I have the red #617 and I can only give you my personal impressions of the car. First I was surprised at how small it physically is, but after some online research in the actual car, it seems to be right, although I am no scale expert. It has nice detail right down to the spare visible through the rear glass, wire wheel and all.
It drives very smooth as most carreras do, is quite fast with good brakes. It has the 2 magnet chassis which I'm sure helps it "handle" well and aid in braking over previous carrera models. I removed the rear bar magnet in order to make it a little less stuck. With the rear magnet( less drag) removed, it is a rocket because it is a very light car.
Seen this Write-up of the real car. This was done by Dennis David when the model came out. It was talked about quite a bit on the forum. Use the search feature. If you can't get it in the US, buy it from a UK dealer - they all ship overseas. Links are provided in the write-up.
I bought a silver one way back when they first came out (from a UK supplier). I can attest to the previous positive comments. It is a fine looking car and well mannnered and fast. I like it a lot and highly recommend you get it if you are tempted. I think they look even better irl than the pics.
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