Top Gear, currently the UKs most popular car magazine, is for people who know about cars and want to appear knowledgable. Evo is the magazine that the true petrolheads read.
It combines mouthwatering photography with excellent writing that really give you a feel for what the car is like to drive. Of particular note, Evo give very few review of 'normal' cars, instead they focus almost solely on supercars. This is great, as, let's face, we don't really want to read about the new Toyota Aygo - we really want to read about the Ferrari F430 Scuderia.
One of my favourite sections is called the 'long termers'. With this section, Evo is given a car by a manufacturer (or, with some of the more exotic metal, contributors write the article about their own cars) for a period of 6 months to a year. It lets one know what the car is like to own and live with. Notable long termers include the new Audi RS6, a Lambo Murcielago LP640, and a Porsche Carrera GT. Reading this just lets me dream about owning one of these cars...
I am a long time subscriber to Evo magazine, which in my opinion is one of, if not the best performance car magazine out there are the moment.
It is the natural sucessor to Performance Car magazine which in its day was without doubt the best motoring magazine available
The editorial content is superb and the car photography simply stunning. The news section is always informative and the guys tend to get a lot of scoop news stories that other magazines seem to miss.
The passion that the writers have shines through clearly in the very high standard of the road test reviews. Road tests are written in an easy to read style and they are not too technical for the average reader to enjoy.
If you subscribe to Evo you also have the added advantage of receiving the collectors editions which have different covers from the magazine you buy in the shops.
If you love cars, are a petrolhead then this really is the motoring magazine for you.
EVO continues the tradition encapsulated in Performance Car, which unfortunately ceased publication shortly after being bought by Car magazine. EVO has taken the essence of PC and refined it with great graphic design, excellent photography, and most importantly, a passion for the art and craft of driving and the cars which make it an enjoyable pastime. EVO manages to cater to all sorts of tastes. The coverage ranges from the zippy runabout, sports car or saloon to exotics only affordable in one's dreams. In all cases, the focus is the same, the thrill of driving. The writing style is personal, familiar, but respectful. It's written from the point of view of the driver, not the bank manager or the spouse. It's not about horsepower, torque figures or lateral g, it's about enjoying the road. You sometimes feel as if _you_ are at the wheel. The magazine has a spread of articles. There is the usual news pages covering latest releases and announcements, brief motorsport coverage and pricing changes. There are short test drives which give first impressions, sometimes as a prelude to upcoming comprehensive test. Longer articles give a closer look at individual cars as well as group tests. The group tests are also very varied, not only stacking similar cars against each other but sometimes quite different cars, ranging from a MINI to a Lamborghini as in the recent EVO Car of the Year. This isn't so incongruous as it might sound as the impetus is the same, how enjoyable is it to drive, not just speed or kudos. There is comparatively little motorsport coverage. There is also the usual listing of all the cars deemed to be worthy of considered a performance car. Unlike many other car mags, EVO is relatively advertising light. The classifieds at the back only take up a tenth of the pages. This results in an article packed issue every month. If you are in any way interested in driving, excited by the challenge and like passio
nate writing, then EVO is the car magazine for you.
Grow up Max Power boys and read a proper magazine! Evo is aimed at those who own cars that are already fast, not monkey boys who add air filters to make a Nova 3mph quicker! Superb design and photography makes Evo a joy, if a little bit of a dreamers mag on occassions. But hey, everyone needs some form of impossible escape once in a while. Nice section esp called Fast Fleet. This is a monthly update on the cars being run by the staff, varying from Seat to a Ferrari there should be something in this section to interest you. Some of the staff are ex Performance Car mag, infact EVO took over from PC when it died a few years back. Well worth 3 quid, no MPVs, no 1.6GLs and nearly no diesels!
At two years old 'Evo' is the youngest in the New (as opposed to Classic) car magazine sector, yet it has managed to easily trump it's main competitors - 'Car' and 'Top Gear' magazines. This is possibly because much of the magazine's staff used to work on the now defunct Performance Car magazine. Performance Car was a different beast, however, incorporating a few too many elements of Max Power, and so not nearly as grown up a read as 'Evo'. The success of Evo as a car magazine can be put down to a combination of incredibly slick photography and a complete disregard for anything but performance cars. This is one car magazine where you will not have to put up with mind numbingly dull reviews of people carriers or wheezy 1.1 malaysian hatchbacks. Instead there is page after page of Porsches, Ferraris, Lotus's et al. As such it often seems to be a magazine for fantastists or those not yet old enough to drive (as the letters page often shows) but this is hardly a problem. The only real complaint has to be that the writers occasionally seem to forget that they are writing for drivers that do not have their breadth of experience - I doubt many people could claim that a Lotus Elise feels a bit under powered, or that there is such an enormous difference between the different Impreza Turbo variants.
I had always written off evo as being part of the Max Power style of car magazines, appealing more to those who prefer to tart up their XR3i's with furry dice etc. rather than those who appreciate true performance cars. evo is actually an extremely good magazine, and not at all dumbed down like some of its competitors. It is very similar in style to Car, another favourite of mine. The articles are very well-written, with some superb photography dotted throughout the magazine. Of course, it helps that the cars in the magazine are the best performance cars money can buy. The range of articles is also good, from a second-hand buyers guide for the Lotus Elise (my dream car) to comparison tests between some of the supercar big-hitters. The only problem is that some of the cars are so far out of normal peoples reach that reading about them in evo is the closest you will ever get to driving one. evo is highly recommended, it is a magazine that will keep your interest for a while. Its overall quality is highly impressive, and its now a magazine I always look out for.
If you like cars and want to keep up-to-date with the latest performance cars and the learn about the past masters, then this is the magazine for you. The magazine has an excellent range of articles covering all the latest cars, often with comparisons between them and their closest rivals. The cars are taken to exotic locations such as tuscany and north wales! Where they often take the cars on the track to find out if they have any vices. The photography is excellent, always crisp and bright, usually with the car flying round a corner with some opposite lock dialled in! Every month there is a 6 to 8 page buyers guide which gives a review of a second hand performance car. This review tells you what to look for and how to filter the good from the bad. Plus at the back of the magazine is a section called "The knowledge" where the vital statistics are listed for many sports and performance cars. Overall, EVO is the best monthly performance car magazine you can buy and I get it every month. I whole heartedly recommend it!
Over the years I have read a number of car magazines like Autocar, Top Gear, etc. None have been anywhere near as good as Evo. Evo is a magazine about cars that are nice to drive, cars that are full of evoness as they would say. Every month I eagerly await my copy to fall on the doormat to see what delights will lurk within the latest offering. I am never disappointed. I can't afford any of the cars in this magazine (I'm a student with no income), but some of the articles are so well written that I can imagine what it is like to drive some of them. From time to time there is an article that describes how a car feels, or how it sounds and I can feel what they are talking about. Each month they review new cars, have a comprehensive second hand buying guide for a featured car, and have feature articles that often pit certain groups of cars against each other. They also have a number of vehicles on long term test so you get monthly reports on what it is like living with various cars. I really do rate this magazine as one of the best ever. This is not a car magazine for people who are concerned with practicality and "sensible" cars that you use to get from A to B. Also, it is not a magazine for people who want to take a Ford Escort, strap a body kit to it and put a big "Turbo" sticker on the back. There are other magazines for that sort of thing. This magazine is about the "thrill of driving". It focuses on the performance cars that are actually produced. If you like cars then this magazine is the only car magazine you need to buy. It's also the only car magazine that will really satisfy someone who likes cars. Accept no imitations, read Evo.
I have been an avid reader of many motoring magazines for at least 10 years and have subscribed to many in the past. EVO carries on where Performance Car left off - testing many cars in real world situations and, at the same time, showing you another world of the dream cars! There are plenty of reviews in each magazine, well written and unbiased (although they do love to go on about the Jap supercars - Evo VI, Scooby etc.). At the back of each magazine, you will find many "Fast Fleet" cars - that are thoroughly tested over a long period of time and in all conditions. There are other magazines that offer up-to-the-minute information (such as Autocar) but few that offer such comprehensive advice. One especially great feature is when they focus on a specific car each month (TVR's, Porsches, Fiat's and so on) and give a really balanced opinion. They get some owners to give their opinion, which always helps! Overall, for the few pounds that the magazine costs, it is a very entertaining read and worth a look. . .
Evo-The Thrill Of Driving, as it's called, aims at exactly what the title suggests. Focusing on the pleasure and entertainment involved in driving performance vehicles, they provide detailed and comprehensive articles describing the intricases of handling and performance in an well written, informative and entertaining manner. I don't believe any other auto magazine currently offers this blend of quality journalism covering the joys of driving rather than the more mundane praticalities of cars. Indeed they have recently won an PPA award (magazine equivalent of the oscars) for publisher of the year. And it shows. Not only is the writting good but you get some the best photography of the more desirable cars around. They don't just have static car pictures filling the frame, they use some artistic license in creating some stunning action and scenery shots. I shall be taking a subscription as soon I can afford it!