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Inside issue 280 of evo
We can’t think of a better way to brighten up another lockdown than to vicariously experience some of the best performance cars ever made. So join us in issue 280 of evo as we push the new Ferrari 812 GTS to the limit, take three of the hottest track-focused hatchbacks by the scruff, and put many, many more superb driver’s cars through their paces.
Our features package this month begins with those three hot hatches, where we find out if it’s retribution time for the latest Mini John Cooper Works GP. The GP3 wasn’t an instant hit with us on the road, with steering, suspension and a transmission that didn’t so much define as obstruct the driving experience. Having pondered if this car’s true home might be the track, that’s where we’ve taken it – along with two of the finest 300bhp hardcore hot hatchbacks of recent years for it to be measured against. So with some open space and two rivals that on paper have plenty to worry about, Adam Towler gives our final verdict on Mini’s rambunctious GP3.
Next up is the 812 GTS, Ferrari’s first series-production open-top V12 in over 60 years. Carrying over the Superfast’s hyperactive handling and supernatural levels of performance, does adding an open top result in an assault on the senses or does it only add to the experience? We head for the open road to experience one of the last bastions of the Tipo V12 in full drop-top Technicolor.
We also blow the cobwebs away in Nissan’s ultimate performance car, the MY20 Nismo GT-R. Some armchair critics might suggest that this latest GT-R is too similar to the original R35 of 2007, but we discover why the model’s incremental changes combined with the effects of Nismo’s magic wand imbue it with a driving experience that’s as intense as that of any modern supercar.
Issue 280 is also home to the definitive 2020 tyre test, where the best performance rubber for the road is objectively and subjectively tested to help you decide where your money should go. Meanwhile, Richard Meaden tries to pick a favourite from two British V8s from different ends of the supercoupe spectrum. We also take a look through the lens of legendary rally photographer Colin McMaster, enjoy a first drive in the latest Honda Civic Type R, and have our first go in the new Cupra Leon. And, of course, you can catch up with the latest news, monthly musings of our columnists and check in with our (this month rather tragedy-stricken) Fast Fleet. It’s all in our latest issue, so if you haven’t already subscribed, grab your copy today to occupy some of your new-found free time…