The King of Lustful Thinking: Bburago 1/18 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

I​'ll get over you, I know I will. I'll pretend your ISR's not slipping. And I'll tell myself I'm over you.

A​s much as I love reviewing 1/43s and 1/18s with eye-watering prices, I do occasionally like taking a break from them to remind us that there are inexpensive cars that can be just as good. If you want an excellent 1/18, but are on a tight budget, Costco 1/18 season is the single best time of the year for you. Palletfuls of 1/18s at $15 a piece is a dream come true. Last year, after Hurricane Dorian delayed ours by over two weeks, I went above and beyond the day my Costco got their shipment. I left with seven cars on that day.

W​hat is it? It's a Bburago 1/18 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. Not only that, but it was $15. That's like 1/4 of what an average Minichamps 1/43 costs me. Now, I know that some of you look down on Maisto and Bburago, but there's a lot to love in these. Not everyone likes sealed resin models of somewhat obscure models. This is a perfect middle ground for everyone to love and enjoy.

I​ remember the Aventador's release like it was yesterday. I grew up with the Murcielago as the poster car for my room. When the last one rolled off the Sant' Agata production line in 2010, I knew that whatever came next would have some pretty sizable shoes to fill. The Reventon-esque shape still looks brand new nine years later.

E​ven if you see these on a daily basis like I do, they still manage to turn heads. As much as I love the Murcielago for being the childhood poster car, this is the Lamborghini of the age I truly learned to love cars and became involved with them. I remember reading about it in my May 2012 issue of Road & Track that I'm reading as I type this out. This specific Aventador is the launch spec, which is coincidentally the exact spec tested in the magazine.

T​his thing was a revolutionary step up from the Murcielago in every way imaginable. Every time I see it, it feels like I'm doing so for the first time. Few cars can age anywhere near this well. As much as I would've loved the elusive Verde Mantis one, I do love this one. It reminds me of 14 year-old me waiting to finally see one at Lamborghini Miami all those years ago.

T​he Reventon inspired y-pattern tail lights still look exquisite to this day. I distinctly remember watching the Top Gear review of it the day the episode came out back in 2011. It captivated my heart and hasn't let go since.

I​ can still hear the very first launch control start I ever saw from an Aventador in my mind. It makes me happy to see these considering it's one of the dream cars of this time in my life.

T​he stunning Arancio Argos pearlescent paint looks just as stunning today as it did when it debuted back then. Since those days, we've seen a sharp increase in Ad Personam colors, which is something I hope Bburago incorporates into their lineup at some point. I'd love to see one of these in Viola SE30 or Verde Hydra.

T​he detailing on this model is much better than the price would suggest. Sure, it's nowhere near AutoArt or Norev levels, but it's impossible to beat for the price. I just wish it had working suspension like Maisto's models.

I​f we look inside, we find that Bburago went to impressive lengths to make this Aventador look a lot nicer than you'd expect. For starters, it's not just a black interior, but the two-tone Sportivo leather interior. The color combination is Nero and Arancio Dryope. Hell, even the paddles for the 7-speed automated single-clutch ISR transmission are modeled behind the steering wheel.

T​he 6.5 V12 is very nicely modeled with the Ohlins pushrod suspension included for those eagle-eyed enthusiasts.

I​ just noticed that the exhaust tip looks like something you'd plug an HDMI cable into.

S​ure, it's not perfect, but you can't beat this for $15. It's certainly not up to AutoArt levels of quality, but does it really matter?

I​f the screen and center console buttons look familiar, they're basically stylized Audi MMI bits and pieces.

H​ow can I mention a flagship Lamborghini without making fun of its hilariously tiny front trunk space? You can fit maybe a smaller 1/18 carry-on suitcase and backpack. Maybe.

A​s I was saying earlier, this is about as much of a bang for your buck you can get for $15. Although they may not be up to the standards we've elevated ourselves to, they're great to help introduce others to our hobby. I remember getting a Maisto 1/18 Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster as a kid. Look at where that led to.

N​ext time you go to your local Costco or BJ's during diecast season, take a look around. Odds are you'll find something worth taking home. Sure, it won't be the most amazing scale model in the universe, but I can guarantee you'll get a smile out of it. This isn't anywhere near as nice as an AutoArt Aventador, but I'm just as proud to show this on my shelf as I would be for any premium model. This isn't meant to be the most accurate model ever. This is meant to bring happiness and joy to any car enthusiast $15 at a time.

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Comments (5)

  • $15..... wow. that's amazing. great photos, too

      1 year ago
  • I got the Welly version for $29 AUD. Worth every penny

      1 year ago
  • The issue with this one is more so the scale, which is 1:19 or 1:20 or something like that. The Welly would be the nice middle ground between the Maisto and the AUTOart.

      1 year ago
    • It’s like 1/19.5 or something. I measured it a while ago, but honestly forgot off the top of my head. Then again, I could’ve done a lot worse for $15.

        1 year ago