Running of the Bull: AutoArt 1/18 Lamborghini Centenario
Perfection is the beginning. Perfection is the mission. Perfection is the belief.
Ever since the company's inception in 1963, Lamborghini has consistently produced a dream supercar for each generation since. Whether we look at the Miura or Sían or anything in-between, there's a Lamborghini for everyone to aspire to. In my time, it was the early 6.2 Murcielago that sparked the flame of desire in my heart for a car from the house of the raging bull. As much as I loved it and the LP640 that followed it, nothing could prepare me for the first few-off car of my childhood: the Reventon. Ever since I laid eyes on it in a 2007 issue of Road & Track, I've been madly in love with it. That love for few-off Lamborghinis continues to burn to this day, which led me to go shopping for a high-end 1/18 variant.
After cars like the Sían, Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera, and Aventador SV, it's hard to think of what could possibly come in and steal the limelight in my collection. There was only one way: Centenario. In all honesty, I never intended on buying this car. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to find this one at a bargain. I was honestly contemplating a Verde Scandal Centenario Roadster similar to the one delivered to CDMX at the same price, but someone beat me by about 2 minutes. I then decided to look at the launch spec Roadster in Argento Centenario, which is my dream version. That was still too expensive. This Nuovo Giallo Orion Centenario was recommended by our very own Lloyd Gaston, who actually sent me a listing for that Blu Le Mans Aventador SV. This just happened to be on sale alongside the SV and the aforementioned Verde Scandal Roadster. Was this worth $190? Absolutely.
If you've been living under a rock for the past few years, the Centenario is the newest Aventador-based iteration of a Lamborghini Few-Off model. After the controversial Veneno in 2013, Lamborghini stepped it up with a 770 hp car built to celebrate exactly what the name suggests: a centenary. You may be wondering what the centenary celebrates, especially considering Automobili Lamborghini celebrated its 53rd birthday when the car debuted. It's simple: Ferruccio Lamborghini's 100th birthday.
After the extremely divisive Veneno, Lamborghini pulled the reins back on the stylist team in order to create something a bit more aesthetically conservative. Never in my life did I ever imagine myself writing those words about a few-off Lamborghini, yet here we are.
In true 2016 fashion, the Centenario features wheels with carbon fiber inserts, presumably to follow up on the Reventon's success with it. The wheels certainly look cooler with it. You'll also note the bespoke Pirelli PZero tires on the model, which is a nice touch.
As stated earlier, this car dons Nuovo Giallo Orion Pearl, which is identical to the one delivered to Lamborghini of Beverly Hills in 2017. The headlight is exquisitely detailed compared to my Maisto 1/18, but then again, are we really THAT surprised?
The minute detailing on the carbon fiber weave suggest this model is definitely well into the three-digit price point.
Around the car, you'll find intricate details that take this car a step above anything from lesser manufacturers. The carbon fiber weave is consistent everywhere along with the paintwork and quality of details. It says Centenario with the tricolore flag in case you confused it with a Miura P400 or a Spire VRT.
As much as I love the model and can wax lyrical about the quality all day, it takes close up shots to see imperfections here and there with the paint. No model is perfect, regardless of how much anyone can argue.
If we go around back, we find that the car either came like this from the factory or maybe it hasn't fully rendered. There's an obvious lack of a traditional rear bumper, as shown by the partially exposed tire. The rear valence is made up of diffusers and sleek panels to make the car more aerodynamic and stable at high speeds. Then again, you'll need every bit of help you can get with the 760 hp on tap.
The triple exhaust tips are interesting, but the LED rear lights take the cake. They look like they belong in 2116, not 2016.
The more I look at the design, the more I wonder just how much chianti was enjoyed during the design process.
As much as I love the lunacy of the Veneno's design, this is equally stunning, but in a more restrained manner.
From the front, we find a design language more reminiscent of the Huracan than whatever the hell the Veneno's was.
As much as I wanted the Verde Scandal and Argento Centenario Roadsters, this Nuovo Giallo Orion paint is growing on me.
This model makes my Maisto 1/18 Centenario from Lamborghini Palm Beach look like a plain old Hot Wheels next to this.
If you listen closely, you might even hear the all too familiar sound of an Aventador-based launch and scream to the near 9000 rpm redline.
Inside, we find an interior made famous by Forza Horizon 3 due to the fact that this was the cover car. Everything is present with even the most minute details intricately replicated. It's images like these that put the art in AutoArt. If you listen closely, you can hear all the Audi-based clicks from the buttons.
Like the Aventador SV on which it's based, the Centenario has little fabric door pulls with matching stitching on the carbon fiber door panel.
Oh, and did I mention the rear wing is functional?
The same can be said for the Maisto version, but this is so much nicer.
Unlike the Maisto, this one doesn't have hinges to open the engine cover since the real one doesn't either. It simply comes off and is held in place by small magnets. Now THAT'S what I call quality.
The venerable 6.5 V12 from the Aventador SV gets a boost in power from 740 hp to 760 hp. It doesn't sound like much, but every horsepower counts.
The pushrod suspension is present, but nonfunctional in true AutoArt fashion.
I can't help but stare at all the carbon fiber everywhere. It's not perfect, but it's damn close.
There's so much to love about this model, but sadly, I don't have enough words in the entirety of the English language to convey my love for it.
If I could sit here and afford the ability to buy and review a real one, I damn well would. This, however, isn't the case right now. This model will have to make do. It sits proudly on my shelf alongside my 1/18 Urus and Huayra BC knowing it deserves that spot. If you want to make a $220 model purchase on a special supercar or hypercar, you can't go wrong with any AutoArt Centenario, whether coupe or roadster. This is a step above the Aventador SVs I've owned. It's worth every penny. Ferruccio would be proud.