An ode to Ferruccio: 1:18 Lamborghini Centenario by Maisto
One of the most crazy looking cars ever for Mr. Lamborghini's 100th Birthday
The scissor doors tied everything together
Going to Costco is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get. Most of the time, it's an interesting experience exploring the unexplored, sometimes dimly lit far corners of the warehouse or even the teeth-chattering cold produce section. It's always still fun to see what Costco has in store, no pun intended. For me, the real fun is being able to take a leisurely stroll to the diecast car display - when it's there - and seeing either the new arriavals or the cars you never noticed.
While my Mom evaluated which of the world's largest bags of potato chips to buy, I scrutinized the Maisto diecast section. It was a good day at Costco - I got to weigh several diecast options with the final contenders being an early 70's Camaro, a 60's Pontiac GTO, and the extravagantly designed Lamborghini Centenario. This wasn't just any Lambo, it was a special edition made to celebrate the 100th birthday of Lamborghini's founder - Ferruccio Lamborghini. It caught my eye but I found myself looking again at the older muscle cars. After acquiring multiple 1960's Mustangs, a Dodge Viper and a Chevy Corvette C7 over the past few months, I stood in the Costco aisle realizing that I NEED to be cut off from buying any more American muscle cars. I might be at the point where a restraining order is required to keep me away from them. At that moment, it was clear that the Centenario was the way to go, and I'm happy I got it - especially this time around.
You may be astonished to know that I actually overlooked this Lambo in a previous trip to Costco (yes, I go there more than I care to admit!). I initially thought the bright green paint job didn't suit the car very well. I thought it was too bright and obnoxious. Perhaps it was being tired from deciding on which 500 pound sack of oatmeal to purchase but as I looked at the Lambo this time around, I thought to myself that the color was actually quite good looking. The green paired well with the silver and black fan-blade wheels. It may even look better than a blue and black spec I had looked at previously online.
Just in case you didn't already know, thanks to the badging throughout the car, this is a Lamborghini
Initially I thought this car was just another crazy Lamborghini that will never exit the garage of the top 1%. But after reading's Doug DeMuro's review of the full-size version and holding 1:18 model in my hands, I realized that even though either version likley won't ever be driven by anyone ever, it is one awesome looking vehicle. The swooping lines, the HUGE rear diffuser and taillights, both the largest of any production car, really make this one extreme Lambo.
Maisto did a great job of making those features pop. The rear wing, surprisingly not as in your face like the diffuser, also pops up. Unfortunately though I had some difficultly doing making it pop up. Because it is plastic, it was more fragile than expected, and didn't slide out with ease. Outside of that, the car's detail at first glance is very good, better than a lot of Maisto's previous models.
Like all Lamborghinis, the Centenario is like no other car on the market today, due to it's design. Even in 1:18 scale, it's equally unique. There are numerous vents and the rims are gigantic. The black accents added contrast against the green exterior color, making it visually appealing. The detail is also superb. The Lamborghini badging decals were placed in a leveled manner, which I liked a lot. As this is the Lamborghini "Centenario" there are no shortages of Centenario badging. On the roofline, rear license plate, and near a rear vent with the "LP-770-4" decal, there is the unmistakeable Centenario badge. There were even bull horns coming out of the first and last letters of Centenario, just like on the full-size Centenarios. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the paint near the pillar dividing the main windows and triangle window below the Centenario badging on the driver's side. Surprisingly, this was very messy and took away from the great attention to detail elsewhere on the model. The tri-exhaust was very menacing, even though it was plastic.
On the topic of plastic - and you know I was going to bring up plastic - there was a lot more than usual on this model. The entire rear, rear spoiler, headlights, all of the vents, front spoiler, and rims were plastic. If you haven't read my previous Maisto reviews, this is a lot more plastic than I usually see and alot more than I like. While I hate plastic, I must admit that the details on these plastic parts is great, especially the carbon fibre patterned plastic aero bits such as the vents and front spoiler. However, I am still disappointed in seeing the amount of plastic used.
Inside the cabin
Thankfully, Maisto went lighter on the plastic in the cabin compared to the exterior. Honestly, the interior was near-perfect. After watching Doug's review discussing the interior on the full-size, I noticed that almost every detail he mentioned was included on my 1:18 model. Right away you'll notice the center console is filled with buttons, including the start/stop button painted red. Carbon fibre was also in abundance in the cabin, which I liked. The center panel, seats, and the top of the gauge cluster were carbon fibre, to name a few. Even the Lamborghini script, which was massive as you'd assume, was present on top of the glove compartment area. My two complaints are a mildly infuriating crooked center console screen decal and a somewhat loose driver side seat. But, considering the $15 price tag, I can live with those.
Under the hood
Maisto's Lamborghini Centenario's V12 is a wonderful sight to behold! The carbon fibre surrounding the engine really made the model feel more realistic, and brought the engine bay to life. Finer details included the V12 decal on the engine and the "Lamborghini" writing on both sides of the engine. Again, surprising detail, considering the $15 price. The cooling tubes leading to the engine were also detailed well and featured texturing. There was even what looked like the engine's oil cap, a detail I didn't notice at first. The engine is finely detailed for a Maisto model but I do wish they had included the suspension which is usually visible in front of the engine when viewed with the engine cover up.
I am impressed with the level of attention to detail given to this model, especially at the Costco-friendly $15 price tag. You can barely get a half decent 1/43 model for the money I (well, my Mom) spent on this 1/18 Centenario. I don't think there is a better model on the market for the money, especially in this scale. Costco still has them in stock, but probably not for long. Get them while you can!
1:18 Lamborghini Centenario by Maisto