REVIEW: TopSpeed Automobili Pininfarina Battista "US L.E." •

REVIEW: TopSpeed Automobili Pininfarina Battista “US L.E.”

Lately, my passion for collecting scale models has dwindled. The thrill wasn’t there, and my contributions to the reviews shifted into cruise control. However, my excitement was reignited by the announcement of the TopSpeed 1:18 scale model of the Automobili Pininfarina Battista “US Launch Edition”. While it’s often said that TopSpeed models are like those from GT Spirit but pricier, TopSpeed occasionally surprises us with an unconventional ace up its sleeve. This review focuses on their latest offering, a sealed, resin 1:18 model of this special US edition of the Battista.

While I don’t have specific details that distinguish the “US Launch Edition” from the standard Battista, the base model itself features impressive specifications that likely carry over. The Battista is known for its remarkable performance metrics, including an electric powertrain that delivers around 1,900 horsepower and approximately 2,300 Nm of torque. This enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 2 seconds, making it one of the fastest-accelerating cars in the world.

The design of the Battista blends traditional Italian aesthetics with modern, cutting-edge technology. This includes a luxurious interior and advanced infotainment system, alongside a focus on sustainability through its electric drivetrain. The battery pack is substantial enough to provide a range that competes strongly with other electric vehicles, targeted at around 300 miles on a single charge.

For the “US Launch Edition,” it is common for such special editions to feature unique styling elements or exclusive colours and trims, possibly incorporating bespoke features requested by U.S. customers or tailored to suit American tastes and preferences in luxury vehicles.

This model, crafted in resin and completely sealed, is finished with excellent paintwork. The exterior, predominantly Silver Metallic, features a striking Blue accent across the upper center portion. The Blue carbon fiber trims embellish the lower sides and both the front and rear sections are executed beautifully. Despite its complexity, the model accurately represents the Battista’s tiered front end and broad rear section.

The major downside with TopSpeed models is their avoidance of perforated metal for grilles and intakes. Unfortunately, this Battista model is no exception. The front parts are solid plastic, and this is quite apparent upon close inspection. However, the carbon fibre detailing around the lower spoiler and headlights is stellar. The integration of the large light bar is seamless, with clear differentiation in materials used.  Last but not least, kudos for using a true emblem in place of a decal.

At the rear, the carbon fibre work is again spot on. The model features the rear spoiler in the open position, which allows for hand insertion through the lower opening. However, TopSpped choice to paint this area Black to mimic carbon fibre is a miss.

The Battista is equipped with impressive Silver wheels, a multiple-spoke design complemented by similarly coloured braking components. The photo-etched logos on the center locking nut add a touch of realism.  Sorry for the poor photo!

The interior, however, is a letdown. It lacks the futuristic and diverse material palette of the actual car, particularly missing carbon fibre elements (some found in between upper section of seats) and detailed textures. While the dashboard and console are represented, they lack refinement, making the interior the most disappointing aspect of the model.

Is this model a win or a loss? It depends. The sealed nature of the model might deter some collectors from the get-go, which is understandable. For me, the uniqueness of the model is what counts most. Questions like “Will I ever see another model like this in scale?” influenced my decision to purchase.

Despite its flaws, particularly in the interior, this model is a win for me. It’s only my third TopSpeed acquisition, but it looks spectacular on the shelf. Enjoy the pics!

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6 Responses to "REVIEW: TopSpeed Automobili Pininfarina Battista “US L.E.”"

  1. InTheFastLane says:

    Very nice spec! Thank you for the review and awesome pictures.

  2. Steven Weiner says:

    That’s a great looking car, but these things are getting too expensive, in my opinion (especially for a sealed model)!

    • DS Team says:

      In truth, most models are expensive… This one fits my theme perfectly… A truly a unique specimen we’re likely not to find again in resin or metal with opening bits.

  3. Innotech says:

    Can someone please explain the appeal of sealed models? For the price I get very disappointed in the appearance and quality and as a fan of details the lack of opening or functioning parts is often a dealbreaker

    • DS Team says:

      For me it’s simple, they are more than capable placeholders if and when and there is no guarantee a fully opening piece will be made. If the car moves you and fits your theme, something in scale is better than nothing… This is my perspective, others will defer.

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