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!