Every once in a while I venture away from 1:18 Porsches and Aston Martins and opt for something unique and entirely new. Sometimes it’s a Lamborghini, other times something American. This time it is an entirely new model, a GTautos Pagani Huayra.
There’s been quite a bit written about the Huayra but just to be on the safe side, I’ll give you a little bit more on the full-size car. The Huayra is the successor to the Zonda, which debuted in 1999. From then to 2017 the Zonda had special edition versions being unveiled. However, the standard, “base” Huayra that I’m reviewing in 1:18 scale started production in 2012 and ended in 2018. The Roadster and Roadster BC variants are still being made.
Up until recently, this bespoke Italian vehicle wasn’t on my review radar and, maybe it wasn’t on other people’s radar either. Most fans who follow Pagani would likely choose the in-the-spotlight Zonda F. Me being me, I always prefer the overshadowed car. That’s how I ended up purchasing this Pagani. And am I glad I did!
This is my first encounter with a 1:18 from GTautos. This brand is the higher-end subsidiary of mid-range manufacturer Welly. The Pagani is the third Welly model in my collection. Personally, I think Welly makes some fine models for their price point, so I hoped that GTautos would too with this car.
After opening the package, I was thoroughly impressed right out of the box… with the box! It features a side profile of the car, unfortunately in a different colour than my 1:18 version is in, with a plethora of Pagani logos. The unboxing process was an odd one that I will get into lower in the article. For now, let’s just say that the packaging was so… different… that I had to be careful not to damage the car during the de-mummification unboxing process. Once finished I was relieved to see that the car was in just about perfect condition. My initial impression was that the Pagani had the potential to be a stellar recreation, as it should be for $140.
At the $140 price point, GTautos competes against AUTOart and Norev so there is an expectation of quality. GTautos delivered on my Huayra. Most of the vents are mesh, and the headlights and taillights are masterfully crafted. GTautos also configured the car with the Huarya’s synonymous chrome rims. These seven spokes are beyond stunning and look great next to the yellow brakes. A tiny, tiny detail that makes the brakes look all the better is the carbon-ceramic detailing. I am at a loss for words for how astounding this looks. As for the shut lines, they are on par. Very crisp, yet there is still enough space for each part to open with ease. The airbrake flaps also move up and down which is a big plus.
The unique carbon fibre-covered rearview mirrors are another pleasing detail. Unlike the carbon on the rest of the car, this carbon fibre coat is unmolded wrap which I appreciate. Furthermore, I applaud GTautos for wonderfully remaking the iconic quad exhaust. Knowing there is enough depth to each individual pipe allows me to sleep well at night. However, while there are plenty of good things for me to rave about there are a handful of things to improve upon, but I’ll do that lower down.