Top 10 Best LEGO Car Sets
These days, nearly everything can be constructed from LEGOs. In fact, the company itself has done life-sized replicas of production vehicles, all with LEGO pieces. While most of us will never have the time to tackle such a daunting task, we can likely spare the time to build a LEGO car set. There has never been a better time to be a fan of both cars and LEGOs, with dozens of sets to choose from, including offerings from the more intricate and detailed LEGO Technic series.
Whether it’s sports cars, exotics, luxury cars, race cars, famous movie cars, or even off-road machines, you’ll likely find a LEGO creation that matches your interests. There are plenty of options for every automotive enthusiast, and we even have recommendations if you’re shopping for a gift.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the best LEGO car sets, including some of our personal favorites from AutoGuide.com staff members. We’ll try to keep this article up to date as often as possible, since LEGO is constantly releasing new sets.
For more information on the best LEGO car sets, refer to our table of contents.
Updated 08/07/2020 with all-new product recommendations based on LEGO’s latest lineup of car sets!
Table of contents
- 1. Editor's Pick: LEGO Technic Porsche 911 RSR
- 2. LEGO Technic Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
- 3. LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Senna
- 4. LEGO Technic Fast & Furious Dom's Dodge Charger
- 5. LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender
- 6. LEGO Speed Champions Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Race Car
- 7. LEGO Speed Champions Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0
- 8. LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari F40 Competizione
- 9. LEGO Speed Champions Nissan GT-R NISMO
- 10. LEGO Speed Champions Formula E Panasonic Jaguar Racing GEN2 Car & Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY
- What is LEGO Technic?
- What is LEGO Speed Champions?
1. Editor's Pick: LEGO Technic Porsche 911 RSR
The Porsche 911 RSR is one of the most iconic sports cars ever created, and the LEGO Technic version might be the best alternative to the real thing. This LEGO replica was developed in partnership with the German automaker, making it extremely authentic with plenty of the details you'd find on the production car. Many of the sharp contours and aerodynamic details are present, including the rear wing with "swan neck" mounts, extended rear diffuser, and the specially designed side mirrors. It's truly a Porsche fanatic's dream set.
Other fine details that truly set this kit apart include a visible working differential, independent suspension, and a six-cylinder boxer engine with moving pistons found in front of the rear axle. Inside the accessible cockpit, there's a radar screen, working steering, fire extinguisher system, and a map of the world famous Laguna Seca track printed on the driver's door. Rounding it all off are black wheels, realistic headlights and tail lights, and of course, the iconic black, red, and white color scheme with detailed stickers.
In total, there are 1,580 pieces to this set. Once built, it measures over 19" long, 7" wide, and 5" tall.
- Developed in partnership with Porsche
- Features plenty of details from the real thing including the six-cylinder boxer engine with moving pistons, working differential, and decked out cockpit
- Working steering
- Total pieces: 1,580
- Dimensions: 19" by 7" by 5"
2. LEGO Technic Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
The Chevrolet Corvette is one of America's most famous sports cars, and the latest model is arguably the best looking one yet. The same could be said for its LEGO Technic counterpart, with this ZR1 replica developed in partnership with Chevy. Like other LEGO Technic kits, there's plenty of realistic features on this set, including a large racing rear wing, quad exhaust tips, black-spoked rims with low-profile tires, working steering, and a detailed V8 engine with moving pistons.
The exterior is decked out with an authentic orange and black color scheme, and you can enhance the styling with the included sticker sheet. Inside the cabin, you can operate the working steering and when you maneuver the finished creation, it'll activate the visible V8 pistons.
What makes this 579-piece kit really unique is that it's a two-in-one kit. You can use the same pieces to build a Hot Rod replica! The Corvette model measures over 11" long, 4" wide, and 3" tall when completed, while the Hot Rod measures over 9" long, 4" wide, and 3" tall.
- Realistic features include large rear wing, quad exhaust tips, black wheels, working steering, detailed V8 engine with moving pistons
- Authentic orange and black color scheme
- Working steering
- Two-in-one kit: Build a Hot Rod too!
- Total pieces: 579
- Corvette dimensions: 11" by 4" by 3"
- Hot Rod dimensions: 9" by 4" by 3"
3. LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Senna
Very few of us will ever have the opportunity to see the McLaren Senna up close and personal, nevermind driving or even owning one. So that means we'll have to settle for a LEGO Champions version, which features a minifigure cockpit for the racing driver minifigure that comes complete with a racing suit sporting the McLaren Senna and Pirelli logos. You can also equip the racing driver with a helmet and spanner.
The car itself has a few customizable features, with a removable windshield and two sets of interchangeable wheels. You can even mix-and-match if you want to give your Senna a different look. If the model itself is too plain for you once it's assembled, you can further decorate it with the McLaren and Senna logo stickers. But it's not just the replica car that you can play with; this kit includes a wind tunnel fan that rotates so you can simulate car development scenarios. It's a nice bonus, considering how much McLaren emphasized aerodynamics when the British automaker developed the wild Senna.
The 219-piece kit measures over 5" long, 1" wide, and 1" tall when completed. The wind tunnel fan measures over 2" wide, 1" deep and 1" tall.
- Includes racing driver minifigure and wind tunnel fan
- Removable windshield
- Two sets of interchangeable wheels
- McLaren and Senna logo stickers
- Total pieces: 219
- McLaren Senna dimensions: 5" by 1" by 1"
- Wind tunnel fan dimensions: 2" by 1" by 1"
4. LEGO Technic Fast & Furious Dom's Dodge Charger
Well, if you're a fan of cars, you've probably watched one, two, three, or even all of the Fast & Furious movies. From the saga that seems to never end is this replica of Dom's (Vin Diesel) Dodge Charger. It's based on the iconic 1970s Dodge Charger R/T and since it comes from LEGO Technic, there are plenty of authentic details throughout the kit. Vin Diesel would be the first one to tell you to check out what's underneath the hood, which in this case, is an iconic V8 engine with moving pistons.
Other neat features include wishbone suspension, steering system, and air blower—but it wouldn't be an authentic Fast & Furious creation without the nitro bottles in the trunk. Really, the only thing missing here is a minifigure of Dominic Toretto himself and maybe a tuna sandwich. Oh and how could we forget, you can even set the finished creation in the famous wheelstand position, lifting the front wheels off the ground.
This kit has a total of 1,077 pieces and measures 15" long, 6" wide, and 4" tall once completed.
- Fast & Furious replica of Dominic Toretto's Dodge Charger
- Based on the 1970s Dodge Charger R/T
- Authentic details include V8 engine with moving pistons, wishbone suspension, steering system, air blower, and nitro bottles in the trunk
- Can be set in a wheelstand position
- Total pieces: 1,077
- Dimensions: 15" by 6" by 4"
5. LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender
Wish you could go off-roading every single day? Yeah, so do we. For something a bit different than all the sports car LEGO sets we've recommended so far is this LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender replica, complete with ground-gripping tires and other authentic features. It's based on the 2019 Land Rover Defender and it's easy to spot all the iconic styling details.
Like many LEGO Technic creations, it's developed in partnership with the automaker for authenticity. Features include opening doors, a removable roof rack with storage box, pannier, ladder, and traction mats. If you've checked out our previous LEGO Technic recommendations, you won't be surprised to hear the six-cylinder engine underneath the hood has moving pistons. Opening the doors reveals an elaborately detailed cabin, complete with working steering and a sophisticated transmission system starring a four-speed sequential gearbox that is exposed when you fold the rear seats forward. There are two levers so you can engage between high or low gear ratios, along with a selector for changing gear. In true Land Rover fashion, this model has all-wheel drive with three differentials and independent suspension on both axles.
This is one comprehensive kit with a total of 2,573 pieces. Once built, the finished model measures over 16" long, 7" wide, and 8" tall.
- Based on the 2019 Land Rover Defender
- Authentic features include opening doors, removable roof rack, pannier, ladder, and traction mats
- Most sophisticated LEGO Technic gearbox to date with levers to engage high or low gear ratios
- Six-cylinder engine with moving pistons
- Working steering
- Olive green, gray, and black color scheme with authentic stickers
- Total pieces: 2,573
- Dimensions: 16" by 7" by 8"
6. LEGO Speed Champions Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Race Car
What's better than the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1? A race car version of course. This LEGO car set is part of the Speed Champions lineup, featuring 198 pieces and includes a Chevy Camaro racing driver minifigure. Fitting the stock car race theme, the kit also includes a fuel canister so you can play out racing and pit stop scenarios. Inside the minifigure cockpit, you'll find an adjustable roll cage, an essential modification for every race car.
The windshield is removable, and you can further decorate the exterior with racing graphics stickers. To place the minifigure in the car, you simply remove the windshield and lift the roll cage. Along with the authentic design details that clearly resemble the production Camaro ZL1, this kit also includes Chevrolet Camaro-branded wheels with rubber tires and translucent light-style elements. The minifigure can be accessorized with the Camaro racing driver's helmet and a spanner.
When fully assembled, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 race car measures over 5" long, 1" wide, and 1" tall. If you're a fan of NASCAR and the Chevrolet Camaro, this kit should be at the top of your list.
- Stock car race theme with fuel canister and racing driver minifigure
- Removable windshield
- Adjustable roll cage
- Chevrolet Camaro-branded wheels with rubber tires
- Total pieces: 198
- Dimensions: 5" by 1" by 1"
7. LEGO Speed Champions Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0
It's one of the most iconic sports cars in the world: the Porsche 911. It's truly one of the few cars that has gone through evolutionary changes for each iteration, with the German automaker choosing to build on each predecessor rather than reaching for revolutionary changes. As a result, its styling is unmistakable even in this particular LEGO set, which is modeled after the 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0.
If you prefer the classic design of the 911, this LEGO Speed Champions set should scratch the itch. With a total of 180 pieces, this model car kit includes a classic Porsche 911 driver minifigure that can be set inside the cockpit. Like similar LEGO Speed Champions sets, the windshield is removable and each corner sits wheels wrapped with rubber racing tires. Authentic design details include the iconic "whale tail" rear spoiler—a fan favorite.
The minifigure can be equipped with a Porsche 911 driver's helmet, and three cones are included for racing play action. Once built, it measures over 5" long, 2" wide, and 1" tall.
- Iconic, classic Porsche 911 design
- Whale tail rear spoiler
- Includes driver minifigure with helmet and three cones
- Removable windshield
- Wheels with rubber racing tires
- Total pieces: 180
- Dimensions: 5" by 2" by 1"
8. LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari F40 Competizione
No list of recommended LEGO car sets would be considered credible without an entry from Ferrari. The Italian exotic automaker is known all around the world and its iconic styling is unmistakable. While there are a few Ferrari sets to choose from, we'll have to recommend the LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari F40 Competizione. Why? It's the last car that Enzo Ferrari oversaw in his lifetime, so it holds a special place in the hearts of Ferrari enthusiasts. That, and it's just pure awesome.
This kit is actually a two-in-one model, allowing you to turn the Competizione into the road-going version of the F40 with interchangeable parts such as the hood and rear spoiler. It features a minifigure cockpit with a removable windshield, along with several sets of different wheels that can go on the rubber racing tires. Removing the windshield allows you to put in the racing minifigure, which can be paired with a Ferrari racing driver's helmet.
Once completed, the 198-piece set measures over 5" long, 1" wide, and 1" tall.
- Two-in-one kit: Ferrari F40 Competizione and its road-going variant
- Interchangeable wheels, hoods, and rear spoilers
- Rubber racing tires
- Removable windshield
- Includes Ferrari racing driver minifigure
- Total pieces: 198
- Dimensions: 5" by 1" by 1"
9. LEGO Speed Champions Nissan GT-R NISMO
We're well aware that so far we've covered American and European cars on our list, so where's our recommendation for Japanese import fans? That honor goes to none other than the Nissan GT-R NISMO. The Nissan GT-R moniker has captured the hearts of tuners and enthusiasts worldwide for decades and the GT-R NISMO is the hardcore variant built for road and the track.
Along with the buildable Nissan GT-R NISMO, you'll get a collectible minifigure in a Nissan racing suit. Fans of the Japanese sports car will recognize the iconic racing livery on this creation, along with all the aerodynamic enhancements such as the wider fenders and large rear spoiler. The removable windshield allows you to put the racing driver minifigure into the cockpit, which is fully decked out with race-inspired elements, including the red seats.
This kit has 298 pieces, which is a bit more than other LEGO Speed Champions sets. When completed, it measures 6" long, 2" wide, and 1" tall.
- Includes racing driver minifigure in a Nissan race suit
- Iconic racing livery
- Aerodynamic details include wider fenders and rear spoiler
- Removable windshield
- Total pieces: 298
- Dimensions: 6" by 2" by 1"
10. LEGO Speed Champions Formula E Panasonic Jaguar Racing GEN2 Car & Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY
Now for something really different. We've covered race cars, exotic supercars, and even off-road cars. But what about electric cars? This kit includes two figures, the Formula E Panasonic Jaguar Racing GEN2 car that competes in the FIA Formula E Championship, and the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY. The two cars are accompanied by two minifigures fully equipped with racing suits, and a start line with three lights for staging some fun racing action.
Both cars are finished in a similar light blue/aqua shade as the real cars they replicate. You'll notice plenty of realistic details throughout both cars, including livery and sponsor logos.
Since two cars are included with this LEGO Champions set, you're getting a total of 565 pieces. For the race car, the halo can be lifted to drop in the driver, while the I-PACE's windshield can be removed to do the same. When assembled, the I-PACE measures 6" long, 3" wide, and 2" tall, while the Formula E race car is 7" long, 3" wide, and 2" tall. The staging start line measures 10" wide and 4" tall, leaving plenty of space to line up both cars side by side for some racing action.
- Includes Formula E Panasonic Jaguar Racing GEN2 race car and Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY
- Two driver minifigures with racing suits
- Start line with three lights
- Total pieces: 565
- Jaguar I-PACE dimensions: 6" by 3" by 2"
- Jaguar Formula E race car dimensions: 7" by 3" by 2"
What is LEGO Technic?
You may have noticed that we have some recommendations from the LEGO Technic series, which are more comprehensive kits. But what is LEGO Technic and how do its kits differ from standard LEGO kits?
LEGO Technic was first introduced in 1977, and its building system is made up of beams, gear wheels, and axles. This allows more complex models to be built, which is ideal when it comes to LEGO car sets. The result are models that are more advanced and technically detailed, inspired by real world vehicles. If you've browsed some of our LEGO Technic recommendations, you'll see that many of them are designed in collaboration with the automaker and have realistic, working features such as movable pistons and working steering.
If you want the ultimate LEGO experience with a car set, you'll want to get an option from LEGO Technic.
What is LEGO Speed Champions?
The LEGO Speed Champions playsets are authentic, realistic toy cars from popular automakers. Kits from this series are designed to ignite a child's passion for driving and racing. They may not be as detailed or complex as LEGO Technic products, but they're much more affordable and easier to build. Although we've covered quite a few LEGO Speed Champions sets on our list, the offerings are plentiful. You'll find buildable cars from brands such as Bugatti, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, Ferrari, Ford, Chevrolet, Porsche, and more.
If you're looking for diversity, you'll want to shop LEGO Speed Champions. You'll find classic cars, sports cars, endurance cars, iconic cars, and race cars. In other words, there's something for everyone, compared to the more niche offerings from LEGO Technic.
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Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
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