Adding an AUTOart scale model Corvette to my collection has become a necessity, and the latest addition is the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (C7). AUTOart has been consistent in delivering quality replicas, with this being the fourteenth Corvette entry under their brand. The current collection spans from C1 to C7, with the C8 in the pipeline, as AUTOart has announced.
The initial releases were impressive, featuring meticulous details, especially for enthusiasts who appreciate the use of metal over the current composite range. The early models added another layer of appeal, showcasing intricate craftsmanship.
The Chevrolet Corvette continues to hold a special place in the hearts of many fans, and in terms of affordability, it stands out compared to its European counterparts. The question remains – does the scale model live up to its value and affordability? Let’s delve into the details.
The exterior sports a Sebring Orange Tintcoat, leaning more towards Orange than Red, with a subtle metallic flake. The paint application is top-notch, exhibiting a consistent colour across all panels.
AUTOart excels in capturing the Corvette’s overall shape and design at scale. The shutlines and panel gaps are excellent, and all opening features work seamlessly. However, a minor discrepancy lies in the size of the splitter on the lower chin spoiler (left/right side), the overall size is too small. I also noted some ZR1 Corvettes may have clear rear taillights instead of the clear/Red combination offered here or Black painted side mirrors. However, not sure if this was pre or post-production via the dealer options list.
Moving to the front, all openings are perforated, with a distinctive carbon fibre pattern that AUTOart has coined, tampon, deviating from the common use of decals among high-end brands. The headlights are sharp, and the inclusion of a true emblem adds a touch of authenticity. However, the ZR1 emblem on the hood is a simple decal.
The forward-sweeping hood operates smoothly, revealing an average motor overall. While the massive hood scoop stands out, the supporting elements lack intricate details, and the radiator is notably missing.
On the rear side, the quad exhaust tips and taillights are well-executed, featuring a true emblem and a lower section with a decal. The rear diffuser finished in Matt Blak and the upper wing, finished with the tampon method, add to the model’s appeal. However, the venting on the lower sides of the bumper and outer taillights is solid plastic.
Access to the rear storage is flawless, with full flocking inside and note attention to detail with struts on either side. The tires boast full branding, while the rims feature the ZR1 logo and air value. Calipers are painted in body-matching orange, and the rotors are presumed to be ceramic.
The undercarriage, more detailed than other AUTOart models, showcases the running line and suspension components. While not as impressive as past Corvette releases, it maintains a commendable level of detail.
Moving to the interior, full flocking and exterior-matching seatbelts with metal buckles contribute to the overall realism. Gold accents on the steering wheel and centre console, along with carbon fibre elements, elevate the interior’s aesthetics. However, the dash falls short of expectations for a model in this price range. Even the door cards lack that excitement, and are too generic! This could be enhanced with textures for the various elements.
In conclusion, the latest AUTOart Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (C7) maintains the brand’s reputation for delivering quality models. As of today, I would consider it the best option for Corvette fans. While it meets expectations with access and sufficient details, it falls slightly short of surpassing previous standards. It appears AUTOart has a consistent benchmark they fear to surpass… occasionally leaving enthusiasts yearning for that extra touch of excellence that we’ve all seen in their heyday. Enjoy the pics!