars and bikes including an Aston Martin DBX prototype, Tata’s Nexon EV, the new Volvo XC40 with a petrol engine and the exciting Kia Carnival. However, the most exciting has to be the KTM 390 Adventure: we’ve got a detailed review inside that you do not want to miss.

The best engines in the world headline the February 2020 issue of evo India

As emission norms tighten and we move towards a more sustainable future, we must bid goodbye to natural aspiration. In this story, we pay tribute to the finest naturally-aspirated engines around. Starting from the humble four-cylinder that was under the hood of VTEC Hondas and Peugeot 205 GTIs, we slowly build our way up to bigger motors. Plenty of famous V6s exists, from Ferrari (remember the Dino?), straight-sixes from BMW and the flat-six from Porsche. The V8s from Ferrari and the Americans are as iconic as their cars. V10s from Lamborghini and the F1-derived howlers in the 2000s. And of course, the V12s that made a whole generation fall in love with cars. As an enthusiast of cars, this is not a story you want to miss.

The best engines in the world headline the February 2020 issue of evo India

Two cars that have nothing in common except for the fact that they have mid-mounted six-cylinders. The NSX is the future: loaded with hybrid tech, while the Porsche is a remnant of the past with a naturally-aspirated flax-six. Two opposites, and yet, both make for engaging drives on a wet country road.

The best engines in the world headline the February 2020 issue of evo India

The Kodiaq Scout makes Skoda’s flagship more affordable than ever, putting it squarely in the crosshairs of the Volkswagen Tiguan. The two share underpinnings, but there’s plenty to keep them properly distinct from each other. How will this family feud pan out? Read our story to find out!

The best engines in the world headline the February 2020 issue of evo India

An epic road trip where we blast through the land of cheap gas in an ostentatious supercharged Velar, only to find it dwarfed by the massive trucks you find stateside. Down the pacific coast highway, in to Death Valley, past some of the most gorgeous landscapes the country has to offer: stateside road trips are always a spectacle.

The best engines in the world headline the February 2020 issue of evo India

A new series that will regularly feature in evo India magazine, where we define and explain a lot of common car-related terms, that you as an enthusiast must know. In this month, we cover the first two letters of the alphabet. Take out those notebooks!

The best engines in the world headline the February 2020 issue of evo India

The little Rann played host to a wildlife photography competition, and our team headed there to check it out in the Kia Seltos. As legends in the wildlife photography scene took to the salt desert, we tailed them in the Seltos, understanding what a photographer looks for in the stark, barren landscape of the Rann.

The best engines in the world headline the February 2020 issue of evo India

Two legendary badges going head to head. The Trail Rated badge on the Trailhawk is conferred upon the most serious Jeeps, while the GS badge is legendary when it comes to off-roading on two wheels. These two heavyweights go head to head on a slushy course to see which one comes out on top.

The best engines in the world headline the February 2020 issue of evo India

From behind the wheel of an i30 N, we take on Europe’s diverse roads and tracks, to see if Hyundai can deliver on the Thrill of Driving. We then dive deep in to Hyundai’s performance car department, digging out stories of the people behind it, the motorsport endeavours that lend it legitimacy and ultimately, the entire range of cars that make up Hyundai N. Just in time too, as Hyundai N will be making its India debut at Auto Expo 2020.

The best engines in the world headline the February 2020 issue of evo India

It is finally here! The KTM 390 Adventure is the motorcycle enthusiasts around the country have been waiting for for years. Built on the 390 Duke platform, it brings to the table ‘Adventure’ tag that KTM built itself upon. Is it all the bike you will ever need? We bring you a detailed review.

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