REVIEW: AUTOart Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport WRC

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REVIEW: AUTOart Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport WRC

Post by [KRAFTIG] » Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:54 pm

Once in awhile the diecast hobby unveils a special model, one that cannot get away, and one that will be a talking piece in your collection for many years to come. The latest effort from AUTOart is a limited edition (1000 pieces) of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport World Record car. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport achieved a new land speed world record for production cars, on the proving grounds of the Volkswagen Group at Ehra-Lessien. In the presence of the German Technical Inspection Agency (TÜV) and a representative of Guinness Book of Records the Super Sport achieved an average top speed of 431 km/h. We all know the Black/Orange rendition of the Super Sport isn't the most eyeing catching, or the most appealing with the bling bling crowd, what the car represents is a marvel of innovation, a homage to the founder of the brand, Ettore Bugatti.

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This AUTOart Signature release comes in the traditional blue Bugatti packing with the brand logo on the front with sliver lettering on the side branding this the "World Record Edition" Black/Orange. What is new is what is found on the inside. The styrofoam shell is present with instruction guide on how to release the rear spoilers and install the removable rear hatch. The new I mentioned is informational booklet/photo guide included with the model in addition to the supplemental model guide highlighting the level of detail throughout the model; the second of the two has been a staple in recent Signature releases. I was one of the lucky few Canadian customers (only 12 came into Canada) to get their hands on one; my model is #0501 of 1000.

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The exterior of the WRC is unmistakably recognizable, the orange and black are an unusual combination but this is not your typical car. The carbon fiber work is meticulously executed, just flawless throughout. Photo-etched grille work is found front, top, and rear, all beautifully crafted. Panel gaps and shutlines are excellent throughout as the photos will illustrate. Some of the distinguishable WRC features include the front black badge, rear white taillights, rear license plate, and interior 4-point racing harness. If I had to change one thing about the exterior I would have went for a more aggressive stance, 2-3mm drop in ride height would have made the model perfect.

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The wheels of WRC overall are nicely executed. Though they are lacking the realism I'm accustomed to seeing with AUTOart models. The attempt at the orange power coating has left us with a look of plastic for lack of a better word. Some people have been complaining of stiff rear wheels, yes my model suffers the same. Though this doesn't detract from the model at all as we all know these are static display pieces.

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The front of the model features a carpeted storage area. Two dampers on each side add to the realism and work without issue. The rear of the model features the heart of the best and functional spoilers. With one click of the button located underneath the model the spoilers are deployed. No issues here either. I've mentioned this before but the engineering behind this is just awesome!

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Removing the rear hatch reveals the monster W16 cylinder motor producing the 1200 HP and 1500 Nm of torque. The hatch is kept in check with four strategically placed magnets. All work well as gaps and shutlines are excellent! Detail of the WRC motor is on par with other 16.4 Veyron's, the difference with the Super Sport models is the exposed induction system of either side. Both reveal nicely detailed air filters. Overall fit and finish is excellent.

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Underneath there is much going on other than the serial number and exposed suspension bits. The rest is covered in the aerodynamic trim.

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The interior of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport WRC is beautifully detailed as well. AUTOart went that extra mile with the little extras, the orange stitching on the steering wheel and seats are a good start. The Super Sport logo is found on the side of the centre console and upper section of the seats. The 4-point racing harness adds another level of realism and the "EB" logo displays proudly in-between both seats. Another cool bit is the attention to detail that AUTOart utilized in the door locking mechanism, the attached photos will highlight in depth.

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What this model represents is a 16 gun salute to the founder of the brand. A production car that strikes a cord with many car enthusiast's around the world. We need to thanks the likes of VAG (Volkswagen/Audi Group) for their efforts in bringing back honor to a brand that some how lost its luster over the years and finally AUTOart for replicating a true centre piece for collectors. This model isn't for everyone, I know that, but if you can manage to get your hands on one I highly recommend you do. Enjoy the pics!


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Re: REVIEW: AUTOart Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport WRC

Post by StratosWRC » Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:57 pm

That's a good review and you're right about the ride height. Considering the record was set with the ride height lowered (the car lowers itself when the special high speed mode is engaged), they could have made it lower, but oh well.

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Re: REVIEW: AUTOart Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport WRC

Post by [KRAFTIG] » Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:08 pm

StratosWRC wrote:That's a good review and you're right about the ride height. Considering the record was set with the ride height lowered (the car lowers itself when the special high speed mode is engaged), they could have made it lower, but oh well.
Thanks. That's exactly how I see it as well

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Re: REVIEW: AUTOart Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport WRC

Post by Bill Murray » Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:52 pm

Cool model as it is the Record breaking car, but honestly I don't like it. The orange does not work for me, especially on the wheels. I was tempted to get it because of the record bit, but it is not the best of the Veyrons.

Congrats, and it seems like a great investment at the very least.

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Re: REVIEW: AUTOart Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport WRC

Post by jface » Tue Feb 04, 2014 2:26 pm

Autoart could have done a better job with rims/suspension but still looks great. These will no doubt go up in value.

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Re: REVIEW: AUTOart Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport WRC

Post by BMW Fan » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:14 pm

Nice photos and review. Is it difficult for you to steer the wheels of your model? Mine has this issue and I'm wondering if it's a model-specific issue.

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Re: REVIEW: AUTOart Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport WRC

Post by [KRAFTIG] » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:40 am

BMW Fan wrote:Nice photos and review. Is it difficult for you to steer the wheels of your model? Mine has this issue and I'm wondering if it's a model-specific issue.
It steers but overall left to right travel is very limited.

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