How does buying a brand new Porsche 911 for US$300 sound? Well now's your chance, because Lego has announced a new Technic model version of the car's GT3 RS variant. The 1:8 scale model measures 57 x 25 x 17 cm (22 x 10 x 7 in) and was developed in partnership with Porsche.
In a deft nod to the tactics used by carmakers to keep their new vehicles secret, Lego actually showed off the new model in black and white camouflage at the Nuremberg toy fair in January. Now, though, the full design has been unveiled and the model's color matches the bright orange of its big brother.
Lego has tried to design the Technic model with many of the features that give the 911 its identity. It mimics the smooth, curved and sloping design, the large front air intakes, the outlets on the front wheel arches and, of course, the big rear wing.
Among the more intricate features that you'd expect to find in a Technic model are a fully functional double-clutch transmission with four gears, a steering wheel with gearshift paddles, a six-cylinder flat (or boxer) engine with moving pistons, a detailed dashboard and a glove compartment containing a unique serial number, with which it will be possible to access additional content online. Additional features include doors and a hood that open, a trunk with a case, stickers to add accurate aesthetics and faithfully designed rims.
There are 2,704 pieces for building the model, which Lego explains are packed in individual assembly groups for the first time. This is apparently aimed at giving model builders an insight into the assembly process of the actual 911. A book with info about the development of the model is also provided.
The Lego Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS is priced at $299.99 in the US and €299.99 in Europe. It will be available online and in the 13 Lego stores in Germany and Austria from June 1. In other stores, it will be available from August 1.
The video below shows the Lego team introducing the kit.