Our team has received a number of emails and various media requests on which is the definitive Pagani Huayra Roadster between AUTOart or LCD Models? We finally have two examples to review side by side so we thought it was the appropriate time to share our feeling on both. Retail aside, which is truly the better of the two models.
We’ll judge each example by the following attributes, exterior, front, rear, wheels, motor, interior and additional accessories. Each element will be scored win or tie. The final results will be on display at the end of the article. Pretty simple, no? Let us know your thoughts on why you choose one over the other.
Let’s first look at the exterior side. Our AUTOart example features the Blue Carbon Fibre finish. Out of the box the results are stunning, and more impressive in person than we excepted. Exterior panels are crafted in a composite material. The Blue Carbon Fibre is executed well, and the shutlines and panel gaps we believe are better implemented here than against our LCD Models example. We had the AUTOart piece under the Photo Gallery synopsis back in January 2021.
Our LCD Models is the White version, lighter colours usually enhance the gapping. Also, we found a slight variance in the colour tone from the front 2/3rd to the rear section of the car. Their Pagani is also available in Blue, Red and Violet.
Overall dimensions of each car are extremely close, we were quite surprised by how close. And as you know each example does provide full access with a few bonus elements, which we discuss more in detail below.
As for LCD Models, their example is based on a diecast metal exterior, and the first thing you’ll notice is the overall weight in comparison to the AUTOart is considerably greater. Some still equate quality with diecast metal, but in reality, the AUTOart is closer to the real thing than LCD Models based on carbon fibre exterior structure alone.
What LCD Models does well and excels over the AUTOart version is their execution with the carbon fibre elements found throughout the exterior side, they actually use a true carbon fibre decal with clear whereas AUTOart uses a tampo method which is effective but is second best against LCD Models effort.
In the end, we gave the win to LCD Models for the overall exterior presence and execution, likely driven by the use of their well-defined carbon fibre exterior elements.
A closer look at the front area of the LCD Models Huayra Roadster and you’ll first notice the impact of true carbon fibre detailing on the lower spoiler and headlight housing. Better than AUTOart. Each example offers a fully functional spoiler. Lower grilles are metal and perforated on both examples. And while the LCD Models exterior mirrors are attached from the factory AUTOart requires you to install them.
A win for AUTOart here is the detailing with the strap located at each end of the hatch, the added paint is more authentic, whereas LCD Models has left this part unpainted. Once inside at first glance both appear very similar, but this is not the case.
LCD Models provide the true carbon fibre elements for the complete front windshield down. AUTOart again is tampo method. The engineering on the hinge is very similar on each and the operation is much the same. Both models feature much of the lower areas in mould carbon fibre – though we find the LCD Models provide more detail on the two cooling fans and related parts here.
AUTOart does provide some additional detailing that LCD Model does not. The most evident is the cooling just behind each from wheels, AUTOart is more polished providing us with a finished area capped with metal grilles. However, LCD Models do provide fans with a fully working suspension whereas the AUTOart is static.
The front perspective is a tie in our opinion. There are pros and cons for both sides. Each individual will have their priority list, but it’s a tie based on our criteria.
The hatch on the rear is much the same in both examples. Each provides the level of detailing one would expect. This appliable to the clear glass in the upper section with metal grilles on both sides. The straps once again go to AUTOart for a win based on the additional paint. Lower functional spoilers are available to both models, however, the LCD Models outperformed the AUTOart here. Function on the LCD Models was perfect, each side providing a great amount of movement and each side could retain the closed position with parallel accuracy. Not the same with AUTOart. Movement on our example is restricted to the 1:10th of that of LCD Models.
As we move down to the back section of the rear it is dominated by carbon fibre, again the win here is LCD Models. Their choice of decals/clear over tampo definitely makes a substantial difference when both are aligned side by side. This also extends to taillight housing. And finally, each model provides a view of the beast inside, as the rear grille is metal and perforated on both.
Clearly, a win for LCD Models here. It just looks more polished. And if you read our comments from the article back in January, you would have read the Blue carbon fibre alignment on the rear exterior side was visually off.
Motor wise, it’s quite impressive how each is nearly mirrored, however, there are some pros and cons for each. The biggest win for LCD Models is their ability to provide a working suspension whereas the AUTOart is static. As for the upper section of the motor, we find the LCD Model more detailed with the smallest of details. Exhaust systems are quite similar, though we prefer the bluing/browning of the exhaust of the AUTOart better.
LCD Models the first image and AUTOar second below.
AUTOart also provides a more polished and finished look to the backside of the hatch with mould carbon fibre, whereas LCD Models is mostly completed a Flat Black paint. Also, the surrounding exterior side of the motor section is all tampo, AUTOart achieves a more cohesive look but extending the carbon fibre tampo right to the interior side of the cockpit. LCD Models does pick up a few points as they continue their carbon fibre with a truly authentic look but as noted missed the mark by not extending through the side.
Each model provides access to luggage storage, each is fitted with luggage too. On the plus side, AUTOart does define the leather strap on each side and provides more pieces of luggage too.
As for the wheels, we lean towards the LCD Models side. Their definition is our opinion look more refined. The paint is polished, providing a more effective result. And they even provide an air valve. Though the flip side the model is based on the car presented to the public to showcase their ability and in-house options. Some may not like the different coloured wheels and brake calipers.
AUTOart wheels are Silver in colour and feature tire script too. And the rear parking brake is found. This is missing from the competitor’s car. Though in comparison to the LCD Models version they are rather plain.
The wheels go to LCD Models. Though a slim margin the overall results look better in person.
Interior wise the LCD Model does shine over AUTOart. It is not immediately noticeable but when you get down to the gradual level of the steering dash, and centre console definition you can clearly see LCD Model leaves AUTOart behind. Carbon fibre detail elevates the results too. And the most embarrassing piece for AUTOart is the centre console, it is extremely poor. One win for AUTOart over the LCD Models is the polished look of the carbon fibre frame. It excels over LCD Models as their outer side is left untouched and the inner working is executed with a moulded carbon fibre look.
Win LCD Models. The proof is in the puddling as they say and photos here don’t lie. Well done LCD Models!
In addition to more luggage, AUTOart also supplies the collector with two sets of mirrors, a screwdriver and an access key. On the flip side, LCD Models do provide a larger screwdriver, painted to match the exterior, access key and luggage, though less than AUTOart the luggage pieces themselves are more refined. The nod here goes to AUTOart.
Win AUTOart! Even with their added goodies the refinement of the luggage pieces does help. And we also appreciated that they paint the hinges on each storage compartment Black to help mirror the carbon fibre finish.
The tally, out of seven critical touchpoints LCD Model takes four, and AUTOart one with the remaining two noted as a tie. Again, these are subjective in nature, and each person may prioritize them differently. As for which is the better model and the overall better value, it is LCD Models.
As for LCD Models, the team is quite impressed with their overall effort for such a young and upcoming brand. Let’s hope they take away from this and improve moving forward. LCD Models also need to improve on accessibility and supply chain, which as you know their products aren’t the easiest to obtain at the moment. Also, can the team keep this pace and price, only time will tell. And so far 2021 has been extremely quiet, while in comparison AUTOart has infused the conversation with a slew of additional new material to come.
Overall the AUTOart exterior is solid, the exterior Blue Carbon is grand. But it is a far cry from what the team is capable of. AUTOart also comes in at a premium price. At this price point, there should be zero accommodations. At what price the Pagani Huayra Roadster retails for (about $400 CND) they need to provide a replica that excels on all elements below. It’s been far too long AUTOart has been resting on past successes. They need to step up their game or lower their prices. We prefer the latter with a full 360 effort, otherwise in the supercar segment LCD Models will continue to take market share. This LCD Model Pagani Huayra Roadster came in at about $220 CND, far less than AUTOart.
Exterior (overall): Win = LCD Models
Front: Tie = AUTOart/LCD Models
Rear: Win = LCD Models
Motor: Tie = AUTOart/LCD Models
Wheels: Win = LCD Models
Interior: Win = LCD Models
Accessories: Win = AUTOart