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In our next issue (evo 259) we celebrate the motoring icon - the road or racing car that has the ability to transcend its vital statistics and become a legend in its own right. But think of these as mere objects and you might be mistaken, as this latest issue proves that icons may take all different shapes and sizes, but they’re icons for a reason.
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We start with the Golf GTI - not the origins of hot hatchbacks, but definitely, a model that defined it. Volkswagen has seen fit to say goodbye to the current generation with a new GTI TCR model, taking inspiration from the TCR racer to produce a hotter, harder and more track-focused tool than the current mk7.5 GTI. Has VW succeeded? To put this to the ultimate test, we also brought two of its most distinguished forebears together to test the new TCR’s chop, including the renaissance mk5 GTI, and the most potent GTI yet, the glorious GTI Clubsport S.
The next icon comes from a different path, one made on gravel rather than tarmac roads. We take a look at an Audi S1 Quattro that tackled the legendary Pikes Peak Hill Climb - taking it one level up on even the most extreme Group B version. Two different cars that can find their motorsport lineage owing to the Quattro is our twin test between the Subaru Impreza P1 and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Edition, a legendary rivalry that extended for nearly a decade on the rally stages of the WRC and on road, with little separating them on power, performance or capability - this is the final verdict of arguably their greatest forms.
We’ve also had a go in two mid-engined icons, the first is Lamborghini’s heavily revised Huracan Evo, a model promising all the drama and aggression of its Performante sibling, but with a more intelligent electronic brain connecting its components together. Can some chassis and electronic changes really make that much of a difference? The result might surprise you. Elsewhere, the Alpine A110 has deeply impressed us in standard form, but the boffins at Lichfield have turned their attention to the new-age French sports car. We took it out to find out whether Lichfield spoilt the recipe or just sharpened the package.
But that’s not all, as we also take a spin in two brilliant yet affordable hot hatchbacks, try out the classic Datsun 240Z and a brilliant resto-mod version, go back and visit what might be the most exciting front-wheel drive car in history, the DC2 Honda Integra Type R, and loads more including our exclusive first drives, columns, fast fleet and redesigned Ignition pages, with all the latest news and most exciting new cars.
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