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Please give Norev a round of applause, because their take on Porsche's new 992 GT3 is spectacularly stunning!
I mean, these pictures do not live up to holding this model in your hands in reality. It's really an amazing piece and I am so glad that I waited to buy this one over the also well done Maisto versions (for this color alone). Speaking of color, my metallic blue paint with gold stripping is FLAWLESS!
Norev seems to have upped their attention to detail on this model over some other more recent releases. When I opened up the "frunk" up front, I was surprised to find fluffy and great looking carpeting, which also carries over into the interior. Ahh, the interior, okay, it's mostly black, but the details are intricate and present in spaces I didn't expect Norev to go. You will find "GT3" tampo'd on the lower shifter housing as well as the lower door sills. Next the edges of the inner body framing where the door butts against, you'll find warning labels and silver painted door strikes (which is something really new and different for a Norev). The gauges are clear and legible and the front seat backs have a realistic carbon pattern on them as well as carbon patterns throughout the interior overall. The interior is on a similar level as Norev's older, but outstanding Citroen C6 & Audi A6/A4s from around 2005/06. It's that good!
The exterior has really nice details everywhere, nothing was taken for granted. For example, the headlamps feature individual lenses for each light, plus corporate script that matches high-end optioned 911s, even all minor markers and reflectors (both front and rear) are actual lenses. The taillights are an exact masterpiece and very accurately to highly detailed overall. The best that I have seen on a 1/18th scale 992 model so far.
The wheels and brakes are truly on another level. I'm not totally sure, but the drilled rotors look metal? The discs look realistic with the calipers also wearing Porsche corporate script as well. The gold/bronzed wheels are finished beautifully with contrasting center lock in black. The MASSIVE rear wing looks spot on, not one thing out of place or off angle. The rear tailpipes look piping hot and just right, like real metal tips in finish.
I am so glad to have this piece in my collection. It's a gorgeous model with more than sufficient details and at a really reasonable price to quality ratio. Lets hope that Norev keeps on this path, because so far, they have been releasing a great deal of tremendously stunning vehicles in scale over the last couple of years. Run out and buy one of these ASAP!
CHEERS!

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Just received my model in the Miami blue, and I fully agree with everything you’ve said.

I was really impressed with the model in every department, also to note the tyres are a big improvement over older Norev models, I even messaged Norev directly to thank them for producing a great model at a reasonable price.

Lets hope they produce the 992 GT3 RS and many more models too.
 

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Just received my model in the Miami blue, and I fully agree with everything you’ve said.

I was really impressed with the model in every department, also to note the tyres are a big improvement over older Norev models, I even messaged Norev directly to thank them for producing a great model at a reasonable price.

Lets hope they produce the 992 GT3 RS and many more models too.
Congrats on your add! Someone on Facebook just pointed out that the rear left hatch opens! So, I missed that detail. Might have to go back and shoot that as well and add it here.🧐
Norev really made a home run with this one. Hopefully more fully opening diecast on this level or greater are coming!👏
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It looks really beautiful..
It will be my first Norev in years, but I was convinced... thank you for your review..

Eric B.
My pleasure! That's exactly why I post, to keep readers informed of what's out there! Which color will you be adding?
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Nice write up and photos as ever! Looks great, I'm seriously considering picking up one of these.
You will really appreciate it! One of their best product releases so far IMO! 👏
 

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Wow and wow!!!
This completely blow my sealed 992 Minichamps out of the water!
I mentioned to you I wanted to get one and maybe deleted the stripes, but after looking at your pictures they do look very good actually!
I am excited to get one soon (hopefully, as I am broke at the moment 😑)

Perfect color choice and the warning labels on the door sills is the new standard!

I also find the CF seat very attractive!

Loving the photos Dave! Thanks for posting this!!!
 

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Wow and wow!!!
This completely blow my sealed 992 Minichamps out of the water!
I mentioned to you I wanted to get one and maybe deleted the stripes, but after looking at your pictures they do look very good actually!
I am excited to get one soon (hopefully, as I am broke at the moment 😑)

Perfect color choice and the warning labels on the door sills is the new standard!

I also find the CF seat very attractive!

Loving the photos Dave! Thanks for posting this!!!
Thanks Stefanus! Man, are you waiting for these to show in Michigan or getting yours from Andy? I keep wondering "if" all colors will be sold outside of China? I didn't want to chance it, so I went with this one immediately!
I almost bought the Touring as well, but 1 day later Andy posted this and I had to have it. I still want a touring, but not sure if I should wait for possible other colors? Perhaps only the blue will be released?
Either way, which ever one you get, you will probably be thrilled to add it, I am! CHEERS! 😊 🥂
 

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Are the grills mesh or solid. That's the deal breaker for me on these more budget models?
Solid for sure...but, if you had to ask, then they have done a really good job here 😊 It reminds me of early AAs, I am surprised that Norev upped their level here. That said, in 2005/06 their Citroen C6 & Audi A6s and A4 Cabrios were on this level or better. However, this is a long time since they have went to this level.
 

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Wow - that’s really a statement by Norev! 👏👏👏

As some of you may know I am mainly focused on classic cars - have meanwhile sold most of my models representing cars of this millennium.
But I am not dogmatic and from time to time I allow myself for a modern car.
(E.g. I have an all-red FXX-K Evo and I love it.)

Since a while now I feel tempted to add a 992 - I really like how Porsche developed the design of the 911. Didn‘t have Norev on my radar so far.

So thanks David for sharing this review and the cool pictures of this beauty!! 👍
(I like the blue background btw…)
You definitely make me want one - although I think it‘s a pity that Norev didn’t give us an engine. But everything else seems to be really convincing - especially when you consider the price point!

Still not 100% sure which version to choose but most probably I will go for the touring.
W.r.t. design I am more a purist and not a fan of massive wings…
 

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My pleasure! That's exactly why I post, to keep readers informed of what's out there! Which color will you be adding?
Hi, same dark blue as your original review..
As Vulpex said, it would have been perfect if Norev had given us an opening engine.
Also like him I am more of a top high end classic car models enthusiast.
But I love how the 911 developped over the years. So 992 and Norev I'll go.

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Thanks Stefanus! Man, are you waiting for these to show in Michigan or getting yours from Andy? I keep wondering "if" all colors will be sold outside of China? I didn't want to chance it, so I went with this one immediately!
I almost bought the Touring as well, but 1 day later Andy posted this and I had to have it. I still want a touring, but not sure if I should wait for possible other colors? Perhaps only the blue will be released?
Either way, which ever one you get, you will probably be thrilled to add it, I am! CHEERS! 😊 🥂
I'll probably see if it becomes available at Modelissimo or CK and compare prices.
 

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although I think it‘s a pity that Norev didn’t give us an engine
As far as I can tell, there is not much to see under the engine cover on any version of the 992. Most of the engine is under the parcel shelf behind the rear seats and you just can't see it. Here's how it looks under the open cover on the Carrera S:



There's nothing rearwards of that blanking plate either. Behind the bumper is where the intake ducting wraps around so you can't access the engine from there.

I don't know for certain but it's possible that on the GT3, with that huge wing, only the hatch (that @D N'D-Land posted from FB) opens, to allow access to the fluid filler caps you can see on the left in the photo above, in which case there would be nothing else Norev could do.
I'm open to being corrected on that as I've not seen any 992 GT3 with anything open at the back.

ETA: I found a couple of classifieds from reputable specialists in the UK. Collecting Cars had this pic of that little hatch, from over 160 photos, and none of them showed an engine:

 

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although I think it‘s a pity that Norev didn’t give us an engine.
I'm open to being corrected on that as I've not seen any 992 GT3 with anything open at the back.
ETA: I found a couple of classifieds from reputable specialists in the UK. Collecting Cars had this pic of that little hatch, from over 160 photos, and none of them showed an engine:
I've read on Porsche forums and videos, if the job requires full access to the engine, the only way to do so is from underneath.

Now people wanting to ruin their well engineered Porsches to add an astonishing 5 HP by installing those crap engine tuning devices bought on eBay, they pull out that black plastic plate with the fans under it. Even then, on the 992 it's quite a small opening and there isn't much to see there. There is way more room and more engine showing on the 991, though.

That plate isn't something designed to come off easy and removing it probably even voids the warranty, so I don't think any model maker wants to reproduce that part as removable anyway. 👍
 

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Thanks for the photos and the review, David! That's what I was waiting for! 👍

I really like the color and it looks like Norev done a top job on the paint. It's very glossy and there doesn't seem to be any kind of imperfection, the light reflections are smooth and straight, and the flakes are perfectly sized and evenly distributed throughout the body.

But if I'm honest, I'm in two minds about it. I see a few things I like - the paint, for example - and a few I don't. I need to see one in person to make up my mind.
 
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