The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is a targa top version of the Veyron Super Sport which also holds the world record for top speed! Because I love exotic cars in 1:18 scale, I wanted to have a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport but the AUTOart version is too expensive so I parked the plan to own one! When Rastar unveiled a 1:18 diecast scale model of Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport I started jumping but due to import restrictions, I can get him only now that too in WRC paint scheme.
History: This Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse was first unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and later at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. Powered by an 8.0-litre W16 engine with four turbochargers produces 1200ps… it also holds a world record reaching top speed reaching 408.84kmph. It can accelerate from a stand still to 100kmph in 2.6 seconds but is limited to 375kmph for normal roads. The World Record Car Edition was limited to 8 units, which come in a dual shade of black and orange to bring its inter quality out!
Body Work & Paint Job: This Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse comes with sleek body work and fine paint job. This Bugatti one gets a sleek finish enhanced by the orange highlights, the black paint job also is top class! Paint finish is a bit tacky in some areas making the surface a bit uneven! All the metal surfaces are smooth and match the real car in most places! This Bugatti comes loaded with a lot of details like the air intake on sides and top, which challenges any crafter and they did good! The paint finish is a bit tacky in some areas making the surface a bit uneven (being a black car these shout out more under direct sunlight or spot light in my display) dragging down the rating considerably!
Stance: This Veyron’s ride height is really off chart.. yeah its riding a little high and the smaller wheels kind of suppresses the SUVish look but in certain angles, it shows up! I have to put the blame on the orange wheels! To be frank, the roadster looks hot in profile view but this somehow is not, what do you feel? But this guy looks hotter in this elevated 3/4 angle!
Exterior Details: This Rastar Bugatti is filled with detail and some of them are cool, like this front grill with a Bugatti logo and that logo is sharp. The grill’s texture looks nice but it’s not a mesh but a sealed one, which for me is not a big deal but would have been great. This front end gets his wow score, thanks to the orange grill surrounds!
This Bugatti also gets detailed fuel caps (yes one on each side, one on the right is for fuel and the one on the left is for other fluids like the engine oil and stuff) and the engravings are deep, which makes it stand out in some angles in a very nice way!
The wing mirror comes with an inbuilt turn indicator and the details are really nice. The real Bugatti comes with a small quarter glass and this 1:18 version also gets the same one and they look realistic! But the inside of the mirror speaks a different story… The reflective side is bad and maybe I might have to do some updates later to make it better.
Headlamps & Tail Lights: This Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Vitesse comes with very detailed headlights and tail lights! The real car came with a detailed headlamp with projector elements and led turn signal, this Rastar Bugatti captured all these to a fine point… In the photo above you see some sharp details, which takes this to the next level! In comparison to the headlamp the taillights are dull but that’s how it is in real cars too, the shape and texture matches well with the real car.
Tires & Wheels: First and foremost, the wheels are painted in bright shade of orange, which is both the gift and curse! The orange makes this Bugatti stand out in a sea of diecast cars in my display and also make it win any beauty contest… but the same turns into a curse when you do a size comparison with any other 1:18 scale Bugatti! This orange shade also enhances the wheel/tire difference, which is not that obvious in the orange Vitesse by Rastar who is shrouded with piano black wheels.
These wheels also get a cool “EB” logo finished in silver and it is readable. The wheel nuts(five per wheel) and also detailed but not uniform! There also is a cool brake caliper detail in both front and rear. The “Bugatti” badging on the caliper is also very sharp and readable from angle!
The tires tell a totally different story… I kind of hate the tires… Why, you may ask! Firstly the front and rear tires look like they are the same size, but in real cars the rear wheels are massive! The tire’s profile is also off proportion and looks like a high profile tire. The tire threat looks fine but doesn’t look like high performance pattern! Finally the tire branding is “RASTAR”, which only shows up on fine inspection.
Doors: This is my first Rastar and the doors is the only piece which gets my full score. The doors are really unique both in the way the doors are mounted to the hinge and also the door shut line when they are closed! The doors open up wide enough reveal all the beautiful interior details.
The interior detailing of the doors are really nice, it gets multiple materials highlighting the door handles and switch gears. The orange highlight enhances the silver inserts even further! But the catch is, both the doors get identical details but in the real car the driver side gets slightly different details, which is not bad… but a miss still.
The door looks very sleek and the reason is due to that hinge, which works perfectly to get the door open wind enough without killing the aesthetic even when in open state. The hinge design resembles the AUTOart hinge but with a twist… in a good way! This door hinge design gives this Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse almost a perfect shut line!
Interior and Upholstery: This Bugatti Veyron being a Roadster, the interior is given equal concentration as the exterior. The doors open up wide and you are greeted by a beautiful door sill which reads “Vitesse WRC Edition 1 of 8” and there is a space for some knick knacks, which by the way is a nice addition.
The steering is done with at most care and looks almost perfect as the real one, what it needs to fool us is a bit of silver insert. The instrument console is really detailed but I cannot read the dials! But the silver surrounds for the instrument pods takes it to the next level! The pedal details are also awesome and my photographs did less justice due to the all black interior and black flooring!
The center console which houses the gear stick also holds an array of dials, which are all blacked out! The inner side of the console also gets a nice engraving in orange that reads “Vitesse”! The center console also has a storage area for stuff like phones and that is captured well by Rastar.
The seats are all plastic (as expected) but the texture and pattern makes it cooler! The orange highlight actually made these seats nicer but the cherry on this beautiful cake is the “Vitesse” engraving!
The hits keep coming, when it comes to interiors of this Bugatti and one of the unsung heroes is wind deflector! This wind deflector is really cool and looks very nice on close inspection. The deflector is mounted onto the body via a sleek mount, which is right above the center door with a huge “EB” logo.
Hood: After the magical experience I had with door hinge, I was expecting something similar… But I was not surprised at all, as the hood hinge is not but an oridinary bulky hinge like the Maisto and Welly! The open angle is wide but in my model the door doesn’t stay up, so I have a place for a stick to keep it up and photoshop it out in post.
Though there is nothing underneath the hood door, the storage area is plain yet nice! There is a bit of texture, which kind of mimics the flooring that the real car came with. I checked the actual review and the real car had the same bulge as this Rastar, kudos!
Engine: The engine on this Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is one of the showoff part and every diecast maker did their part be it AUTOart or Minichamps or MR Collection and even Rastar did their part here in this car. The aluminum engine peeping through the black bodywork and an awesome scene!
The engine block also has some sharp details and the one that gets everybody’s attention even without breaking a sweat is the engraving in them. There is “EB” engraved on to the right block and “16.4” on to the left, the left one is very shallow but readable! The shallow grey highlight also adds a bit of interest to the engine.
Underbody: The underbody of this Bugatti is relatively blank except for the rear diffuser and branding detail of Rastar. But that’s the case in real car also to get maximum drag, the defuser is cool and adds a bit of detail even if viewed from rear!
Overall this is one cool Bugatti Veyron 16.4 to have in your collection, as far as I know there is no other diecast 1:18 version of Grand Sport Vitesse available in the market as of now, which makes this unique too! This Bugatti gave me mixed feelings. I like some of its details like the paint job, body work, headlights, decals, doors, fine details but absolutely hate some of them like the paint finish in few areas and wheel profile.
After all this is a budget model and details thrown in is admirable, which gets a reasonable 3.5 as its score. Hope you like this review, and like the photos. Do drop your feedback and suggestions for my next review in the comments section, which will help me do better… till next time, Ciao.