“So what would it take to get this model from great to excellent? First, more attention to carbon fibre work outside and inside (interior, storage, and motor) and more attention to the interior on the whole – as mentioned we found the previous CCX (slightly) and Agera (more so) more refined. Personally, based on the price tag we believe it should have leaned more towards the excellent side. At $349CND this replica is not cheap and pushing nearly $400 with applicable taxes here in Canada. I hope AUTOart revisits these misses and suggestions in their next production run, it won’t take much to improve on an already great base.”
We usually don’t do follow-up reviews. In this case, we decided to update fans who are considering the next colour from AUTOart, the 1:18 Koenigsegg One:1 – Moon Grey and Carbon Black with Orange accents exterior. The forewords above are comments from our last review of the initial release of the Koenigsegg One:1 in White. Click the REVIEW link above to read in full. If you already read the complete review in full you know, in general, we gave it good marks overall. There were some recommendations though on our part. We pondered the idea if AUTOart would improve on our list of misses, so we got our hands on a sample.
The biggest upset or challenge was getting the doors to close properly and provide some decent shutlines and panel gaps with our previous example (White). We’re happy to report that the Moon Grey is much more intent to live up to spec. Opening and closing the doors are done without effort. And getting them to stay in place where one would approve of the shutlines is definitely easier to achieve.
How did they accomplish the possible? Seems AUTOart beefed on the magnets embedded within the carbon fibre tub within the back section of the door housing (see above photo). The update works extremely well, so well in fact that the door is literally whisked away from your hand while moving it into the closed position. Problem solved! This definitely an oversight from the White release. We don’t understand why these measures weren’t implemented earlier. Only AUTOart can answer that.
As for interior refinement, the model remains the same. We see no difference between the two. Exterior wise the carbon fibre work is the same as the initial release – we commented on the lack of sheen and depth. Though we will say the reflective properties of the Moon Grey paint do aid in reflecting light towards the carbon fibre elements. The enhanced ligthing effect does show better.
Some will ask which of the two colours do we like better. Seeing both now, we’ll give the edge to the Moon Grey. Though Matt Blue is in the works as a future release, this may change our opinion soon enough.
AUTOart should be the leader. Not one to fall behind. Based on history and number of years at the forefront of dieacast scale modelling and today with their diecast metal/composite line they should have the impossible all figured out. To some, this isn’t the case. And to others the diecast/composite mix just doesn’t add up. We don’t have an issue with either platform, but we do have an issue with 90% effort. Enjoy the pics!