Hot Wheels Premium: Go with Gulf

Fiat 500D Modificado

A little Fiat 500 kicks off the series. Don't call it little though, this is the 500D Modificado. It's an angry little thing with a widebody kit and an upgraded engine so big you can't shut the lid. The 500D first made its appearance a couple years ago in the premium "Air Cooled" set. Its back for a second go-round sporting the iconic Gulf livery colors of blue and orange.

'69 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Quite possibly the best Mustang casting Hot Wheels has ever done, the Boss 302 now wears Gulf blue and orange. This car was meant to wear this livery. Interesting choice to go with a "69" racing number, however. Every other car wears a number between 2 and 5. Maybe Rob Gronkowski was on this project...

Nissan Laurel 2000 SGX

While it may not get as much love as its Skyline brothers or Datsun 510 cousins, the Nissan Laurel is one of my favorite JDM classics. Back for a third time, the iconic livery works surprisingly well on the Nissan. The only thing I can possibly complain about are the wheels. They're way too orange, and poke out too far beyond the already extended fenders.

Volkswagen Golf Mk7

The Gulf Golf's Gulf paint job proves that the livery looks good on any car. This is certainly the least exciting car in the set, but it's headlight and taillight tampos are probably the best. The little VW on the front is just about perfect, too. I would have went with the Focus RS or the Audi RS6 Avant if they had a hatchback quota to fill.

McLaren F1 GTR

This is supposed to be the best car in the set, but unfortunately Mattel absolutely ruined it. As we all know, the McLaren has body-colored panels above their headlamps. For whatever reason, this car has its lens printed on these "Headlamp Eyebrows". It's like photoshopping eyeballs onto the forehead of a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. Otherwise, the dark blue Gulf livery based on the legendary F1 GTR's that kicked off the F1's dominate racing career is spot on.

Ruined!

Ruined!

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