We’re sure there were many waiting on the AUTOart 1:18 Lamborghini Centenario release. Prior to the AUTOart example, the market was littered with various executions in sealed resin in various scales. We think this car deserves more than a static representation, so we, as many other collectors did wait patiently for the full access version from AUTOart. Was the wait worth it? Read on.
A little on the Lamborghini Centenario. She is a limited production supercar based on the Lamborghini Aventador, which was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. It was commissioned to commemorate the 100th birthday of the company’s founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini. The car is ridiculously quick, even at still stance, it looks like its doing 100+. Top speed is quoted at 350 km/h or 217 mph. Nuts! A total of 40 cars were produced, 20 Coupes and 20 Roadsters.
AUTOart will be releasing a fair assortment of colours throughout 2019, our example is the first from the series, painted carbon fibre version in Blue Cepheus/Pearl Blue. Out of the box, this colour pops! AUTOart usually does a solid job (Lamborghini wise) on the body lines and 1:1 readiness, the Lamborghini Centenario here is no exception.
This one comes from their composite and diecast series. It is definitely a lite weight in overall mass. With this, the team promises tight shutlines and panel gaps. The Lamborghini Centenario is definitely on par here. The carbon fibre work is not manufactured in moulded pieces (thankfully), it is applied to the part(s). The overall gloss finish is decent, but not perfect. This will be their biggest challenge for the full exposed carbon fibre version that will be coming soon.
All intakes and openings throughout the model are capped with perforated grilles – where applicable. We like this! All emblems front and side are 3D like, and quality pieces too.
The front has a series of opening on the lower section. The transition from Blue to carbon fire is excellent. Headlight detail is good and mirrors the original well. We have full access to the storage area. The operation here was flawless. Once inside the small storage compartment is fully flocked. Note the hinge work on either side.
The rear bumper/diffusor is crafted with six fins from left to right. Again, the transition of Blue to carbon fibre is executed well. Centre exhaust is nicely crafted. Just above this, you’ll find perforated grille – if you shine a strong enough light you’ll see some internal bits. Lamborghini badge, even so small is found centre and finally, taillights represent the original well. Fit and finish throughout is very good.
Another bonus with the AUTOart Lamborghini Centenario is the functional rear spoiler. It pivots back to the front as well as protrudes up and down. It was somewhat finicky to place is various positions, but with a little patience, your desired position can be achieved.
There is access to the motor. The hood of the Lamborghini Centenario ships separate from the model. Various pins and magnets keep it in place. Our example worked without issue and panel gaps and shutlines get top marks.
The engine itself is very good. AUTOart uses colour, materials, and textures effectively to execute a decent powerplant. Much better than we’ve seen is recent releases from the team. What are your thoughts?
Moving to the wheels we find Black paint with carbon fibre accents on each spoke. The finish and transition of each element are flawless. In behind Black calipers are mated to ceramic/cross-drilled rotors. The package is well done. We can’t forget the signature Yellow pin stripping on the tires with Pirelli script. Also, on point.
The interior is crafted in Grey/Black with Blue accent bits throughout. We assume the Grey is supposed to mimic Alcantara a suede-like material. Well, AUTOart’s representation definitely leaves you wanting more. As for the dash, centre console and doors cards. Each area is represented well, the best executed section would be the centre console in our opinion. Footwells are carpeted and there are actual fabric seat-belts to boot. Overall marks equate to a very good B+.
The AUTOart Lamborghini Centenario was a long time in the coming. It was definitely worth the wait. When compared to their static counterparts there is a lot more value here, and in some cases cheaper retail too. We find the model for the most part well-rounded outside and in, though the interior could use a little more refinement in the texture department. Full access to the front storage and rear motor will make this an attractive addition for any supercar collector. The biggest challenge will be choosing what exterior colour; some may choose to buy them all. Enjoy the pics!