Solido Announcements in 1/18 Scale
Solido have announced a colourful selection of models in 1/18 scale, including the striking Alpine A310 and A110 sports cars, a number of BMWs in colourful rally and racing liveries and a number of unique french cars and vans in striking liveries such as the Citroen 2CV6 in a Brittainy inspired livery and Renault LF4 vans.
In this blog post we will be picking out what we think will be the most popular among collectors of 1/43 and 1/18 scales.
The Citroën 2CV6, also known as the "Deux Chevaux," is a classic compact car produced by the French automaker Citroën from 1948 to 1990. Renowned for its distinctive design and simplicity, the 2CV6 has become an iconic symbol of French automotive history.
The 2CV6 features a charming and minimalist appearance with a rounded body shape, curved fenders, and a canvas roof that can be rolled back for an open-air driving experience. Its unique suspension system, known as the "ripple bonnet" or "umbrella" suspension, provides a comfortable ride even on rough terrains.
Under the hood, the 2CV6 is equipped with a small-displacement, air-cooled, horizontally opposed twin-cylinder engine. The "6" in its name denotes the later models with an improved 602cc engine, capable of producing around 29 horsepower.
Throughout its production span, the 2CV6 underwent several updates and improvements, including the adoption of disc brakes, larger windows, and more refined interior features. Despite these changes, the 2CV6 stayed true to its original philosophy of providing an affordable, practical, and fun-to-drive vehicle for the masses.
Today, the Citroën 2CV6 is highly sought after in model form by enthusiasts and collectors who appreciate its vintage charm, unique character, and historical significance. It continues to evoke a sense of nostalgia and admiration for its enduring appeal as a symbol of French automotive heritage.
Solido are producing two models of this well know and iconic french car, one in a Brittainy Inspired livery and the other in the 1982 'Dolly Green' colour scheme.
BMW E36 Coupe
The 1994 BMW E36 coupe is a stylish and performance-oriented luxury car that belongs to the third generation of the BMW 3 Series. Introduced in 1990, the E36 coupe offered a perfect blend of comfort, sportiness, and cutting-edge technology, cementing its reputation as a popular choice among car enthusiasts.
The exterior design of the 1994 BMW E36 coupe exudes elegance and athleticism. It features a sleek and aerodynamic silhouette with well-defined lines and a sloping roofline. The distinctive kidney grille, quad headlights, and wide stance contribute to its aggressive yet refined appearance.
Under the hood, the E36 coupe offered a range of engine options to suit different driving preferences. The 1994 model year included engines such as a 1.8-liter inline-four, a 2.0-liter inline-six, and a more powerful 2.5-liter inline-six in the range-topping M3 variant. These engines delivered impressive performance, combining smooth power delivery with responsive handling and excellent driving dynamics.
Safety was a priority for the E36 coupe, and it came equipped with various safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS brakes, and stability control systems. Additionally, optional extras like traction control and side airbags further enhanced the safety aspect of the vehicle.
Overall, the 1994 BMW E36 coupe represented a harmonious balance between luxury and performance. Its timeless design, engaging driving experience, and well-appointed interior continue to make it a desirable choice among model car collectors.
Solido have announced two BMW E36's, in striking racing liveries.
Alpine A310 Pack GT
The Alpine A310 Pack GT is a remarkable sports car that encapsulates the essence of performance and style. Produced by the French manufacturer Alpine in the late 1970s, the A310 Pack GT represents a refined version of the original A310 model, incorporating various upgrades and enhancements.
The A310 Pack GT boasts an aerodynamic and captivating design that exudes a sense of speed and agility. Its sleek bodylines, low profile, and pop-up headlights give it a distinctively sporty and timeless appearance. The GT variant featured additional enhancements such as flared wheel arches, wider tires, and a prominent rear spoiler, further accentuating its performance-oriented character.
Under the hood, the A310 Pack GT housed a mid-mounted engine, typically a V6 powerplant. This configuration, coupled with its lightweight construction, provided exceptional handling and balanced weight distribution. The engine's power output varied across different versions, ranging from around 150 to 190 horsepower, delivering exhilarating acceleration and top speeds.
Solido have announced one model of the Alpine A110, due for release later in the year. The model will be finished in red, and feature many of the striking details seen on the car in real life.
BMW M30 M3
The BMW E30 M3 is an iconic sports car that has left an indelible mark on automotive history. Introduced in 1986, the E30 M3 was the first M3 variant and quickly established itself as a benchmark for performance and precision. Its aggressive and muscular design, featuring flared fenders, a distinct front grille, and a rear spoiler, emphasized its racing pedigree and set it apart from the regular E30 models.
At the heart of the E30 M3 was a high-revving 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine derived from BMW's motorsport division. With around 200 horsepower, this engine propelled the M3 with impressive speed and responsiveness, delivering exhilarating acceleration and a thrilling driving experience. Its well-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, and limited-slip differential ensured exceptional handling and precise cornering capabilities.
One BMW M30 has been announced by Solido, in the striking FINA Motor oil racing livery, as seen in Monte Carlo in 1989.
The 2019 Alpine A110 is a modern reinterpretation of the classic Alpine sports car from the 1960s. Reviving the iconic nameplate, the A110 captures the spirit of lightweight agility and driving pleasure. With its sleek and aerodynamic design, the A110 combines classic styling cues with contemporary elements, resulting in a visually striking and distinctive sports car.
Under the hood, the A110 is equipped with a mid-mounted turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, producing approximately 248 horsepower. This power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, enabling the A110 to deliver impressive acceleration and precise gear shifts.
What truly sets the A110 apart is its lightweight construction. The chassis is made from aluminum, contributing to its remarkable agility and nimble handling. Weighing in at around 2,400 pounds, the A110 achieves an exceptional power-to-weight ratio, allowing for dynamic and engaging driving experiences.
You can explore and pre order the full range of Solido 1/18 models here.
Solido Announcements in 1/43 Scale
Mercedes C63 AMG
The Mercedes C63 AMG is a high-performance variant of the popular C-Class luxury sedan produced by the renowned German automaker, Mercedes-Benz. Renowned for its powerful performance and aggressive styling, the C63 AMG represents the pinnacle of sportiness within the C-Class lineup.
Under the hood, the C63 AMG packs a mighty punch. In recent generations, it has been equipped with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces impressive horsepower and torque figures. This potent engine, coupled with advanced technologies such as direct fuel injection, ensures exhilarating acceleration and breathtaking speed.
The C63 AMG's performance is further enhanced by its robust chassis, suspension, and braking systems. Adaptive dampers and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential optimize the car's handling, allowing for precise cornering and exceptional grip on various road surfaces. Additionally, powerful brakes provide strong stopping power to complement the car's performance capabilities.
Visually, the C63 AMG is distinguished by its muscular and aggressive styling cues. From the prominent AMG-specific grille and larger air intakes to the widened fenders and quad exhaust pipes, the exterior design exudes a sporty and commanding presence. The interior follows suit, featuring sport-oriented seats, a performance steering wheel, and carbon fiber accents, creating a luxurious yet purposeful cabin ambiance.
The C63 AMG is also equipped with advanced technology and driver-assistance features, including a high-resolution infotainment system, smartphone integration, and various safety systems to ensure a safe and connected driving experience.
With its combination of power, performance, and luxury, the Mercedes C63 AMG has established itself as a benchmark in the high-performance luxury sedan segment. Whether on the racetrack or the open road, the C63 AMG delivers an exhilarating driving experience that embodies the spirit of AMG and Mercedes-Benz's commitment to engineering excellence.
McLaren 765 LT
The McLaren 765LT is a limited-production supercar that takes the performance and exhilaration of its predecessors to new heights. Built on the foundation of the McLaren 720S, the 765LT represents the pinnacle of McLaren's Longtail series, delivering an unrivaled driving experience and setting new benchmarks in the world of supercars.
One of the key reasons to consider getting a model of the McLaren 765LT is its blistering performance. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, the 765LT generates an astonishing 755 horsepower. This immense power, combined with a lightweight carbon fiber construction, enables the car to achieve mind-boggling acceleration and breathtaking top speeds. The 765LT can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds, showcasing its sheer performance capabilities.
Solido are producing to new models of the stunning 765 LT, with two bright colours that are sure to stand out in your collection, now avaliable to order!
Mercedes Benz W124 E60
The Mercedes-Benz W124 E60 is an iconic and highly regarded vehicle that holds a special place in the hearts of automotive enthusiasts. Introduced in the early 1990s, the W124 E60 was a high-performance version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, renowned for its exceptional engineering, luxurious features, and exhilarating performance.
One of the most distinctive aspects of the W124 E60 was its powerful engine. It was equipped with a 6.0-liter V8 engine, delivering an impressive 375 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque. This engine was a modified version of the M119 unit found in other Mercedes-Benz models, such as the 500E and the S-Class sedans. The W124 E60's engine was mated to a four-speed automatic transmission, providing smooth and seamless gear changes.
In terms of performance, the W124 E60 could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just under six seconds, making it one of the fastest sedans of its time. The top speed was electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h), ensuring exhilarating driving experiences on both highways and race tracks.
Aside from its impressive performance, the W124 E60 showcased the exceptional build quality and attention to detail that Mercedes-Benz is renowned for. The exterior design of the W124 E60 was elegant and timeless, with smooth lines and a subtle yet imposing presence. The interior was luxuriously appointed, featuring high-quality materials, comfortable seating, and a range of advanced features for its time, including power-adjustable seats, dual-zone climate control, and an advanced sound system.
The W124 E60 also incorporated various safety features, such as anti-lock brakes, traction control, and airbags, further highlighting Mercedes-Benz's commitment to occupant protection. Additionally, the W124 E60 featured advanced suspension technology, providing a balance between comfort and sporty handling characteristics.
Solido are producing the E60 in two different colours, and can be ordered now.
Venturi 400 GT
Solido are producing the Venturi 400 GT in two striking colours schemes and can be pre ordered, along with the rest of the new Solido 1/43 scale range here.