John Barker

McLaren 720S review

The McLaren 720S is an improvement over its predecessor in every respect
2 May 2017

BMW 335d review - price, specs and 0-60 time

BMW 3-Series gets world's most powerful six-pot diesel
28 Jan 2015
BMW 5 Series saloon

BMW 550xD review - price, specs and 0-60 time

The most powerful diesel saloon in the world. evo's John Barker experiences its triple-turbocharged diesel engine for the first time
18 Nov 2014
Lotus Elise convertible

Lotus Elise S1: review, specs and buying guide

With prices starting at £10,000, the original, Rover-engined Elise looks awfully tempting. Here’s everything you need to know
14 May 2013
Tesla Roadster convertible

Tesla on Ice

Batteries hate the cold, right? So how long can an electric car run in temperatures well below zero? John Barker finds out in a Tesla Roadster Sport o…
13 May 2013
Renault Megane hatchback

Renault Megane Ring record

The Renaultsport Megane 265 Trophy was created to set a new front-drive road-car lap record at the Nürburgring. Here's the story of how it happened.
7 May 2013
Nissan GT-R coupe

At the Nurburgring

The toughest circuit in the worlds puts this grouping to the ultimate test
1 Mar 2013
BMW 3 Series Touring

BMW 330d Sport Touring

We haven't had much snow but John Barker reckons Winter tyres are a must for his BMW
6 Mar 2012
Morgan Aero 8 coupe

2012 Morgan Plus 8 review

Morgan's classic Plus 8 body gains some modern Aero 8 mechanicals. A perfect match?
10 Feb 2012
BMW 3 Series Touring

BMW 330d Sport Touring

It's valet time for John's BMW. And his 330d Touring's now looking as perky as the day it was made
6 Feb 2012
Citroen DS3 hatchback

Citroen DS3-R v rivals

Citroen re-enters the hot hatch class with its 204bhp DS3 Racing. But is it exciting enough to beat Clio 200 Cup, Polo GTI, Corsa VXR and Mini JCW? Re…
19 Dec 2011

Ginetta G60 coupe review

The spririt of TVR is alive in Ginetta's new Cayman-rivaling G60, with its 310bhp V6 and no driver aids. Review here
16 Dec 2011
BMW 3 Series Touring

BMW 330d Sport Touring

John's new rear-wheel drive commuting car gains some cold weather tyres to make it more useable this winter
6 Dec 2011
BMW 3 Series Touring

BMW 330d Sport Touring

John Barker buys himself a bargain Beemer, a used but tidy 2004 330d Sport Touring. First impressions here
16 Nov 2011
Lotus Evora coupe

Lotus Evora S 2012 model year review

Previous evo Car of the Year, the Lotus Evora, gets a refresh and quality upgrade for 2012. We drive the supercharged Evora S
10 Oct 2011
Audi R8 coupe

We race an R8 at the Ring

evo's John Barker reports on a well-earned top 20 finish at the Nurburgring 24 hours in an Audi R8 LMS
2 Aug 2011
Audi R8 V10

evo races Audi R8 LMS

John Barker is racing at the Nurburgring 24 hours again. This time in one of the race's quickest cars, the Audi R8 LMS
9 May 2011
Renault Megane Coupe

Clio V6 v Megane 250 track video

The Renaultsport Clio V6 255 and Megane 250 Cup have near identical power-to-weight figures. So which is the best on track? Report, pictures and video
11 Apr 2011
Audi R8 Spyder

Audi R8 Spyder V8 4.2 FSI quattro review

We drive the Audi R8 Spyder with its new 424bhp, 4.2-litre V8 engine. As good as the V10?
17 Mar 2011

Infiniti FX30D S review

'Crossover' SUV, 406lb ft diesel V6
1 Dec 2010
McLaren F1 coupe

McLaren F1 road test

New McLaren MP4-12C review countdown: evo's John Barker was one of the first journalists to test the McLaren F1. After 15 years, they meet again
24 Nov 2010
Lotus Evora coupe

Lotus Evora Supercharged review

New 345bhp supercharged version of evo's 2009 Car of the Year, the Lotus Evora
22 Nov 2010
Jaguar XJ saloon

Jaguar XJ D review

More frugal Jaguar XJ sports saloon gets 442lb ft of torque and Supersport looks
22 Nov 2010
Mercedes S-Class saloon

Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG review

First outing for AMG's new 5.5-litre bi-turbo V8, more power and lower emissions than old 6.2
22 Nov 2010