Lego is upping the luxury auto ante with a new model of the legendary Ferrari F40 coupe. If you're not quite ready to start running a car pool in a Ferrari FF, this might hold you over for now.
The new set is part of Lego's Creator series and commemorates the two-door that was designed to celebrate Ferrari's 40th anniversary. The F40 was produced from 1987 to 1992 and was the successor to the 288 GTO. This Lego set has 1,158 parts, just a few shy of 1,311, the total number of F40s produced over the car's six-year life cycle. Like driving a real F40, this is "expert" level stuff, so be ready to bring your Lego A game.
The model is 10-inches long, 5-inches wide, and a little more than 3-inches tall, with bricks in Ferrari 's signature racing red color. There are pop-up headlights and a spoiler, and both the hood and rear hatch can be opened, showing the storage compartment (complete with tools) and engine. That engine is a multipiece contraption that actually looks just like the twin-turbo V8 sitting in the body of the original. Plus, you can remove it and wow your friends with all that Italian engineering.
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The little details are spot on. Everything from the Ferrari horse logo on the steering wheel to the shape and trim of the windscreen is accurate. Even the molded rim inserts are Ferrari's original design. Sure, the "authentic interior" includes red plastic seats devoid of spec-correct mini Nomex covers, but we'll give Lego a pass on this, if only because the cutouts for the missing door panels are spot on. Purists looking for a fight can calm down.
This isn't Lego's first venture into high-end sets for adults (or kids with burgeoning luxury tastes). The Architecture series includes historic landmarks and lust-worthy houses such as Tokyo's Imperial Hotel ($130) and the Le Corbusier-designed Villa Savoye ($70). Frank Lloyd Wright homes were produced in limited numbers, carrying $200 price tags and selling out in just months, and there's also a Studio kit ($160) for designing your own modernist creations.
The Ferrari F40 will be available from July 15 but only to Lego VIP customers. If you're mostly a casual brick-builder, you're going to have to wait until August 1, when the $90 set goes on sale to the general public.