Car pictures of the week
In this week’s car pictures, we dive into the highlights of our performance estate head-to-head from issue 282
The recipe of the compact performance estate is simple, right? Not quite. Mercedes-AMG’s C63 is renowned for its boisterous nature, with power sent to the rear wheels from a torque-heavy V8. Audi’s formula for its RS4 Avant takes a more subtle approach with its turbocharged V6, but which better fulfils the brief? Steve Sutcliffe took both to the track in the latest issue (evo 282) to find out. To read the full story, pick up your copy, on sale now!
Audi arguably created this little niche with the RS2 Avant back in the early ‘90s, but it’s the RS4 which has been a consistent player in the class. Since the last few generations, today’s B9 generation has lost a pair of cylinders, dropping the 4.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8 in favour of a twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6. Output is identical to the old V8 at 444bhp, with its all-wheel drive system helping it sprint from standstill to 62mph in 4.1sec.
Despite similar on-paper performance, the AMG reaches those figures from rather different ingredients. It’s powered by the M177 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 you’ll find across the AMG range, and indeed some Aston Martins for that matter, and boasts a considerable power advantage with 503bhp and 516lb ft of torque. Quoted 0-62mph time is identical at 4.1sec, its extra on-paper performance counteracted by its compromised rear-wheel drive traction.
As Sutcliffe discovers, it’s the driven wheels that separate the two most, with the C63’s power advantage only accentuated when sent to a single axle. But on-track showboating isn’t the whole story as on-road usability, especially considering the practical aspect of their bodystyle, which makes the answer a little more complicated. To read Steve Sutcliffe’s verdict pick up your copy of issue 282, on sale in shops and online now!
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.