The other day, I was debating whether or not I needed another pink Lamborghini. Then I had to slap myself for asking such a dumb question.
Of course I do.
This modified Lamborghini Aventador from the famed Japanese tuning shop, Liberty Walk, is an interesting species to say the least. It’s the Frankenstein of Aventadors. Bolt-on fenders flares with exposed rivets. Razzle-dazzle Forgiato wheels. A racing wing on a car that’s not likely to see any time on the track. All of these “enhancements”—note the quotations—on top of a car that clearly isn’t starving for attention to begin with makes you wonder what exactly the purpose of this is and what kind of clientele actually wants this sort of thing. Apparently they’re out there, as evidenced by LB Works’ recent meteoric rise to the top of tuner culture.
Their immense popularity has, inevitably, trickled into our little diecast world, for better or for worse. GT Spirit, in particular, has been fueling the hype by releasing LB-Works versions of essential sports cars such as the Porsche 911, BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, and Nissan GT-R, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight to the dastardly things. There’s a Liberty Walk NSX that should be out any moment now, and uh…no thanks.
If anything, I’m concerned that these Liberty Walk cars are hogging valuable space that could be better used on more deserving cars, cars in dire need of an eighteenth-scale treatment. W212 E63 AMG. Jaguar XFR-S. How about a blobeye Subaru? Anyways…
I try to stay away from modified cars as much as I can, but it’s hard to resist a pink Lamborghini—or any pink car for that matter. This one practically fell in my lap because I got a deal that was so good, I had to do a double-take—thought the number was missing a ‘1’ in front, but turns out I heard it correctly. To further rationalize things, I already had the gloss pink AUTOart Aventador sitting in the stable, so pairing up these two was an easy decision. Throw in a matching hot pink backdrop and you have a scene that could only come out of a Nicki Minaj music video. (fun fact: she does, in fact, have a pink Aventador.)
Of course, we can’t do a proper review without comparing our subject to the industry gold standard. While the Kyosho-GT Spirit partnership can’t claim equals with almighty AUTOart, it’s an impressive model in its own right, minus the opening features. The first thing that stood out as it came out of the box was the sparkling metallic paintwork. Flawless. This is a deeper shade of pink than the one on the AUTOart, and the metallic flakes add extra flair that the AUTOart’s gloss coat doesn’t have. Though it’s a matter of personal preference, I happen to like the gloss and the lighter tone on the latter. Nonetheless, there’s no denying the LB Aventador’s sheer attention-grabbing presence and “cool factor” from its paint color alone.
On the objective side, the Kyosho Aventador LB Performance gets high marks for its build quality. The wing is slightly crooked, but I find that to be a common issue across scale models of all brands. There’s also not much of an interior or an engine bay but again, that’s fairly standard for resin pieces. The intakes though—front, side, and rear—are properly meshed the way a high-end model should be. The detail on the front and rear lights is very good—obviously not as refined as those on the AUTOart, but definitely sharp. Where composite and resin construction shines is in the crisper body lines, and the Aventador makes the most of it with its edgy styling bolstered by those exposed-rivet fender flares. I quite like the effect of those flares. In traditional Liberty Walk style, the model is finished with decals featuring various sponsors, the Lennon quote, and the Land of the Rising Sun motif. On an Italian supercar.
The in-your-face styling of LB-Works’ maniacal creations isn’t for everyone. Ferrucio Lamborghini is probably rolling in his grave right now, but that’s okay. This is a world where the automobile has evolved from a mode of transportation into an outlet for self-expression, and that’s exactly what Liberty Walk stands for. You may say I’m a dreamer, but we could use more pink cars on the road.