Ok, ranking the releases of this model doesn’t make a ton of sense, especially considering the liveries have stayed true, for the most part, to the actual racing liveries of the actual car.
Maybe, instead, I should rank the Fast & Furious movies. 5, and then the others. Ok, done.
Back to the BMW. Want me to rank them? Ok, here it is:
Actually, I think the lace wheels on the 2017 release really make it look fantastic. And honestly can you ever beat a Zamac? But then again the detail and spectraflame blue on the Toy Fair make it the winner. Actually, white is the most realistic so it wins.
But who cares? They are all nice, and this casting easily enters that Gran Torino/Greenwood Vette/Kenmeri pantheon for me. (Oh man, every time I start thinking about the Lamley Hot Wheels Pantheon, I can’t figure it out. Those three I just mentioned, plus maybe the 510 Wagon? ’55 Gasser? Porsche 934? Upcoming 190E? E30? A/FX Coronet? I need to think this through.)
There is a lot to like about this model, but one thing I love is Hot Wheels’ approach to it. Whether it is a licensing request from BMW or not, it doesn’t matter. I just love that every release so far as been a play on the actual livery. And I am fine if it stays that way. Basic, premium, doesn’t matter. I could see this model in Car Culture some day, maybe with the actual licensed livery, as much as I could see it in future basic releases with different takes on the stripe and racing stripes.
And the way the casting was created makes it work as well. Creating a window piece that includes the headlights and tail lights is brilliant. Those got tampo treatment for the Toy Fair Model, but on the basic they don’t really need it. The break is there.
So all that means here are 5 releases of the CSL, all with a similar livery, yet all look very different. Truly Hot Wheels at its best.
It was the Zamac that spurred this feature, so here it is, along with a smattering of other pics.