:) Tried out different photograph this time around. I took two or three pictures and overlayed them.
About this creation
A very curvaceous car. You see, between the 8880 and this something rocked the Lego world, flexible parts, and new fangled Technic Panels. This really allowed Lego to make this car look fantastic. Another amazing thing about this car is that it had a modular style of building (more on that later), so basically you would build the individual component of the car and put them on the chassis, from there you had a choice of many body styles to build, some front engined while other rear engine, I really love this feature. Right now I have the convertible built, the best for playability as it allows easy access to the steering wheel. The other main style is the gull wing door model, in this configuration it could be either front engined or rear engined. The last thing I would like to note about the interior is the fabulous wheels. These are some of the biggest wheels Lego has produced, and they really complete the look of the car.
The interior of this car is great! Lego hit a home run with this interior. Everything just works. The dashboard is modern and sleek. The center stack looks to have hvac controls along with a radio sorts. The gauge cluster is comprised of two big gauges, one is a tachometer while the other is a speedometer. Between the two seats there is a lovely 5 speed gearbox, unlike the 8070 which has a function controller. It is a bit wide, but you know, I can forgive it because it is a functional gearbox. The seats also look fantastic! Some of the best Technic seats ever. Something interesting to note is that you can easily put the steering wheel on the right side. Lego designed the steering wheel column mounts on both sides.
As youíd expect from a Technic set, it is loaded with cool, realistic functions. One of my favorite, which really isnít a function, but I think it is worth mentioning here.
The modular building style! First youíd build the chassis, the the suspension components and transmission and engine, and put them on to the chassis. I love this! The five speed plus reverse gear box is a huge plus. Now onto suspension. Independent suspension at all four corners, like the 8880 before it. I must say though, the front suspension is very bouncy, and soft, almost too much so. While the back is kind of too stiff, you canít win! ;) Steering is your typical rack and pinion controlled by the in cabin steering wheel. The convertible top is very cool, it goes up automatically, but does not come down by its self. It has a typical Lego V-8, cylinders can be added quite easily if you so choose.
Itís okay. Simply okay. Turning circle is pretty large, but what can you expect from a nearly 2 foot long Lego car! I wish Lego could have put in some kind of caster to make it handle better, also it looks cool when the wheels are turned. It also lacks the 4wd and 4 wheel steer that the 8880 had. Anyone with an 8880, does the 4ws make it more maneuverable?
Back in the day this car retailed for $130 which was allot back in the day! If you bought it new back then it would have cost you about ~9 cents per piece. I payed $140.00 on eBay which would give me a price per part average of ~10 cents per part, not bad.
Overall Rating 39/50
I picked this set up at the beginning of the year with extra Christmas money. It was one of those sets that I'd see, but thought I'd never own. It looked so cool! Now I happily own it, and would highly recommend it!
Unfortunately I don't have this set, but you've written another great write up Alex, I'm very impressed! Message me on Flickr if you're interested in writing 'Set Reviews' in the blog section of Head Turnerz and maybe even become a 4th admin. I think I speak for both Rhys and SS when I say, we'd love to have you on board!