I rather like a Lamborghini in white, especially the satin pearl metallic Bianco Canopus shade which is an Ad Personam option in real life, and it comes at a hefty premium over regular white or even metallic white, so when I saw the white Lamborghini Centenario I was impressed, combined with the black carbon fiber roof, lower front bumper and side sills in the same material ... and let's not forget that impressive rear bumper diffuser area also in carbon fiber that contrasts heavily with the rest of the white body.
The Lamborghini Centenario was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the late Ferruccio Lamborghini, the founder of Automobili Lamborghini SpA back in 1963, a total of 20 Centenario Coupe were built (and 20 Centenario Roadster) ... one option was a full carbon fiber body at a hefty €300,000, and several were ordered like that, but other Centenario were delivered in Grigio Titans, Bianco Canopus, Giallo Orion ... one was even delivered in a dark red tinted carbon fiber, an amazing finish.
The scale car
I already own several 1/18 scale models of the Lamborghini Centenario, I even have the hand-built, pre-production prototype from AUTOart, so I wasn't really looking to add another Centenario model to the collection, especially not a sealed resin model, but then I saw a nice discount on this GT Spirit version of the Lamborghini Centenario, finished in bright white.
GT Spirit had the Centenario out for a while already, but prices were usually around €140 or more, the Kyosho counterpart was finished in black over black by the way, so when I found the white one for only €81 I couldn't resist adding it to my collection ...
If you look at the photos you'll notice the white paint has been applied in a very thick layer, hiding the lines on the Lamborghini Centenario, I have another white GT Spirit model, the Lamborghini Countach Quattrovalvole, and that one is clearly on a totally different level when it comes to paint finish, even the Diablo SE30 JOTA in white from GT Spirit looks a lot better ... save to say the Centenario isn't GT Spirit's best work.
Even the satin black paint applied to the front air vents and the side vents ahead of the rear wheels isn't nicely done, the edges are really bad in some areas ... it looks like this is done without any masking tape, just freehand, even I could do a better job ... and that's bad, trust me.
The Centenario comes with glass panes on the bespoke engine cover, GT Spirit did use a good, transparent plastic on the engine cover, but the engine detail isn't really that good ... what I do like are the red springs on the suspension, that's a nice touch of color on this model.
And talking about clear plastic, the windshield and side windows are decent quality, you can look into the cockpit without a lot of distortion, but there really isn't much to see as the entire interior is done in black ... pitch black, so you have to really look closely to see some details ... GT Spirit didn't even bother to put the large display on the central console ... it's turned off, the only touch of color is the red cover over the starting button.
I don't know how the environment is where GT Spirit has these models built, but it is clear there is a lot of dust around, the interior is effectively filled with dust speckles, a total disaster when photographing this model ... in the end I just gave up and left the dust in some of the photos.
One thing that's really a missed opportunity on this GT Spirit made Lamborghini Centenario is the total lack of carbon fiber on the exterior, it would have been nice to see a carbon fiber rear diffuser and roof, perhaps even the side sills and lower front bumper, and especially the fins on the wheels ... but instead it's all finished in satin black on this scale model.
So is this a must-have model of the limited edition Lamborghini Centenario? In all honesty ... not really. Sure at €81, I thought this was a good deal ... but in retrospect, it really isn't, if you are looking for a low budget Lamborghini Centenario in 1/18 scale just buy the Maisto Exclusive Series one. I paid €59 for that yellow one, and I think it is a lot better value for money than this white GT Spirit model, now don't get me wrong, the Maisto one isn't all that perfect either, but it's about half the price too, and if you really want to get a decent 1/18 scale model of the Centenario you'll have to get the AUTOart version ... which is well over €200, but it's worth it.
So I got this GT Spirit Lamborghini Centenario because it was listed at an interesting price, and I didn't have a white Centenario yet ... and I try to get as much different manufacturers in my collection anyway, but if you are looking to add a Centenario to your collection either buy the extremely well detailed AUTOart version at a premium or just go for the Maisto Exclusive Series model which looks really good on the shelve anyway.
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