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October 18, 2015

Die-cast: Autoart Lamborghini Aventador J

by Mark Savage

Small roofless Aventador looks greatlambo1

Proving that good things come in small packages I present the Lamborghini Aventador J in 1/43 scale by Autoart. This is one beautiful model, and comes at well less than you might expect to pay for a fine diecast car in this scale.

The History

The edgy Aventador coupe was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and just a year later Lamborghini revealed the J, a roofless model with no windshield, just tiny windscreens as you’d expect on a racer.lambo3

Reportedly Lambo’s CEO Stephan Winkelmann asked his design crew to create “something special” for the Geneva show, but just 6 weeks before the prestigious car show. Talk about deadlines!

The racer wanna-be uses Aventador’s 6.5-liter V12 engine that creates 700 horsepower and links that to a 7-speed tranny. The car, which rides on a carbon fiber monocoque, shuns goodies like a radio and air conditioning to save weight and is said to tip the scales at just 3,472 lbs.

Its only carryovers from the Aventador are the hood, front and rear fenders and headlights. Reportedly this one-off concept car was sold for $2.8 million before it even hit the Geneva show floor. For reference, the standard (as if) goes for roughly $400 grand.

In case you’re wondering, the J stands for Jota, the extreme version of Lamborghini’s much earlier and iconic Miura. Top speed is about 186 mph, but you’d better wear a helmet since there’s no windshield.lambo2

The Model:

Autoart creates a well-defined model with crisp panel lines, and there are a lot of them here, making this look a bit like a Trans-Former. There’s a big black winglet diffuser up front and black wing across the car’s deck along with quad exhausts in back.

Headlights are well detailed including a single projector bulb along with what look like LED lights, while in back are slim cat-eye slit lights. There are big air scoops on either side of the body with blackened carbon-fiber look screens inside, sharply styled mirrors and a cool periscope rearview mirror that protrudes from the hood where the console rises to meet it between the black racing seats. In the original car even the seats were made of carbon fiber, called Carbonskin.

lambo4The flat black seats look great here with molded shoulder and lap belts along with carbon fiber look dash and button-laden console control panel.

You can see a bit of the engine through the opening and carbon fiber bracing over the rear deck, even reading Lamborghini in script atop the engine cover. There’s a Lambo logo on the nose and another script decal under the rear lip. Aventador J is on a plate at the car’s rear.

Autoart also delivers attractive black racing wheels with orange center nut and orange calipers behind the wheels. You also can see the drilled disc brakes through the wheels. Excellent detail for a model listing at less than $60.

I like the looks of all Lambos, but this one really stands out!

FAST Stats: Lamborghini Aventador Jlambo5

Maker: Autoart

Scale: 1/43

Stock No.: 54652 (pearl orange)

MSRP: $59.95

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