After two months of voting it is now time to come to a conclusion of our annual polls for our Model of the Year Awards. For the first time ever, CMC claims a clear overall victory with over 200 votes more than any other model. At the same time, this is the winner in the Race & Vintage categories and, little surprise, amongst the more expensive models. Congratulations!
In second place the Performance league models that would usually almost always take our award were competing neck and neck over the poll period and while LCD was leading for quite a while it now only comes out in fourth place in the performance class and mid-price-range, while AUTOart´s Honda NSX-R has crossed the finishing ahead of Almost Real´s Jaguar. Congratulations on winning a close race in those two classifications!
Best Street model in the same mid-price range is KengFai´s Audi RS7, followed rather closely by its sibling RS6 Avant. You may think, there just wasn´t enough competition here in the polls in this category to mean anything, but the review will tell you that this victory gives due credit to an excellently made model.
The best budget model is the Solido Alfa Romeo, surpassing much more expensive models and laying testament that decent models needn´t cost much and are welcomed amongst collectors. Thus Solido has made a solid effort to surpass Norev as the best bang-for-the-buck model maker.
The same goes for the Utility category where ACME´s budget vintage Chevy K-10 beats the expensive KengFai´s Rolls Royce Cullinan from the highest price category.
Unsurprisingly, the competition was highest in the mid-price-range Performance category of the polls. All our winners’ profit from the fact that the only two Performance model entries in the highest price range were sealed resin. Generally, the polls once again seem to prove that collectors prefer models that open over sealed models across all price ranges and subject matters, and metal over resin.
Again, congratulations to all our 2022 winners and we a looking forward to a very promising 2023 poll.
DS 2022 MODEL OF THE YEAR FRONT-RUNNERS. PICK YOUR BEST THREE MODELS!
- CMC Ferrari 275 GTB/C (S&R)(1:18) VR$$$ (12%, 524 Votes)
- AUTOart Honda NSX-R (NA2) (1:18) P$$ (7%, 303 Votes)
- Almost Real Jaguar C-X75 (1:18) P$$ (7%, 301 Votes)
- AUTOart Aston Martin DBS Superleggera (1:18) P$$ (7%, 283 Votes)
- LCD Models Pagani Huayra Roadster BC (1:18) P$$ (7%, 279 Votes)
- MotorHelix Nissan GT-R R-34 Nismo (1:18) P$$ (6%, 248 Votes)
- KengFai Audi RS7 Sportback (1:18) S$$ (4%, 154 Votes)
- Solido Alfa Romeo Guila GTAm (1:18) P$ (3%, 147 Votes)
- Bburago Signature Ferrari SF90 (1:18) P$ (3%, 145 Votes)
- KiloWorks Audi RS6 Avant (C8) (1:18) S$$ (3%, 133 Votes)
- Norev Ferrari 308 GTS QV (1:18) VP$ (3%, 128 Votes)
- ACME Chevrolet K-10 4x4 (1:18) UV$ (3%, 112 Votes)
- Norev Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (1:18) V$ (3%, 111 Votes)
- Kyosho Lancia Delta HF Integrale (S&R) (1:18) VR$$ (2%, 102 Votes)
- Kengfai Rolls-Royce Cullinan (OEM) (1:18) U$$$ (2%, 97 Votes)
- GT Spirit Koenigsegg Jesko (1:18) P$ (2%, 97 Votes)
- BBR Maserati MC20 (Sealed) (1:18) P$$$ (2%, 95 Votes)
- Solido Lada Niva (1:18) SV $ (2%, 90 Votes)
- Maisto Lamborgini Countach LPi 800-4 (1:18) P$ (2%, 84 Votes)
- OttOmobile Alfa Romeo Giula GTAm (1:18) P$ (2%, 83 Votes)
- KK Scale Ferrari 250 GTO (S&R) (1:18) VR$ (2%, 80 Votes)
- GT Spirit Ford Bronco (1:18) U$ (2%, 79 Votes)
- Maisto Porsche 911 GT3 (1:18) P$ (2%, 78 Votes)
- Norev Volkswagen Golf GTI MK8 (1:18) S$ (2%, 71 Votes)
- Pop Race Singer DLS Project (1:18) P$$ (1%, 60 Votes)
- Minichamps BMW M3/M4 (1:18) P$$ (1%, 59 Votes)
- Schuco Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (1:12) V$$$ (1%, 54 Votes)
- Tecnomodel Lotus 72 (1:18) RV$$ (1%, 48 Votes)
- ST Well Audi RS6 Avant (1:18) P$ (1%, 44 Votes)
- ST Well Lexus LFA (1:18) P$ (1%, 44 Votes)
- KK Scale Porsche Carrea 3.2 Clubsport (1:18) VP$ (1%, 42 Votes)
- MR Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder (1:18) P$$$ (1%, 40 Votes)
- Road Kings Krupp Titan SWL 80 (1:18) UV# (1%, 30 Votes)
- Auto World Munster’s Dragcula (1:18) V$ (0%, 21 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,011
I had voted on the BBR Maserati MC20, because Almost Real the Jaguar C-X75 wasn’t in my hands at the time of voting, but I would change it now that I have the C-X75. I already had 4 C-X75’s by VAV models, but the Almost Real model is definitely an upgrade.
I wonder how their upcoming BBR Maserati MC20 in full open option with fare? The Almost Real Jaguar C-X75 is a viable contender to replace the VAV option, it did my collection!
I’ve finally decided to get the ST Well RS6 and having seen it in detail and owning the winning model, I’m even more inclined to say CMC does not deserve the award this time.
They did a Ferrari, a classic, beautiful Ferrari and a full access one to top it off, so it’s no surprise it caught some attention. BUT (and it’s a very big but ;)) considering the asking price and initial quality issues, there are companies out there that did more for less last year.
ST Well’s RS6 absolutely SLAYS already Autoarts (and it’s diecast) in terms of attention to detail, execution and features. I see that Kiloworks is also worth noting here. And mine cost me HALF of the current Autoart’s price.
I know fast Audis are not as alluring as 1960s Ferraris, but in terms of model making, ST Well/KiloWorks/Kengfai/Motorhelix have shown some seriously good models last year and they deserve the recognition more than CMC.
Thanks for your reply, Peter. Actually, this is why we have introduced the categories and given each voters three votes: This create more than one winner and caters for different themes and budgets in our hobby. CMC may have taken the overall victory for which we award a trophy, but KengFai are victors in one of the categories too. That your RS6 Avant has not fared so well in the polls is down to the fact that estate-bodied cars are not such a popular subject matter. Usually the overall award is taken by a high-end model of a hypercar, so CMC profits from the absence of such a specimen this time.
I personally do not own or have voted for any of this year´s winners, but I actually don´t mind. This is a communal poll activity, often more driven emotionally by the popularity of the original than the quality of its model´s crafting. It is not a soberly made Concours examination result. If we were awarding points for different criteria in each of our reviews and gave the trophy to the model that has ticked most boxes at the end of a year, this might return a very different result. The hobby is driven by passion.