August 2012 issue of evo Magazine

20 Jun 2012

Pagani Huayra driven, Bugatti Veyron Vitesse road test, new Ferrari Enzo and McLaren F1, Focus ST v Golf GTI, new Astra VXR

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It’s a month of comebacks, with welcome returns for the Aston Martin Vanquish and Renault’s sporty Alpine brand

Porter has a close encounter with a fake Ferrari, Metcalfe explains why there are no beautiful cars any more, and Needell asks if the boffins are taking over motorsport

First drives
The Maserati GranTurismo Sport, Mini John Cooper Works Roadster, VW Golf GTI Cabriolet, BMW M6 Convertible and a barmy new 202mph Shelby Mustang are all put to the test

Harry is right to be sceptical about the Porsche 918, and Jaguar Land Rover deserves more recognition, apparently

Pagani Huayra
It’s been a long time coming, but Pagani’s second all-new car – the twin-turbo, extensively aero-designed Huayra – has left the factory. Jethro Bovingdon drives it and finds out if it can escape the long shadow of the Zonda (and its many special editions)

Bugatti Veyron Vitesse
The Zonda hasn’t been the only supercar to get the special edition treatment; the Vitesse is the latest Bugatti Veyron iteration: the power of the 1183bhp Super Sport combined with the Grand Sport’s removable roof. Nick Trott drives it

The future of supercars
We forecast the key battles of the next few years – Ferrari v McLaren, Jaguar v Porsche and Lotus v Honda. Get ready for some great group tests

Ford Focus ST v VW Golf GTI
The hot hatch class is getting warmer. Mike Duff pitches the new 247bhp Focus ST against the evergreen Golf GTI…

Vauxhall Astra VXR
…while Henry Catchpole samples Vauxhall’s potent new 276bhp Astra VXR on the Nürburgring Nordschleife

Allan McNish
Inside the mind of Audi sportscar ace McNish during his preparation for the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours

Long-term tests
A 2.5-litre engine, a dog-leg gearbox and a 1.3-ton kerb weight. Can you guess what Mike Duff’s just bought?

evo Knowledge
The latest market news and classified ads, plus a Caterham Roadsport buying guide

Tiff Needell’s track battle
Mr Sideways takes 500bhp-plus, rear-drive convertibles to a wet Bedford Autodrome. Don’t expect lightning-fast laps

Me and my car - Richard Attwood
The ex-F1 and Le Mans racer and his 402,000-mile Peugeot 405 Estate

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