The AUTOart Aston Martin Vanquish is our next model underneath the microscope. This model comes from their composite series, yes I said the word again, composite LOL! It features an open-body, 1:18 scale replica with composite body panels. One thing AUTOart usually does well is capture the exterior lines in scale form, and this piece is no exception. Panel gaps and shutlines are tight. For example, if you compare the front hood with their previous “diecast” Aston Martins you will definitely see the difference.
The exterior white paint is consistent throughout, but like the Huracan DS reviewed earlier it seems somewhat flat and lifeless. Ride stance is on point too.
The front fascia of the model is well executed. The image will show you the tight panel gaps I mentioned earlier. Aston Martin emblem is good, but it could have used a little more finesse. The hood does feature metal perforated grilles inlayed with the composite material. More on this later. Headlight and carbon fiber detail is well done too.
The rear is much like the front, BUT one big issue, note the lacking exhaust tip on the left side. Quality control is poor for sure. Other than this slight oversight the rear is top notch. Carbon fibre working is very nice, there is even an inlaid metal perforated grille in the lower centre section of the rear bumper. We have access to the rear storage, all is fully carpeted with the addition of two hood struts to provide that added realism to the piece. I need to mention the panel gaps here aren’t as tight and clean as the front.
The wheels on the Aston Martin are typical AUTOart, well done. The entire combination is beautifully executed, this includes the calipers, rotors and wheels. If I could change one thing I would move to red calipers for that added pop!
The heart of the Aston Martin Vanquish is powered by 6.0 litre V12 engine producing roughly 565 horsepower. The engine detail is nice, but I’ve seen better from AUTOart on past pieces, it seems a little too plastic looking for my taste. The polish feel is surely lacking here. Also the composite material for the hood is quite flimsy, though operation is very good and feature forward sweep motion too. Well done.
I was really impressed with the undercarriage detail of the Aston Martin. There is a lot to see, the provided images will speak for themselves. Nice work AUTOart!
Inside the model features a full black interior with full carpeting throughout. There are fabric seat-belts front and rear. Note, model features right-hand steering. Though all the elements are here and nicely detailed and executed, when looking at images of 1:1 interior, the Aston Martin does have its creature comforts done using lavish and plush materials, while the model’s interior is somewhat lacking in finesse. At this price point I think it could be a little better. Lastly, the famous Aston Martin upswept doors are here as the feature photo shows. It may not be as pronounced as the 1:1, but kudos to AUTOart for the effort!
Overall we have a very nice model in the AUTOart Aston Martin Vanquish. I have no reservations recommending the piece if you are a fan of the marque. It definitely isn’t perfect, but what model is? And if AUTOart can address a few minor issues they will continue to improve and get their market share. Enjoy the pics!