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.
As 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.
What 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.
Even 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.
This 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
If 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.
The 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.
Sure, 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?
If the screen and center console buttons look familiar, they're basically stylized Audi MMI bits and pieces.
How 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.
As 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.
Next 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.