Bugatti 16.4 Veyron, Production Version Diecast Model

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AutoArt  Bugatti 16.4 Veyron, Production Version diecast car
  • Brand: AutoArt
  • Make: Bugatti
  • Code: AA12531
  • Model: 16.4 Veyron, Production Version
  • Scale: 1:12
  • Color: Black & Red

On a recent episode of Top Gear, Richard Hammond described the Bugatti Veyron as the “Concorde of the road”. That is probably the best characterization I’ve heard for this supercar-cum-force-of-nature phenom of the 21st century. Every statistic involved is other-worldly; two engines form the 8.0-litre W16 with four valves per cylinder - for a total of 64 valves - and using a sophisticated forced induction system, it belts out a mind blowing 1001 horsepower and achieves a top speed over 250 mph. With sophisticated launch control and massive Michelin tires that have a management system all of their own known as PAX; it can put that immense power to the road via over 1250 foot pounds of torque, getting it off the line to 60mph in under three seconds. So, like the SST, it is amazing; an achievement like no other.

A Bugatti Veyron is an un-scalable extravagance and as such equates to the poster child of an earlier generation the Countach; selling hundreds of thousands more in model images than it will actual 1:1 copies.

And that’s fine with the folks from AUTO art. For the real supercar fanboy or precision model connoisseur they have delivered the Veyron in a perfectly sculpted model, first in 1/18 and now in a brilliant 1:12 Signature edition. If you were to stroll through Jay Leno’s garage or the Petersen Automotive Museum, this model wouldn’t look out of place in a display case and in fact it could be a centerpiece for any collection of modern, large scale models.

You do have to throw that distinction in there; for while Aa’s Veyron has the stance and shape nailed, it is generally speaking not some mechanical marvel from an engineering standpoint. This has more to do with the real Bugatti with it’s cloaked technology. As the SST hid technological revelations within a svelte body, the Bugatti is unapologetically about aesthetics and style. It intimates its science fiction- worthy arsenal but doesn’t bear its teeth. So, for example, the engine looks like some sort of chromed heavy metal Edwardian period locomotive power plant. This impresses with the austerity of its skin but has no guts and skeleton like a Lampedri Ferrari engine. The Bugatti impresses with the dual ram air induction and the center dual metal-tipped exhaust, not wires, plumbing, pipes or a bundle of snakes.

There are nice metal details throughout such as the photo-etched valve covers yet many elements are plastic or chromed plastic but not to worry - they do a reasonable job as passing as the real thing (and also saves an already massive model a fair bit of weight). The hard plastic and off color key interior though, is a bit of a disappointment. While it is immaculate, soft touch leather would have been a knock out. As it is, you get the feeling that the interior is a swollen version of the 1/18 model until details like the bolted in floor mat and retracted seat belts go beyond the expected. Still, there’s nothing special like a working gear linkage or opening glove box. The steering works, though begrudgingly.

Where it counts; the exterior, the model shines. The paint is brilliant, the fuel and oil fill doors open, the lenses and badges are up to the usual AUTO art standards. The tires and twelve-spoke nickel finished wheels are probably my single favorite feature and brakes beautifully realized. Grillwork is appropriately meticulous and the trademark horseshoe front-end is perfectly scaled. The front boot opens and is nicely flocked and yearns for fitted luggage.

If you dig functionality, the intricate spoiler and air-brake mechanism is sure to please you. The removable rear deck shows off this feature rather well. Handle evenly and gently following the handling instructions included or risk breaking the model you just ponied up five large to buy. Yes, it is pricey but for the money you get a model that will become a ruler by which the rest of your collection will be measured in terms of sheer and naked presence. It comes with accouterments such as serial certification, a cleaning cloth and brochure of explanation. You can buy models that are better engineered, more meticulous and/or more historically important; but for sheer shock and awe, this AUTO art is hard to beat.

-Rusty Hurley

  • Retail Price: $599.95
  • Our Price: $545.95
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