Certain vehicles have periodically only appeared in larger Speed Champions packs, disappointing many people. 75895 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 is accordingly interesting as this famous car was introduced with 75888 Porsche 911 RSR and 911 Turbo 3.0, albeit featuring lime green.
This model seems very realistic when compared with the original vehicle, replicating its distinctive profile and pronounced spoiler. Moreover, the white colour scheme is effective so I have been looking forward to adding this set to my Speed Champions collection, particularly since I do not own the earlier rendition from 2018.
Speed Champions minifigures frequently feature racing overalls but this driver appears more casual, wearing a reddish brown jacket with a metallic silver zip. However, the attractive Porsche emblem on the shirt underneath is definitely my favourite aspect of this minifigure and I can envisage reusing the torso elsewhere.
The black helmet lacks any decoration which is unfortunate, although that corresponds with the plain legs and I like this character's smiling head. An alternative dark brown hair component is provided to replace the helmet and three orange cones are also included.
The Completed Model
Older vehicles are reasonably prominent within the Speed Champions range and the lime green 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo found in 75888 Porsche 911 RSR and 911 Turbo 3.0 has been particularly popular. This white variant measures 15cm in length and employs almost exactly the same building techniques as the last model, distinguished only by 2x2 round bricks with Technic holes between the wheels.
Each generation of the Porsche 911 features smooth curves and they are undoubtedly apparent here, especially between the windscreen and the spoiler. I like the white colour scheme and the contrasting black stripes that decorate either side appear quite attractive. They resemble stickers but are actually formed using tiles which slot beneath some curved slopes.
Stickers are positioned across the front of the vehicle though, depicting its orange indicator lights and the Porsche crest. The transition between the bonnet and the front of the car seems slightly awkward but both round headlights look marvellous, making excellent use of Technic cross block parts which have not been produced in white before. I am equally pleased with the wheel arches but black alloys might have improved the wheels.
Criticism has sometimes been leveled at Speed Champions models because their windscreens, which are generally four studs wide, seem too narrow against the bodywork underneath. That issue has been avoided here as curved slopes are fixed to each flank, softening the transition between the chassis and the windscreen quite nicely.
The interior appears sparsely decorated, only including a steering wheel and ample room for the driver. However, its colour scheme is consistent when compared with earlier Speed Champions cars and that seems notably important here as any bright colours would definitely stand out against the surrounding white bodywork, even when positioned inside.
Adjoining stickers form the rear windscreen and another sticker is applied below the spoiler, featuring the Porsche marque. These are clear-backed so differ from the original design. Perhaps that decision was taken so you could build this vehicle with alternative colours but use the same stickers. The large spoiler looks superb in relation to the source material and I love the authentic red stripe too.
75895 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 is an impressive set. This model looks remarkably accurate to the original vehicle, capturing such distinguishing details as its curved bodywork, large spoiler and circular headlights. I love the predominant white colour scheme with black highlights and this unique minifigure is similarly appealing, surpassing many other Speed Champions figures in that respect.
However, producing something completely new would have been preferable as myriad other vehicles have yet to appear across the Speed Champions range. Nevertheless, I am pleased with this set and the price of £12.99 or $14.99 seems reasonable so I would recommend it to those who elected to overlook 75888 Porsche 911 RSR and 911 Turbo 3.0.
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