Everyone wants an AutoArt model, but Ferrari doesn’t like to play ball. If you want a diecast Ferrari, you have to head over to Hot Wheels. So how does their Elite series compare to the venerable AutoArt? Pretty well for the most part. There are some places where quality is a bit suspect, but nothing alarming. But considering this model only cost $75, it’s pretty fantastic value, especially considering the red/tan version is over $100. Check out the photos below and see for yourself:

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One place where Hot Wheels Elite can’t compete with AutoArt is in the functionality department. None of the moving components feel cheap by any means, but they lack the convincing solid feel that most AutoArt models boast.

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The interior is accurately detailed, but a bit plasticy for my tastes. Unlike other models from Hot Wheels Elite (and AutoArt), there is no fuzzy carpeting, which would have been much appreciated. The seats do feel like leather, though. Honestly, I feel like the black color lets it down more than the material quality; a tan interior would make it look much more high quality (like the red/tan version of the F355 also made by HWE)

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The engine bay is every bit on par with an AutoArt model. The depth and color is fantastic, and there are plenty of fantastic small details like info stickers, plaques, reservoirs, etc.

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A small nitpick, but the spoiler/engine cover doesn’t quite match up when closed.

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Another nitpick, but the black character line doesn’t meet up perfectly at the door jamb.

It’s hard to see in this photo, but the trunk is a bit disappointing; there is no fuzzy carpeting, just rough plastic. Also, the frunk lid won’t stay up on its own unless the headlights are popped up (I guess b/c there’s slightly more friction?).

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There’s a little button underneath the front bumper that pops the headlights...kinda. They do pop up, but the mechanism is pretty terrible and they fall down extremely easily. Once you get the lights up, don’t breathe or make any sudden movements.