REVIEW: AUTOart McLaren 720S •

REVIEW: AUTOart McLaren 720S

Back in August AUTOart provided fans a first look at the production 1:18 scale McLaren 720S.  Fast forward to today, we have the Glacier White with Silver wheels under the microscope for review.  Why did we choose Glacier White?  Well, out of all the available colours (there will be four in total) we thought it was the most unique one of the bunch.  Something we haven’t seen on any other model in their assortment of sport car, supercar or hypercar to date.  But as we always say, BUY what colour inspires YOU best!

The 720S is one of the latest models from the McLaren team to date.  700+ horsepower and 0-60 time in less than 3 seconds ensure its position amongst the supercars of the day.  AUTOart’s replica features a full 360 effort and is crafted in their patented composite and diecast metal experience.  For some, this is already negative.  However, there is more here than just composite material.

From an exterior perspective, the model receives several good marks.  The overall design with various styling curves and aerodynamic engineering all definitely part of the package; it is quite remarkable how good scale replicas really are today.  The exterior shut lines are panel gaps are excellent on this particular piece, so good in fact it was extremely difficult to open the front storage for example.  Even with several hobbyist tools in hand LOL.

We want to point out that all the cooling and air direction venting are all open and genuine, even down to the small opening on either side of the vehicle, the lower section, just behind the rear of the doors.  Very impressive for sure.

The Glacier White paint is just as good if not better in person than the initial photos posted by AUTOart.  You are constantly in debate whether it’s actually White or Silver.  Again, what we believe makes it unique and possibly a grail for a collector future tense. Another plus, AUTOart crafted all the carbon bits with tampon style, much better than the moulded plastic look that finds its way on other models.

Moving to the front side, each element is handled with care, overall execution is solid here.  What impressed us most is the highly detailed section of the headlights/turn signal housing.  There is some debate from McLaren purists of the overall look, but we lean on the like side.  It is more than just visual aesthetics here, AUTOart goes deep in the overall implementation.  Admirable work with carbon fibre detailing and providing us with a fully open experience on the aerodynamic side.

The front storage is provided and once inside quality hinges and struts are presented.  The area is also fully flocked and additional details include a fire extinguisher, first-aid kit and a warning triangle (packaged) is provided.  What is not here is the small storage mesh housing on the left side.  Now we’re definitely nit-picking.  Also, we must mention the two vents on the hood itself, carbon fibre and open grille equipped!

Jumping to the rear, the large glass is tinted in appearance.  If you look inside, you’ll notice the absence of the luggage straps.  Moving down, AUTOart does provide you access to the motor, well limited access is what it is.  There is a small removable cover that once removed provides a view to small of the internal components and fluids.

The rear spoiler is fully functional, and one of the elements we continually see from AUTOart and love.  We not going to lie, extracting the spoiler on the 720S is somewhat challenging, but with a little effort, it elevates without incident.  Just to note, we opened and closed it multiple times.  No issues.  Fit and finish and exceptional, note the metal braces and the addition of the small grilles on the upper edges on the bottom side.

The lower rear section is completed with fully perforated grilles throughout and with the carbon fibre tampon method.  We did mention earlier that the model was free from moulded carbon fibre, this isn’t technically so, the lower undercarriage is moulded carbon.  One-piece AUTOart forgot to add was the small rear reverse light.  Unfortunately, it is not here.

The McLaren 720S is fitted with the 10-spoke wheel design which is painted here in Silver/chrome.  Wheels are produced properly alongside with the rubber tires, which also feature the “P-Zero” script.  The supporting package of calipers and rotors are typical quality pieces from AUTOart.  At first glance, the Silver painted caliper seems to be missing the McLaren logo, but they are in fact there.

Beyond the exterior, the interior does provide access through each door.  AUTOart went with the optional upper glass in the doors which makes it virtually jet-fighter like.  The doors themselves are myriad of assembled parts that support the vision of McLaren engineering.

On a side note, we recently touched the new BBR LaFerrari, opening the doors on this model was smooth as silk as one would expect from the 1:1.  With AUTOart that precision was not felt – this is the same experience throughout the models that feature this door style.  Likely attributed to the weight on the composite material?  Possibly.   Before we go inside note the 720S badge and McLaren logo affixed to the outer perimeter.  Nice attention to detail guys.

Inside the level of detail is more meticulous with the 720S than we saw on other AUTOart efforts recently reviewed…  Full flocking is provided, along with carbon detailing in the steering wheel, and a good level of attention to the dash centre console and doors cards. The plastic (the combination of Black and Tan bits) here has a more tactical look and less “plastic” looking visually in our opinion.  What we did not like was AUTOart’s choice of rubber seat-belts and the miss on the Silver paint on the lever/button for the air vent just above the infotainment system.  Overall, as said better than their average of late.

There was much weight on AUTOart to get the McLaren 720S right.  With the sub-par static releases, this modern supercar did require something better.  And we think AUTOart did hit the mark.  The model is not perfect as the review did address, but when one weighs the total package AUTOart does succeed in a fabulous overall effort.  Let’s hope this trend does continue, however, as we’ve seen with AUTOart over the last few years, there is a constant struggle or this pattern of give and take.  Enjoy the pics!

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19 Responses to "REVIEW: AUTOart McLaren 720S"

  1. WS says:

    The words and pics make a pretty good argument for…

    I never took too much interest in Composite line, but to be fair, I don’t mind some sort of resin-ABS-poly something on a shelf. I have a Tamiya Enzo which while a large 1/12 plastic something is still quite nice and for whatever reason, I made an exception in my die cast world…

    This puzzles me a bit…With all of the painstaking effort and attention to flush out such wonderful openings and tactile surfaces, why doesn’t the fuel door open?

    I have AA’s 12C and one of the few redeeming things to me is the fact that it does articulate an opening fuel door. I am aware that such a request is seen in a small number of models. I think you see in some of Schuco’s Porsches and a handful of others here and there.

    At some point, I have to go and see a sample in the real where I can see the light dance around the curves and flecks of metallic paint. I am glad that you chose to profile a model that brings out the curves and doesn’t have painted black wheels.

    Not to be awful about it, but it seems the only time I would want to paint something black is to hide it in the shadows or from radar…or drive it at night where I cannot be seen. Racing is exempt; they have sponsor tampo print or decals.

    Still, good looking model, good review. AutoART, if you’re listening…you’re just one silly fuel door away from making me consider something resin, shiny and closed…


    • DS Team says:

      It truly is a shame that some dismiss AUTOart solely on the fact they are composite. We are by no means defending AUTOart, and hey, collectors have the right to vote with their wallets. But to truly call the model “crap” or “composhit” is truly a loss.

      • Marcel171281 says:

        Two words: stubborn and narrow minded. They got it in their heads the composite is bad and stop giving the models a fair chance.

        I don’t get it either. Same as the people that think weight equals quality. Every real car manufacturer spends billions a year to make their cars lighter, going to other material than metal, but if AA does the same with a model of those cars, it is all of a sudden “crap”…..

        • ATEOTD says:

          I agree. I don’t place much value (if any) on the weight. In fact, I pick up the model as little as possible. I like the plastic on this model, and I liked it on the AUTOart 918 as well.

        • tmnt_ppn says:

          I think being light is actually better for a scale model car. For example is AUTOart Huayra (coupe) vs. Huayra BC. The heavy, metal engine hood on the Huayra coupe can barely stays open, while on the BC it can do so perfectly. Another example is AUTOart (original) Agera vs. Agera One:1.

      • Marcel171281 says:

        Good review BTW! Spot on.

  2. Sac says:

    Nice review…thanks

  3. ATEOTD says:

    Thanks for the review. As I said on the forums, I love my red one.

    About some of the details. First, the cargo strap is optional on the actual car. You’re right about the reverse light, although there is a tiny indentation where it should be. I also notice they didn’t replicate the back-up camera. It should be right above the license plate, although it would be crazy small on a model this size.

  4. Atalante says:

    Great review. Its shows when the car reviewed is right up your alley ;)

    Since AUTOart made an effort on this model I ordered it.

  5. 8 says:

    Meh the exterior is good but it is still not enough to justify such an overpriced price tag.

  6. 8 says:

    Look at this post. Would you be very happy if you disassemble the whole thing and then see that it has a 30 usd worh of stuff underneath the beautiful exterior while paying 200 USD for the whole thing? I don’t think so. Autoart is extremely lucky that no one yet has created another 18 scale 720s with opening parts. Because if someone did this composhit will depreciate big time like their other composhit products.

    • DS Team says:

      There is quite a bit involved in overall costs than just fabricating the parts and final assembly. The anatomy of a basic model is quite similar when broken down… If you really want to get depressed, take apart a resin/sealed example, and some cost $1000+. As always, vote with your wallet, happy collecting!

  7. I was not a fan of the switch either but I must admit that after owning a few ABS models I was so impressed with how clean it looked and the paint appearance I no longer complain.

    The car is light.. but the doors actually stay UP. Feels very good to the touch and you can position doors easily. The corners are crisp and the edges sharp. Looks more to scale than diecast did. I can only image what some of the other cars would looked like if they had been done in ABS Composite.

  8. KA+ says:

    I have this in blue it was my first auto art and the quality seems unacceptable. the side mirrors fell off during shipping (I’ll blame the USPS) also but I understand that it isn’t supposed to be touched it just feels incomplete it feels like a toy and that they are making a heavy profits from me and providing an $80 product with labor $10 for licensing and $30 in seller profit it seems like a bad ratio considering how much this cost me

    • DS Team says:

      Sorry to hear about your unfortunate issues. We’ve seen A LOT of AUTOart composite models over the years. Yes, the detail of the interiors and engines may not always be on par with older examples. But none were damaged with the team opening and closing the various bits.

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