There has been much debate on the Mercedes-AMG GT R. Much of it surrounds two brands, AUTOart and Almost Real. Both models spark the debate of what is better executed; is it composite or diecast metal exterior panels? We ask the question to all, does this really matter in the end? Isn’t the end result suppose to be the best overall execution to the original 1:1 design? Some would agree and some would not agree…
The model under the microscope today is the sublime Mercedes-AMG GT R offering from AUTOart. The scale is 1:18 and the exterior colour is the infamous AMG Green Hell Magno (love the name). Though we like what we’ve seen from Almost Real in the past we have not seen their example of GT R in the flesh. This review will focus primarily on the AUTOart example.
In our opinion, the AMG Green Hell Magno exterior is the choice colour to get! Some say the “release” colour is the most inspiring, we do agree. In the end, buy what YOU like best. As for the painted exterior, AUTOart in typical fashion does a great job of laying down the exterior colour. A carbon fibre roof is presented in the mix too; this is executed with a decal sheet – beautifully done! Unfortunately, not all is perfect here, the colour itself leans more towards a matt finish, whereas the original has more pop!
As for exterior lines and overall exterior execution, the AUTOart example is exceptional. We see no major flaws in scale transition. Shut lines and panel gaps are very tight on our example too. Even with the access tool, it was somewhat challenging to open the front bonnet. However, one element of the exterior design was incorrect, the blades/vents on either side of the front section of the car are created here with solid pieces, where in fact the original design they have a total of five holes in each blade.
The front of the Mercedes-AMG GT R is our favourite angle. The aggressive nature of the intakes and large centre grille are very fitting for the design. AUTOart’s execution of the fascia is excellent. We love the opening nature of grille work and intakes, all reveal detail in behind. The headlight detail is very good and mirrors the original design well.
If we haven’t mentioned yet this is a full 360-access model. As always motor access is welcomed. Once inside we are greeted by the AMG tuned monster. Before we get to the motor, we like to point out the neat hinge work with strut supports on either side. Also, the cooling vents on the hood are created in metal and perforated. We believe these vents on the Almost Real design were solid.
The motor is nothing but ordinary. Again, the execution here is similar to past efforts, a base level with bulky pieces on top, even the carbon fibre work is moulded into the plastic parts; it is visually weak. Some colour is used for definition but the overall effort lacks realism and depth. A little more effort could prove different. We will give AUTOart some slack though, modern engine design of today hide much on the inner working with covers and whatnot.
Underneath the model provides a few surprises with it’s defined suspension and exhaust work. Nicely done AUTOart.
The rear of the Mercedes-AMG GT R is strong in overall execution. All badges (three here) are present. Taillights are nicely detailed and as well as the lower bumper diffuser section. Even the small intake on either side of the bumper is open and capped with metal, perforated grille. Note the bumper sensors too!
There is an added bonus, the upper spoiler is functional – one can position it forward and back. The operation on our example was flawless too. Access is granted to the rear storage. Here you will find fully carpeted interior and strut supports for the hatch. Also, the finish work on the inside hatch surround features a night light, we thought that was cool added touch!
Wheels are 19 front and 20″ rear AMG performance forged-alloys. They feature five twin-spoke design with a high-sheen Black finish. Behind you will find massive rotors and Yellow calipers, they’re both within spec. The detail doesn’t end here, AUTOart’s trend of late is tire scripting, and this example is loaded with the Michelin logo and more.
Inside the interior is surprisingly elevated based on AUTOart’s bar of late. Possibly the team had some concerns of the aligning Almost Real release? Whatever the reason the interior looks great! Full carpeting is teamed with Yellow stitching throughout the entire interior. This includes the dash, centre console, seats and door cards. Yellow seats-belts are within spec too, though not fabric but a rubber/plastic-like material. Dash instruments and centre console dials are nicely defined as well. Did we mention we like this interior? Overall high marks here folks!
This is a simple conclusion for us, the AUTOart Mercedes-AMG GT R is a great-excellent scale model. If you can overlook their decision/miss on the AMG Green Hell Magno colour, the model still satisfies on many levels. With more colour options in the near future, one can choose from other OEM colour palette offerings too. As for composite over diecast meta debate, we find no obvious weakness in the composite design. We don’t think either model is particularly weak and neither is perfect. In the end, if you have to choose between the two buy what you can find at the best possible price. Enjoy the pics!