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News from the Continent August/September 2017 – Norev

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Norev’s releases for the period July to September are shown below. As has been the case for some time now the 1:18 scale output is now a major part of their production. It is good to see many of the models focusing on the latest cars from French car makers.

Releases scheduled for July 2017

1:18 scale

187622 Porsche 911 Turbo 2010 – brown metallic

 

187411 Porsche 962 C – Winner ADAC Supersprint Nurburgring 1986 – driver Hans Joachim Stuck

 

187410 Porsche 962 C – 3rd place 24 hours of Le Mans 1988 – drivers Winter/Jelinski/Dickens
185241 Renault 4 1965 – Copenhague blue

 

185741 Simca Aronde saloon 1954 – light blue
183430 Smart For2 2015 – black and white

 

183435 Smart Forfour 2015 – black and blue

 

1:43 Scale

150940 Citroen Visa Club 1979 – Mimosa yellow
155458 DS 4 Performance Line 2016 – Artense grey

 

155576 DS 5 Performance Line 2016 – Platinium grey
351348 Mercedes-Benz/AMG GT S 2015 – blue metallic
472450 Peugeot 204 Break 1969 – Antique green
479848 Peugeot 2008 2016 – Platinium grey
517847 Alpine Vision Gran Tourismo 2015 – light blue

Releases August 2017

Scale 1:18

185138 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition 2017 – black metallic
183419 Mercedes-Benz L319 Van 1957 – “Früba”
184871 Peugeot 402 Eclipse 1937 – dark green
184824 Peugeot 208 GTI 2013 – pearl white
187593 Porsche 911 Coupe 1994 – Iris blue metallic
187594 Porsche 911 GT2 2007 – silver with black wheels
185234 Renault Clio 16S 1991 – Tungsten grey
185230 Renault Clio Williams 1993 – blue
1:43 Scale
473893 Peugeot Instinct Concept – Geneve Motor Salon 2017
511504 Renault 15 TL Coupe 1976 – red
840073 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1981 – silver
870053 Volvo XC90 2015 – electric silver
3 inch Minijet (Fit the box)
311000 Mercedes-Benz Renntransporter with Mercedes-Benz W196 1954
310801 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter “Fire Brigade”

310900 Mercedes-Benz Arocs tipper – grey
310502 Volkswagen Beetle 1303 “No. 53”

Releases September 2017

1:12 Scale
121560AP Citroen DS19 saloon Primtemps green and Champagne

This is a limited edition of 1000 pieces

1:18 Scale
181700 DS E-Tense – Geneva Motor Salon 2016
188052 Nissan GTR R-35 2008 – blue
184823 Peugeot 206 RC 2003 – Aden red
185143 Renault Alpine A310 1977 – yellow
188403 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Classic Line 1992 – red metallic

1:43 Scale
153050 Citroen 11 Legere Coupe de Ville 1935 – dark red and black
155266 Citroen C3 2016 – Power orange and black
155474 Citroen C4 Cactus 2014 – Aden red
170010 DS 7 Crossback “La Premiere” 2017 – Artense grey
351350 Mercedes-AMG GT S Coupe 2015 – grey metallic
474511 Peugeot 405 Sri saloon 1991 – Alhambra red
474552 Peugeot 405 Break 1991 – Alhambra red
473815 Peugeot 308 GT 2017 – Ultimate red
473816 Peugeot 308 Gti Coupe Franche 2017 – magnetic blue and black
473818 Peugeot 308 SW GT Line 2017 – Pearl white
473817 Peugeot 308 SW GT 2017 – Ultimate red
870069 Volvo V90 Cross Country 2017 – Maple brown
474553 Peugeot 405 Break 1991 – Fire brigade
517647 Renault Megane Estate 2012 “Gendarmerie” yellow and blue striping
3 inches Minijet
310508 Citroen 2CV 1983 “France 3”
310510 Citroen 2CV Dolly 1986 – green and white

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BMW Hommage models from Norev – Part Two

By Fabrizio Panico

All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author.

The third item in the “Hommage Collection” is the BMW 2015 3.0 CSL Hommage concept car. This is presented by Norev in its striking “acid” yellow livery (BMW part no. 80 43 2 413 753).

The concept car was unveiled at the event Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the E9 CSL. It clearly reflected the later version of the CSL coupe, better known as the Batmobile,  which is a real cult car for every BMW fan.

It is a working and driveable car. It is an hybrid with a 3 litre twin-turbo straight-six up front plus an e-motor in the rear, developing 500 bhp which is delivered through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels. It is fitted with vast 21 inch tyres (265/35 and 325/30). Aluminium and carbon fibre are almost everywhere in order to keep the weight to a minimum.

The minimalist interior is DTM inspired. It is a very race-oriented cockpit, with a few retro touches, but many details are clearly inspired by avionics and competition cars. The exterior is a constant reminder of the original CSL, from the imposing rear wing to the black longitudinal splitters riding the front wings.  From the front low set air dam to the double rear spoilers, from the wildly flared wheel arches to the full-length black rallye stripes. It’s all there, lovingly re-created.

 

But much more than a rolling celebration of the wide-bodied menace that scared Capris and Carreras in the 1970s, it wants to be an elegant and dynamic image of one of BMW’s finest hours. Suffice to say that later in 2015, at Pebble Beach, BMW presented the 3.0 CSL Hommage R, a white monster much more akin to the original Batmobile, indeed a competition version of the 3.0 CSL Hommage. Will we ever see it in 1:18th scale? Norev, please ….

Needless to say the Norev model faithfully reproduces the real one: every small detail is present, from the central single-arm wiper resting in an upright position to the two tiny cameras doing the job of wing mirrors, and the wrap-over wings. A real gem, the doors open on a beautifully detailed interior, but lot of details are almost lost in the dark interior, indeed to do it justice you need to look with a torch.

The model is diecast in metal as usual with only the doors opening. The only criticism that could be made is of the box graphics which are, let’s say, a bit “wild”. This is the same as the other boxes already released, (See photograph below). The graphics are quite untypical of BMW, but that’s my personal opinion.

The BMW E9 was a coupé built by Karmann from 1968 to 1975 and developed from the 2000 CS, enlarged to hold the straight-six engine used in the E3 saloon and with the front restyled to resemble the same E3.

There were three different iterations : the carburettor-fed 180 hp MkI (1971-72), the fuel-injected 200 hp MkII (1972-73) and the 206 hp “Batmobile” (1973-75). Developed from the E9 in conjunction with Alpina, the “Batmobile” attained almost instant cult status thanks to its outrageous aero kit and full dominance of the European Touring Car championship through the 1970s, with drivers of the standard of Dieter Quester, Hans-Joachim Stuck and Niki Lauda.

The 3.0 CSL was indeed a homologation special : initially using the same engine as the 3.0 CS, was then given a very small increase in displacement to 3,003cc to allow the CSL to be raced in the “over three litre” racing category.

Then in 1973 it was given another, more substantial increase in displacement to 3,153cc (192.4 cu in). This final version of the 3.0 CSL was homologated in July 1973 along with an aerodynamic package including a large air dam, short fins running along the front fenders, a spoiler above and behind the trailing edge of the roof, and a tall rear wing (not installed at the factory, but left in the boot for installation after purchase, because the wings were illegal for use on German roads). The full aero package earned the racing CSL the nickname “Batmobile”.

The Minichamps model (BMW no. 80 43 2 411 550) is another beautiful gem: diecast in metal with many opening parts and a very detailed chassis.

Engine, gearbox, suspension and exhaust system are all faithfully reproduced, only the screw fixing points spoiling them.

The livery is the standard white (the real one was available only in white or in silver), but if you want a close comparison to the Hommage edition, you can find it in the same yellow in a limited edition model from MInichamps which is not features in BMW stores (Minichamps no. 180 029028).


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News from the Continent – Norev June/July 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by, and copyright held by Norev unless otherwise credited.

Norev’s models are made in China for France in various scales. Here are the expected midyear releases.

1:18 Scale models

 

183264 BMW M535i saloon 1980 – Black


 

187723 Fiat 500 Giardiniera 1962 – light green


 

183514 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 1986 – Byzanzgold metallic”


 

Foto: Gruppe C
Foto: Gruppe C
Foto: Gruppe C

183493 Mercedes-AMG GT3 2016 – Team Black Falcon – NB real car shown and not pre-production sample.


 

184784 Peugeot 504 Cabriolet 1971 – black


 

184822 Peugeot 504 Coupe 1973 – brown metallic


 

187427 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo 3 hours of Mid-Ohio 1977 – Follmer/Holmes


 

187660 Porsche 911 Turbo Targa 1987 – white

1:43 Scale models

 

517821 Alpine Renault A108 Coupe 2+2 1961 – silver


 

750056 Porsche 911S 2.4 Coupe 1973 – Lemon yellow

MINIJET to fit pack

 

310601 Citroen 2CV 6 Special 1980 “Cycliste” red and white


 

310602 Citroen 2CV AZLP 1959 “Cycliste Berger” yellow, red and black


 

310603 Citroen DS19 1958 “Cycliste” blue, white and red


 

310604 Peugeot 404 1961 “Cycliste Director of the race”


 

310605 Renault R4 1964 “Cycliste Berger” – yellow, red and black


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BMW Hommage Collection by Norev Part One

By Fabrizio Panico

All photographs taken by, and copyright of, the Author.

When I presented pictures of the 2016 BMW Vision Next 100 last February I wrote “models of BMW concept cars to 1:18 scale are unusual …….”, I was wrong indeed ! In a very short time BMW and Norev have produced not one more concept car, but three of them.

The group is called “Hommage Collection” and it is composed of (for the moment) the 2008 M1 Hommage, the 2011 328 Hommage, and the 2015 CSL Hommage. Three great show cars, and three missed opportunities according to BMW fans, who asked vainly for production versions. According to Karim Habib (ex-BMW Chief Designer, now at Infiniti): ‘There is so much else that needs addressing right now – autonomous driving, CO2, connectivity..The Hommage cars make sure that old-fashioned excitement is alive and kicking. And don’t worry : we have more than enough ideas for the next three or four iterations…’. So BMW fans must be satisfied by scale models!

The 328 Hommage (BMW no. 80 43 2 413 751), is based upon the Vision Connected Drive Concept revealed in Geneva. It is a modern interpretation of the classic sports car from the 1930s and was produced to mark its 75th Anniversary. It shares the 1936 philosophy: “low weight = high performance”.

Here magnesium and aluminium are replaced by CRFP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic), for aestethic and functional elements. Fine hides, satin or polished aluminium are all cleverly blended into a recipe that expresses the essence of the sport roadster just as the original 328 did. The two part alloy wheels of the Hommage reinterpret the characteristic perforated design of the original ones.

Instrumentation is minimalist like the original: a single circular tachometer, with indicators of oil temperature, oil pressure, and water temperature built in. And to the right a few control lights. The car is equipped with 4-point seat belts and ergonomically designed shell seats. Under the bonnet the Hommage sports a three litre six cylinder engine.

The 328 Hommage is reproduced well by Norev. It is diecast metal and has no opening parts. The car is finished in carbon black paintwork with a tan interior. Alas, all the characteristic “belts” over the engine cover are simply “painted”, well done, but only painted.


 

 

 

The M1 Hommage (BMW no. 80 43 2 413 752) was unveiled at the event Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2008 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the M1. The concept vehicle uses a mid-engine layout and borrows styling cues from both the original M1 and the BMW Turbo show car.

The design was created by Giorgio Giugiaro who got his idea from the BMW Turbo designed by Paul Bracq which was rich in advanced technical innovations. The front sports double head lights (not the pop-up type that are on the original M1) and the usual trademark kidney grille.

Like the original M1 there are double badges on the back of the car. No photographs of the interior, or its technical specifications, have been released to the public. The BMW i8, which is based on the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics concept, is perhaps influenced by the M1 Hommage. Maybe BMW was using the Hommage concept to test the waters of the styling of the, then, upcoming i8. It is no coincidence that the Hommage concept was followed by the Vision Efficient Dynamics concept which then became the i8.

The M1 Hommage is well reproduced by Norev in a striking orange metallic paint. The windows are obscured as no-one but BMW know what the interiors look like.  The model is made of diecast Metal and has no opening parts.

 


My next article will look at the CSL Hommage (BMW no. 80 43 2 413 753). I will compare it to its famous ancestor which was nicknamed “the Batmobile”.


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News from the Continent – Norev June 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

All photographs supplied by the manufacturer.

Norev releases from April and May are shown here. These are diecast in China for France.

April Releases

1:18 Scale

 

183267 BMW M535i saloon 1987 – blue metallic

 

181499 Citroen 2CV AZL Malle Bombee 1957 – grey

181498 Citroen 2CV 6 1976 “Basket”

 

181496 Citroen 2CV 6 Club 1979 – Mimosa yellow

 

 

185174 Renault Estafette 1965 – beige

 

 

185717 Simca Aronde Monthlery Speciale saloon 1962 – grey metallic

188488 Volkswagen Golf V GTI 2009 – tornado red

 

Scale 1:43

 

150011 Citroen 2CV 4×4 Sahara 1961 – Panama yellow

 

511621 Renault 16 TX 1976 – Elysee grey metallic

 

517853 Box set Alpine Celebration 2015 – Limited Edition 

 

Scale 1:43 Classics

 

CL4511 Panhard 24 CT 1964 – plum body/grey roof

 

CL5112 Renault R8 Major saloon 1964 – Galapagos beige metallic

 May 2017

1:18 Scale

 

181565 Citroen DS19 Saloon – Champagne & Aubergine – Salon de Paris 1955

 

183417 Mercedes-Benz L319 Van “German Post” grey

 

183588 Mercedes-Benz 280CE 1980 – silverblue metallic

 

185151 Renault Caravelle 1964 – Finland blue metallic

 

185168 Renault Estafette 1972 “Assistance Renault”

 

182070A Gitane Motorcycle Test Champion Super 1973 – blue

 

182048A Peugeot motorcycle 103L 1972 – beige

 

1:43 Scale

 

473883 Peugeot 3008 GT 2016 – pearl white

 

517742 Renault Talisman saloon 2015 – Vison brown

 

517743 Renault Talisman Estate 2016 – Dune beige

 

351334 Mercedes-Benz G-Class – brown metallic

 

870068 Volvo V90 Cross Country 2017 – bright silver


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Atlas Sports Cars – AC Aceca

By Maz Woolley

 

Some time ago Atlas sold a series entitled “Sports Cars”. The models were often ones already seen elsewhere like the Jaguar E Type and Aston Martin DB5. Others like the Fiat Dino and Peugeot sports had also appeared elsewhere but were rather cheaper in this series than when produced by Norev. The entire series was diecast to 1:43 scale in China. This is an obsolete series and models are now only available on the secondary market and not from Atlas themselves.

Two models in the series stood out for me the Daimler SP250 and the AC Aceca. Both were based on Norev originals and good models of models that had not appeared in a modern diecast at that point. Of course this meant that prices on the secondary market rocketed and reached levels that I would not pay. In fact in some cases the Atlas models were being priced more highly than the more detailed Norev models that they were based upon. Oxford‘s SP250 has been launched since then and I live in hope that the Atlas price will gradually reduce due to that. No-one else has made an Aceca yet and I was surprised to be able to pick one up for no more than Atlas would charge for it.

The Aceca is a coupé version of the AC Ace the car that was turned into a Cobra in the States. The car originally had a two litre AC engine but the similar two litre Bristol-engined Aceca-Bristol was also available alongside the original from 1956 to 1963. A few cars were built from 1961 to 1963 with a tuned 2553 cc Ford Zephyr engine and these were sold as the Aceca 2.6.

The Atlas model’s number plate is correct for one of the final cars in 1963 and browsing pictures of the car on the web the mid blue colour Atlas have had it painted is shown on several cars.

The model has lots of good features like the wood effect steering wheel rim and silver metal effect spokes. Neat separate grille and light lenses and door and hatch handles are all used. I also like the four piece glazing which allows for excellent flush glazing with silver printing which will not “pop” like so many P-E windows parts are doing. Less good are the the windscreen wipers which are a bit heavy as is the interior mirror. The wire wheels are good without being exceptional.


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News from the Continent – Norev to March 2017

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

 

This post looks at the latest releases from Norev

February 2017

1:18 Scale

 

185137 Renault R.S. 01 2016 “Interceptor” – Jean Ragnotti

 

185708 Simca 1000 Rally 2 1976 – Maya yellow

1:43 Scale

 

517820 Alpine Renault A110 1973 – blue

517850 Alpine Celebration Le Mans 2015

517851 Alpine Celebration Goodwood 2015

517852 Alpine Celebration Dieppe 2015

475448 Peugeot 504 Pick up 4×4 Dangel 1985 – red and yellow

473410 Peugeot 304 Cabriolet S 1973 – Alaska white

471704 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,9 1992 – Miami blue

519514 Renault 40 CV MC 1924 “Gaston Doumergue”

519515 Renault Type PG2 Vivasix 1928 – cream

513077 Renault Dauphine 1963 – Montijo red

517521 Renault Clio Williams 1996 – blue

1:43 Scale Classics Range

 

CC1511 Citroen DS21 1967 & Caravan Caravelair Monte Carlo blue and Orient blue

CC1512 Citroen DS21 1967 & Caravan Caravelair Jura green and Argent grey metallic

1:87 scale

 

453003A Facel Vega III Cabriolet 1963 – silver

471712A Peugeot 205 GTI 1984 – Meije white

571092A Simca 1000 GLS 1968 – Murphy grey metallic

571093A Simca 1000 Rally 2 1974 – Sumatra red

“3 inch” Minijets

 

310506 Citroen 2CV Charleston 1982 – yellow and black

310503 Citroen ID19 Saloon Rally Monte Carlo 1959 #176

310507 Citroen Mehari 1978 – orange

310504 Peugeot 205 GTI 1988 – blue metallic

310505 Renault 4 Parisienne 1966 – dark red

310501 Renault 5 Turbo Rally Monte Carlo 1981 #9

310502 Volkswagen Beetle 1303 1973 #53

March 2017

1:18 Scale

181497 Citroen 2CV A 1950 – 4 opening parts – grey

182718 Ford Capri2800 1986 – Brooklands green metallic

183700 Daimler Motorcoach 1886

183701 Benz Patent Motorwagen 1886

183579 Mercedes-Benz S500 saloon 1997 – red metallic

183450 Mercedes-Benz GLA 2014 – black

184707 Peugeot D4A van 1955 with ladders “Fire Brigade”

184710 Peugeot 4DA van 1956 “Bicycles Peugeot”

184853 Peugeot 205 GTI 1,6 1988 – Vallelunga red

1:43 Scale

 

518396 Renault Koleos 2016 – universal white

870065 Volvo V90 2016 – Twilight Bronze

530232 Irisbus Magelys 2007 “Savac”

1:18 Scale Maxi-Jet

 

182056A Peugeot 103 L 1972 – orange

182047A Motobecane AV 65 1965 – blue

“3 inch” Minijets

 

310600 Citroen C4 Picasso 2016 – blue metallic


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Renault Vivasix Models from Norev then and now.

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

Renault – Something for Everyone

 

The giant Renault 40 CV passenger cars with their luxury coach-built bodies are well known. But Renault also manufactured cars for “normal” people.

The two examples above were manufactured by Norev, both to 1:43 scale. There is 50 years between the launch of each of these models. The first, the type NN 1 was launched in 1969. And this year Norev produced the Vivasix PG2.

The original model of the NN 1 was made from plastic which has unfortunately deformed over the years.  It had an opening coal shovel shaped bonnet and tiny replica of the engine but no baseplate details.

The new model is die-cast and should remain free of any distortion. A number of small separate parts have been included to capture then finer details and a detailed baseplate is fitted.


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Alpine A110 – Rebirth of a Legend

By Hans-Georg Schmitt

 

In 1955 the “Societe des Automobiles Alpine“ was founded by Jean Redele as a sports car brand name. He introduced the first Alpine model, the A106.

In 1962 the premiere of the A110 took place. The sports car reached its first victory in the Rally Monte Carlo in 1971, and in the same year won of the International Rally Manufacturer Championship. In 1973 they won the first Rally World Championship and Alpine was purchased by Renault. Renault stopped producing Alpine Sports Cars in 1995.

Then in 2012 Renault announced the launch of a new Alpine Project. The first pre-production cars were shown at Le Mans, Goodwood and Dieppe in 2015 and in 2016 the Alpine re-launch was officially announced.

With the new A110, Alpine celebrated a impressive return to the Geneva Motor Salon in March 2017. Alpine is again a independent brand name in the Renault Group. The new A110 go on sale in Europe an the end of 2017. In the tradition of previous Alpines the new sports car combines exciting design, light weight and compact dimensions. The new 1.8 litre turbo petrol engine was developed by the Renault-Nissan-Alliance and optimised by Alpine engineers. A comparison between the A110 from 1969 and the new car shows the distinctly larger dimensions of the new car.

When the A110 won her first victories in second half of the 1960s, it was a subject of great interest for model car manufacturers. Norev launched the 1964 version in 1969 and a year later it appeared with two additional headlights and two rear-view mirrors. Also in this year the version “Gendarmerie“, fitted with a red warning light and aerial on  the roof, was introduced. On all versions, front and rear bonnets can be opened and an engine replica is fitted. The bodies made in 1969 were made from plastic which unfortunately generally becomes deformed over time.

The latest original A110 model is based on a 1969 car. It is accurately shaped with excellent detail, and painted in a realistic solid metallic blue. There are many small additional parts and a well detailed baseplate.

The other model shown one is the Celebration model from 2015, which has been shown to give buyers an idea of what the production version of 2017 will be like.It is again an accurate model and highlights its larger size than the original Alpine.

A Comparison of the Solido 1970 with Norev 2017

A comparison of the Solido 1970 1:43 and Bburago 1:24 of around the same time

Still more manufacturers launched models of the the A110 at the beginning of the 1970s. Even the former DDR had a model made by Max Krätzer VEB Leipzig. They released the Alpine 1600 S in 1:43 scale in 1984. Various colours were available.


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1:18 Scale BMW promotional models by Norev

By Fabrizio Panico

Photographs by the Author.

A few weeks ago I received two new 1:18 scale BMW promotional models made for them in China by Norev.

The first one is a 2016 BMW M3 (F80) Competition Package (BMW no. 80 43 2 411 553) – The M3 is a powerful and light four door car with 431 HP, and a dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission from DKG. It is fitted with many aluminium parts and a carbon fibre roof. Add to that the new “Competition Package” developed by BMW M GmbH and you get a 450 HP monster with adaptive suspension and exterior trim in “Shadow Line” option in gloss black and with exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels. The interior sports M branded seats and seat belts with the “tricolor” flag of BMW M.

The model, in a beautiful “Sakhir orange metallic”, is really accurate and faithful to every detail of the real car. Diecast in metal, all four doors open as do the bonnet and the boot. Dashboard and interiors are well reproduced, as are the carbon fibre roof, engine and chassis.


 

 

 

The second one is a 2016 BMW Vision Next 100 (BMW no. 80 43 2 406 146) – This concept car is a prototype summarising the thought of the German group about the mobility of the future.

Presented at the Centenary Event in Munich, it aims to represent the coexistence of autonomous driving and the self driving pleasure typical of any BMW. Electric and hybrid powertrains are already transforming the way we think about cars, the premium products of the future will rely on the highest levels of connectivity, cutting edge technologies and tailoring to the taste of each client.

The futuristic design of the body is well reproduced by Norev, in an elegant “light brown metallic”,

The model is diecast with no opening parts. The minimalist interior is well reproduced. Models of BMW concept cars to 1:18 scale are unusual so this one is noteworthy as it perhaps gives us a glimpse of the future.


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