And it costs just a fraction of the real deal.
The Nissan GT-R is the supercar everybody knows. You either adore it for its incredible giant-slaying abilities on a budget price, or hate it for the supposed computer-game driving experience and the fact that every internet fanboy never shuts up about it. In its most hardcore form, the Nissan GT-R Nismo is a spectacular piece of machinery, with a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 developing 600 horsepower. 0-60 mph takes 2.5 seconds, and the Nismo will go toe-to-toe with hypercar exotica from the most esteemed marques. The only problem is it costs more than $200,000. But, for those on a budget, the Kyosho Samurai GT-R is a remarkably detailed 1/18 scale model of the GT-R Nismo that will fill a space on your shelf, but unfortunately not your garage.
Just 750 of the 1/18 scale resin models will be built, replicating the 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo in miniature. Each teeny-tiny GT-R will be priced at 18,000 yen, which, remarkably, translates to just short of $170 on current exchange rates. For the money, the model is incredibly detailed, with all the carbon fiber aerodynamic bits showing a carbon fiber weave, right down to the extraction vents above the front wheels. Even the Nismo logo engraved on the miniaturized alloy wheel is clearly visible. The blue hue of the titanium exhaust has been replicated, and the depth employed in recrafting the rear bumper is nothing short of masterful.
Unlike many high-profile scale models, the doors and hood do not open, sparing some of the cost involved in having to reproduce the engine bay. But the interior, visible through open windows doesn't cut corners. Every control can be clearly seen, and even the tiniest of upholstery details has been included.
We'll be the first to admit this isn't quite at the same level of reproduction as items one would normally source from prestigious model makers like AutoArt, but the level of detail here for the price listed is remarkable. Of course, if you really want something even more exclusive, you're welcome to spend more than the value of your actual car on a scale model Rolls-Royce Cullinan that takes 450 hours to build.