Just recently I had an opportunity to trade up to the “high-end” model of the Kyosho Ferrari F40 Light Weight – LM Wing version. It was more like I sold my original F40 Light Weight and purchased the latest release. There was no real desire to do so, but the price on the latest release was to attractive to pass up and the fact this supercar is one of my favourites in my collection also helped.
The package on the new version is different form the original. First there is a cover sleeve, then comes the comes inner red box and finally a styrofoam shell. See photos below.
First I’m no authority on Ferrari, F40 or the difference between the original and new release by Kyosho, I’ll try to highlight as many differences as I can. Please forward anything I over looked! The overall exterior remains unchanged except for the LM Wing and functional gas caps on either side of the car. Opening the front bonnet you immediately notice the difference, the hood and compartment have been lined with a green carbon fibre weave. There is also the addition of strapping on each side of the hood that act like a stopper that wasn’t there on the original. Lastly you will notice a small factory decal located on the passenger side of the compartment. As in true Kyosho form beautifully executed!
Moving to the rear end from what I gather there is much difference from the old to new. Major difference is the upper and lower areas are again covered in a green carbon fibre weave. Lot’s to see here visually, a beautifully crafted motor by Kyosho.
Interior seems identical to the original. One thing I did notice is the length of the gear shifter is noticeably short than the original. Is this correct? Anyone can comment? As usual a very well appointed interior, fit and finish in my opinion is some of Kyosho best work.
The burning question that many of you may have, was it worth it? Honestly in my opinion the answer has to be no. These updates though nice do not justify the price. Yes I understand Kyosho’s position with licensing with Hot Wheels; they are obligated to keep their Ferrari line at a certain price point. If you can find one of the original releases, though rare they are out there, and better priced especially the black version. One thing I truly happy with is I did make a fellow collector quite happy with the sale of my older model. After an exhausting search he finally has a true gem in his collection. Enjoy the pics!