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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Majorette Audi A5 coupe and 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Here's a pair of sporty Majorette coupes that offer performance and style in their own way, the Audi A5 coupe and 2013 Boss Mustang.

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Audi A5 Coupe

In 2005 Audi released to Nuvolari concept, a two-door coupe with sleek styling and a sign that Audi was looking to separate the A4 lineup in the next-generation.  In 2007 the A5 coupe finally debut with most of the striking styling of the concept still intact, yet still shares components with the A4 sedan.  Since then BMW and Mercedes have opted to separate the coupe models from the sedan counterparts in their own series that also includes coupe-like four-door sedan's.  The look of the first-generation A5 is striking, yet subtile in a typical Audi way.  The interior still offers plenty of room four four people with a very familiar dash layout.  The engine on this model is a 3.0L DOHC turbocharged V6 diesel that produces 237 hp and 369 Ib-ft of torque through a six-speed manual transmission and Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system.  Even as it goes onto the next-generation the A5 coupe still looks stylish.

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My tester was in this nice blue color with chrome 5-spoke wheels for a typical Audi passenger car look.  The front has cleaer rectangular headlights with LED lights inside, large black Audi grille, and lower side grilles with round foglights.  The sides show a clean, unobstructed beltline with nicely-detailed exterior mirrors on doors that open.  The rear has round taillights that cant up on the lower inner corners for the plate area, dual exhausts, and a rear spoiler that is molded into the trunklid.  The performance of the car is not as exciting as I thought it would be as while it does a good job it's more of a grand tourer and not a car for the track (maybe a S5 or RS5 would help?).  The doors open to an interior with seating for four in bolstered seats.  The dashboard shares the A4 sedan's large center stack with upper screen, lower controls, and shifter on the console.  The 3-spoke steering wheel is nicely done, but the gauge pod is rather sloppy on this model.  As before on the A1, this A5 is not a car that screams out to you, yet it still looks great and is still sporty.

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2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302

For those who want something to stand out, then there's this green Boss Mustang.  Majorette has toyed with many Mustang's over the years, some good and some not so great.  The 1980's saw convertibles and SVO models, while the 1990's saw a coupe/convertible in one tool model that has black plastic front and rear bumpers.  This 2013 is a beautiful gem and manages to outshine the Maisto version that lacks an interior and proper wheels.  In 2012 the Boss Mustang returns as a car that is more track-focused and even offered a Laguna Seca model with larger front and rear spoilers, lighter weight, and a rear seat deleted and replaced with an X-brace.  This 2013 version follows the Mustang line updates and eliminates the Laguna Seca model.  What I like about the 2013 model is that it faithfully follows the original Boss styling of the 1969 and 1970 models.  The colors are more inline with the original, the side stripes now wrap around the front fenders like the original, and the new styling updates adds perfection to the model.  The engine is the same 5.0L DOHC V8 that is used in the GT but with enhancements to make 444 horsepower and 380 Ib-ft of torque through a six-speed manual transmission.

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This green was offered on 2013 Mustang's, though not so much on the Boss, and is not one of my favorite green colors yet it looks good on this Boss model with blacked-out 5-spoke wheels.  The design is beautifully done:  The front has clear headlights with an aggressive look and just a hint of the projector beam housing detail inside.  The black inner grilles have the detailed honeycomb pattern, deleted foglight areas (one is the cold air intake for the airbox), and prancing pony.  The hood has a black center stripe with vents on the sides, while side Boss 302 stripes nicely align with the side profile.  Careful detail was also added to the side door lines, marker lights, and gas cap cover.  The rear has a smoothly-integrated rear spoiler, blacked-out valence panel with LED tri-taillights, center faux cap with Laguna Seca track outline, and dual exhausts at the bottom.  The look is proper and nicely done.  Despite a live rear axle on this model this Mustang casting performs better than the Audi A5, even with a touch of oversteer!  Aside from the grinding of the wheels contacting the body this is one of the best handling Mustang diecast castings out there.  Unfortunately there are no opening parts to this car, but at least the interior is there with seating for four, detailed door panels, shifter on the console, 3-spoke steering wheel, and dual pod dashboard.  Not only is it there but it is one nicely done interior for a Mustang casting.  I'm glad Majorette did this 2013 Boss Mustang as it has the proper look and decals of the original Boss Mustang along with killer exterior and interior details and fantastic handling.

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