There has been one brand that remains true to their guns for as long as I can remember. This brand has been associated with diecast for generations, some of their earlier offerings are priceless today, and the brand I’m talking about is Schuco. Earlier this year Schuco created some serious buzz at the 2016 German Toy Fair. They debuted some beautiful models for 2016, some of which included the modern 1:18, diecast replicas from the Porsche marque. The biggest noisemaker by far has to be the Porsche Cayman GT4. I don’t have the GT4 today (hopefully very soon), but I do have the 911 (991) Carrera GTS Coupe and Cabriolet to share.
Both these models are from Schuco’s Edition 1:18 series. They are fully diecast with opening parts with a few unexpected bonuses. Since this review will highlight both Coupe and Cabriolet I will be switching gears between both models, so please bear with me.
Out of the box, you know you have something special, something I haven’t seen or felt in the longest time with all the resin and composite models I’ve been reviewing as of late. Remember this when reading the review and when you compare what Schuco presents here to other brands. Both these models cost me $113CND each before shipping, yes $113, that is not a typo! First off, the model has some serious weight. Yes, it’s stupid of me to associate this with quality, but in this case, it is.
The exterior lines and overall shape of both pieces are captured well by Schuco. Shutlines and panel gaps are very good; the photos will strongly highlight these areas. Paint is nice for the most part, but my Red Coupe has a little haze look under strong light – mostly at the roof and front hood areas. The ride stance of each piece sits well, a perfect compromise of sport and street.
One of the cool details I wasn’t even aware of before I purchased the model was the ability to open the gas gap. At $113CND that is going well above and beyond. It isn’t easy to notice or open, but once you get the hang of it the operation and shut line are flawless.
The 911 GTS Cabriolet comes equipped with a removable roof. It is a solid piece that succeeds in capturing the texture of a real rag-top. Installation is easy and fit and finish is very good.
The front of the Porsches features no perforated grilles, though side indicators and headlights are nicely executed with above-average materials. The storage area features full carpeting and strut support left and right. Again the attention to detail is excellent based on price! Well done Schuco!!
The rear fit and finish are top-notch too. The upper cooling grille is perforated and Schuco successfully integrated the third braking light without compromise. The engine compartment is accessible and the rear wing is moveable too, both elements operate without issue. Note the engine compartment is only accessible on the Coupe version.
From the top, there isn’t much to see what powers the 911 GTS, flip the models over and you are treated to nicely detailed motor/exhaust components. The remainder is bare with the exception of some suspension workings. Well done Schuco!
Both of the 911’s here come with Black painted wheels. Not my first choice, but I have to admit it works on both Coupe and Cabrio. Another unexpected surprise is fully working, spring-loaded suspension. The entire wheel and brake package are top-notch – this includes the rim, rotors and calipers. A nicely crafted Porsche logo centers all four corners.
My models didn’t come without issues, one issue, in particular, was the Coupe’s rotor (driver side) came loose. I assume this happened during transport. Easy fix, the wheels come right off the hub by pulling forward. Once removed it was easy for me to apply some glue and centre to perfection. Also, the Cabriolet has a minor scratch on the tire; I’m currently sourcing a replacement from the retailer/manufacturer.
Inside both models are beautifully appointed, attention to detail can be found in the fine painted bits and type of materials used. What I’m trying to say is the models don’t look cheap! Schuco even used chrome instead of silver around the door opening handles. There is full carpeting throughout and fabric seat-belts front and rear (coupe only). The bonus items aren’t complete yet, the seats on both models are functional, they move forward to allow access to the rear. Well done Schuco!
I must say I’m extremely impressed with these two models from Schuco. Both exceeded expectations on so many levels. What is so surprising is what they offer for $113CND. Absolutely incredible! AUTOart, Minichamps and others, if you are reading this you should learn and evaluate how you process models to market. Why are you so expensive? I want to personally thank Schuco for carrying the torch forward. WHO SAID DIECAST IS DEAD!?! IT IS ALIVE AND WELL FOLKS!! These are two gems I’m proud to have in my collection. Without hesitation the 911 (991) Carrera GTS in Coupe and Cabriolet platform come highly recommended, I for one am looking forward to the upcoming Porsche Targa and Cayman GT4. Enjoy the pics!