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Monday, December 28, 2015

RMZ City McLaren 650S



Earlier this year I got to chance to experience the McLaren experience with the P1 supercar from Hot Wheels.  I still love the metallic orange version with the dark gray wheels and it still looks good.  Problem is, where is the one that started the revitalization of McLaren as a serious car company, the MP4-12C?  Well not every diecast manufacturer made one save for a few (BBurago was one of them), while a smaller version has not been made yet.  Now as McLaren has three models to choose from RMZ City finally created the now mid-pack McLaren model, now called the 650S.



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The new 650S takes some cues from the P1 supercar with styling that is more eye-catching than the MP4-12C that it replaced.  The front has the P1's headlights that flow with the side spears that form the side scoops at the lower part of the bumper, with the sections of the bumper between the central air dam blacked out.  RMZ did a nice job with the details on this part crafting the correct curves, the detailed headlights, and the mesh grille patters to the carbon fiber chin spoiler.  They even added the 650S plate and McLaren badge as well.  The sides show off the massive side scoops with a carbon fiber finish, with the exterior mirrors and the lower trim below the doors also blacked out.  The latter can be hard to see on this dark blue example but is more prominent in brighter colors that include orange and white.  Personally I prefer the darker colors blacking out the rather odd lower trim pieces below the doors.  Out back the rear end has a similar look to the MP4 with the silver LED taillights in the grille slots, the central exhaust tips with the silver outline, blacked-out lower bumper in the center, and the nice separate carbon fiber rear wing that functions as well.



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The wheels are double 5-spoke and look nice, though some dark gray accents would be nice and the front-end seems to sit a tad bit too high.  Don't ask about the base as the car's aerodynamics dictate over the details of the undercarriage.  Still, look at the rear window with the detailed vents on the sides: Ah, yes there lies the silver intake and dry sump oil resovoir with diamond plate pattern and McLaren badge that identifies the 3.8L DOHC twin-turbo V8 that produces 641 hp and 500 Ib-ft. of torque through a 7-speed twin-clutch automated manual transmission.  It likes to rev and sounds great!  Also it helps that it lies just atop of the pullback motor as well.




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Now to the interior, but first the doors: to open them you have to pull it out slightly, then lift the door up to move the doors in a scissors-like fashion but unlike the Lamborghini doors the doors angle slightly toward the center.  However, compared to the real car the doors could rotate a bit more and the doors can be a bit stingy to get open at first.  Once you're inside you see an interior that features the carbon-fiber finish of the dashboard with the see-though gap behind the touchscreen that controls the radio and HVAC controls.  The 3-spoke steering wheel has a deep-dish look with the flat-bottom rim, and sit just ahead of the three-pod gauge cluster.  The seats are supportive and have a nice ribbed pattern in the center, the doors are also detailed as a separate inner panel piece, and unlike other RMZ City pullback cars in this scale the floorboard is lower and more accurate (check out the details on the pedals!)





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Wow, this is one fantastic casting for an affordable pullback vehicle!  It's got the right looks, sleek and sexy, with accurate and incredible level of details from the dashboard to the twin-turbo V8 under the rear glass.  No one else can come close to the level of details at an affordable price than this casting from RMZ City.

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