This car needs no introduction, it is the Audi RS7 Sportback. Read any true automotive magazine, or Google a video on the car. It eats up the competition! For a car the size of my dad’s old ’78 Cougar, this wolf in sheep’s clothing sure does fly! A Korean manufacturer MINIKRAFT Models recently took up a project to create a limited production number diecast model, under their sub-brand named ‘Gravitas’. Only 300 lucky collectors will get the chance to own one of these truly exclusive, low production pieces. In this day of resin models out-pacing metal 5:1, a diecast version of a personal favourite is refreshing, to say the least. The Audi RS7 Sportback is currently only available through the MINIKRAFT Models website. Retail is set at $279US. Not bad when you consider the 300 worldwide exclusivity count. On to the review.
Since this is our first MINIKRAFT Model review, I decided to start with the exterior packaging. The box is totally black and constructed of top quality, rigid cardboard material. There is a secondary red band, which wraps the box that highlights the exclusivity of the piece. Rear side has more informational text and what not. Inside, the model is housed in a styrofoam shell. Our sample model arrived without a scratch. There is also a set of instructions, which highlight the model’s numerous features, along with a certificate of authenticity. You can clearly see our piece is noted as ‘Sample’.
This sucker is BIG and weighs-in as a properly addressed diecast model should be. The exterior lines of the Audi RS7 Sportback are very good when compared to the original car. The Misano Red exterior paint is rich, deep, and consistent throughout. Even the silver accent bits are done well. The package looks much better in person than my basic photo skills can capture. Shutlines are good and panel gaps the same. Again, consistency is the key here. I believe the only miss I can see is the absence of the roof top aerial/NAV.
Ensuring their mark, the exterior also features a functioning moon-roof and gas flap. Operation here is flawless, though I could not figure out if the moon-roof does fully open. Instructions were somewhat ambiguous. Anyone?
Front fascia is beautifully executed too. There is a lot going on within the Audi RS7 front section. The aerodynamics of the lower bumper, silver and chrome paint, and headlight detail are all crafted well. The lower grilles on the bumper are solid pieces, and at this price point they should be perforated. Also, I wish MINIKRAFT would have used the white license plate as they did in their pre-production sample.
The rear on the Audi RS7 Sportback is just gorgeous, it screams ‘don’t mess with me!’ and MINIKRAFT’s replica follows suit. Quality of materials and execution is top notch. The storage area is fully carpeted too. There is also a secondary cover you can lift to access the spare. The upper deck of the lid features a fully functioning spoiler. Operation is flawless and authentic to the original car. Nice touch MINIKRAFT!
One of my favourite elements of a diecast replica is the wheels. Let me tell you, MINIKRAFT’s execution is extremely good. The finish on the wheels is so good that, in fact, they look real! Brake calipers and rotors are top notch too, but I would have preferred the carbon-ceramic option for the rotor here. The model also rides on a spring loaded suspension, each corner independent.
The heart of the Audi RS7 Sportback is powered by 560 horsepower, 4.0 V8 TSFI, twin turbo motor. MINKRAFT’s execution is for the most part solid. Yes, there is some compromising for fitting in the hinge work and hood-struts for scale, but the meat and potatoes of the beast is here! I like their layer effect by incorporating colours, plastics, and decals. It looks sharp, I’m sure you will agree.
The undercarriage is detailed too, though it is not to the same standards as the rest of the model. All suspension bits are in black, while the exhaust from front to rear is painted in silver. She is definitely above average for sure. See photos below.
All four doors open on the Audi RS7 Sportback. The interior is all business in all black finish, quite fitting against the red exterior. All the elements are here, along with quality materials and quality of the fit and finish. I love their execution of the quilted fabric pattern in the front and rear seats. It doesn’t look cheap, quite the opposite, it adds to an already beautifully crafted interior.
My expectations of MINIKRAFT’s Audi RS7 Sportback were high, and it delivered on all accounts. Exterior, interior, motor and all the specials details are a treat for the senses for sure. Coupled with MINIKRAFT’s attention and dedication to bring a great product to market, they have definitely succeeded! Folks, this is a low production replica of 300, so if you’re on the fence you better act now as they will not last for long.
MINIKRAFT great model, thank for the sample and opportunity to review this Audi RS7 Sportback in detail. Enjoy the pics!