It feels like forever since I last reviewed a model, and the drought is now over. Today I present the latest review, AUTOart’s 1:18 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4. The car itself needs no introduction. The name Huracan is taken from the Spanish word for hurricane. The Lamborghini Huracan is the replacement for the very successful and timeless piece from Lamborghini, the Gallardo (another personal favourite).
The Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 is from AUTOart’s ‘Composite’ series. I went with the white exterior and red/black interior. Based on the current color options, this one tickled me pink the most! The exterior is typical AUTOart fashion, it captures the essence of the 1:1 on many levels. Body lines are smooth, panel gaps are good, and shutlines are even better. As mentioned earlier, the model is made of composite material panels. Each piece/panel looks the part, but when opening the doors, front and rear hatch you notice that there is something missing – the lack of substance of good old diecast metal. I’ll be honest with you, the model feels cheap and toy-like because of this, BUT the entire package works, and works well.
Paint on the model is consistent throughout. There is enough shine and reflection from the clear-coat, one of the better painted composite models I’ve seen of late. Front fascia features mesh grills, 3D Lamborghini emblems, and headlight detail is very good too. Hood operation works flawlessly, you have to love AUTOart’s engineering here. Note the two small magnets on the lower side of the opening. They are utilized to keep the hatch closed. My guess, this is required because the composite material used is extremely light. I read that some people had some serious panel gap issues when closed. It is best to massage the hatch with your fingers when in the closed position to get the best fit.
Moving to the rear we have more AUTOart goodness. Detailed taillights, exhaust tips and photo-etched details all provide a nicely executed rear. Note the photo-etched metal grille just under the rear spoiler. I like it!
The motor is accessible with Huracan. In typical AUTOart fashion, there are simulated gas struts on each side. I wasn’t impressed with the hatch piece itself, the composite material is very cheap and flimsy, again adding to the toy-like feel noted earlier. The motor itself is nicely layered in detail. Not AUTOart’s best work, but it does suffice. One element that left a bad taste was the upper structural cross-member. It looks like something you would find on a $30 Maisto model, not on $200 plus model. WTF AUTOart?
The wheels are works of art. Thank goodness AUTOart reserved the silver paint for the white instead of the black we initially saw on the early prototypes. The wheels are mated to carbon fibre rotors and massive brake calipers painted in red. The package works well. Just lovely!
The interior shines with the black/red colour option. It definitely excels, in my opinion, with the subtle white exterior. Though others may find the optional flashy exterior combinations a little more appealing, my dollar is on the white. All interior elements are present which include dash, centre console, and doors cards. There is also full carpeting throughout. My only complain is the weightless doors, with the composite material they seem somewhat flimsy and cheap.
If the review sounds somewhat disheartening, that’s because it is. I was under the impression that the move to composite material was to reduce the overall opening price point for AUTOart models. This one chimes in at $229CND plus tax, a far cry from their earlier release, the Alfa Romeo 4C, coming in at around $149. I don’t mind the sacrifice to composite from diecast to gain the accessible bits, but model costs 2x more than your Welly and Kyosho offering that are well under $100CND. AUTOart, please help me understand?
As for the model itself, shelf presence and overall execution is there, as it should be. This is a must have piece for me, as my collection revolves around many European supercars, most of which carry the Lamborghini badge. I’ll leave it in your hands to make the final call. How important is the Huracan to you? There are other cheaper options, all of which have their limitations, so what are you willing to live without? Enjoy the pics!