Pillarless Coupe, master of 1/18, came through yet again with another deal. And once again, I couldn’t resist the thought of adding another exotic to the stable. Damn him, and damn all of you for doing this to me.
This is the Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupe. The current version, that is. I was never a fan of the original R8. It didn’t stir the emotions like other entry-level supercars in its class did. It was a clean design, but too boring and uninspiring, not unlike most of Audi’s lineup. Perhaps that explains why this is the only Audi I have in 1/18, and will likely be the only one for the forseeable future. And besides, it had that butt-ugly side profile, with the sloping back and the bulging front end.
This second-generation version is more like a facelift than a complete redesign and let me tell you, it looks even worse than before. Angles. Angles everywhere. The shape of the car really never changed, so it’s still terrible to look at from the side. The signature “gill” grilles that made the R8 unique are now boring swathes of honeycomb. Bleh. About the only pleasing angle I could find was from the rear, as you can see below. It’s just too bad that nobody displays their cars backwards.
I still took a shot with this model. I opted for the “matte” dark grey over the yellow because it seems I’ve gotten too many of those recently. Not that too much yellow is a bad thing, but it’s nice to have some variety.
$75 shipped hits the sweet spot for a high-end model at this scale. But to be honest, I can’t even put this R8 in that category. I knew I made a mistake the moment I unboxed this model. Everything about it looked cheap: the solid grilles, the dull (not even a true matte) paint, the fit and finish, from the Greenlight-esque deformed tires to the panel gaps.
The exhaust, as you can see above, is downright terrible, devoid of a metallic finish and most importantly, depth. The carbon-fiber print looks like the kind of stuff Hot Wheels uses for its Pop Culture tampos, and not in a good way. The opening compartments don’t even work well, particularly the rear boot that you have to pry open (there is a “button” below the car that you can use, but it didn’t work for me) yet won’t stay up on its own. I swear I heard a crack somewhere while I was fiddling with it, in addition to flakes of dried glue spewing from the adjoined plastic components. The steering is janky and restrictive. I double checked the box, and sure enough, it’s a Kyosho product. Made in China.
Sounds about right.
The positives? Hmm.....I’d have to reach to find some.
You do get suspension at all four corners, with no sag. The interior is a nice reddish-brown hue with great details. Photo-etched badges are a plus too, I guess? But even that is marred by poor alignment. For a model that looks overly plasticky, it does carry a pretty solid weight.
Perhaps Pillarless Coupe can give you some better insight, but I would just take the Maisto for a fifth of the price and call it a day. To sum it up, I’d avoid this model at all costs unless you’re an R8 fanatic, and by that I mean hopelessly obsessed with it. Which, from what I can see, is none of you anyways. I would also rate this below any Minichamps model, because at least those don’t feel cheap. Certainly, this is seventy-five bucks I’d like to have back to put towards something better.
Let’s see what you guys think.