REVIEW: Kyosho BMW X7 •


Once again, we visit a Kyosho release, this one is another SUV, the recently released BMW X7.  Kyosho sent us a couple of examples, Carbon Black and Phytonic Blue.  The model itself is executed in 1:18 scale and crafted with good old diecast metal with a number of plastic bits added to the mix.  Access is almost 360, however, the model falls short in the rear, more on this below.

Out of the box, the biggest surprise is the sheer size, much larger than we assumed.  The total length of the BMX X7 exceeds 11 inches.  And for those that equate quality with overall weight, the X7 is pushing around 2-3 pounds for sure.  Definitely a solid feel from a tactile perspective.

Exterior paint on both examples is quite good. If we needed to choose one, the team would definitely lean towards the Phytonic Blue.  The various elements of chrome, and there is much, is as good as the exterior paintwork.  In hindsight, with our basic photography skills, we should have hammered these images out with a light backdrop.  The model itself has much to offer at first glance, overall body lines are solid but if we’re honest, falls short of the Lexus LX570 we reviewed back in March.  Translation, it doesn’t offer the little things.  Example, functional driver and passenger mirrors and sunroof to name a few.

As for the shutlines and panel gaps, this model does measure up.  Both examples do provide a very good tolerance, definitely aligns with what we like to see.

The front of the X7 does measure up for the most part.  Centre and lower grilles are decent efforts, however, each area is executed with solid plastic parts.  Headlight detail is decent too.   Access is provided to the motor.  Before we go inside, we like to note the 3D BMW emblem in the lower centre of the hood.  Also, note the dog-leg style hinge work which supports the open/close feature.  The engine and overall surrounding area are average in definition.  A touch more texture and little paint, especially with the multiple upper tie bars could have gone a long way.

As mention, the rear is lacking, not in visual execution but the access.  In short, the tailgate is sealed.  Clearly a disappointment when you compare the stellar piece of the Lexus LX570.  On the flip side, the 3D style emblem is found again, along with solid work on the taillights and lower exhaust tips.

Massive wheels feature a multi-spoke design that is found on both models.  The paintwork with Chrome and Black are a perfect marriage.  In behind the supporting rotors and caliper are found front and rear.  The suspension itself is fully independent and spring-loaded at each corner.

Turn the model over to see additional detail, though we have to admit the attention to finish detail is somewhat lacking.  Note the unpainted rear differential.  Initially, we thought this was QC miss.  In reviewing both samples they are the same.

Access to the cabin is provided with all four doors.  The two-tone interior is mirrored on both examples.  There is full flocking throughout, and the front and rear sections are carefully defined with the smallest details and wood panelling too. This also transfers on to the doors and the far rear two-person seating.  What we believe is a miss is the lack of rear seats, and how Kyosho decided to paint in front seatbelt hardware.

The Kyosho BMW X7 is a firm effort for the most part, the character of an SUV is definitely translated with ease.  Collectors who still crave models manufactured with diecast metal will inspire additional sales.  If you are an SUV fan the BMW X7 does require some consideration.  Along with the two colours mentioned here, we believe there are a couple of dealer edition colours too (please don’t quote us on this).   In comparison with the Lexus LX570, it does fall short when measured against the finer details, the wow factor is somewhat subdued.

In conclusion, it is awesome to see the guys and gals at Kyosho making a sort of come-back in 2020 with new material and some favourites of old.  Here’s hoping this trend continues!!  We do have their new 1:18 Rolls-Royce Phantom I review in the works, a first for our team LOL.  Enjoy the pics!

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9 Responses to "REVIEW: Kyosho BMW X7"

  1. Robert Poudrette says:

    Good ol’ diecast metal?? Especially from Kyosho… I have a couple models from these guys that aren’t so hot with paint rash, one of them a 1/12 Lambo Miura. I’m not so happy with diecast metal these days. Cars I ‘ve had for years now have paint rash, some of them I didn’t expect like an AutoArt Impala SS 510 and other higher end like GMP and Acme cars. No, no, I’m not happy with bad diecast metal cars. AutoArt is on to something with their “composite” line.

    • DS Team says:

      Paint rash is specific to one manufacturer and definitely one of the cons of diecast metal as the base material. But it seems the please the masses… I guess collectors can’t have it all? AUTOart’s composite is still relatively new, so long term analysis and judgement await…

      • Robert says:

        I understand weight seems to be important as it gives a model substance and metal makes operating parts more durable as well. I don’t mind having a metal diecast model as long as it stays intact. More quality control has to be implemented in the cast materials at the very start, especially with the prices constantly going up. Then I’ll join the diecast “metal” fans.

    • ilka says:

      I believe AutoArt’s Impala is more like a licensed UT Models mold? Who knows where they were even produced/painted. From my experience tho, Autoart’s models are the least prone to paint rash, altho I’ve got some on C2 Corvette roadster which was the final reason for selling and swapping for GMP Masterpiece which I now regret hugely. But that’s another story.
      I believe paint rash, apart from dust, is happening also because of temperature/humidity changes, so if the model was transported during the winter, experiencing temps around or below 0C and then being brought to warm place, it may be a speeding factor for paint rash… Maybe just a coincidence but the most rash I get on the models I’ve ordered from overseas during the late autumn/winter/early spring periods.

      As for composite, too early to judge. Kyosho’s Lancia Stratos has had a composite rear hood, and over time that element started to have yellow-ish cracks all over the place.

  2. RR28757 says:

    Was interested in this model and really wanted one after seeing more of these in person. However this is a solid pass based on the lack of access to the rear compartment. Disappointing to see Kyosho cutting corners and joining all of these companies continuing to push the resin sealed approach.

    I’m torn on the composite on some as especially with the larger SUVs as the doors and detailing is simply flimsy at best, unreliable at worst. My Autoart Mercedes 6×6 was a let down once I opened the doors and felt they’d fall off.

  3. Ondr4H says:

    I probably never will be able to put this car on my shelf, its vulgar and monstrous and overall awful design for BMW .

    I recently purchased E38 in 1:18 and that design puts this joke of car to shame.

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