1:18 Maisto BMW M6 Convertible Review

The 1:18 Maisto BMW M6 Convertible is one of the better Maisto models. It is a bit shy from the BMW Z8, but still quite good. As is the real car.

There are quite a few other options for a model of the BMW M6 Convertible, including a model from Kyosho. But if your budget is a bit tight, the Maisto offering will please you.

Before we start our review of the model, let’s take a look at the real car. The BMW M6 was revived in 2005 after a nearly 16 year break. The car is a two-door four-seater sports coupe with front engine placement and rear wheel drive.

The engine is a 5-liter V10, developing 507 hp. But that’s after you press the M button on the steering wheel. When you start the car at first, it is producing “only” 400 hp to improve fuel consumption. To get the power to the back wheels he M6 is using a 7-speed SMG III gearbox or a 6-speed manual.

The results are quite impressive. The M6 gets from 0-100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds and the unlimited top speed is about 330 km/h or 205 mph. The body is made out of several materials including aluminum, carbon fibre, thermoplastic and etc. It features one of the most light, yet strong, rims made out of aluminum.

The M6 was offered in both coupe and convertible versions with very little differences in performance. But the convertible was allowing you to experience the speed and performance of the M6 in a very open fashion. In 2010 the production of both models was discontinued and they are due to be replaced by the new M6 soon.

Another way of enjoying the BMW M6, albeit a bit slower, is by getting yourself a diecast model of it. This brings us to the 1:18 Maisto BMW M6 Convertible that we are about to review.

As always, you can click on the pictures for a bigger view.

Let’s start with the exterior. As a whole it is very good. The stance is well captured, the scale is correct. The panel gaps are also very tight.

An area where Maisto needs to improve their game is the door handles and the fuel filler flap. They could be better modeled.

The front of the car is also well made. The headlights are worthy of a special notice as they are very detailed. The kidneys are also well modeled but they could be better finished.

Around the back is a bit more disappointing particularly due to the taillights. They are too plain and have badly placed visible attachment stubs. The exhaust pipes are well done but Maisto should have made the insides black to improve realism.

Happily this is easy to fix with a drop of matte black paint and a tooth pick. The overall shape of the back end is well modeled and represented.

Moving on to the wheels. I got to say that the rims are ones of Maisto’s finest. They are very well modeled, greatly produced and finished.

There are modeled bolts and even inflation vents. What’s behind them sadly is a bit disappointing. There are brake disks but they are in no way close to the real car along with the calipers.

This concludes part 1 of our 1:18 Maisto BMW M6 Convertible review. Click here to continue with part 2 and the rest of the review.

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