The team at Schuco is definitely on a run as of late, and this week we look at the 1:18 diecast Porsche 911 (991) GTS Targa 4. I’m not going into depth with this model as I have with past reviews. If you want the complete picture please see our review of the Porsche 911 (991) Carrera GTS Coupe and Cabriolet HERE. What this review will focus on are specific features and challenges, basically a high-level view of the 991 Targa 4.
From the exterior point of view there are two striking elements, obviously the Targa top and secondly the beautifully applied Metallic Blue paint. The model does not come equipped with a functional roof – now that would have been the icing on the cake! Though Schuco do supply the car with a plastic removable piece. Adding and removing the roof is easy as pie. On the flip side I didn’t enjoy the overall fit and finish of the look with the roof on. No biggie, the model should not be displayed with the roof on anyway!
The remainder of the exterior is up to speed with previous models we looked at. Attention to detail is beautiful throughout, functioning rear spoiler and opening gas lid are just a few of the highlights.
It has come to our attention that this series of 991 Porsches wheels are possibly not represented in correct scale. Based on a breakdown of wheels provided from various manufactures who have assembled a 991, the Schuco cars are the biggest by far, tipping the scales at 21-22″. I’m always on the team that bigger is better, but if the wheels aren’t in the OEM catalogue, where did Schuco go wrong? I’ll reach out to Schuco for comment and post any information I receive here.
** UPDATE ** So I spoke with Peter Brunner from Schuco, he’s product developer, and actually managed the 991 platform. They do admit the wheel size is off from the 1:1. Basically if comes down to the error in measurement – otter vs. inner numbers. The wheels are in fact 21″ based on scale math. Schuco thought the tolerance was acceptable, so the model went into production. I’m not totally sold, but this miss isn’t the worst thing that could be off.
Also the quality control bug bit me once again, front rotor was swinging in the wind as I pulled her from her shell. As mentioned before it is an easy fix. To remove the wheel, grab wheel and pull forward. A few dabs of glue later the model was back to new.
The interior is again just lovely. With the roof removed all is in plain sight for all to see, you can enjoy the awesome attention to detail Schuco have put into the model. Again seats are operational – forward and back tilt is built in. Nice touch boys!
All in all, I believe the Porsche 911 (991) GTS Targa 4 is a great piece, even with the possible out of scale wheels. At roughly $160CND this model represents almost everything a collector asks for, mainly DIECAST with opening bits. I think AUTOart and Minichamps need to review their strategies and pricing policies. If Schuco keeps up with this trend they will continue to absorb more market share. I now need to source the early representation of the Targa by Schuco, look for the review soon… Enjoy the pics!