To start out with, originally, i was going to post this last night. However, i got home really late due to massive floods currently invading Dallas right now. With nearly half a foot of rain, better take precaution than speed home to write a review, haha.
Anyways, onto the car. The decision to buy this model was extremely spontaneous. I got bored one afternoon and decided to check eBay for a good bid or two, like the kind i always see some of y’all post. Upon researching Hotwheels Elite, I came across a bid ending in 24 minutes so without thinking, i started bidding and eventually won it at $50.59. Nearly half of what it’s actually worth!
For an average price of $100 for most HWEs, there’s really no other comparison in terms of detail and craftsmanship. Sure you got the lower end AutoArts, but under $100, you’d have a hard time finding a good deal.
The folks over at Hotwheels did a great job replicating the monster. The curves and lines flow seamlessly as if it was the real deal. My particular model has no complaints whatsoever, except for a slight misalignment of the doors and the rear panel, but really, i’d be nitpicking.
The wheels are a work of art themselves. It features black inlay which helps give the look of the rims that much more ooomph (if you know what i mean). One of the main issues with past HWEs are that the wheels and brakes are out of proportion as compared to the rest of the car. However, for once, HOTWHEEL LISTENED! The size of the wheels fits perfectly and ride height seems spot on. Hell, look at the details on this thing! Something you’d expect to see on a AutoArt!
Now i rarely give 10/10s on anything, because there’s always something to nitpick. However, i was blown away by the level of detail underneath the hood of this 600hp wagon. Codename F140EB, the V12 in the wagon churns out 651 hp and 513lb-ft torque... making that faster than the Enzo.
The motor is executed to perfection. compare the picture above to a real FF engine, and you’d be hard press to find any differences.
One thing i have to note is the panels gaps on this model are very minimal. In fact, it almost seems like the hood doesn’t open. Accessing the engine actually proves to be quite difficult. I had to use a toothpick to press up through the hole used for the wires that held it in place when it was new. But hey, only models with very minimal gaps have this problem, so i’m not complaining.
Front fascia: 9/10
The front fascia is executed just as nicely as the rest of the car. Something that really caught my eyes are the photoetched grill and meshed lower vents on either side of the car. At first, i thought they were simply a piece of plastic painted on, but fortunately, cost cutting was not an issue here. Even looking at the prancing horse logo in the middle is just as mesmerizing. Bravo Hotwheels! Bravo!
Basically what was said about the front, can be said to the rear. Everything seems about right, with the exception of a few plastic grill inserts along the side and by the taillights.
Interiors on Hotwheel Elites are considered some of the best. The dark blue is exception against the pearl white exterior. Blue and white always makes a great combination on nearly any car. The interior doesn’t feature any carpeting, which is a bit of a disappointment. Also, the god damn center console features a big ass blank screen, which detracts the overall feel of the interior a bit. However, on the positive side, the steering wheel is flawless. it even features the famed Manettino switch on the wheel!
The seats have this rubbery feel of it, making it almost seem like actual leather. Now keep in mind that i edited the pictures a little, so in reality, it isn’t as blue as it seems.
Small attention to details: god damn 10/10... i’m being too generous.
I can’t stress enough how damn great of a deal this model is at it’s current price range. It’s ridiculous to think a model that costs around $75 puts a few AutoArts to shame. Hell, It puts the recent HWE LaFerrari to shame. Keep in mind the LaFerrari costs twice as much, yet it offers less detail... ironic isn’t it.
The level of detail on the doors are through the roof. Everything you’d expect on the real car is there. ‘nuff said.
I mean Jesus Christ just look at this thing.
It even features the windshield defroster on the rear! Something you usually see on resin models and not diecasts.
Now the model is a few years old. It came out nearly 4 years ago. However, it was during a time when Hotwheel Elites excelled at fine craftsmanship at a relatively low cost. Unfortunately, that is definitely not the case with recent models. Both the HWE Speciale and LaFerrari suffer from horrendous quality control. Along with the Fast and Furious Dodge Charger by HWE, it seems like Hotwheels has lost its way as their license with Ferrari slowly comes to a crawl. I dare say the recent Bburago’s take on the same models are just as good, if not, better for a FRACTION of the price.
So verdict is, if you want a HWE Ferrari at the apex in terms of quality, purchase either a FF or F12. Both can be found for less than $100. 458 Italia suffers from out of proportion wheels and recent models suffer from poor quality control and loose, fimsy wheels as if they might come off at any moment. Therefore, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ANY OF Y’ALL WHO ACTUALLY FINISHED READING MY EXCRUCIATINGLY LONG REVIEW TO BUY ONE ASAP!
Also, for those who actually read through it all, know that my next review will be the best model i have at my disposal to date: The AutoArt Pagani Zonda Revoluccion.