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In evo 285, we celebrate the Lotus Elise and the cars it has inspired, get a first taste of what could be the next hot hatch benchmark, and find an answer to the perennial question ‘auto or manual?’

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Inside issue 285 of evo

Celebrating the Lotus Elise and the cars it has inspired, getting a first taste of what could be the next hot hatch benchmark, and finding an answer to the perennial question ‘auto or manual?’ – all this and a whole lot more can be found in evo issue 285, which is available now in store and also online at magsdirect.co.uk.

In its 25-year production run, the Elise has had a significant impact on the very fabric of performance car development. It introduced not only new technology but also a philosophy that has since underpinned some of the greatest performance cars of the last quarter-century. So with the groundbreaking Lotus’s retirement now imminent, the evo team has tested the long-running British sports car in its final form, while bringing along some of the models from other marques that it has influenced along the way.

evo 285 also sees our introduction to what might become the next hot hatch icon. Hyundai has already wowed us with its i30 N, and now the smaller i20 N promises to take the lessons learnt from the company’s first full-scale hot hatch operation and package them into a lighter and more agile package. Does it hit the mark? A thorough road test reveals all.

Also this month, we tackle the tricky subject of whether an auto or a manual makes for a better transmission. With stickshifts suffering dwindling demand yet still enjoying a dedicated following among enthusiasts, Henry Catchpole brings together manual and auto versions of both our reigning eCoty winner, the BMW M2 CS, and Porsche’s 911 Carrera to definitively answer the question that plagues all enthusiasts. 

Meanwhile, for our latest evo Icon, Jethro Bovingdon digs deep into the Ruf Rturbo, a rare and rambunctious alternative 911 Turbo of the 996 generation. Not to be outdone, Adam Towler has looked ever further back, getting behind the wheel of a reimagined Lotus Sunbeam. 

And that’s not all in this issue, as we also take a look behind the scenes at the time Williams entered British touring car racing, examine the work of another automotive photographer in the latest instalment of our ‘Life Through a Lens’ series, check in with our long-term test cars in Fast Fleet, bring you the big automotive news of the moment, and deliver the evo verdicts on Litchfield’s upgraded GR Yaris, an all-electric Porsche 964 and the latest BMW M3 Competition.

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