I’ve never owned a Minichamps before, and was curious to see how it compared to AutoArt, especially considering its very AutoArt price tag of $115. See what you think:
Here’s an iPotato shot (and another one below) that actually shows off the blue paint better than my DSLR does in the first few photos.
The actual engine bay of the real SLS doesn’t look much better, but Minichamps did let the ball down a bit here. There are definitely more silver components, gaskets, seals, etc visible on the real engine. I will give Minichamps points, however, for including a little button under the bumper that opens the hood enough to get a fingernail underneath.
Interior quality isn’t up to AutoArt standards, but I really can’t place my fingers on why that is. The seats actually feel more like leather than Autoart, it has comparable carpeted footwells/trunkwells, and it has plenty of details. The only thing I can think of is that the painted plastic looks like painted plastic, not metal. I’ve noticed this same problem with older AutoArt models (mid 2000’s), but new ones get the metal look down perfectly.
I love a two tone interior in a diecast model (basically any color that isn’t black). It’s really easy to make an interior look better just by throwing in some color. I think the GPS looks a bit awful. I would have preferred a simple Mercedes logo, or whatever the real car displays when you start the engine.
The spoiler does not pop up. Not sure that’s a knock agains Minichamps since the spoiler is part of the trunk lid and I’m not sure AutoArt would have found a way either.
You can’t really see it from the photo, but it is a fuzzy trunk.
Maybe I’m crazy, but I think the wheels on this car look better than the wheels on AutoArt’s. All in all, it’s definitely worth more than a Maisto or Bburago, but it’s not quite worthy of an AutoArt price tag. Granted this is my only experience with Minichamps and maybe they have better examples, but if they get the engine bay up to par and get rid of the silly GPS graphic, they could easily be worth the price.