Car pictures of the week
In this week’s car pictures, we look at the highlights from our time with the Life110 Alpine A110, Porsche Cayman GTS and Lotus Exige Sport 410
In this week’s car pictures we take a dive into the highlights of our test between three of the best sports cars as featured in issue 283. To read the full story, purchase the latest issue online or in shops now.
We’re rather fond of the Alpine A110, with a low kerb weight and excellent dynamic ability, but how does it fare against the considerably more powerful Porsche Cayman GTS 4.0 and Lotus Exige Sport 410? To help give back the Alpine some edge, this example was also fitted with a selection of modifications from Life110, elements that in our eyes only added to its beguiling package.
While its modifications aren’t obvious at first glance, with only a drop in ride height and a few elements from the track-only Cup car visible, under the skin its suspension geometry has seen a complete overhaul. The 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine on this example has also been given an ECU tune to bring power to 296bhp and 280lb ft of torque.
Despite the uplift in power though, this is still some way short of both its six-cylinder rivals. The latest Cayman GTS 4.0 fires with a strong 394bhp, giving it a healthy power advantage, but the Porsche is over 200kg heavier, and with less of a torque advantage, the difference between the two is less pronounced than the figures might suggest.
The Lotus on the other hand features a supercharged 3.5 V6, making it the most powerful of this trio, and combined with a kerb weight similar to the Alpine it’s by far the fastest in a straight line. Matched with Lotus’ typical chassis mastery, the Exige is still a red hot contender, despite now being on its deathbed.
Which of these three mid-engined sports cars will triumph? Pick up your copy of issue 283 to read Adam Towler’s verdict, available in store and online now. Alternatively, click here to have the next issue delivered straight to your door before it hits shelves.
Car pictures of the week: archive
Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.
Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.
Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.
The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.
Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.
Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.
A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R.
Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery
Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!
Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).
The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.