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Evo India ISSUE #71 August 2019

The August issue of evo India has one of the most spectacular stories we’ve ever executed yet. We’ve taken the first Ferrari 488 Pista in the country to the Rann of Kutch. Taking a special edition track car from Ferrari to somewhere like the Rann of Kutch was outlandish, but it makes for some spectacular photos — the aridness of the Rann against the glistening red of a special edition Ferrari. The owner of the car, Boopesh Reddy is a proper driving enthusiast and was more than willing to indulge our fantasy of taking an exotic like the Pista to the Rann. Those aren’t the only Ferraris in this issue though: we’ve gone 300kmph in a Ferrari 812 Superfast, and got a special story on the Ferrari 488 GT3 and 488 Challenge cars.

We’ve also got a bunch of electric cars in this issue of the magazine: we have finally driven the Hyundai Kona Electric in India, gotten a preview of the Audi e-tron heading our way very soon, driven the M3-rivalling Tesla Model 3 Performance and had a quick tete-a-tete with the founder of Rimac, a company that is spearheading electric hypercar technology. Closer to home, we’ve gotten our hands on the MG Hector and its rivals, driven a prototype of the new Kia Seltos and are giving you behind-the-scenes access to the Mercedes-Benz V-Class that was the support car on our cover story. On two-wheels, we’ve ridden the mental new BMW S 1000 RR and lined up the Hero Xpulse alongside the Hero Impulse for perspective.

Also in this issue:

Pista in the Rann:
An epic adventure where we take the Ferrari 488 Pista to the Rann of Kutch. It’s an outrageous exercise, taking a track-special Ferrari to a salt desert like the Rann. But with flatland to the horizon and nothing to hit, this is the Ferrari’s ultimate playground.

MG Hector vs Rivals:

The MG Hector’s aggressive pricing has caused waves, and put it straight in the cross-hairs of the Tata Harrier. But its extensive feature list could also eat in to Hyundai Creta sales, an SUV that is slightly more affordable than the Hector. We line all three up to see which one is best.

Audi e-tron preview:
The government is making a huge push for EVs and manufacturers are responding! Jaguar confirmed that the I-Pace will be coming to India and following in its footsteps, Audi has confirmed that its fully-electric e-tron will make it here before the end of the year.

Porsche Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder:
The 718 Cayman never tickled the hardcore enthusiast’s fancy with the flat-four engine, thought it did have a supremely capable chassis. Porsche has turned up the wick with these GT4 twins: the Cayman GT4 and the Boxster Spyder giving them 911-derived 3-litre flat six engines and manual gearboxes. The 718 finally gets the engine it deserves!

Kia Seltos Prototype:

We got our hands on the Kia Seltos protoypes, before their first drives and come away impressed. There isn’t a definitive verdict as these are not production cars, but it will give you an idea of what to expect in the Seltos when it actually does launch

Lotus Evija preview
Lotus, recognised for making enthusiast-focussed, light, affordable sportscars has entered the hypercard game. Their first product after Geely took over, the Evija is an all-electric hyper car with stratospheric numbers and an equally stratospheric price tag.

300kmph in a Ferrari:

Does the Ferrari 812 Superfast live up to its name? An impromptu trip to Dubai saw us doing 300kmph on the speedo in the Superfast.

Ferrari 488 GT3 and Challenge:

Is the Ferrari 488 Pista too tame for you? You can get even more hardcore 488s in the form of the GT3, which races in international competition and the Challenge cars, which is a one-make series for wealthy Ferrari owners.

Mercedes-Benz V-Class:

The cover story of this issue needed an equally epic support car and the Mercedes-Benz V-Class was up to the task. We loves its touring ability, practicality and comfort on a long drive like the one we undertook.

Toyota Yaris design:

What stands out about the Toyota Yaris? Its design! The Toyota Yaris cuts a fine shape both on the outside, and with its smart interior design

Hyundai Kona Electric:

India’s first long-range electric car is here! The Hyundai Kona Electric has a real-world range of around 300km, making it a car that you can live with without compromise. We finally have details about its price in India, the charging infrastructure and the support you get from Hyundai when you get one

Duster to the mountains:
The Renault Duster on an epic adventure up to the highest ski slopes in India! We missed the season by a few days and the beginner slopes were already out of snow, but that didn’t stop the Duster from soldiering up there!

Tesla Model 3 Performance:
The Tesla Model 3 Performance is the BMW’s electric rival. With crazy acceleration and solid dynamics, can it hold its own against the performance sedan we all know and love?

Venue Roadtrip:
We take the Hyundai Venue around town, looking for some of the best coffee we can get our hands on and have a few people who know the ins and outs of Pune’s food scene in tow

Porsche 917
The Porsche 917 is a racing legend. On its 50th anniversary, we were given the privilege to drive one up Goodwood. The full blown 1100bhp CanAm version, no less

Honda Drive to Discover:

The Honda Civic and Honda CR-V on a drive through the hills of the north-east

Triumph Street Scrambler:

Triumph’s Street-Twin based Scrambler gets an upgrade with more power, a dedicated off-road mode and now looks more the part too!

Xpulse vs Impulse
The Xpulse is the spiritual successor to the Impulse. But how far ahead has it moved the game? How much has changed in the years between the two? This feature story reunites father and son to make for an fun off-roading adventure.

BMW S 1000 RR

BMW Motorrad’s litre-class monster. It is now lighter and more powerful, making it a proper track weapon. But they have designed it to be forgiving, and useable on the road too. Get our first impressions of it from our ride at the Buddh International Circuit.

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