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REVIEW: AUTOart Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

There has been a lot of talk about Lamborghini’s latest direction when it comes to style, design, and mass appeal.  One of those cars in question is the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, meaning Sixth Element in Italian.  Sesto Elemento is equipped with a 6-speed semi-automatic transmission and an all wheel drive system, mated to a 5.2 litre V10 engine.  The car generates 570 hp and 400 lbf·ft of torque.  Motor specs aren’t so impressive based on today’s supercar standards.  The catch here is the study of function and weight reduction. Sesto Elemento’s chassis, body, drive shaft and various suspension bits are made entirely of carbon fiber, which reduces overall weight to less than 1000 kilograms, or 2,200 lb.  These numbers are similar to a typical Volkswagen Polo.  The replica we have here was manufactured by AUTOart, so how did they do…

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The exterior of the Sesto Elemento, at first glance, isn’t the most appealing for a Lamborghini to date.  One starts to appreciate the design more on closer inspection.  AUTOart did a very good job on the overall lines, and execution is extremely good.  One thing I would point out is the overall ride height.  Photos I’ve seen of the actual Sesto Elemento seem to present a more aggressive stance, though what we have from AUTOart is more than acceptable.  The front windshield wipers look a little out place, and to me, the material used seems a little too cheap and out of place based on the overall high standards of the rest of the model.

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The carbon fiber pattern is unique to the Sesto Elemento and AUTOart once again succeeded here.  If you read AUTOart’s article on the Sesto Elemento, you know that replicating the fine weave was no easy task.  Other manufactures would decide on wrapping the body panels but AUTOart went that extra mile with tampon printing.  Let me tell you – it is flawless!  Panel gaps and shutlines are equally as good.  The many photos provided will highlight the excellent results.   Front fascia features perforated grilles throughout and a 3D logo.  Headlights and taillights are nicely detailed too.  The rear removable hatch is beautifully executed; it fits firmly in place and features small magnets to keep the piece secure.  Overall, the weight of the model is substantial, and it oozes quality and craftsmanship.

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The wheels on the Sesto Elemento are in line with the exterior – top notch execution.  The carbon fiber wheels are beautifully replicated and paired with highly detailed ceramic rotors and red calipers – just beautiful.

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The front section of the model is sealed, though the rear features a removable hatch that is very easy to take off and put back in place.  Motor detail is very good, a lot of carbon fiber bits covering much of the suspension and motor components.  I personally love the red accent bits and the carbon fiber exhaust tips, really sets the tone for the engine.  Well done AUTOart!

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The Sesto Elemento interior is a work of art and AUTOart once again doesn’t disappoint here.  Execution of the padding to form the seats and interior trim is absolutely delicious.  The craftsmanship of the fully carbon fiber dash and surrounding bits are spot on.  The realism of the sport seat-belt harness is icing on the cake.  Well done AUTOart!

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Without a second of hesitation, the AUTOart Sesto Elemento is a definite must have.  Yes, its design divides opinion, and the higher price point, most likely due to the R&D behind the exterior carbon fiber printing, moves the model out of reach for some collectors, BUT on the flip side, pushing the limits of design, function, and creativity, the Sesto Elemento is a true winner!  This unique piece will be looked upon in years to come as the one that got away.  Folks, get yours before the inventory runs dry.  Enjoy the pics!

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6 Responses to "REVIEW: AUTOart Lamborghini Sesto Elemento"

  1. KARsten says:

    Really good review! I believe, the carbon fibre pattern is even better than on the Veyron Super Sport WRE. AUTOart have only missed one tiny detail, as far as I can see from the pics: The red dots representing the nuts with which the body parts are attached to the chassis. Cf. photos of the original car, e.g. at the foot of the A-pillar.

  2. andy says:

    Hi, just got my sesto today and it has a slight misalignment on the tampon printing under the spoiler so it looks like a line in the finish. Does yours have something similar any where on the model. Not sure if its just me been too picky just at £200 I expected perfection.

    • DS Team says:

      If you take a look at the rear image of the car (at the bottom of the review) you will see a slight line mid-section, second spoiler/bumper from the bottom. Is this what you’re referring to? If so, yes :)

  3. andy says:

    Yes thats it must be a common place for it to miss with the print. Luckily its not too noticable. Thanks

  4. andy says:

    Sorry. Actually its the 3rd pic just to the right of spoiler when looking from rear does yours have a line where the printing has misaligned? Its annoying me but too costly to return the model. Disappointed.

    • DS Team says:

      I didn’t even notice this until you asked me to look. Yes there is a faint line. I guess your OCD is on setting 11, my stops at 10. Don’t wait your effort in returning it, I think it is an issue with all models based on the tampo process employed here.

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