Car pictures of the week

Does the BMW M3 still reign supreme? This is our extended picture gallery from when we pitched it against two fierce rivals from the latest issue

There’s always that palpable sense of excitement the night before an evo triple test – but when there’s the all-new G80 BMW M3 parked outside, no alarm clock is too early, no location too distant. In this week’s gallery, we’re bringing you more of the amazing shots from the M3 triple test that didn’t make the new issue of evo magazine (287), which is on sale now!

The idea was simple: rather than trotting out the rivals we know would be quickly dismissed by the new and deeply impressive M3, we did things a little differently. The only direct rival is one that’s remained steadfastly unbeaten in the class since its launch back in 2017 – the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – but the second was the sports car often touted as the accessible upgrade, a basic Porsche 911 Carrera.

Except in 2021, a well-optioned M3 as we had isn’t an unjustifiable jump, but only a few hundred pounds removed from the iconic German sports car. So, with a rambunctious Italian that’s proven to be a consistent evo favourite, and Porsche’s venerable 911 to beat at an equivalent price, the BMW’s job isn’t quite as simple as it might once have been. 

To find out which of these three very impressive options was best, deputy editor Adam Towler, Richard Meaden and myself embarked on a trip up into the nation’s midriff, slipping across the country through the Forest of Bowland, the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. 

The terrain wasn’t only scenic, but also a big challenge for any car designed to be driven at maximum attack without falling over itself. Here, suspension travel, top-tier body control and a progressive predictable breakaway are just as important as outright power or lateral grip, making for a tough test for every element of the M3’s dynamic repertoire. 

Did the new M3 prevail? You’ll have to find out by grabbing the latest issue now available at retailers across the country or our new online shop, where you can purchase the latest issue, high quality prints, brand new merch and more at www.evo-shop.co.uk 

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.

Gallery 1

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 GTIFord Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.

Gallery 2

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.

Gallery 3

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.

Gallery 4

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.

Gallery 5

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.

Gallery 6

GT3s and GT-Rs are just the beginning for gallery number six, with the Noble M600Aston Martin One-77 and a couple of McLaren flagships filling out our most amazing gallery yet.

Gallery 7

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. 

Gallery 8

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

Gallery 9

Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!

Gallery 10

Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).

Gallery 11

The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.

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