This next model does not need much introduction. The shape, the sound, the records are well documented. First presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2016 the Bugatti Chiron has been permanently etched in our memory. Shortly after the public introduction, the team at AUTOart officially entered the ring with an announced of one in scale. Many moons the later a production example is released in 1:18 scale, the first colour being Nocturne Black with Red accents.
The original AUTOart Bugatti’s shipped in a propriety packaging exclusive to the brand. Upscale Blue paper wrapped in transparent plastic was the norm. We’re happy to report this tradition has continued. However, one thing that has changed, the exterior panels that were once crafted in diecast metal and assembled with a plethora of metal and plastic parts have today moved to composite. Is this Bugatti Chiron still worth a look? Continue on.
The Black exterior paint is flawless on our example. So clean it looks wet to the touch. The Red accents bits are classy in placement, some carbon fibre is found throughout the exterior and interior too. The Red paint work here is electric, much is found around the doors and lower section of the front bumper. As per the photo above, you can see the seamless sweep. The transition points between both Red and Black are perfect.
Some call the design simple and boring, sorry, we don’t agree. As for overall design and bodylines, we give AUTOart excellent marks with their vision of the Bugatti Chiron. Shutlines and panels gaps throughout the model are extremely tight, some of the best we’ve seen in some time.
The front fascia mirrors the original well. All lines on the Chiron seems to start or end at the horseshoe centre grille – photo above provides some insight. All opening bits here are completed with perforated metal grilles. Each section reveals detail in behind. Headlights are very good and centre Bugatti emblem is solid 3D like.
Access to the front storage is granted. No struts support for the hatch which is like the original. Neat hinge work is completed with care. Inside the quality of material and the fit and finish are definitely above the AUTOart average of late. There is a bonus too, something we did not see on previous releases, a pair of luggage. The storage compartment is also covered in fabric. Also, note the small badge left/front side and upper carbon fibre piece. Well done AUTOart!
Moving to the rear the standards are elevated believe it or not. Full functional spoiler is easily ejected with a push of the access button underneath the model. Again, shutlines and gaps are excellent. As we move below the carbon fibre work is heaviest here. None is moulded, all is applied decals work. The intricate detail in the taillights is visible too. The Red mixed with chrome and carbon fibre all find their appropriate home. Lower cooling is all executed with metal perforated grilles. And centre exhaust and lower diffuser complete the symphony of metal, paint and carbon fibre. Just beautiful!
Access to the motor is provided by a removable cover. It adheres to the body with a serious of magnets. The operation here is flawless and fit and finish is spot on. As for the motor itself, we would say the execution is very good – top covers are clean and polished. Forward tuning is the same while lower tuning is crafted in carbon fibre.
We actually dusted off the Bugatti EB 16.4 Veyron that was purchased in 2009 to compare motors and surrounding. (Fun fact, the EB 16.4 Veyron was purchased for $130 CND plus tax.). Where the model suffers slightly is the lower half. The strut bar is fabricated in moulded carbon fibre, and just below the protective heat shields and fluid container above are too plastic in appearance. The flow from the upper half to lower isn’t on par. And when you compare it to EB 16.4 Veyron you can see the difference where the entire motor area is 100% aligned.
The wheels on the Chiron are coloured matched to the body. The Black paint encompasses the entire front and inside of the rim. In behind the massive Red calipers again take from the exterior Red accents. They are mated to cross-drilled rotors. The entire package is excellent.
Inside the Chiron is completed in a Black/Grey theme with chrome accents. Certain areas are decorated with carbon fibre too – this includes the centre console, doors and steering wheel. Full carpeting is found throughout and seat-belts are in check, though rubber instead of fabric. Overall, we give it solid marks.
On a side note, we had a little trouble with the open/close feature on the doors. Based on the recessed doors they would not fully close. Simple solution, they required a little finesse to sweep them under the upper overhang. We need to assume the 1:1 would automatically drop the window a touch to clear.
Though for comparison we find the EB 16.4 Veyron more refined and complete. This is speaking more to the plastic used between the two. The EB 16.4 Veyron is less plastic in appearance and more realistic. The Chiron is the opposite. Could it be the colour of the darkened interior of the Chiron versus the Light Grey and Blue of the EB 16.4 Veyron? Possibly.
The AUTOart Bugatti Chiron is very impressive on many fronts. For collectors, it checks off many must haves. One at the top of the list is a model with true 360 access, and this AUTOart example provides this in spades. As for the composite exterior, we find no negatives – fit and fitment is on par or better than models of a similar theme. One thing we did notice was the weight, yes composite is definitely the light weight of the two. The Nocturne Black would not be our first choice in exterior colour, we think the French Racing Blue/Atlantic Blue is the perfect mix. That being said deciding on what colour will be your biggest challenge. This Bugatti Chiron from AUTOart comes highly recommended. Enjoy the pics!