The Swiss specialist in the reproduction in resin of automobile models offers a third variant of its miniature of the Audi RS 3 Sportback 8P at 1:18. The new shade chosen is Daytona gray with two-tone rims.
A new version with a new packaging
After the great success of the two Misano red versions of the Audi RS3 Sportback 8P miniature at 1:18 in 2019 having sold out fairly quickly, DNA Collectibles is back with a third version in Daytona gray with two-tone rotor rims, limited to only 299 pieces.
The 2011 Audi RS 3 Sportback 8P is an iconic vehicle, signaling the great return of the 5-cylinder engine and becoming the first four-ring model in the premium compact segment.
In the past, DNA Collectibles offered an original packaging with a transparent base and a cover that can be used to clean the model. From now on, the miniature is delivered in a black cardboard box like a showcase with transparent parts and a black plastic base indicating the name of the model and a removable plastic frame. The set is present in a box protected at each end by plastic foam firmly wedging the box.
This is a big change that in no way takes away from the quality of the miniatures made by DNA Collectibles. Once the miniature is unpacked, we discover a resin model without opening of a surprising lightness, in comparison with models of competing brands.
This new version of the Audi RS3 Sportback is in Daytona Grey, a color referring to the famous American circuit hosting the 24 Hours of Daytona and the Daytona 500.
The reproduction perfectly resumes the typical curves of the sports compact of the brand with the four rings with a large number of details to observe.
The front face typical of the RS models features a superb perforated honeycomb grille (allowing to distinguish the radiator whose front face has been reproduced), as do the side air intakes revealing behind one of them a photoetched heat exchanger. The RS 3 badges and the 4 rings are also reproduced thanks to photoetched parts offering good realism.
Another interesting detail, the Xenon headlights have been finely miniaturized, with in particular the different interior textures and the bulb bulbs.
At the rear, we find the extractor of this RS model as well as the two chrome exhaust outlets. Looking below, chrome has also been used on the muffler, which is too shiny compared to the 1:1 scale model. Each miniature has a plate indicating the unique chassis number of the 299 models produced.
The grey/chrome Rotor rims with the Audi logo on the center of the rims reveal the brake discs (in carbon ceramic at the front) as well as the calipers bearing the RS logo.
Last detail, the model reproduced has the aluminum pack: hulls of the mirrors, outline of the grille and the air intakes and roof bars.
The black leather interior is distinguished by the F1 Recaro bucket seats, already present in the first generation Audi TT RS, RS 4 B7, RS 4 B8 and RS 5 Coupé. The interior is well reproduced with a large number of details such as the various controls, the MMI system, the ceiling light, the rear lights, the RS 3 logos on the top of the seats, the aluminum inserts, …
DNA Collectibles completes the miniature with other realistic equipment added and not molded with the interior: the seat belts in real fabric with their buckle, the sports steering wheel, the round air vents, the pedals, the mirror, the brake hand, the gear lever and the door handles.
As you will have understood, this scale model is very realistic and of excellent quality. Its originality and its low production in limited edition make it interesting to acquire in order to add it to its collection of miniatures. The black base can receive a showcase to be purchased separately in order to protect the RS 3 from dust.
The little detail
On each miniature presented, a particular detail caught our attention. DNA Collectibles has paid attention to the smallest visible detail. This is particularly the case with the superbly reproduced front panel. In addition to the grille, this Audi RS 3 Sportback has honeycomb ventilation grilles below the headlights. The left intercooler is present behind the metal grille and clearly visible. This kind of small detail that does not jump directly at first glance shows the attention paid to the different elements of the reproduction.
Availability and prices
Marketed in January 2022 under the reference DNA000103 and limited to only 299 numbered copies, the DNA Collectibles 1:18 scale model of the Audi RS 3 Sportback is offered at a price of 149.99 euros. It can only be purchased on the manufacturer’s website: dnacollectibles.com/en/product/audi-rs3-8p-sportback-grey-1-18-en
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